Cardinal corner: Top-10 teams rock their road trips

Amir Bashti scored one of the three Stanford goals. Photo by Al Chang/

Stanford's nationally-ranked men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams each went on the road to collect victories on Sunday while the nationally-ranked field hockey team stumbled at No. 4 Michigan.

It was also a nice weekend for former Stanford golfers Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy, in his professional debut, who spent their time playing the Safeway Open in Napa.

Kiki Pickett.
The eighth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team went to Berkeley and spoiled California's home opener, 3-0, as three different players scored.

The second-ranked Cardinal women's soccer team took care of business in Boulder, beating Colorado, 3-0, with Civana Kuhlmann scoring twice.

The second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team spent its Sunday sweeping Oregon State, 25-15, 25-18, 29-27, in Corvallis.

The No. 12 field hockey team dropped a 3-0 nonconference decision to the Wolverines, a day after losing 2-1, in overtime, at Rutgers.

Men's soccer beat California a school-record sixth consecutive time to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play.

Corey Baird's goal, in the fourth minute, gave the Cardinal (9-2, 3-0) an early lead.

Bryce Marion raced down the right side and played a cross to the far post and Foster Langsdorf. Langsdorf headed it back across the face of goal to Baird, who connected with a diving header that bounced into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

"We always want to start on the front foot and I thought we were magnificent at the beginning of the game," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "We played wonderfully incisive, attacking soccer and in that period we were too much to handle and deservedly got in the lead."

Ten minutes later it was another header, this time from Tomas Hilliard-Arce, who rose above everyone in the box and rocketed home his second of 2017 off a Jared Gilbey corner.

"It's a testament to the way we're passing and moving the ball," Gunn said. "We say we play our best soccer when people are moving off each other and they really did that well today. Attacking-wise you have to look at the game and ask yourself what you're going to stop. We got our set-piece goal, we got our open-play goal with a cross and some lovely passing and we had lots of other good chances from flowing soccer. Certainly we're threatening in all different ways and that's exciting."

Nico Corti collected his sixth shutout of the year and lowered his goals against average to 0.55.

Stanford returns home for its first match in nearly a month, hosting No. 22 Washington on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Women's volleyball

Kathryn Plummer recorded 17 kills in Stanford's stay inside venerable Gill Coliseum.

The Cardinal (13-2, 6-0), which hit .308, improves to 65-0 all-time against the Beavers (11-7, 1-5). The Cardinal racked up 55 digs as a team, its most in a three-set match this season.

Plummer also notched 11 digs to earn her team-best fifth double-double of the season. Redshirt senior opposite Merete Lutz recorded 10 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris finished with nine kills on .333 hitting.

Sophomore setter Jenna Gray controlled the offense with 44 assists, her most in a three-set match this year. She also tallied five digs and a crucial ace late in the third set. Sophomore libero Morgan Hentz had a match-high 18 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Kate Formico added five digs and two aces.

Stanford remains on the road, traveling to Los Angeles to face No. 13 UCLA on Friday and No. 15 USC on Sunday. Both matches will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.

Women's soccer

Civana Kuhlmann's multi-goal game and another strike from Michelle Xiao fueled Stanford's 10th consecutive win at Colorado on Sunday at Prentup Field.

Kuhlmann, who hails from nearby Centennial, led the Cardinal (12-1, 5-0) with two goals, and Xiao netted her fourth goal in three games to keep Stanford perfect in Pac-12 play.

Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere, Kiki Pickett, Madison Haley and Colorado native Jordan DiBiasi pitched in one assist apiece, and Alison Jahansouz earned her fifth shutout of the season.

Stanford outshot the Buffaloes (7-4-3, 1-3-1), 26-4, including an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal. Kuhlmann opened the scoring in the 32nd minute after some nice work from Boissiere, whose assist was her team-leading seventh of the season.

Boissiere dribbled into the box, laying it off to Kuhlmann who curled it inside the far post with her weaker left foot. It was Kuhlmann's first goal since an 8-0 win against San Francisco (Sept. 8), and she would later double her tally in the second half.

Xiao doubled the lead with an outstanding long-distance goal in the 57th minute. DiBiasi pinged a long diagonal to Xiao on the left wing, and the junior forward did the rest. She beat two defenders and created a yard of space, leaving the keeper no chance to save her dipping shot into the top corner.

After Tierna Davidson nearly scored following a dangerous run by Xiao, Kuhlmann polished the win with her second goal of the day in the 74th minute. Haley teed up Pickett's precise cross from the right flank, which found the head of Kuhlmann and eventually the back of the net.

The Cardinal returns to action Friday, hosting Washington at 8 p.m. as part of Stanford's reunion homecoming weekend. The game will broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.

Field hockey

A career-best 13 saves from Kelsey Bing and a gritty defensive effort wasn't enough to hold off Michigan Sunday.

The first half belonged to the Wolverines (11-2), who crushed 14 shots, forcing Bing to produce seven saves in the half.

The Cardinal (7-5) is set to face conference opponents UC Davis and Pacific on the road on Friday and Sunday.

Men's golf

Stanford grad Patrick Rodgers fell into a tie for 43th place after shooting a final round 75 at the Safeway Open in Napa on Sunday. Rodgers finished 3-under 285.

Cardinal grad Maverick McNealy completed his first tournament as a professional with a 2-over 74, dropping him into a toe for 52nd place with an overall 2-under 286.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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