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Stanford women look to finish strong in soccer road matches

 

The fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer goes on the road for the last time during the final regular-season this week, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for match-ups against No. 25 Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Sunday.

The Cardinal (12-2, 6-0 Pac-12) is coming off a 2-1 home victory over Colorado while the Cougars (11-3, 4-2 Pac-12) were knocked off, 1-0, by Arizona at home. It was Washington State's first home loss of the season.


Jane Campbell
"Two strong opponents on the road is always a challenge," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "We're in a good position."

The Cardinal leads the Pac-12 with 18 points, three more than USC (10-4-1, 5-1 Pac-12). The Cougars, Washington and California are right behind, each with a pair of losses. Stanford hosts the Trojans when it returns home next weekend.

Stanford has won five of its six road matches, losing only at Santa Clara. The Cardinal's ability to maintain focus away from home has been a key for years.

"I know that if I need help on the road, I can go to one of my teammates," Cardinal freshman Tegan McGrady said. "We look to them for guidance and do what is expected of us."

Sophomore team captain Andi Sullivan leads Stanford offensively with 12 points on five goals and two assists, followed by Michelle Xiao and Kyra Carusa , each with 10 points on four goals and two assists.

Stanford leads the all-time series, 20-3-1. Five of their past six matchups have been decided by one goal. Stanford's last victory in Pullman came Sept. 30, 2011, a 1-0 victory on a goal by Lindsay Taylor that was assisted by Teresa Noyola and Camille Levin.

It is the first time Stanford has started Pac-12 play undefeated through the first six games since 2012. The Cardinal has outscored conference opponents 14-3 this season.

Stanford has not allowed more than two goals in a match over its past 249 contests, since a 4-0 loss to North Carolina on Sept. 11, 2005, in San Francisco. During that stretch, Stanford allowed two goals 26 times. The Cardinal has not allowed more than two goals in a match at home since Oct. 5, 1998, in a 3-2 overtime loss to BYU.

Junior Jane Campbell earned the 24th and 25th shutouts of her career against Oregon State (Oct. 8) and Oregon (Oct. 11), respectively. She is No. 6 on Stanford's all-time career shutout list and two behind No. 5 Emily Oliver (2010-13) with 27.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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