STANFORD, Calif. – Taylor Uhl scored two goals for the third consecutive match, helping No. 2 Stanford to a 5-0 nonconference women’s soccer victory over Saint Mary’s on Thursday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stanford (6-0-1) extended its home unbeaten streak to 72 while earning its fourth shutout of the season. Chioma Ubogagu, starting in midfield for the first time, and Lo’eau LaBonta each scored their first goals of the season and an own goal by the Gaels (3-6-0) completed the scoring.
Uhl, a junior transfer from Minnesota, leads the Cardinal with eight goals, including seven in the past four matches.
The victory also was the 100th in the collegiate careers of fifth-year seniors Courtney Verloo and goalkeeper Aly Gleason. Since they arrived on The Farm in 2009, Stanford has gone 100-4-5.
Ubogagu opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after a weaving run at the top of the box. Her left-footed shot was partially deflected by goalkeeper Kaeli Schmidt, but was struck so hard it found its way into the net.
Uhl provided the next two. In the 30th minute, Ryan Walker-Hartshorn supplied a pass from the right. Uhl settled the ball, cut to her right, and then struck a hard shot inside the upper right corner -- a true golazo.
She made it 3-0 by first-timing a cross from Verloo by getting a step ahead of a defender with better position.
LaBonta scored in the 69th minute when Verloo sent a short corner to Natalie Griffen, who chipped a ball into the box and LaBonta met it with a header from 10 yards.
Stanford next plays Sunday in a South Bay showdown at No. 22 Santa Clara in a 7 p.m. contest televised on ESPNU.