I will never forget my first Stanford women’s soccer match, a 7-0 win against Arizona in which six Cardinal players scored and starting goalie Emily Oliver didn’t face a single shot before being pulled in the 58th minute. I was only a first-week freshman, but I could tell that was pretty darn good.
The Stanford men’s and women’s soccer teams each have something to prove as both Cardinal squads face UCLA tonight.
The women, coming off of a devastating loss to Arizona State Sunday night, come into the game as the underdogs for the first time this season, having fallen to No. 5 on the NSCAA Coaches’ Poll rankings, with the Bruins ranked second. The men, for their part, must show that they can continue their solid play and maintain a presence in the Pac-12 standings going up against the No. 10 Bruins.
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Stanford women’s soccer kicked off the defense of its four straight Pac-12 titles on a high note, as the No. 2 Cardinal (8-0-1, 1-0 Pac-12) buckled the Colorado Buffaloes (8-2, 0-1) in Boulder, Colo., by a score of 2-0 in both teams’ conference opener.