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Stanford women earn Pac-12 soccer victory at Arizona State


Andi Sullivan and Haley Rosen each scored a goal to help lead the No. 5 Stanford women's soccer team past host Arizona State, 2-0, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference match.

The Cardinal (8-2, 2-0 Pac-12) held possession throughout the game but had trouble finding the finishing touch to get on board.

Jack Keelan
Sullivan broke through in the 74th minute with a perfectly placed left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box to the lower right corner of the goal.

Rosen added a second goal less than five minutes later with a blistering left-footed shot to the upper-right corner of the goal from roughly 22 yards out.

Stanford had advantages over Arizona State (4-5, 0-2 Pac-12) in shots (18-4) and corner kicks (6-2).

The Cardinal's backline played well, keeping the Sun Devils attackers out wide and away from the center of the goal. Jane Campbell made the plays needed when called upon in goal and registered one save.

Stanford controlled the game from the start, opening the contest with three quality scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes.

Mariah Lee generated the first two chances, first sending a cross-box pass to the foot of Sullivan who fired high over the crossbar.

Less than a minute later, Lee lofted a nifty chip into the 18-yard box that Kyra Carusa shot on frame but had it cleared off the line by an Arizona State defender.

Jordan DiBiasi created a scoring chance in the 37th minute, fighting for a loose ball inside the 18-yard box and getting a shot off that sailed just wide left of the frame.

Lee continued to be a threat, generating two of the Cardinal's best scoring opportunities in the latter portion of the first half.

Sullivan whipped in a cross to the box from the left side of the field in the 34th minute that Lee was able to get her head on and send to the left post. Sun Devils goalkeeper Chandler Morris made a diving effort to make the save.

Three minutes later, Tegan McGrady carried the ball to Arizona State's endline and slipped a pass back through the box to Lee at the top of the box. Lee took a touch to beat her defender and drilled a low shot that just missed the right post.

Stanford continued to push the pace in the second half constantly serving crosses into Arizona State's box and generating shots consistently.

DiBiasi nearly got Stanford on the board in the 52nd minute when she made a run to the back post and found herself on the end of a cross. She connected on a full volley that hit the side netting about a foot from the left post.

Rosen sent a 60th minute corner kick to the head of McGrady, who hit the left post with her shot. Stanford got the rebound and Sullivan fired a right-footed shot from the top left corner of the box that curved just left of the left post.

Megan Turner nearly earned her first goal of the season in the 62nd minute with a shot to the top right corner of the goal that Morris was just able to tip over the crossbar.

The Cardinal finally broke through with Sullivan's strike in the 74th minute and got an insurance goal from Rosen in the 79th.

Stanford concludes its road trip Sunday at 11 a.m. (PT) when it takes on No. 17 Arizona. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Women's volleyball

No. 8 Stanford fell to Arizona State for the first time since 2000, ending a 28-match winning streak, as the Sun Devils took a 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19 decision on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

Arizona State hit .297 as a team and four Sun Devils tallied double-digit kills. The Cardinal hit .259 for the match.

Freshman Hayley Hodson tied her season high in kills with 18 for Stanford (8-4, 2-2 Pac-12). Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merete Lutz added 15 kills on .419 hitting and six blocks, including three solo.

Senior outside hitter Brittany Howard finished with eight kills and seven digs, including her 1,000th career kill. She joins fellow seniors Jordan Burgess and Inky Ajanaku in accomplishing that feat.

Howard is 11 digs away from becoming the 10th player in program history to register 1,000 career kills and digs.

Senior setter Madi Bugg turned in her fourth straight double-double with 45 assists and 11 digs. She leads the team with six on the season.

Freshman libero Halland McKenna collected 14 digs, tallying double-digits for the eighth time this year.

Stanford returns to The Farm next week to play host to Oregon State on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 22 Oregon on Sunday at 5 p.m. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cross country

Aisling Cuffe competed in her first competitive cross-country race in two years and proved that she's close to top form, winning the Washington Invitational on Friday.

And Joe Rosa, also out for the 2015 track season with injury, proved the same thing, finishing second in the men's race.

In the team competitions, Stanford was second among the men and the Cardinal women were third, though both teams were not at full strength.

Oregon won both races, with two-time NCAA cross-country champ Edward Cheserek, now a junior, outrunning Rosa by four seconds.

Cuffe, the 2013 Pac-12 champion and 2014 NCAA outdoor 5,000 runner-up missed all of cross country and track during the 2014-15 academic year.

She covered the 6-kilometer (3.73-mile) women's course at Jefferson Park Golf Course in 19:41, leading Stanford to third with 60 points, one behind runner-up Washington.

It was Cuffe's first competitive race since finishing fourth in the 5,000 at the 2014 U.S. outdoor track and field championships.

This gives Stanford a second consecutive individual women's victory, after Elise Cranny, a current sophomore who didn't run Friday, captured the 2014 race in 20:11.

Rosa ran 23:20.6 over 8K (4.97 miles) while Stanford scored 69 to Oregon's 52. Jack Keelan placed fourth (23:22.3) and Garrett Sweatt seventh (23:27.2), each finishing ahead of the Ducks' second runner.

Among those who didn't compete for Stanford were Stanford Invitational winner Sean McGorty, Stanford Invite runner-up Grant Fisher, and 2013 NCAA fifth-place finisher Jim Rosa, who has yet to race this season.

Cuffe and Joe Rosa ran in the season-opening Fresno State Invitational, but Stanford treated that race as a workout. This time, the harnesses were removed, though the Cardinal remains in a heavy training phase.

Two Stanford freshmen made their first collegiate debut. Hannah Long was the Cardinal's No. 3 runner, in 14th place (20:11.6) and Catherine Pagano was the team's No. 8, in 77th place (21:44.1). Vanessa Fraser was Stanford's No. 2, in 10th in 20:08.0.

Closer representations of Stanford's full-strength squads will compete on the weekend of Oct. 16-17, at the Wisconsin Invitational (men) and Pre-Nationals (women). The Stanford men are ranked No. 2 and the women No. 4.

Field hockey

Jessica Chisholm and Fran Tew each scored a goal and Stanford defeated host UC Davis, 2-1, in an America East Conference match on Friday.

The Cardinal (1-1, 8-3) travels to Northwestern for a match on Friday.

Chisholm gave Stanford an early edge, taking advantage of a penalty corner, with assists from Maddie Secco and Sarah Helgeson less than two minutes into the contest.

Tew gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead early in the second half, taking a short tap from Secco in the middle of the circle, close in.

Dulcie Davies needed just two saves to get credit for the win.

— Stanford Athletics

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