Pacific Women’s Soccer Falls to No. 2 Stanford
The Pacific womens soccer team fell at No. 2 Stanford, 4-0, Sunday afternoon in the Nike Invitational at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The Tigers fall to 2-4-1 on the season with three losses to opponents ranked in the Top 25, including two in the top 10. Stanford improves to 4-0-2 on the season.
Stanford used its speed advantage to out-shoot Pacific 24-5, however the Tiger defense limited the Cardinal to seven shots on goal.
Im proud of the effort we put in, head coach Keith Coleman said. Theyre a very good team, and they scored three really nice goals. It wouldnt have mattered who was in goal. They are an incredibly athletic team. And they just ran and ran and ran. It was No. 2 at their best today.
No one is playing the schedule that were playing right now four games against ranked teams in a stretch of five matches, he continued. We play these games to learn about ourselves and see our weaknesses before conference play. Its been a tough stretch, but were learning more about our team than we ever would by playing an average team and winning 3-0. Now we have two weeks to fix those weaknesses before the start of Big West play.
Pacific posted a pair of shots on target, one each from junior defender Laura Hogan and junior midfielder Nydia Ramos, but Stanford goalkeeper Lindsay Dickerson, who took over from starter Emily Oliver in the 63rd minute, stopped both shots to split the shutout.
The Cardinal opened the scoring in the 17th minute, as Mariah Nogueira found the back of the net with a short-angle shot after a cross from Christen Press. Press set up a second Stanford goal just over six minutes later, playing a ball from the right side to Teresa Noyola in the middle, who finished to the left side of the net from point-blank range.
Noyola set up the third Cardinal goal in the 30th minute, finding Allison McCann in the middle who one-timed a shot from 15 yards out for a 3-0 lead.
Pacific redshirt senior goalkeeper Jill Medigovich made a pair of saves in the first half, before giving way to freshman Tashia Long. Long faced a pair of shots in the second half, with the Cardinal adding their fourth goal in the 58th minute.
Rachel Quon scored from the right side, making a run to the net and accepting a pass from Camille Levin.
It was good to be able to get Tashia Long in the game against a team like Stanford, Coleman added. She played significant minutes against a very good team, and that experience will help her down the road.
The stretch against ranked teams for the Tigers continues next weekend as Pacific is back in action on Sunday, Sept. 19 at No. 18 California in a 1 p.m. kickoff.