Cardinal Shoots, a Lot, in 2-1 Victory

Aug. 28, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The No. 4 Stanford women's soccer team shattered a school single-game record for shots, with 40, in a 2-1 nonconference victory at Cal Poly on Friday night.

Stanford (2-0) got two goals from Kelley O'Hara within a five-minute span - her second multi-goal performance in as many games - to build a 2-0 second-half lead, but conceded a penalty kick in the 67th minute for the final margin.

The shot total, balanced at 20 in each half, broke the Cardinal single-game mark of 33, which was set in a 5-0 victory over Arizona State on Oct. 26, 2008.

'The team played good soccer,' Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. 'We created a lot of chances, but we weren't finishing as precisely as would like, and part of the reason was the play of their goalkeeper.'

Cal Poly, playing its season opener, got 15 saves from Coral Hoover.

O'Hara and Christen Press had 10 shots each for the Cardinal. O'Hara converted on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute and followed with another goal in the 58th after a cutback move set up a shot into the upper left corner.

Stanford started four freshmen. Central defender Alina Garciamendez and right outside back Rachel Quon started for the second consecutive match. In addition, Courtney Verloo started at forward and Mariah Nogueira at center midfield.

The defense surrendered only six shots, with goalkeeper Kira Maker making two saves.

'The defense, I thought, played really well,' Ratcliffe said. 'We played great possession soccer and moved the ball well. But in the scoring department, we've got to finish all those shots. I'm not happy with that. We need to get sharper.'

Sophomore forward Lindsay Taylor, a 2008 NSCAA first-team All-American, came off the bench for the second consecutive match as she recovers from an illness. She played 10-15 minutes in a 6-2 season-opening victory at Hawaii on Sunday, and increased that to 35 minutes Friday. She took four shots.

Stanford assistant coach Jay Cooney decided to drive his own car to the match as a precaution and it's a good thing he did. Cooney got the call after he had driven for about an hour that his wife, Greta, was in labor. He turned around and made it in plenty of time for the birth of their second son, Hayes, at 6:25 p.m.

Young Cooney's numbers were as healthy as the team's: 20 ½ inches, 7 pounds, 13 oz.

The Cardinal plays its home opener on Sunday (1 p.m.) against San Diego State.

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