This past weekend, second-ranked Stanford women’s soccer (12-1-0, 5-0-0 Pac-12) defeated Colorado (7-4-3, 1-3-1) and Utah (5-5-2, 0-3-1) to push its winning streak to ten, tying the team record for longest win streak since 2012. Stanford remains perfect in conference play.
On Thursday, the Cardinal traveled to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes.
Stanford came out swinging, and after a break with a shot skimming the post, junior midfielder Jordan DiBiasi headed one in off a cross from junior defender Tegan McGrady.
With a one-goal lead going into the second half, Stanford showed no signs of slowing down. In the 53rd minute, junior midfielder Michelle Xiao intercepted a pass at the halfway line and deftly maneuvered past Utah’s defense to bury a left footed shot, extending Stanford’s lead to two.
Just four minutes later, junior forward Kyra Carusa added an insurance goal off a deflected shot by midfield senior captain Andi Sullivan. The Cardinal have totaled 51 goals through 12 games, the same total that they led the Pac-12 with at the end of the entire 2016 season.
After visiting Utah, Stanford journeyed to Colorado to take on the Buffs at Prentup Field.
The Cardinal never took their foot off the gas, outshooting Colorado 8-1. Freshman forward Civana Kuhlmann netted a goal off of an assist — Stanford has 47 in total this season — from sophomore Jaye Boissiere to give Stanford an early lead in the 32nd minute.
Xiao showed the same ability to outmaneuver defenders when beating two and taking an outside shot right into the opposite top corner. Three proved to be a magic number for the Cardinal, and in the 74th minute Kuhlmann added an extra tally to the stats sheet heading a cross from freshman midfielder Kiki Pickett.
On the season, so far, Stanford has had 10 shutouts. The Cardinal also remain perfect in conference play, scoring 15 times and conceding just one goal after five games. Looking towards the future, Stanford can rely on its many offensive weapons: Six Stanford players have already totaled 14 points on the season.
Stanford gears up to take on Washington on Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.
Contact Julia Massaro at jmassaro ‘at’ stanford.edu.