Stanford and Penn State entered Friday’s DI women’s soccer quarterfinals matchup with two of the highest-scoring matches of this year’s tournament. Stanford scored nine goals in its first round win over Utah Valley, while Penn State opened its tournament with a 7-0 win over Stony Brook. All signs pointed to an offensive explosion when the two teams faced off.
The Cardinal delivered, firing home four goals in the first 25 minutes of Saturday’s game.
Four goals in 25 minutes!
What an incredible tournament, and season, the Cardinal are having.
Let’s look at each goal from Saturday's first half, and you can try to decide which is the most impressive:
1. Catarino Macario, free kick, 2’
The first goal is a gem of a free kick from Catarina Macario, possibly the most impressive shot of the four goals. What’s a goalie supposed to do about that?
2. Andi Sullivan, outside the box, 11’
This goal takes the trick-shot cake: through the legs of a defender? C’mon. And look at the curve after it skips off the ground. That’s a fun goal.
3. Jaye Boissiere, inside the box, 12’
Boissiere scored Stanford’s third goal 87 seconds after the team scored its second. This is probably the most “wait, how?” of the four, if only for how fast it happened.
4. Kyra Caruso, in close, 25’
If you like teamwork in your goals, this is your candidate. The perfect assist from Macario (our first scorer!) finds Caruso’s foot in the right place, and she flicks it home for the fourth score of the day.
All four goals were pretty great. Was there a best one? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, they all add up to give the Cardinal a staggering lead over PSU as they search for a semifinals berth.