Stanford Remains Undefeated; Beats Auburn 3-0 at Georgia/Nike Invitational
Sept. 5, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 7 Stanford women's soccer team kept its win streak alive, earning its fourth win after dispatching Auburn 3-0 in the first ever meeting between the two teams today in the first game of the Georgia/Nike Invitational in Athens, Ga. Freshman Lindsay Taylor scored her third of the season and assisted on sophomore Morgan Redman's first of the season, while sophomore Christen Press tallied her fourth.
The Cardinal came out firing in the first half, launching nine shots compared to the Tigers' one in the opening 45 minutes. Luck was not on Stanford's side though, as Tiger goalkeeper Allison Whitworth stoned the Cardinal, making seven saves and keeping the sheet clean through the half. Whitworth also got some help from her defense in the 38th minute, when Redman's shot was cleared off the line by a defender.
Stanford finally broke the draw in the 60th minutes, when freshman Camille Levin, who was not officially credited with an assist, fed the ball to Press, who then turned three defenders to stick in her fourth goal of the season, putting her solely at the top of the Cardinal's season scoring table.
Auburn was able to stave off any further damage until the 80th minute, when Stanford broke down the Tigers for good. Taylor added her third of the season, putting in a rebound off a Cardinal free kick.
'Lindsay has been a great player for us so far,' commented head coach Paul Ratcliffe. She's done very well.'
Just over a minute later, Taylor found Redman for the third Stanford goal of the game. Redman rocketed a ball to the back post with her left foot from the left side to drive the final tally of the game. The Tigers' Whitworth had to make an additional seven saves in the second half. The Cardinal finished the game with 20 total shots, the third time that has happened this season.
'We were finally able to break the ice towards the end after pressuring them the whole game,' said Ratcliffe. 'Their goalkeeper played phenomenal and we were a bit unlucky in the first half. It was a hard-fought game and we played good soccer and got a good result out of it.'
On Sunday, Stanford will complete play in the Georgia/Nike Invitational, taking on hosts No. 22 Georgia at 10:30 a.m. PT. The Cardinal have previously met the Bulldogs just once before, falling 1-0 early in the 2003 season.