Stanford Downs Cal Poly, 2-0
Nov. 12, 2004
Santa Clara, Calif. - Stanford women's soccer posted a 2-0 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this evening at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. Despite losing First-Team All-Pac-10 forward Marcie Ward (Alamo, Calif./Carondelet) to an injury before the match, the Cardinal scored a pair of goals in the first half to win its first round game. Stanford will take on its hosts, the 16th-seeded Santa Clara Broncos, on Sunday at noon.
Cardinal freshman Lizzy George (Alamo, Calif./Carondelet) scored the game-winning goal in the 16th minute, after sophomore Shari Summers (Canyon Country, Calif./Valencia) found her in the left corner of the box. Just two minutes and 13 seconds later, senior Martha West (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) added an insurance goal after Cal Poly failed to clear the ball out of the box completely.
Senior keeper Nicole Barnhart (Gilberstville, Pa./Boyertown) picked up four saves and recorded her tenth shutout of the season and the 39th of her career, putting her just one blanking shy of tying the school record of 40 set by Leslie Garrard (1990-94).
The Cardinal is now 12-12-2 all-time in the postseason and improved to 8-5 in first round games with the win tonight. Stanford will face Santa Clara for the second time this season on Sunday; the squads battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie on Sept. 30 in Santa Clara.
Last season, the Broncos knocked the Cardinal out of the tournament in the opening game when Santa Clara freshman Marian Dalmy scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute.
Stanford is now 13-5-3 on the year, while Cal Poly ends the 2004 season at 11-3-6. Santa Clara defeated Cal in the early game this afternoon, 2-1, and enter Sunday's game with a 15-4-2 mark.
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Scoring Summary: STAN: George (Summers), 15:55; STAN: West, 18:08.
Saves: Barnhart (Stanford) 4, Hill (Cal Poly) 4
Shots: Stanford 9, Cal Poly 9
Corners: Stanford 6, Cal Poly 3
Fouls: Stanford 7, Cal Poly 12