Oct. 1, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 11 Santa Clara women's soccer team suffered a blow this evening at the hands of local rival No. 2 Stanford, falling 6-2 in the Silicon Valley Super Clasico matchup at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos scored first, but were unable to retain the lead and went on to suffer their fourth loss of the season.
Spurred on by a special pre-game speech by San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, a friend of strength and conditioning coach Greg Marshall, the Broncos were the first to get on the board in the 16th minute. Senior Kiki Bosio's flip throw-in went directly to redshirt senior Jordan Angeli, who headed the ball into the right corner as several Cardinal defenders looked on.
Stanford evened things about nine minutes later, when Christen Press touched a bouncing ball over the Bronco back line. Angeli tried to get a head on it to deflect it out of harm's way, but the ball was just too high and it bounced right to an onrushing Kelley O'Hara, who half-volleyed the ball into the left corner.
Redshirt senior Dani Potts had a chance to put Santa Clara up with a clear look on goal, and her shot looked headed for the upper corner but changed directions on the way. It looked like the ball may have been deflected but the referees ruled the play a goal kick.
The Cardinal got their second of the night in the 27th minute off a misplayed clearance that Mariah Nogueira lobbed back into the box. This time Press was the goal scorer, finding the ball and sticking it in the left corner for the go-ahead goal.
The Broncos almost scored yet another goal off a flip throw-in from Bosio late in the half, but the ball was headed off the line by Nogueira to preserve the Cardinal lead.
After the break the floodgates opened. Stanford made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute when Teresa Noyola got on the end of Lindsay Taylor's cross from near the end line and the six-yard box.
Less than two minutes later the Cardinal got a fourth goal when O'Hara finished a cross, similar to the third goal but from the opposite side.
Stanford went up four goals in the 62nd minute when Press scored her second goal of the game, taking a slotted pass from O'Hara, who was all alone on the right side, and finishing from eight yards out.
In the 80th minute, the Cardinal committed a foul in the box and Santa Clara was awarded a penalty kick. Freshman Meleana Shim converted as Stanford goalkeeper Kira Maker guessed the wrong way to bring the Broncos within three, but with 10 minutes to play the chance for a comeback seemed slim.
The Cardinal iced it when they put in a sixth in the 87th minute, as Marjani Hing-Glover's shot skirted off a Santa Clara defender and into the net as goalkeeper Lisa Lahman, who was subbed in for sophomore Bianca Henninger after the fifth goal, tried desperately to change direction but couldn't get a hand on the ball.
"Stanford proved today how good a team they are," said head coach Jerry Smith. "They beat us in every aspect of the game tonight and you have to hand it to Paul Ratcliffe, his staff, and his players. They did a tremendous job. I've been saying for weeks they are the best team in the country and they beat us good today. I think my team is pretty solid team and today they made us look average. Our girls will of course be motivated by that, but at the same time we really have to take our hats off to Stanford tonight."
Stanford finished with a 18-5 edge in shots. Henninger had five saves on the night and Lahman had one. Maker did not make a save in the game. Also, redshirt senior Courtney Lewis saw her first minutes of the season. The Broncos fall to 8-4-0 and will face No. 14 California this Sunday at noon in their final non-conference match of the season.