Trojans Fall To Top-Ranked Stanford
Oct. 7, 2011
STANFORD, CALIF. -- No. 1 Stanford tallied a 3-0 win over the USC women's soccer team on Friday night despite a career-high eight saves from Trojan goalkeeper Shelby Church. The undefeated Cardinal scored twice in the first half and got one more to go in the second in handing USC its seventh straight loss of 2011. The Trojans go to 3-10-0 overall and are 0-4 in Pac-12 play, while Stanford climbs to 12-0-1, 4-0.
The stubborn Stanford defense has now amasses seven straight shutouts to hold a scoreless streak that spans 657 minutes, 26 seconds. USC tried to crack that silence with a pair of shots on goal during the battle with the Cardinal. Elizabeth Eddy and Ashley Freyer each forced a save out of Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver, but the Cardinal were able to stay in control. Two first-half goals created some room for Stanford to work with as Sydney Payne broke a scoreless stretch of almost 33 minutes with a header off a Cardinal corner kick. Rachel Quon then made it 2-0 Stanford with a shot that deflected off the post and in in the 42nd minute.
The Cardinal got lucky with a late score to round out the 3-0 win when Natalie Griffen scored off a breakaway with just 30 seconds left in the match. USC will now head to Berkeley for a clash with California on Sunday (Oct. 9) at 1 p.m.
Oct. 7, 2011 -- Stanford, Calif.
SAVES: Shelby Church (USC) 8, Emily Oliver (STAN) 2.
SHOTS: USC 7, STAN 32
CORNER KICKS: USC 3, STAN 6
FOULS: USC 10, STAN 4