Women's Soccer Can't Contain #23 Stanford
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Utah soccer team had its hands full Friday evening against #23 Stanford at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, falling 5-0 to the Cardinal.
Stanford, who had lost back-to-back matches heading into Friday's contest, didn't waste any time and booted one into the net just 2:04 into the match. Minutes later, Taliana Kaufusi put a great foot on the ball but Stanford's keeper – who was solid all evening – made the save.
About 10 minutes later in the 27', Kaufusi got another great look at the goal but Stanford's Katie Meyer was there once again. Stanford then countered out of the Utah (1-3-2, 0-1-1 Pac-12) corner kick and put another goal on the board after Maya Doms connected on the rebound from a Samantha Williams shot that was blocked.
The Utes had another corner kick opportunity in the 37' but was not able to convert on the set piece and headed into the locker room down 2-0.
Courtney Talbot had back-to-back rockets on goal early on in the second half, but somehow Meyer was there to make the save on both shots that went top-shelf. Stanford (2-2-0, 1-1-0 Pac-12) tacked on another goal in the 65' on a free kick after Brianna Pearson was assessed a yellow card just outside the box. Utah had another set piece opportunity in the 74' but once again wasn't able to connect.
A minute after Megan Quiggle made her first collegiate appearance in goal replacing SJ Edwards, Stanford took advantage of Utah getting settled to score its fourth of the evening from Williams. Stanford added on the fifth and final goal in the 88' when Williams followed her miss off the crossbar for the brace.
Utah will close out its Bay Area road swing this Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m. (MT) when it faces #10 Cal for its fourth ranked opponent this season on Pac-12 Networks.