No. 2 Cowgirls make it 14 in a row
Roundup: Top teams win 1-0 contests in Friday night action
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma State continued its winning ways and extended several impressive streaks with a 3-0 victory against Bedlam-rival Oklahoma Friday night in front of a record 2,002 fans at John Crain Field.
With the win, the No. 2 Cowgirls improved to 14-0-0 and 3-0-0 in Big 12 Conference play. The 14 consecutive wins sets a school record for longest unbeaten streak, and OSU also extended its record winning streak to 14.
And OSU continued its dominance over the Sooners. The Cowgirls are now unbeaten in their last 10 matches against OU and are 9-0-1 during that streak.
"It's pretty surreal at times; it's a credit to the girls and all the hard work they've put in," said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael of the 14-0-0 start to the season. "This one tonight was about our seniors. I'm really proud of the fact that they've never lost to OU. They're very proud of that record. They wanted to come down here and make a statement, and they did."
OSU junior goalie AD Franch recorded five saves in the match for her fourth shutout of the season 24th of her career, and three different Cowgirls notched goals. OSU has now outscored its opponents 37-4 on the season.
No. 1 Stanford 1, Washington State 0
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lindsay Taylor scored on a diving header in the 86th minute to lift No. 1 Stanford to a 1-0 victory against Washington State in Pac-12 action Friday afternoon.
The sequence began when Camille Levin, in a second-half move move to right wing from outside back, got behind the defense at the edge of the penalty area and supplied a cross that Taylor met at six yards out with power. It was the team-leading eighth goal of the season for Taylor.
The goal enabled Stanford (10-0-1 overall) to improve to 2-0 in Pac-12 play and extend its conference winning streak to 22.
No. 3 UCLA 1, Oregon 0
LOS ANGELES -- A late header by freshman Kylie McCarthy proved to be the difference on Friday as second-ranked UCLA registered a 1-0 victory against Oregon in Pac-12 action at Drake Stadium. With the win, the Bruins extend their winning streak to six in a row, improving to 9-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12. With the loss, the Ducks see their record fall to 5-5-1 and 0-2 in conference play.
UCLA's scoring sequence started when an Oregon foul toward the left side of the field resulted in a UCLA free kick from about 25 yards out. Sophomore Chelsea Stewart took the kick, lofting a long ball toward the far post. The ball appeared to be headed out of bounds, however Bruin defender Abby Dahlkemper managed to get a head on it, sending the ball back toward the front of the goal. McCarthy capitalized on the opportunity, leaping up to head it past Oregon goalkeeper Abby Steele from close range.
Despite the close score, the Bruins had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the match. Dahlkemper nearly got a goal of her own in the 52nd minute, however her header was cleared off the line by an Oregon defender. Junior Zakiya Bywaters also had a quality chance in the 75th minute when she found herself one-on-one with Steele in the box. Steele, however, made a great save to keep the game scoreless.
No. 6 Memphis 1, Marshall 0
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Melissa Smith scored with 45 seconds remaining and No. 6 Memphis (11-0-0, 3-0-0 C-USA) escaped Marshall (2-8-1, 0-3-0 C-USA) with a 1-0 victory on Friday in a Conference USA battle.
After failing to put away one of 26 shots in the first 88 minutes of play, Memphis got on the board as Smith weaved her way through the defense and struck from five yards away to score the game-winner at 89:15. It was Smith's third goal on the season and sixth career game-winner. Smith became the eighth Lady Tiger to collect a game-winning goal this season.
Goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters posted her seventh clean sheet of the season as she collected three saves on the night. Kuhar-Pitters improved her school-record shutout total to 30 and registered her 46th career victory, also a program record. Kuhar-Pitters bettered her program record career goals-against average to 0.82 and has a 0.26 GAA on the season.
No. 10 Marquette 1, Louisville 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sophomore Taylor Madigan's strike in the fifth minute proved to be the only goal the No. 10 Marquette University women's soccer team needed to defeat Louisville, 1-0, Friday evening at Cardinal Field. With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 11-2-0, 4-1-0 in Big East play, while the Cardinals drop to 4-5-3 (2-1-2 Big East).
Madigan's strike came at the 4:28 mark in the first half after she received a service from Maegan Kelly from the right side. Madigan controlled the ball and fired her shot from 12 yards out to the upper corner out of reach for Louisville goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer.
The Golden Eagles threatened again in the 23rd minute, but Madigan's second shot of the game was saved by Kiefer. Following MU's goal, the two teams were even in shots column for the remainder of the first half, 3-3.