No. 10 Stanford Handles Navy 3-1
Aug. 29, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 10 Stanford earned its second consecutive win of the season tonight, defeating Navy 3-1 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Freshman Teresa Noyola scored her first and second career goals, while junior Kelley O'Hara scored her second goal of the season and added two assists to boost the Cardinal over the Midshipmen.
Stanford controlled much of the play in the game, especially in the first half. O'Hara struck first for the Cardinal in the 20th minute, when junior Ali Riley served a perfect floated ball right to the head of O'Hara who finished with a low, hard header into the corner.
Sixteen minutes later, Stanford added their second goal. Sophomore Morgan Redman, who entered the game in the 30th minute, served a ball from the left side that reached Kelley O'Hara on the right side the six-yard box. O'Hara then headed the ball back towards the front of the net where Noyola knocked it in with her head for her first career goal.
After half, Noyola made it 3-0 in the 57th minute when she finished off an attack that originated on the right side of the field. Sophomore Christen Press carried the ball up the right sideline and found O'Hara near the corner. O'Hara, after beating a defender, then drove a low ball back towards the penalty spot. Freshman Lindsay Taylor dummied the ball to shake off a Navy defender and clear the way for Noyola, who promptly sent the ball into the side netting for her second career tally.
'Noyola was superb tonight,' noted head coach Paul Ratcliffe. 'She had a breakout game. The three goals were fantastic and she had a hand in creating all three.'
After the Cardinal's third goal, Navy brought in backup keeper Beth Reed, who kept Stanford scoreless the rest of the game. Navy managed a late attack in the 76th minute; when CiAnna Weikle fired a rocket from 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and fell in for a Midshipmen goal, but it would do little other than spoil the Cardinal shutout.
'I think were still in the early days and working on our rhythm and tempo of play,' added Ratcliffe. 'But it did get better at times, and the three goals we scored were first class, so I was very happy with the performance.'
Stanford's offense produced 19 shots on the night, while Navy recorded four. It was the first multiple-point game of the season for O'Hara, who finished with four points. Noyola extended her point streak to two games, having earned an assist against Pacific last Sunday.
Next up for the Cardinal is a home match against No. 15 Boston College on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. The Eagles, who defeated Oregon State 3-0 earlier on Friday evening at Cagan Stadium, are 2-0 on the season. Following Sunday's game, fans will have a chance to meet the team in a post-match autograph session. Fans that can't make it to the game can follow live stats on CBS College Sports' Gametracker or watch the webcast on CBS College Sports All-Access.