No. 1 Stanford Too Much For Cats
Nov. 1, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford continued its run at an undefeated season and clinched a share of the Pacfici-10 title by shutting out the visiting Arizona Wildcats, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime and netted two more goals in the final period to improve to 19-0 (8-0 Pac-10) on the season.
'Stanford has such tremendous firepower,' co-interim head coach John Galas said after the game. 'They are a very technical team, play with exceptional pace and try to break you down. You can see why they are not only the top team in the Pac-10, but in the nation.'
Despite the halftime deficit and two second half goals, the Wildcats put in a gritty second half effort, something that pleased the UA coaches.
'We were very proud of the effort in the second half,' co-interim head coach John Galas said after the game. 'The score might not suggest that, but it's definitely something this group can build on. That was our focus to the team after the game.'
Arizona doubled its first half shot total by firing four shots in the second period, and received some spirited efforts that helped push the Wildcats forward into the offensive half of the field and maintain better possessions.
'I thought we possessed the ball much better in the second half,' co-interim head coach Lisa Oyen said. 'We had some players step up for us, which was really nice to see. We really responded well despite being in a tough situation.'
Playing their final road match of the season, the Wildcats were the on the defensive early as the Cardinal attempted 10 first half shots.
Stanford netted the game's first goal in the 26th minute off a corner kick. Christen Press' delivery into the box was headed in by Mariah Nogueira.
In the 33rd minute, Kelley O'Hara extended the Cardinal lead to 2-0. In the second half, Press added a goal in the 58th minute and Teresa Noyola put in the game's final goal in the 83rd minute.
Devon Wharf, last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, tallied four saves in the first half for Arizona, while Ashley Jett played the final 45 minutes in goal, collecting seven shots.
Arizona returns home to host Oregon and Oregon State next weekend to close out the 2009 season.
'We're looking forward to playing at home next weekend and closing out the season on a high note,' Galas said. 'We have two tough opponents coming in, but it should be fun to play in front of our fans and the community. We want to send off the seniors on a high note.'
Friday's match against Oregon is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium. The regular season finale is set for 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 8.