LOS ANGELES - Playing No. 1 USC for the second time in as many days, No. 2 Stanford put together a strong formula for success, but fell just short to the Trojans in overtime, 12-11. The loss drops the Cardinal to 6-4 overall and 4-4 in the MPSF.
No. 2 Stanford 11 - No. 1 USC 12 (OT)
After falling behind 2-0, Stanford recovered swiftly, netting goals from Chloe Harbilas and Sophie Wallace to draw even at 2-2. There, the teams exchanged goals back and forth until the half, entering the break knotted at 5-5.
The Cardinal was the dominant side to open the third period, scoring twice with goals from Jewel Roemer and Sarah Klass to grab a 7-5 lead. Another goal from Klass but Stanford ahead 8-6, but the Trojans would not wilt, tying things at 8-8 near the end of the third. Hannah Shabb would put Stanford ahead entering the final period of regulation, scoring a goal with two seconds left in the third.
Roemer scored again, pushing the Cardinal lead back to two, at 10-8, but from there, the Stanford offense stalled, and USC capitalized to even things at 10-10. Both team's defenses held strong to ride out regulation, forcing turnovers and corralling saves to push the match into extra time.
USC scored twice in a span of 15 seconds near the end of the opening stanza of overtime, punctuating a pivotal 4-0 run for the Trojans. Stanford got a last second shot from Madison Stamen, but it wasn't enough. The loss is the third straight for Stanford.
The Cardinal was 3-of-9 in powerplay situations, while USC was 4-of-10. Emalia Eichelberger featured 10 saves for Stanford.
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 1 USC
April 11, 2021 • Los Angeles, Calif.
USC 2 – 3 – 3 – 2 – 2 – 0 = 12
STAN 1 – 4 – 4 – 1 – 0 – 1 = 11
USC Goals: Denise Mammolito 7, Verica Bakoc 3, Julia Janov 1, Grace Tehaney 1
Stanford Goals: Sarah Klass 3, Chloe Harbilas 2, Jewel Roemer 2, Hannah Constandse 1, Hannah Shabb 1, Madison Stamen 1, Sophie Wallace 1
Saves: Holly Parker (USC) 12, Emalia Eichelberger (STAN) 10