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Cardinal corner: An assisted Pac-12 women's soccer victory

 

Michelle Xiao scored twice, Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere recorded a pair of assists and the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team downed visiting Arizona State, 6-0, in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

Stanford's 4.36 goals per game average continues to lead the nation and the Cardinal moved past Quinnipiac into first nationally with 41 total assists.


Jaye Boissiere
The Cardinal (10-1, 3-0) travels to Utah for a conference match Thursday at 4 p.m.

Kyra Carusa and Catarina Macario each had a goal and an assist as Stanford extended its winning streak to eight.

The Cardinal has outscored its opponents by a 36-2 margin over that stretch.

Arizona State (4-5-2, 1-1-1) was coming off a 1-1 draw with California.

Boissiere moved into a tie for the team lead, with team captain Andi Sullivan, with her fifth and sixth assists of the year as Stanford scored at least four goals for the seventh time

Mariah Lee and Jordan DiBiasi also scored to help goalie Alison Jahansouz improve to 5-1 on the season. Jahansouz did not face a shot on goal.

The Cardinal scored twice within the first nine minutes of the contest to put the Sun Devils on their heels. Macario opened with her first goal in four games and her ninth overall.

Macario moved into a seventh-place tie nationally in total goals. Wofford's Hayley Younginer leads with 17.

In the fifth minute, Stanford passed its way forward before Macario got on the end of Boissiere's ball in, which was cleverly flicked on by Carusa. Macario found herself through on goal, sliding home a neat finish.

Four minutes later, DiBiasi was through after another long build up. Boissiere released Xiao down the left wing, and Xiao fizzed a low ball through the Sun Devils' defense to the foot of DiBiasi, who finished into the bottom right corner.

In the 17th minute, Xiao won a penalty on the left side of the box and Carusa confidently fired it into the net to make it 3-0. Stanford finished the break with an 11-0 lead in shots over the Sun Devils, who did not register a shot until the 88th minute.

Xiao, who also recorded an assist, made it 4-0 after Macario's free kick hit the right post, winning the ball in a crowded penalty area and slotting home her third goal of the season.

Three minutes later, Xiao rattled the crossbar from the left side the box. She got her second goal of the game shortly after, collecting a fine cross from Macario and curling it inside the far post.

Lee put the finishing touches on the win in the 68th minute. Pressuring Arizona State in its own penalty area, Lee won the ball back and quickly fired it past Nikki Panas inside the far post.

Women's golf

Freshman Mika Liu fashioned six birdies and an eagle Sunday to help the Stanford women's golf team place third after the first round of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Minnesota.

Liu eagled the par-4 second hole and turned in 6-under. She finished with a 4-under 68 and shares the individual lead with Robynn Ree of USC.

As a team, the Cardinal combined for a best four-out-of-five total of 6-over 294, and trails first-place Arkansas (288) by six strokes in the stellar 12 school tournament. The event is hosted by LPGA Hall of Famer, Annika Sorenstam.

Stanford played the front nine in 6-under, but slipped to 12-over on the back nine.

Sophomore Andrea Lee added a 74 is tied for 14th, while senior Shannon Aubert shot 75 and is tied for 22nd. Sophomore Albane Valenzuela recorded a 77 and is tied for 37th, and senior Calli Ringsby shot 81 and is tied for 55th.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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