Women's Soccer Drops Pac-10 Opener With No. 9 Stanford, 2-1

Oct. 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore Courtney Carter tallied her fifth goal of the season but Oregon State University was unable to upset No. 9 Stanford University in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer match, as the Cardinal held on for a 2-1 victory.

The Beavers fall to 7-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-10 while Stanford improves to 8-1-0 and a perfect 1-0 in conference action.

Stanford got on the board first when OSU keeper Jo Fletcher was pulled away from the net while attempting to secure a Cardinal crossing pass. With the ball loose and Fletcher on the ground, Stanford's Natalie Sanderson fired a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar but with a follow-up attempt, Sanderson tapped the ball into the open net at the 26:19 mark.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half with each squad taking five shots but Stanford took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The Cardinal extended its lead just two minutes into the second period when Marcia Wallis hammered a shot from 25 yards out that sailed over Fletcher's head into the right-side of the net.

The Beavers rallied back when Carter scored at the 61:31 mark off a direct kick from freshman Jillian Nicks.

'We were on top for most of the second half,' said OSU head coach Steve Fennah. 'We had great discipline in the midfield which helped our offense keep its shape.'

OSU junior midfielder Morgan Crabtree tallied a game-high four shots and narrowly missed a pair of goals but Stanford keeper Carrie Walsh stymied her attempts.

'It was a tough loss,' Fennah. 'But just saying that this was a tough loss, shows how much progress our team has made. A few years ago we wouldn't have made this game 2-1.'

The Beavers recorded 10 shots on the afternoon while holding Stanford to nine attempts.

Oregon State returns to action Sunday against No. 17 California.

'It's always a good game against Cal,' said Fennah. 'Our teams match-up well.'

Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

STANFORD 2, OREGON STATE, 1
Score by halves:

Stanford 1 1 - 2
Oregon State 0 1 - 1

Scoring: STAN - Natalie Sanderson, 26:19 (unassisted), STAN - Marcie Ward, (assists by Marcia Wallis and Natalie Sanderson), 47:33, OSU - Courtney Carter, (assist by Jillian Nicks) 61:31.
Summary:
SHOTS: STAN 9, OSU 10. CORNER KICKS: STAN 5, OSU 3. SAVES: STAN 2, OSU 1. FOULS: STAN 10, OSU 9.

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