No. 14 Stanford Blanks Arizona State
STANFORD, Calif. – Senior Katie Meyer recorded her 19th career shutout in goal, including her fourth of the season, as No. 14 Stanford (11-3-1, 5-1-1 Pac-12) blanked Arizona State (8-6-2, 0-5-2 Pac-12) 2-0 from Cagan Stadium on Thursday night.
With her 19th clean sheet, Meyer moves into a share of eighth all-time in Stanford history with Carly Smolak (2007-10).
Meyer and the Cardinal defense limited Arizona State to just four total shots in the victory, with Meyer recording a pair of second-half saves.
Offensively, Stanford received goals from sophomore Samantha Williams and freshman Andrea Kitahata.
Williams got the scoring started in the 8th minute as she hammered home her second goal of the year on a corner kick that originated from Katie Duong. Fifth-year Madison Haley leaped and headed the ball on to Williams who knocked it down before finding the net on the first of 11 corner kicks taken by the Cardinal on Thursday night.
Stanford, which outshot Arizona State 12-4 in the match, managed six shots in each period.
Kitahata extended the Stanford lead in the 63rd minute on an impressive diving header that came on a cross from Amy Sayer. Sayer dribbled the ball down the right sideline and sent a ball into the middle of the box where Kitahata dove and redirected the header to the far side of the net.
The goal was Kitahata's fourth of the season and ran her point total to 13 on the year. Sayer has now contributed an assist in back-to-back matches.
Arizona State goalkeeper Birta Gudlaugs finished the match with four saves over her 90 minutes in goal for the Sun Devils.
Stanford, which wore pink jerseys to promote breast cancer awareness, will return to action on Sunday when it hosts Arizona at noon. The Cardinal will recognize its alumnae at halftime of the contest as part of its annual Alumnae Match.
Fans wishing to bid on the game-worn pink jerseys can do so by visiting gostanford.com/auctions. All proceeds benefit the Women's Cancer Center at Stanford Medicine.