Tip of the Hat to Lumi
STANFORD, Calif. – Freshman Lumi Kostmayer managed a hat trick to run her season goals tally to a team-best seven as No. 9 Stanford (7-1-0) defeated San Diego (2-4-2) 5-0 on Thursday afternoon from Cagan Stadium.
The hat trick is the first for the Cardinal since Maya Doms had three against CSUN on August 26, 2021. Thursday also marked the second multi-goal of the season for the native of Southbury, Conn. after scoring two at San Francisco on August 25.
Kostmayer got the scoring started in the 16th minute as she put away a goal on the third consecutive chance from Stanford. San Diego's Sophie Kevorkian made solid stops on initial shots from Jasmine Aikey and Allie Montoya, but Kostmayer found herself in perfect position to put away the final rebound.
Kevorkian would ultimately face 29 Stanford shots, including 15 on goal, while making 10 saves.
While Kostmayer's first goal was the lone tally in the first half, Stanford exploded for four goals in the second stanza – including the second of the day from Kostmayer in the 52nd minute. It was a similar story for the Cardinal striker, who converted a rebound that came from an Abby Greubel chance.
Julia Leontini made it 3-0 in the 57th minute as she hit a well-driven low shot from distance that beat Kevorkian. The goal, mentioned postgame as a nominee for goal of the year so far, was Leontini's third of the campaign.
Kostmayer completed the hat trick in the 63rd minute as she unleashed a right-footed shot just outside of the box and curled it past the keeper and into the back of the net.
Including the three from Kostmayer, four of the five goals on Thursday came from freshmen players as Logan Smith scored her first career goal in the 72nd minute. Junior Amy Sayer played a perfect ball through the backline of San Diego where Smith connected in stride and slipped her shot past Kevorkian to run the tally to 5-0.
Junior goalkeeper Ryan Campbell made two saves for the Cardinal to record her third shutout of the season. The Cardinal defense limited the Toreros to just five total shots.
Stanford will now prepare to visit Santa Clara for a 7:30 p.m. match on Sunday.
GAME NOTES: Kostmayer's hat trick is the first for the Cardinal since Maya Doms had three goals against CSUN on August 26, 2021 … Kostmayer now owns a brace (at San Francisco, 8/25/22) and a hat trick on the year … the Cardinal has managed four shutouts in the first eight matches … Stanford has scored three-plus goals in six of the eight matches, topping out at five three times …. the Cardinal owns 20+ shots in all but two matches this season and has held opponents under 10 in all but one … Stanford owns a 94-5-8 record at Cagan Stadium since the start of the 2014 season … with Smith's goal, 12 different Cardinal players have scored a goal through the first eight matches … Stanford entered the match ranked 12th nationally (second in the Pac-12) in scoring offense at 3.14 goals per game – that mark now sits at 3.38 … Stanford is now averaging 25.38 shots per game and 12.63 shots on goal per game ... Stanford is +152 in shots this year and is outscoring the opposition 27-4.