No. 17 Stanford Tops Oregon State for Fifth-Straight Pac-10 Win
Oct. 27, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team scored two second half goals to blow by the Oregon State Beavers tonight, 2-0. Freshman Kelley O'Hara and senior Shari Summers recorded their seventh goals of the season and the Cardinal pulled into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10. Stanford improves to 12-5-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Pac-10 with the win, while Oregon State drops to 8-7-2, 1-5-0.
Oregon State took the first three shots of the match, but the early attack would be all the Beavers could muster. Freshman Jessica Velazquez took the first one in the 14th minute, but goalkeeper Erica Holland was there to make the save. Less than a minute later, Oregon State had its best chance of the match, when leading scorer Jodie Taylor took off on a breakaway and had a one-on-one chance with Holland. Taylor cracked a shot from 15 yards out, but Holland made another impressive save to keep the match scoreless.
O'Hara took the first shot for the Cardinal in the 20th minute, but Beaver goalkeeper Melissa Onstad was there to make her first of six saves. Summers, sophomore Hillary Heath and freshman Katie Riley all took shots on frame before halftime, but Onstad made a series of saves to keep the match knotted at 0-0.
In the second half, the Cardinal stepped up the level of play significantly and took control of the match. In the 59th minute, the team earned a corner kick opportunity and capitalized. Heath took the kick, and crossed the ball in to O'Hara, who sent a header to fellow freshman Kristin Stannard. Stannard sent the ball across the goal to Summers, who knocked it in for her seventh goal and fifth game-winner of the season.
In the 74th minute, the Cardinal struck again, taking advantage of another corner kick opportunity. Sophomore Lea MacKinnon sent a long ball to sophomore Kelley Birch, who found an open O'Hara. The freshman sent in her seventh career goal and gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead.
The Cardinal was led by O'Hara with three shots and three points on the night. Holland recorded her fourth-straight shutout and the Cardinal out-shot the Beavers 10-3. The Stanford defense now has 12 shutouts on the year, and has out-shot opponents in 16 of its last 17 matches.
'I'm a little disappointed in our first half performance but we came back and were much more cohesive in the second half,' said head coach Paul Ratcliffe. 'I'm proud of the team's performance tonight and am looking forward to playing Oregon on Sunday.'
The Cardinal will play its last regular-season home game on Sunday, meeting the Oregon Ducks in a 1 p.m. start at Maloney Field. The match will be the last on home turf for Cardinal seniors Shari Summers and Melissa Esparza, who will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.
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