April 13, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford fell to 1-2 in the MPSF, falling to Oregon 13-7 on a chilly night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Ducks improved to 5-0 in conference and will battle Denver for the top seed in the MPSF tournament.
Stanford fell to 3-9 overall and drops to fifth in the conference, although it has already faced the top two teams. The Cardinal will need to finish in the top four to secure a spot in the MPSF tournament. Stanford will host the tournament on April 27 and 29 as it tries to win for the eighth-consecutive season.
Friday, Stanford fell behind 4-0 to begin the game, but fought back to make it 4-3 with 11:11 to play in the first half. Catherine Swanson go the Stanford scoring started, while Hannah Farr and Kyle Fraser also added goals. Anna Kim assisted on the Farr goal as she made her return from injury.
Oregon pushed the lead to 6-3, before Kim scored on a free-position shot. However, Oregon scored twice more just before the half to regain the four-goal lead heading to the half.
The Cardinal came out strong in the second half, scoring two quick goals to make it 8-6. Hamm Farr scored a second goal on a beautiful spin move, while Rachel Hinds also found the back of the net.
Stanford would get no closer, however, as Oregon built the lead to 11-6, before Kim scored her second goal and the final tally of the night for the Cardinal. Oregon added two late goals, but it was Stanford getting just one goal over the final 18:21 that did it in.
The Cardinal outshot Oregon 29-24, Oregon goalkeeper Caroline Federighi made 10 saves. Lyndsey Munoz was also solid for Stanford, making seven saves.
The Cardinal will be right back at it on Sunday when it hosts San Diego State at 1 p.m. The Aztecs are new to the conference this season, but are 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the MPSF. Stanford will look to even its conference record to 2-2 with a win.