Freshmen Star in Stanford Win
Oct. 30, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Freshmen Mariah Nogueira and Courtney Verloo provided Stanford with a two-goal lead and junior Morgan Redman clinched the 3-1 victory over Arizona State with a late goal Friday to draw the Cardinal within one victory of securing at least a share of its first Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer title since 2002.
Stanford (18-0, 7-0), which tied the record for the longest unbeaten streak in school history (1993-94), can earn a share of the conference title by beating visiting Arizona on Sunday (1 p.m.) and win it outright with a triumph in the season finale against visiting Cal on Nov. 8, assuming second place UCLA runs the table.
Defender Rachel Quon served up two assists, first on Nogueira's header in the third minute, and later to Redman in the 88th, answering a goal by the Sun Devils (7-6-3, 0-5-1) that was scored just a minute earlier when Courtney Tinnin's shot was mishandled by goalkeeper Kira Maker.
'Quon was our star today,' Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. 'Two great assists, and the way she set people up for great goals. The precision of her passing is amazing.'
Verloo, starting up front for the second consecutive match, scored her fourth goal of the season, as did Nogueira. The Cardinal outshot ASU, 33-10 and forced 12 saves from Sun Devils' goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore.
'I thought it was a good performance,' Ratcliffe said. 'The goal that we conceded was basically a goalkeeper's error, unfortunately. But that happens, no one's perfect. It was nice to get the goal at the end and get some separation. Overall, I thought we played very well.'
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