No. 18 Stanford Holds off Women of Troy for MPSF Victory

STANFORD, Calif. A strong second half in which USC (4-4, 2-1 MPSF) outscored No. 18 Stanford (3-2, 1-0 MPSF) 8-6 wasn't enough, as the Cardinal claimed a 17-12 victory on Friday.

Freshman attack Caroline Cordrey scored on each of her four shots, and freshman attack Caroline de Lyra led the team with five points on three goals and two assists to lead the Women of Troy.

Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen had a pair of goals and an assist and recorded a team-high five draw controls. Freshman midfield Paige Bonomi added two goals and picked up three ground balls in the game. Freshman midfield Haleigh Dalmass scored a goal, grabbed three ground balls, and a draw control, and led the team with two caused turnovers.

Defensively, freshman defense Kelsey Dreyer had a team-high four ground balls and picked up three draw controls. In the cage, freshman Liz Shaeffer recorded nine saves on the day.

Anna Kim had four goals, an assist, and five draw controls to pace the Cardinal effort. Julia Burns also scored four times for Stanford while three others scored a pair of goals, each. The Cardinal defense got a big boost from Elizabeth Adam who caused five turnovers and recorded four ground balls in the game.

Stanford claimed a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game as three different Cardinal players scored, but de Lyra had an answer as she went to goal unassisted to put the Trojans on the board. Stanford replied with two more goals-one by Rachel Ozer and the other by Burns-to create a big 5-1 lead.

USC stayed within striking distance as Cordrey and Bonomi scored back-to-back goals to cut the Stanford lead to two at 5-3, but the Cardinal went on another run and scored three unanswered goals for an 8-3 lead with just five minutes left in the first half. Another de Lyra goal cut the lead to four, but another three goals by Cardinal players-Hannah Farr, Kim, and Burns-created an 11-4 gash heading into halftime.

Kim's unassisted goal five minutes into the second half ripped open the Cardinal's largest lead at 13-4 and completed a 5-0 scoring run by Stanford. Dalmass stopped the bleeding on her goal at 22:50 before Stanford's Kyle Fraser scored another.

The Trojans were awakened down 14-5, and they scored four straight goals to get within five at 14-9. First, Johansen took a pass from de Lyra to score. Aggressive play on the offensive ended yielded results as Bonomi and Cordrey drew eight-meter shots for back-to-back goals. De Lyra's goal at 8:43 made it 14-9.

Stanford's Kim scored next, but Cordrey and Johansen scored two more to stretch the Trojan run to 7-2 in a matter of nine minutes. The Cardinal had an answer as Paige Southmayd scored for a 16-11 Stanford lead. Cordrey got on the board, once more at 2:08 to cut Stanford's lead to 16-12, but there wasn't enough time to complete a comeback as Ozer's goal completed the final tally at 17-12.

The Trojans return home to McAlister Field for a pair of non-conference games before they head back to the East Coast for a pair. USC hosts Temple in a 3:00 p.m. PT game on Wednesday (March 13) and fellow first-year program Marquette in a noon PT game on Saturday (March 16).

2013-03-08



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