No. 7 Stanford women’s soccer (13-3-1, 6-3-0 Pac-12) held off Washington (7-7-4, 3-2-4) in Seattle 1-0 on Thursday night, benefiting from junior Lo’eau LaBonta’s fourth goal of the season and six saves by goalie Jane Campbell.
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.
It seems that every day is game day on the Farm and this weekend is no exception. It’s an exciting and important weekend for Stanford sports, as the Farm will host key Pac-12 matchups on the field, on the court and in the pool. The Cardinal has five teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation, looking to help Stanford earn its 20th consecutive Director’s Cup for the 2013-14 season.
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.
For most teams, an overtime loss in the NCAA semifinals to the eventual champions would make for a successful end to the season. Most teams, however, aren’t like Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal has appeared in five straight NCAA College Cups dating back to 2008, and after winning the national championship in 2011, falling short in 2012 was a tough pill to swallow.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday that Stanford senior goalkeeper and two-time All-Pac-12 first teamer Emily Oliver had been named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week after a successful opening weekend for the No. 2 Cardinal on the East Coast.
Former Cardinal soccer player Rachel Buehler ’07 earned her 100th cap in an American uniform on Wednesday, scoring the game-winning goal for the U.S. in a 3-0 win against Iceland. It was just her fourth international tally and came on the same field where she played in her first game for the U.S. women’s national team in 2008.