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.
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.
On Friday, No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer (17-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) defeated rival University of California (5-12-2, 1-9-1) 2-0 to secure the Pac-12 Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive year. To further cement their dominance in the conference, the Cardinal added another win on Sunday over Arizona State (10-7-1, 5-5-1), defeating the Sun Devils 4-1.
The nation’s No. 1 ranked Stanford women’s soccer team (12-0-1, 5-0 Pac-12) beat Oregon State (2-11-0, 1-4) 3-0 on Saturday to remain undefeated.
Top-ranked Stanford women’s soccer (19-1-0) made a storming debut in the NCAA tournament this Saturday, crushing Utah Valley (10-12-1) 9-1 at Cagan Stadium. With this rout, the Cardinal set a new record for single-game goals in the postseason, improving their 7-0 win against Sacramento State in 2007.