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Stanford puts down Huskies in offensive showing

Senior forward Carly Malatskey (above) found the back of the net in the ninth minute to open the scoring for the Cardinal. The second-ranked women's soccer team routed Washington 4-0 at home on Sunday. (ERIN CHANG/isiphotos.com)

No. 2 women’s soccer (10-1, 3-0 Pac-12) delivered a 4-0 drubbing to Washington (6-3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) at home. Four different Cardinal scored a goal each in a shutout of the Huskies on Sunday.

“I thought it was a really positive result for us,” said Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe. “We started fast and never let up and I’m really proud of the entire team.”

Senior forward Carly Malatskey opened scoring in the ninth minute following up her own shot. Although Washington keeper Siena Ruelas was able to deflect the first attempt, Malatskey capitalized on the spill to collect her seventh goal of season and continue her excellent run of play.

Less than a minute later, Ruelas was cautioned for a foul on sophomore forward Sophia Smith inside of the box. Smith created the opportunity and took the ensuing penalty kick, which she had no trouble finishing. 

Ruelas was the first of four Huskies to be booked in the match.

As Ratcliffe continues to rotate his goalkeepers, senior Lauren Rood was given the start in the net on Sunday. Her first test came in the tenth minute on a shot by Kennedy Smith, but Rood was there for the save. 

From that point on in the half, Stanford took all seven shots, including four from Sophia Smith who tried valiantly for a brace.

The third goal did not come until the bleeding seconds of the first half, when Stanford was awarded its second penalty kick. For the second consecutive game, junior forward and midfielder Catarina Macario netted a penalty kick goal right before the half.   

Once again, Stanford scored on both sides of halftime. Freshman midfielder Maya Doms scored the second goal of her young Stanford career, like Smith’s, another follow up opportunity, in the 47th minute. 

From there, Stanford would see out the game, rotate players and accumulate more shots. At the end of regulation, Stanford outshot Washington 21-5. 

For the first time this season, Rood came away with a shutout, recording a total of three saves on the way.

Washington head coach Lesle Gallimore announced back in January that this season, her 26th with the Huskies, would be her last. Gallimore is the longest-tenured head coach in the Pac-12, and with over 250 wins to her name, embodies Washington soccer. 

“I’d also like to thank Lesle Gallimore for her friendship and everything she’s done for women’s soccer in her 26 years at Washington,” Ratcliffe said. “It’s sad that this is the last game I’ll coach against her and I hope she stays involved in the game, because women’s soccer needs good people like her to continue to move forward.”

Stanford will travel to face the Oregon schools next weekend, beginning with a Thursday night matchup in Corvallis.

Contact Daniel Martinez-Krams at danielmk ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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