Senior Haley Rosen gave the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team an early advantage and then helped make sure they left Pullman with a victory.
Rosen scored a goal and then assisted freshman Averie Collins on the game-winner to give the Cardinal a 2-1, double-overtime, victory at No. 25 Washington State on Thursday night.
Collins became the fifth (of five) freshman field player to record a game-winning goal for Stanford. The quintet continue to show why they were so highly-touted out of high school.
The Cardinal (13-2, 7-0 Pac-12) responded to the Cougars pressure with a quicker and more direct pace of play, creating exciting back-and-forth action with consistent opportunities for both teams through the first portion of the match.
Rosen, the only player left from Stanford's national championship team, was outstanding in doing a lot of everything for the Cardinal. She maintained possession, distributed well, made regular runs forward and was a constant threat in the offensive zone. She recorded a team-high five shots, four on goal.
Stanford, 4-0 in overtime contests, pulled away late, maintaining a majority of the possession and chances in the second portion of the second half and both overtime periods. The Cardinal outshot the Cougars, 24-11, and held a 12-6 corner kick advantage. Stanford had 12 players register at least one shot.
Rosen got Stanford on the board in the 13th minute when she received a pass from Kyra Carusa about 30 yards out from goal. Rosen carried the ball into the 18-yard box near the penalty spot, weaving her way through three defenders along the way, and slotted a shot past the goalkeeper to the lower left corner for her fourth goal.
Washington State leveled the score at 1-1 in the 37th minute. Cardinal goalie Jane Campbell dove to her left to make a save, but the bounced six yards out and she was unable to recover in time to stop the follow shot to the back post.
Stanford produced a consistent wave of pressure between the 60th and 70th minute, outshooting the Cougars 4-0 during that span but could not find the finishing touch needed to pull away.
The Cardinal survived a late scare when Washington State nearly took a lead in the 85th minute. After a quality build up, the Cougars sent a cross to the back post but a shot went just right of the goal.
Stanford outshot Washington State 3-0 in both overtime periods and generated six corner kicks in the extra periods of play before Rosen and Collins connected for the game-winner.
Stanford will look to continue its momentum Sunday when it plays its final road game of the regular season at Washington at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Stanford improved to 21-3-1 all-time against Washington State in a series that has been decided by one goal in six of the past seven meetings.