Catarina Macario had a foot in all three Stanford first half goals in a top-three matchup in Los Angeles. The junior forward tallied an early assist, then scored twice to regain the Cardinal lead.
Riding a two-game winning streak, No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer (7-1, 0-0 Pac-12) opens its conference calendar with a visit to No. 3 USC (7-0-1, 0-0 Pac-12) on Saturday. The Trojans are the highest-ranked team the Cardinal has faced thus far, and the matchup has the looks of previewing a postseason thriller.
It was back-and-forth early, but Catarina Macario’s free kick goal in the 77th minute squashed the chances of upstart Santa Clara on Sunday evening. With the score locked at two, the junior midfielder floated a ball into the back of the net, and keeper Courtney Ogren could do nothing but watch.
No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer (6-1, 0-0 Pac-12) continues its road trip with a stop at Santa Clara (4-4, 0-0 WCC) on Sunday, the final match before conference play begins.
After its first regular-season loss in more than two years, No. 2 women’s soccer (6-1, 0-0 Pac-12) escaped the second half of its two-game Southern California road trip with a 1-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara (1-2-3, Big West) on Sunday.
No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer (5-1, 0-0 Pac-12) fell to Pepperdine (2-3-1, 0-0 WCC) on the road Friday in the first regular-season loss for the Cardinal since Aug. 25, 2017.
No. 3 Stanford dominated play in a 9-0 trouncing against the University of San Francisco. The Cardinal tied their largest margin of victory since a 10-0 win over USC on Oct. 9, 1993.
On Sunday, No. 3 women’s soccer (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12) will take on the University of San Francisco (4-1, 0-0 WCC) in hopes of continuing its undefeated streak.