Catarina Macario scored two goals and assisted on another and the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team beat visiting Oregon, 4-0, Thursday night to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play.
In New Orleans, senior Andi Sullivan, Cardinal grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press and Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper helped Team USA beat Korea.
Stanford takes a slim two-point into Sunday's game. USC (12-1-1, 6-0-1) assumed sole possession of second place following a win over Washington combined with Washington State's victory over second-ranked UCLA (12-1-2, 5-1-1).
The Bruins fell into a third-place tie with California (12-2-1, 5-1-1), though the top four teams are within five points of each other with four matches remaining.
Fifth-place Arizona (7-4-3, 4-2-1) retains a mathematical chance to win the title after beating Utah. The Cougars can tie and everyone else has been eliminated.
Cardinal goalie Alison Jahansouz improved to 7-1 with her sixth shutout of the season, finishing with one save. The Cardinal outshot Oregon 22-6 with a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Stanford won its 12th consecutive contest and recorded its sixth straight shutout, extending its streak to 603:20 without conceding a score, a span that dates to the first half of the Pac-12 opener at Washington State, which knocked UCLA, 1-0, on Thursday.
Macario made it 1-0 in the 20th minute with a free kick from 35 yards, bending it with power inside the left post for her 10th goal of the season. Oregon responded with some chances going forward, only to be denied by strong defending from Sam Hiatt and Tegan McGrady.
In the 40th minute, Macario doubled the lead with another well-taken strike from outside the box. Tegan McGrady pinged a long ball from inside her own half to the top of the box, where Mariah Lee flicked it into the area of Macario. Macario's first touch off the thigh set her up for a screaming 20-yard volley inside the left post.
Michelle Xiao had two chances to make it 3-0, including one after another inch-perfect through ball by McGrady. It was Macario again at the center of Stanford's third goal after some tidy link-up play by McGrady and Boissiere.
Macario eventually got it outside the box, bending one off the far post and leaving Kyra Carusa with a wide-open net in which to finish in the 57th minute.
In the 69th minute, Jaye Boissiere polished off the win with another superb goal. Jordan DiBiasi and Sam Hiatt combined on the right side before feeding Boissiere, who beat her mark and roped it into the upper far corner with her left foot from 25 yards.
USA National Team
Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara recorded an assist on Alex Morgan's goal and Team USA beat Korea Republic, 3-1, Thursday night at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in the first of a pair of friendlies against the Koreans.
The U.S. and Korea meet again Sunday at 11 a.m. (ESPN) in Cary, North at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan found the net in the first half, their fourth and fifth goals of the year, respectively.
The U.S. earned a penalty kick following a foul against Megan Rapinoe in the 52nd minute. Rapinoe converted for her third goal of the year.
Stanford senior Andi Sullivan made her first start in nearly a year, and her fifth with the national team.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper, who made her national team debut, with Sullivan, exactly a year ago to the day, recorded her 10th cap and seventh start.
O’Hara made a run into the penalty box on the right side, beating her defender to the end line before passing to Morgan, who scored the goal.
Stanford grad Christen Press also played, subbing in for Morgan.