Sept. 1, 2006
(Palo Alto, CA) - After a slow start in the first half, Stanford came on strong with a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. USF (0-3) played strong defense early, holding the Cardinal (1-2) scoreless through the first 32 minutes.
Stanford found the back of the net late in the first half when senior midfielder Shari Summers (1) shot the ball into an open goal off an assist from junior midfielder Lizzy George. Five minutes into the second half, George added her first goal of the season, an unassisted shot from five yards out. At 70:29, Stanford pushed in their final scoring strike off the foot of freshman midfielder Kristin Stannard (1) with an assist from sophomore midfielder Kate Mannino.
USF's leading shot taker, junior forward Fiona O'Sullivan, took the first strike for the Dons in the game but was blocked by Stanford's sophomore goalie Alex Gamble. Senior forward Chelsea Hunt had a legitimate chance to score in the second half, a header that was kept out of the net by a diving Gamble. Dons sophomore goalie Kelly Pohle had a season high nine saves on the day including a great jumping deflection. Pohle also had a nice save off a Stanford corner kick, jumping into a group of Cardinal red to grab the loose ball.
Head coach Pamela Kalinoski praised her defense against the tough Stanford attack. "The back line played hard today under a lot of pressure. Stanford is a great team. I feel we had a solid first half, but it is hard to sustain that pace with such a talented team. Right now we are struggling and we just need to get that first goal under our belts."
Stanford out shot USF 21-6 in the match and also had the edge in corner kicks at 5-2.
USF returns to action on Sunday, September 3 at Negoesco Stadium. Kick off against San Jose State is set for 1:00 PM.