Cardinal Earns Resounding Win
Oct. 1, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Christen Press and Kelley O'Hara combined for four goals and two assists to lead the No. 2 Stanford women's soccer team to a stunning 6-2 victory over No. 11 Santa Clara in the resumption of a local rivalry at Buck Shaw Stadium on Thursday night.
Each had two goals and an assist and became the only teammates in the nation to have 10 or more goals, according to research by collegesoccer360.com. In fact, no other team has two players with more than seven. O'Hara (12 goals, 6 assists, 30 points) and Press (10 goals, 10 assists, 30 points) were tied for second in the nation in scoring coming into the week.
Stanford (11-0-0) matched its 1991 team for the school's best-ever start, and has beaten perennial power Santa Clara by a combined 11-2 over the past two years. In their seven previous meetings, Stanford had scored only one goal.
Santa Clara (8-4-0) took the lead on a Jordan Angeli's glancing header in the 16th minute off Kiki Bosio's flip throw-in across the goal mouth, but Stanford countered with O'Hara's half-volley on Press' pass over the top in the 25th minute. Press scored the go-ahead goal when Mariah Nogueira sent an attempted clearance and over the middle to the junior forward, who used one touch to control and a second to score with the outside of her right foot in the 37th minute.
Stanford next begins Pac-10 Conference play next weekend with a trip to the Oregon schools before returning for home matches against USC (Oct. 16) and No. 3 UCLA (Oct. 18).
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