The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team delivered a dominating performance in its home debut Friday night, defeating Boston College, 4-0, in a nonconference match at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Freshman Michelle Xiao scored twice, Stephanie Amack and Andi Sullivan each added a goal and the Cardinal (2-0) controlled the game from the start, outshooting the Eagles 25-3 and holding a 9-0 corner kick advantage.
Stanford's defense was tested early but did well to limit Boston College (2-1) and keep its attackers wide. Jane Campbell got the start in goal and made two saves.
The Cardinal applied plenty of pressure to start the game and broke through in the 25th minute. Haley Rosen sent a corner kick in to the box that Amack headed toward the goal. Her shot appeared to be heading in the net but was denied at the goal line by a handball by an Eagles player, who received a red card for the offense.
Sullivan stepped in to take the penalty kick for the Cardinal and buried the shot in the right side of the net as Stanford improved to 6-0-2 all-time against Boston College.
Amack converted less than seven minutes later, with an assist from Rosen, who drilled a free kick off the crossbar. Amack got behind the defense and headed the ball into the goal for her first of the year.
Stanford made it 3-0 at the 33:00 mark when Laura Liedle whipped in a cross from the right side of the field and found Xiao streaking toward the near post. Xiao hit the cross with the outside of her right foot, placing her shot into the right-side netting. It is the first goal of Xiao's collegiate career.
Xiao didn't wait long to score again, finding the back of the net just 26 seconds into the second half.
She received the ball on the left side of the field, beat her defender and hit a perfectly placed right-footed shot into the top-right corner of the goal.
Stanford returns to game action Friday at 7 p.m. when it travels to Cal Poly. The game will be the first of a stretch that includes five games in 14 days.
Despite a number of quality chances and a flurry of late-match pressure, No. 8 Stanford lost its season opener at UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on Friday night.
The Cardinal heads to No. 18 Louisville for a Monday night matchup at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The Cardinals started their campaign with a 2-1 home victory over William & Mary.
Stanford outshot the Gauchos, 12-10, forced freshman goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg into four saves and had a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
"We started very brightly and for the first 25 minutes were completely in charge," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "It was really the first time so far we moved the ball fluently since camp opened, but we need to capitalize in that period. UCSB made a good driving run, we didn't make the tackles where they need to be put in and ended up down a goal at half."