Taylor's OT goal lifts Stanford
Cardinal seniors finish career undefeated at home
STANFORD, Calif. – Lindsay Taylor scored from point-black range 2:40 into overtime to give Stanford a 2-1 NCAA quarterfinal victory against Oklahoma State on Friday night and into its fourth consecutive College Cup.
Stanford (23-0-1) will play Florida State (18-6-1) in the semifinals Friday in Kennesaw, Ga.
After a scoreless first half in which Stanford outshot the Cowgirls, 14-1 (21-3 altogether), the Cardinal took the lead when senior Kristy Zurmuhlen – one of four seniors to complete their careers without a home loss – snuck a 12-yard shot through the legs of a defender and inside the far post, in the 52nd minute.
Oklahoma State (22-2-2) scored against the run of play when Sarah Brown sent a perfectly-placed 20-yard shot into the upper corner in the 69th minute.
In overtime, senior Teresa Noyola pushed the ball wide to outside back Rachel Quon making an overlapping run. Quon reached the end line and pulled a centering pass from to the top of the six-yard box, where Taylor met the ball with a sliding first touch for the winner, in the 93rd minute.
It was the 20th goal of the season for Taylor, who became the fourth Stanford player all-time to reach that figure in a season. Noyola’s assist was her 14th, tying her for the second-highest season total in school history.
Stanford’s seniors – Zurmuhlen, Taylor, Noyola, and Camille Levin – completed their home careers with a 53-0-1 mark at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The victory was Stanford’s 50th consecutive at home.