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.
No. 1 seed Stanford women’s soccer (21-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) punched their ticket to the College Cup in North Carolina with a 2-0 shutout of No. 2 Tennessee (16-3-3, 7-2-1 SEC) in the quarterfinals.
Stanford opened its 2018 postseason run the same same way it closed its 2017 run: with a win. No. 1 ranked Cardinal (18-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) defeated WAC champion Seattle Redhawks (10-7-3, 6-1-1 WAC) with an emphatic three goal shutout Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament.
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.
As September came to a close this past weekend, so too did a seven-game home stand for the No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer team. A month to remember, September saw the Cardinal win two matchups against No. 2 ranked teams, four home game sellouts, and two golden goals. Marking the team’s first away game since Sept. 2, the Cardinal (10-0-1, 3-0-0 Pac-12) will travel up north to match up against Oregon tonight and Oregon State on Sunday night. Stanford’s road trip to Oregon marks the team’s first appearance in Eugene since the Ducks hosted them 2013.
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.
As the regular season wrapped up last weekend, Stanford women’s soccer racked up all yearly individual conference awards while placing a record 11 players on all-conference teams.
No.1 ranked Stanford women’s soccer ended their regular season with a win against No. 22 California (15-3-1, 6-4-1 Pac-12) 1-0 for senior night on the Farm, pushing its conference record to a perfect 11-0. The Cardinal (18-1-0, 11-0-0) also extended their win streak to 16, outscoring their opponents 59-3 during that span.