Santa Clara tops No. 3 Pepperdine
Roundup: UCLA makes it a rout, collects 13th win of the season
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a battle of top-10 teams, No. 10 Santa Clara (12-1-5; 5-0-1 WCC) beat No. 3 Pepperdine (13-1-4; 5-1-0 WCC) 1-0 on Friday night. The lone goal was scored by Bridgett Miller with less than 10 seconds left in the first half. The game-winning goal was the third in a row for Miller.
With seven seconds left in the half, goalkeeper Bianca Henninger came to midfield to take a free kick. She sent the ball into the box and after it bounced around, Miller got a handle on it and chopped the ball on the ground that found a path through the defense and into the back of the net. The goal made the score 1-0 and was Miller's third goal in as many games.
Pepperdine had a chance in the 68th minute when Lynn Williams ran down a loose ball and had a half-step lead on Ellie Rice. She took a shot on the ground, but it went wide right before Santa Clara held on to complete the shutout.
No. 1 Stanford 2, Oregon State 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Cardinal clinched its third consecutive Pac-12 women's soccer championship by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Oregon State in the rain on Friday night.
Lindsay Taylor scored two second-half goals to rally No. 1 Stanford, after the Cardinal fell behind for only the second time this season.
A fourth-minute goal by Oregon State's Jenna Richardson pushed the Cardinal down for the first time since Notre Dame took a lead on Sept. 9. But Stanford came back on the strength of scores in the 55th and 66th minutes by Taylor, the Pac-12's leading scorer.
"The team showed tremendous character," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said.
The victory ensured an eighth Pac-12 title for Stanford (17-0-1 overall, 9-0 Pac-12), which has matches remaining at Oregon on Sunday and against visiting Cal on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Taylor has scored eight goals in her past five matches and pulled into a tie with Marcia Wallis (1999-2002) and Erin Martin (1993-96) for fifth on Stanford's career goals list, with 49.
"L.T. is in great form," Ratcliffe said. "She's getting better and better as the season goes on."
No. 6 UCLA 8, Colorado 0
BOULDER, Colo. -- No. 6 UCLA had its highest offensive output in nearly six years on Friday afternoon, scoring five first-half goals in an eventual 8-0 victory against Colorado in a Pac-12 showdown at Prentup Field.
The Bruins, who last scored eight goals during a 9-0 victory against Mississippi Valley State in the first round of the 2005 NCAA tournament, improve to 13-1-3 overall and 6-1-2 in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes, who actually upset the Bruins in overtime last year in Boulder, fall to 4-11-2 overall and 1-7-1 in conference play.
Katelyn Rowland started the match in goal for the Bruins, making two saves. She was relieved at halftime by Alana Munger, who made one second-half save. The Bruins outshot the Buffaloes 16-5 on the day in the Bruins' 11th shutout of the season. UCLA used all 22 players in the match.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.