No. 3 Stanford will look to extend a 29-game home unbeaten streak and secure Paul Ratcliffe’s 300th victory as head coach — he is two short.
With three first-half goals, No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) clinched a second win over a ranked opponent on its season-opening road trip. The Cardinal took advantage of defensive miscues to put away No. 11 West Virginia (1-1, 0-0 Big12) 3-1 on a neutral site at State College, PA.
No. 3 Women’s soccer (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12), the first team on Stanford’s 2019-20 athletic calendar, started the year on a high note with a 2-1 road win over No. 6 Penn State (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday. Both Stanford goals came courtesy of the dynamic boot of junior forward Catarina Macario.
The same excitement of this summer’s Women’s World Cup is present at Cagan Stadium for No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal, however, are more accustomed to sitting at the top of the polls. Before the program-record 45-game win streak was snapped in the semifinals of the 2018 College Cup to eventual champion Florida State, Stanford had held the No. 1 spot since Oct. 10, 2017.
The record-breaking USWNT cruised to the most goals in a tournament (26) and a game (13) en route to becoming just the second nation to win back-to-back titles.
Though Sunday marks the conclusion of the World Cup, the entire 23-player roster plays stateside in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), including two Stanford players on Utah Royals FC.
It was the first time since 2003 and the fourth time overall that the Americans managed to win all three group stage matches. The USWNT tally of 18 goals set a new record for most group stage goals ever by any team.
Drawing crowds to a packed Cagan Stadium, even in the pouring rain, the Stanford women’s soccer team (21-1-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) finished the 2018 season in the NCAA semi-finals.