[STANFORD-OKLAHOMA STATE] Stanford is returning to the Women's College Cup for the fourth consecutive year thanks to its 2-1 overtime win over Oklahoma State.
Senior Lindsay Taylor's golden goal from point-black range less than three minutes into overtime gave the Cardinal the win, its 50th straight at home.
Stanford outshot the Cowgirls, 14-1, in the first half but could not score. The Cardinal finally broke through in the 52nd minute when Kristy Zurmuhlen fired a shot through the legs of a defender and inside the far post.
Oklahoma State tied the score 17 minutes later when Sarah Brown struck on a 20-yard shot into the upper corner.
Stanford, which finished with a 21-3 edge in shots, won the game when senior Teresa Noyola pushed the ball wide to outside back Rachel Quon, who raced to the end line and hit a cross to the top of the six-yard box, where Taylor met the ball with a sliding first touch for the winner, her 20th goal of the season.
Stanford’s seniors – Zurmuhlen, Taylor, Noyola and Camille Levin – completed their home careers with a 53-0-1 mark at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. They are 93-4-3 overall and take an unbeaten record into the College Cup for the third year in a row.
Nov. 25 in Stanford, Calif.
Stanford 2 Oklahoma State 1.
STAN: Kristy Zurmuhlen 5 (Mariah Nogueira) 52
OSU: Sarah Brown 6 (Rachel Lopez) 69
STAN: Lindsay Taylor 20 (Teresa Noyola; Rachel Quon) 93
Stanford -- Oliver, Levin, Garciamendez, Romine, Quon, Romine, Noyola, Zurmuhlen, Hing-Glover, Nogueira, Ubogagu, Taylor. Subs: Griffen, Payne, McCann, Doll, Thompson, Case.
Oklahoma State -- Franch, Dougherty, Rhinehart, Mercado, DeLozier, Niemeier, Mathews, Kelley, Lopez, Brown, Marchesano. Subs: Treadwell, McKinney, Parish, Akin.
Referee: Allen Chapman