LOS ANGELES –No. 1 Stanford got a double overtime goal from sophomore Jillian Garton and captured a 9-8 victory against No. 3 USC in front of a packed house Saturday afternoon at McDonalds Swim Stadium. The Trojans jumped ahead early with a 4-1 lead in the first frame, but Stanford’s potent offense coupled with Amber Oland’s strong play in the cage helped the Cardinal pull out the narrow victory. USC (15-4, 3-2 Pac-10) had their 23-game home winning streak snapped with the loss.
The Women of Troy were up for the challenge early as they exploded for four goals, including two from Nadia Dan in the first quarter. Up 4-1 to start the second period, Stanford struck back with two goals to narrow the lead. Goalie Flora Bolonyai preserved the lead as she made a save on Stanford’s Kim Krueger from point-blank range to close out half.
The Cardinal struck again as they began the third frame with two goals to grab the lead from the Trojans 5-4. USC wouldn’t trail for long as Patricia Jancso scored from the outside to beat Oland and even the score.
Going into the fourth quarter both goalies raised their game as they made save after save on each end. Stanford jumped ahead 7-5 after a two quick strikes. Nadia Dan scored her third goal of the game late in the fourth to draw the Trojans within one. Kristen Dronberger then tied the game with a backhander past Oland to even the score and force overtime.
USC again found themselves behind as Stanford was able to grab the first goal in the extra frame forcing the Trojans to scramble. Senior Joelle Bekhazi tied the match again with a lob off the bar from distance to send the showdown to a second overtime.
The Trojans weren’t able to score again and Stanford’s Jillian Garton skipped the winner off the bar and past Bolonyai to seal the victory for the Cardinal.