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Stanford's Sullivan scores twice in Pac-12 soccer action


Junior Andi Sullivan recorded her second multi-goal contest of the weekend to guide the No. 3 Stanford women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Arizona State on Sunday.

It is the sixth consecutive win for the Cardinal (16-1-1, 9-1 Pac-12) and third straight against the Sun Devils (6-10-2, 1-8-1 Pac-12). The victory moves Stanford into sole possession for first place in the Pac-12 with one game to play.

Andi Sullivan
Stanford battled through warm temperatures of over 90 degrees throughout the game and finished with advantages in shots (12-5) and shots on goal (4-1).

Sullivan scored two second-half goals and leads the team with a career-high 10 on the season – twice her season-total from a year ago. She scored twice earlier this week in a 4-0 victory at Arizona.

Kyra Carusa registered her team-leading 10th assist of the year, providing the helper on the Cardinal's game-winning goal. She has recorded at least one point in 12-of-18 games this season.

Stanford's defensive unit, anchored by Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook, played well and did not permit a shot on goal.

Tegan McGrady continued her sound work out wide, shutting down the Sun Devils' attack and getting involved in the offense regularly.

Carly Malatskey started on the right side and played well, occasionally making runs forward and being a physical presence on defense.

Stanford got off to a strong start, maintaining a majority of the possession and spending most of its time in the final third through the first 10 minutes.

The Cardinal was unable to strike early and Arizona State settled in nicely, clogging up the midfield to disrupt Stanford's attack the remainder of the half.

The Cardinal continued to pressure but could not break through and went into halftime tied, 0-0, despite holding a 6-3 advantage in shots.

Stanford broke through in the 52nd minute when McGrady sent a dangerous cross into the box from the left sideline.

The ball bounced in the box then hit the hand of Arizona State defender Taylor Coon. Sullivan stepped to the penalty spot and buried a shot to the left corner of the goal to give Stanford a 1-0 lead.

Sullivan doubled Stanford's lead in the 64th minute with her second goal of the game. McGrady got the ball near midfield on the left side of the field, beat a defender and passed to Michelle Xiao in the left corner of the field.

Xiao sent a cross into the box that was headed away by the Sun Devils straight to the foot of Carusa near the top of the box. Carusa slid a pass across the top of the box to Sullivan who hit a one-time shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The Cardinal ran into a bit of trouble in the 67th minute when Arizona State's Lucy Lara sent a free kick into Stanford's penalty box. The ball hit off of Averie Collins' leg as she tried to clear the cross and the ball bounced past a diving Jane Campbell and into the net to make the score 2-1.

Stanford maintained its composure after the setback and nearly added a third goal in the 70th minute. Tierna Davidson made a terrific back-post run on a cross by Jordan DiBiasi and hit a left-footed shot that the Sun Devils' goalkeeper was able to get a foot on to make the stop.

The Cardinal focused on maintaining possession the remainder of the game to secure the road victory.

The Cardinal can clinch its 11th Pac-12 title and sixth under head coach Paul Ratcliffe with a win in its regular-season finale at California next Friday at 3 p.m.

Men's soccer

Justin Schmidt put in a header less than two minutes into overtime and No. 16 Washington handed No. 9 Stanford its first Pac-12 loss of the season on Sunday night, 1-0.

The result in rainy conditions, which postponed the Cardinal's quest for its third consecutive conference championship, was Stanford's first since Sept. 23 at San Francisco and also snapped the program's 21-match unbeaten streak at home. It was Stanford's first defeat at Cagan Stadium since Nov. 23, 2014.

"They're a very good team and they're good defensively," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We had some great chances to win the game, set piece opportunities that we didn't bury and others in the run of play. It was just one of those tight games in which we needed to bury one and we didn't manage to."

Stanford (10-3-4, 7-1-1 Pac-12) nearly ended it twice in the waning seconds of regulation. With 75 seconds to go, Bryce Marion sent a low cross to the top of the box for Sam Werner.

Werner used his right foot to fire a shot that was sent away by a diving Auden Schilder. The ball trickled out to the edge of the six and a streaking Amir Bashti tried to use his left to slip it by Schilder, but the Husky (12-4-0, 5-2-0 Pac-12) keeper kicked it away.

Schilder's seventh and eighth saves of the night sent the game into overtime and then Schmidt won it by heading home a Handwalla Bwana corner at the near post 80 seconds into the extra period.

Stanford, which needed a draw with UW to clinch its third straight Pac-12 championship, will have to wait.

The Cardinal does not play again until it closes out its regular season at Cal on Friday, Nov. 11.

Washington, the only other team still in the running, hosts UCLA and San Diego State next weekend before wrapping up its schedule at home against Oregon State on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Stanford has 22 points and the Huskies are second with 15. A Cardinal victory over the Golden Bears regardless of what UW does in its final three games would win it for Stanford.

Prior to the game, Stanford honored seniors Adrian Alabi, Trevor Hyman and Brian Nana-Sinkam. The three have led the Cardinal a 51-15-14 overall record, two Pac-12 championships and the program's first NCAA title in their time at Stanford.

Field hockey

Katie Keyser set up two goals and 17th-ranked Stanford earned a 3-2 win over host Michigan State Sunday as the Cardinal completed the regular season with its fourth straight victory.

Keyser set up Kristina Bassi less than three minutes into the game for a one-timer. Bassi put it away for her fourth goal of the season.

Fran Tew scored her sixth goal, matching a career high, with a rebound off a corner that Keyser also set up.

Stanford kept control of the tempo in the second half, outshooting the Spartans again while playing smart with possession.

Marissa Cicione added an insurance goal in the 64th minute with Tew sending a ball in front of the goal that Cicione put away.

The insurance proved necessary though as MSU struck again in the 65th minute to keep it close, but the Cardinal defense again stepped up to toe the line as Stanford closed out its fourth straight win.

The Cardinal heads into the America East Tournament next week, taking on UMass Lowell on Thursday at noon in Stockton

— Stanford Athletics

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