SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Playing the highest scoring team in the nation, Santa Clara women's soccer put forward a tough effort but fell to No. 2 Stanford 2-1 Sunday night at home.
The Broncos (3-5-1) defense stood tall against a Cardinal (7-1) offense that entered the night scoring over five goals per game. The first half shutout by Santa Clara was the first scoreless period of the season for Stanford and the two goals matched a season-low.
With the score knotted at 1-all, Michelle Xiao put the Cardinal on top in the 75th minute. Jaye Boissiere found Xiao on the left side of the box and she hit a perfect shot into the upper-right corner of the goal.
The Broncos used a free kick to even the score after falling behind in the 49th on a goal from 30-yards out by Boissiere. Gudrun Arnardottir took the chance from the top of the circle on the box and her shot deflected off the Stanford wall and into the back of the net.
- The teams played before a crowd of 3,528, the sixth-largest in Stevens Stadium history and most since 4,017 fans attended the UCLA matchup on Sept. 22, 2006.
- Santa Clara is now 20-22-7 all-time against Stanford.
- Melissa Lowder made five saves for the Broncos.
- Santa Clara drew seven corner kicks.
- City of Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor served as honorary captain for the Broncos.
The Broncos remain at home to take on UC Irvine Thursday at 7:30 p.m.