Defending champion Stanford extended its unbeaten streak to 45 games -- the longest in NCAA history by a team other than North Carolina -- with a 2-0 victory over Tennessee to return to the Women's
Sophomore star Catarina Macario assisted on the
first goal by Civana Kuhlman -- setting a school record with her ninth career assist in 10 NCAA Tournament games -- and scored the second herself.
Stanford needed a big game out
of goalkeeper Alison Jahansouz. The fifth-year senior made a career-high six saves, including a key stop on Jamaican star Bunny Shaw and a two-handed diving save on Katie Cousins'
penalty kick in the 78th minute.
The big news for Stanford, though, was that Paul Ratcliffe dressed U.S. national team defender Tierna Davidson for the first time since she
injured ankle on Sept. 9.
“Tierna hopefully will be available for the College Cup,” said Ratcliffe afterwards. “But she’s still building up her fitness, so
we’ll see how she’s looking.”
Also back from injury: Tegan McGrady and Madison Haley, who have both been out since Oct. 28, both came off the bench. Still
out is freshman star Sophia Smith, who hasn't play since Oct. 18.
College Cup. Stanford advanced to the Women's
College Cup for the eighth time in 11 years and ninth time overall. Besides 2017, the Cardinal also won in 2011. It was second both years before that.