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Stanford women advance to third round of NCAA soccer


The top-seeded Stanford women's soccer team kept getting golden opportunities to take a shot at scoring but was constantly turned away over the opening 57 minutes.

Kyra Carusa finally broke through in the 58th minute. Alana Cook played a long ball over the top, which Carusa ran onto and chipped over the goalie, helping to give the Cardinal a 2-0 victory over visiting Auburn in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

Alana Cook
Stanford (20-1) hosts Florida State in a third-round match at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Catarina Macario also scored and Alison Jahansouz made two saves for her ninth shutout. Macario's goal, Stanford's second of the game in the 67th minute, set a program record for goals in a season with 81, surpassing the 80 scored in 2009.

Stanford outshot the Tigers (8-7-5) 31-2 and held a commanding 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. It was Stanford's 18th win in a row.

Macario had the first scoring chance in the second minute, dribbling past two defenders and unleashing from outside the area, only to be denied by Auburn's Sarah Le Beau. Five minutes later, Macario had another chance saved by Le Beau.

In the 16th minute, Andi Sullivan, in the starting lineup after missing the first game due to commitments with the U.S. national team, made a dangerous run from midfield and curled a speculative effort just wide of the far post.

Macario nearly added to her impressive collection of goals with a stinging volley from outside of the box in the 33rd minute, sending it just over the bar.

Stanford piled on the pressure close to the end of the half, but Auburn's defense held strong to enter the break in a scoreless duel.

Macario struck a 25-yard free kick in the 49th minute, which curled over the bar before Carusa and Cook worked their magic to put Stanford in the lead.

Nine minutes later, Macario added an insurance goal following a menacing run by Sam Tran up the right wing.

Tran pulled it back to Macario inside the box, and the freshman did the rest. She beat her marker before slamming it inside the far post for her team-leading 16th strike of the season.

Madison Haley nearly added another in the 78th minute, and Stanford enjoyed a majority of possession down the stretch.

The Seminoles beat Arizona, 2-0, earlier Friday to qualify at Cagan Stadium. The game will air live on Facebook.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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