Pair of Cardinal women earn Pac-12 weekly soccer honors


Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson and fellow Stanford sophomore Lauren Rood were named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Players of the Week on Tuesday.

Davidson, who assisted the only goal in a 1-0 win over Washington on Friday, earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, the first such honor of her career.

Lauren Rood
Rood also played a big hand in the shutout, earning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors in the process.

In the 86th minute with the game still scoreless, Davidson's turn in midfield opened up space to move forward.

Gliding away from her marker, Davidson played a perfectly weighted through ball to the foot of Michelle Xiao, who crossed to Carusa for the deciding goal.

Davidson has started the last 11 games alongside Alana Cook at center back. The pair have helped Stanford concede just two goals in that span, while the Cardinal's 11 shutouts are tied for fourth in the nation.

Rood has allowed one goal all season season and her 0.14 goals-against average leads the Pac-12 and ranks second in the nation.

Following Carusa's goal, Washington launched a dangerous counter attack that left Rood one-on-one with the Huskies' forward. Rood preserved the lead with a brilliant kick save, her third and most important stop of the evening.

Stanford hosts Oregon at 6 p.m. Thursday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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