The Stanford women’s soccer team routed Oregon State 5-1 at home Thursday night to take the early lead in the Pac-12 conference and extend its unbeaten run at home to 60 games.
The No. 2 Cardinal (8-1-1) comfortably defeated the No. 23 Beavers (9-1-1) to win its second game of the Pac-12 conference and make it six wins in a row. Stanford’s goals came from sophomore forward Chioma Ubogagu, redshirt junior forward Courtney Verloo, redshirt freshman midfielder Haley Rosen, senior midfielder Nina Watkins and senior midfielder Mariah Nogueira — Oregon State’s late consolation goal was scored by freshman midfielder Gwen Bieck.
After Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe described the first half against Arizona State last weekend as the worst of its season so far, the Card opened last night’s contest in style. Beavers junior goalkeeper Audrey Bernier-Larose could only get fingertips to Ubogagu’s shot just three minutes into the game and things only got better for the home side. Verloo controlled a long free kick taken by senior defender Alina Garciamendez to grab her fourth goal in four consecutive games halfway through the first period, and when Haley Rosen put the ball past Bernier-Larose four minutes later, it looked like Stanford may have already put the game out of OSU’s reach.