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Stanford women one win from another Pac-12 soccer title

 
Jordan DiBiaso scored the only goal of the game as Stanford edged UCLA, 1-0, Thursday night. Photo by Erin Chang/isiphotos.com.

Jordan DiBiasi's first-half goal was enough for the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to earn its 14th straight, beating host No. 6 UCLA on Thursday night at Drake Stadium.

Stanford (16-1, 9-0) can clinch its third consecutive title with a victory at USC (14-1-1, 8-0-1) on Sunday at 3 p.m.


Alanna Cook
The Cardinal sits atop the Pac-12 standings with 27 points, two ahead of the fifth-ranked Trojans, who beat California, 1-0, on Thursday.

UCLA and the Bears were both eliminated from title contention and both can still play a role in who wins the title. UCLA and USC play each other next week, as does Stanford and California.

Alison Jahansouz finished with three saves, including a fingertip stop in the 70th minute, to prevent UCLA from leveling the score.

With its eighth consecutive shutout, the Cardinal stretched its streak without allowing a goal to 773:20 minutes.

In the 28th minute, DiBiasi slammed home a second ball in the box after Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere's corner looped into a dangerous area.

Alana Cook headed the loose ball to the left post, and DiBiasi was there for her sixth goal of the season. It was the 18th of her career and 10th game winner.

The Bruins (13-2-2, 6-2-1) created the first chance of the game inside 15 seconds, but Stanford countered with a great scoring chance from Kyra Carusa in the second minute.

Carusa had another chance to open the scoring in the 24th minute, only to be denied by a brilliant save.

In the 27th minute, UCLA's Hailie Mace rattled the crossbar, and DiBiasi capitalized shortly after to give Stanford the lead.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson's sliding challenge in the box prevented another Bruin chance in the 31st minute, and Stanford entered halftime with a narrow advantage.

Menlo-Atherton grad Olivia Athens, who played with Davidson for a year at SH Prep, was on the field for UCLA.

Carusa almost doubled the lead in the 51st minute, forcing a last-ditched defensive save off the line with UCLA's keeper out of the net.

Jahansouz stepped up for Stanford in the 70th minute with a fabulous tip save, and came off her line two minutes later to smother a dangerous ball in the box.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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