Stanford Advances to College Cup
Nov. 27, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Kelley O'Hara quickly answered an early Boston College goal with two of her own to lead the No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team to a 3-1 quarterfinal victory Friday night and a berth in the NCAA College Cup final four.
Christen Press assisted on both of O'Hara's goals - tying and breaking Stanford's season assist record (15) - and iced the match herself with a goal in the 85th minute, before a sellout crowd of 2,200 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stanford (24-0-0) will play the winner of Saturday's UCLA-Portland game in the semifinals Friday, Dec. 4, in College Station, Texas. This will be Stanford's second consecutive semifinal berth and third overall. The Cardinal is seeking its first final, which will be played Dec. 6.
Boston College (18-4-2), the No. 2 seed in the 16-team Stanford regional, surprised the Cardinal by scoring only 1:42 into the match when Julia Bouchelle collected a pass from Victoria DiMartino in the box and sent a shot past a diving Kira Maker and off the right post before deflecting in.
It was the first time Stanford had trailed since falling behind Washington State in a 2-1 overtime victory Oct. 23 and the fifth time all season.
Less than a minute later, Stanford answered back when a shot by Christen Press bounced off the crossbar to O'Hara, who buried the rebound at 2:25 to tie the score.
O'Hara, a senior playing her final home match, extended her school single-season goal-scoring record to 25 when she put Stanford ahead in the 26th minute. A flick forward by Lindsay Taylor, and a touch pass by Press released a sprinting O'Hara on a breakaway. She scored , from 15 yards out, allowing Press to break Marcie Ward's 2000 assist record of 14.
The final goal was scored when central defender Alicia Jenkins found a breaking Press for a one-on-one against goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni for the final margin.