No. 2 Stanford (11-1, 4-0 Pac-12) opened its weekend up North with a 2-0 victory against Oregon State (9-2-1, 1-2-1 Pac-12) on Thursday night. Two of the Stanford’s top-three goal-scorers, junior forward Catarina Macario and sophomore forward Sophia Smith, finished with a first half goal, which proved to be sufficient separation to down the Beavers.
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.
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.
Only 32 women’s soccer teams are still playing after the NCAA tournament field was cut in half last weekend. No. 1 Stanford (18-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) and Mississippi (13-7-1, 6-3-1 SEC) are two of them, but after tonight’s game only one will continue their season.
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.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Stanford soccer has been absolutely unstoppable, and this past weekend was no exception, as both teams played a home match in Cagan Stadium. The women’s team (10-0-1, 3-0-0 Pac-12) is unbeaten this season, and is currently ranked first in the nation. They extended a 33 game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 extra time victory against No. 2 ranked USC on Sunday (9-1-1, 2-1-0). The men’s team (5-1-3, 2-0-0), while not ranked at the moment, dominated UCLA (5-4-0, 1-1-0) right after the conclusion of the women’s match, blasting them 3-0 in regulation.