Cardinal women score late to earn a victory in soccer opener


Kyra Carusa scored two second-half goals in less than a minute to help lead the No. 8 Stanford women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory at Utah in the Pac-12 conference opener for both teams Friday.

Facing a 1-0 deficit after the first 63 minutes, the Cardinal (7-2, 1-0 Pac-12) offense exploded for four second-half goals to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 openers since 2000 with a 10-0-3 record.

Lia Neal
Stanford leveled the score in the 64th minute when Averie Collins sent a cross into the box from the right side to Carusa in the center of the box. Carusa fought off a pair of defenders and sent a left-footed shot to the right corner of the goal.

Carusa struck again 57 seconds later after Stanford earned a corner kick. Sullivan sent in the cross to Stephanie Amack who headed a pass to Carusa in front of the goal. With her back to the goal, Carusa delivered a nifty back-heel flick into the right corner of the goal for her second score of the day.

Collins scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 86th minute to extend Stanford's lead to 3-1.

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored in the final second of the game to put an exclamation point on the Cardinal's victory.

Women's swimming

Stanford opened its fall season with a 142-119 victory at Washington State on Friday afternoon.

The Cardinal won 10 events overall, highlighted by a pair of victories from Janet Hu (50-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke) and Nicole Stafford (100 free, 200 free).

Hu and Stafford also factored into Stanford's lone relay triumph, joining Heidi Poppe and Julia Ama as the Cardinal clocked in at 1:44.04 in the 200-yard medley.

Coming off a rookie season in which she notched 13 All-America honors, Lia Neal claimed the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.19. Returners Sarah Haase (100-yard breaststroke) and Ally Howe (200 fly) also collected victories.

Freshmen Ella Eastin (500 free) and Leah Stevens (1,000 free) recorded victories in their first collegiate meet.

Stanford returns to action on Oct. 16, hosting Utah at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Field hockey

A late goal by sophomore Charlotte Veitner helped the top-ranked Connecticut to a 3-2 victory over No. 9 Stanford on Friday at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. The Huskies move to 8-0 while the Cardinal drops to 6-3.

Connecticut tried to cushion its lead as junior Olivia Bolles inserted the ball, which junior Anna Middendorf fired into a crowded lane but was denied by Stanford's defense.

Middendorf quickly attempted to find the back of the net but the Cardinal's Sarah Helgeson came up with the defensive save.

Three minutes later, Upton got a shot off from the top of the circle but once again Stanford managed to get the defensive save, thanks to Katie Keyser.

Veitner smacked the ball towards the cage but was held off by Stanford's goalkeeper Dulcie Davis. Bowden was in the right place at the right time, catching the rebound off the net-minder's shin and clipping it in to give UConn a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Stanford came out firing in the second half, putting three shots on goal but quick reflexes by UConn's redshirt sophomore goalie Nina Klein and a defensive save by Middendorf kept the Cardinal off the board.

The Huskies responded with their own barrage of shots but couldn't get the ball in the net.

The Cardinal drew within 2-1 after Helgeson set up the penalty corner and got the ball to Maddie Secco on the crease, who stepped back for Jessica Chisholm to send the ball into UConn's goal.

Stanford capitalized on another penalty corner with 66:13 on the clock as Helgeson and Secco helped Caroline Beaudoin knot the score at 2-2.

With just under two minutes to go, Veitner dribbled around Stanford's defenders and flicked the ball past the goalkeeper for her 16th goal of the season and the decisive game-winner.

The Huskies limited Stanford to a single shot in the first half.

— Stanford Athletics

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