No. 10 Stanford Trounces No. 15 Boston College 3-0
Aug. 31, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 10 Stanford women's soccer team remained perfect through the first two weeks of play, winning its third straight game and earning its second shutout of the season after defeating No. 15 Boston College, 3-0, today at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Freshman Teresa Noyola and sophomore Christen Press each earned their third goals of the season, while freshman Lindsay Taylor notched one goal and one assist. The victory was a true team effort, as eight Cardinal players were credited with involvement on the three goals.
Stanford again got things going early, as Press scored her third of the season just 3:23 into the game. Redshirt junior Hillary Heath and junior Kelley O'Hara were credited with assisting Press, who fired the ball into the back of the net from 25 yards out.
The Cardinal was relentless on the attack, knocking in a second goal in the eighth minute. Senior Marisa Abegg found Taylor in the box, who passed it over to fellow rookie Noyola, who then lofted the ball over the goalie and into the back of the net for her third tally of the season.
Boston College refused to let the two early goals shut them down, keeping Stanford scoreless for the rest of the half, and striking six shots to match the Cardinal's six by the end of the first half.
After halftime, play again was very physical and evenly matched until the 61st minute, when the Eagles' Brianna Wilson-Byrne was given a red card and sent off for taking down O'Hara on the breakaway.
Stanford took advantage of being a woman up, firing eight shots in the half after Byrne's dismissal and in the 73rd minute found the back of the net for its third and final goal of the match. Sophomore Morgan Redman found junior Ali Riley in the midfield. Riley then brought the ball up the left sideline all the way to the goal line and launched a cross into the penalty area where Taylor bodied the ball into the net for her second goal of the season.
'The team played fantastic soccer against a top quality opponent,' commented head coach Paul Ratcliffe. 'Boston College was the real deal, they're a very strong team. I'm just proud of the team and how they played. We again scored some fantastic goals and everyone's contributing.'
The Cardinal finished the game with a 20-8 advantage in shots. Senior Allison Falk, Abegg, and Riley each turned in 90 minutes on the back line to assist sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker in earning her second shutout of the season. Maker only needed to make one save in the course of play.
Stanford improves to 3-0 with the win, while Boston College falls to 2-1. The Cardinal will hit the road this week for their first road games, traveling to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal will play Auburn in the first match-up of Friday's double header and No. 19 Georgia in the second contest on Sunday.