Stanford Clouds Out The Sun Devils; Wins 5-0

Oct. 26, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team earned its second victory of the weekend, dispatching Arizona State 5-0 on a sunny afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Four different freshmen notched goals, while junior Kelley O'Hara was credited with the game-winner.

Prior to kickoff, head coach Paul Ratcliffe was honored by the athletic department for his 78th career win, earned Friday night against Arizona. The victory boosted Ratcliffe's overall record at The Farm to 78-31-19 not including today's result, making him the winningest coach in Cardinal women's soccer history.

Following a jersey presentation to Ratcliffe, this year's band of seniors was honored. Marisa Abegg, Kelley Birch, Allison Falk, Austinn Freeman, Alex Gamble, Lea MacKinnon, and Kate Mannino were all recognized by the crowd of 1,063 on the team's final regular season home match of the year.

Then, O'Hara and the freshmen made sure it was a memorable day for their seniors.

O'Hara put Stanford up 1-0 in the 19th minute following an Arizona State restart. The Sun Devils sent a ball towards the Cardinal defense, but junior Alicia Jenkins was able to recover the ball before Arizona State could begin an attack. Jenkins calmly played the ball back towards center-back Falk, who then launched a long ball into open space over O'Hara's head.

O'Hara beat her opponent in a foot race, collected the ball, and sent it into the right side-netting past Sun Devil goalkeeper Katie Cochran.

In the 22nd minute Falk, Abegg, and Heath nearly made it 2-0, but Falk's header hit the crossbar, and the resulting rebound was twice stuffed back in by Abegg and Heath, but blocked by an Arizona State defender each time.

Then, just under 10 minutes after the first goal, O'Hara set up freshman Lindsay Taylor for her 15th goal of the year. Freshman Teresa Noyola served a cross into the box from the left side to O'Hara. O'Hara, unable to get a decent header shot off, elected to direct the ball back to Taylor, who collected the ball facing the sideline. Taylor took one touch, and fired off a rocket into the left upper-90 of the net.

The Cardinal didn't quit there either. In the 37th minute, sophomore Morgan Redman ran down Jenkins' through ball and was able to get a shot on goal that beat Cochran, but the Sun Devils' Liz Harkin was able to catch up to it and cleared it off the goal line. The half ended with Stanford ahead 2-0.

Three minutes and 24 seconds after the game restarted, freshman Camille Levin became the second freshman to score, chipping Cochran's replacement Leslie Castellano for her fifth goal of the year.

Then Noyola got in on the action. At 54:22, Noyola received a pass from sophomore Christen Press, and promptly put the ball in the net with a low, hard strike to the lower left corner of the goal.

Following the fourth goal, the seniors as a whole began their farewell performance at Cagan Stadium. The upperclassmen registered five shots, all on goal, in their time on the field, and Freeman nearly scored on a header.

Freshman Kristy Zurmuhlen scored her first career goal in the 89th minute to finish out the day, picking up a deflected attack from Redman and finishing with a lofting shot to the far post.

With the victory, Stanford remains undefeated with a record of 16-0-1 (6-0-0 Pac-10). The Cardinal will play their remaining three conference games on the road, traveling to Los Angeles this coming weekend to take on UCLA and USC, and will play the Pac-10 finale at California on November 8.

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