No. 3 Stanford Shuts Out UNC Greensboro 2-0 In Stanford/Nike Invitational Finale
Sept. 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3 Stanford women's soccer team concluded play in the 2008 Stanford/Nike Invitational this afternoon by cruising to a 2-0 shutout victory over UNC Greensboro. Sophomore Christen Press scored the game winner just 10 minutes into the match and junior Kristin Stannard scored her first goal of the season to ensure the Cardinal victory.
Stanford was relentless in its attack from the first whistle, and almost took the lead in the 5th minute when freshman Teresa Noyola sent a dangerous ball into the box toward junior Kelley O'Hara that Spartan goalkeeper Kelsey Kearney was able to punch away in the nick of time, but the play was ultimately whistled with an offside call against the Cardinal.
Five minutes later, Stanford did put one away, as freshman Camille Levin brought the ball through the midfield and found Press in stride. Press then beat Kearney in a one-v-one situation to the right and kicked the ball into the net before any UNCG defenders could catch up.
After the goal, head coach Paul Ratcliffe switched things up for the Cardinal, sending in freshman Shira Averbuch, Stannard, and sophomore Allison McCann into the midfield, as well as sophomore Morgan Redman, redshirt junior Lea MacKinnon, and senior Kelley Birch up top. The moves proved to be the right call, as Averbuch connected with Stannard just before halftime for Stanford's insurance goal. Stannard collected the ball 14 yards just to the right of the goal and sent a curling shot through traffic into the left side netting for her first tally of the year.
After halftime, the Cardinal controlled much of the flow of play. Stanford fired 19 of its 26 shots and was awarded seven of its 12 corner kicks in the second half, and came close to scoring more goals on several more occasions. However, the final whistle blew with the score still standing 2-0 in favor of the Cardinal.
'It was a great weekend with great results,' noted Ratcliffe. 'It was a good tie against UNC, which obviously shows we're a very strong team, and today's result was solid as well. We got some players in off the bench and they made a huge difference in the game and helped us win.'
Continuing further on his substitutes making great plays, Ratcliffe said, 'I thought Averbuch, Stannard and McCann did fantastic in midfield. They gave the team a boost and some energy and played some great soccer.'
With the win, Stanford improves to 6-0-1 and remains undefeated. The Cardinal took second in the tournament behind No. 5 North Carolina, which won the tournament with a plus-five goal differential over Stanford's plus-two after defeating No. 15 Santa Clara 5-0 in today's first match. The Cardinal will remain in the Bay Area next weekend, and will travel down El Camino Real to take part in the Santa Clara adidas Classic. Stanford will take on Yale Friday at 5 p.m. and Cal Poly Sunday at 11 a.m. at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium.