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No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer edges No. 6 Florida in OT 1-0

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STANFORD, Calif. (Via Stanford University) – Jordan DiBiasi is making a habit of scoring clutch goals in big moments.

The sophomore midfielder scored on her own rebound in overtime in the 96th minute to propel No. 3 Stanford past No. 6 Florida, 1-0, Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

It is the seventh goal of DiBiasi’s career and fifth game-winner. Four of her five game-winning goals have come against opponents ranked 16th or higher.

DiBiasi’s late tally provided the exclamation point to an impressive home-opener for the Cardinal (3-0) against the Gators (2-1) in which it controlled a majority of the possession and dictated the run of play. Stanford outshot Florida 19-7 and held an 8-1 corner kick advantage.

Stanford’s defense stood tall against a talented Florida attack to register its second consecutive shutout. Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook continued their solid play anchoring the defensive unit, while Tegan McGrady and Ceci Gee played well at outside back.

Jane Campbell made four saves in net to register her first shutout of the season and 31st of her career, tying Leslie Garrard (1990-94) for third-most in program history. She is four shutouts shy of tying Nicole Barnhart (2000-04) for the all-time program record.

Stanford got off to a quality start, outshooting Florida, 5-3, in the first half and generating two corners while not permitting one defensively. The teams traded shots off the crossbar in the half with Andi Sullivan hitting the frame in the 12th minute off a free kick and Florida’s Mayra Pelayo ripping a shot from 30 yards out in the 24th minute.

Sullivan and Tierna Davidson had terrific games in the midfield, playing off each other well to create scoring chances and contribute on defense. The pair possessed and distributed the ball well throughout the game.

Despite a strong first half, the Cardinal was unable to break through and get on the board.

Stanford continued to attack in the second half and found a quality groove offensively, generating chances regularly.

Kyra Carusa was active up top and was a handful for the Florida defense, constantly chasing down long-balls and fighting for possession deep in Gator territory. She finished the game with a team-high four shots and two on goal.

Stanford carried its momentum into overtime and earned back-to-back corners in the 95th minute.

DiBiasi was able to capitalize on the second corner opportunity. Sullivan sent in a looping ball from the right corner that was cleared to the center of the field about 25 yards out. McGrady put the ball back into the box where it was headed on by Bauer, then Carusa, before falling to the foot of DiBiasi.

DiBiasi fired a shot that was saved by the keeper but the rebound went right back to her and she hit a second shot to the top left corner of the goal.

Stanford will look to carry its momentum into a pair of games next week when it plays host to Wisconsin and Marquette.

Cardinal Notes
– Stanford improves to 4-0-1 all-time against Florida.
– The past three matches against Florida have gone to overtime.
– Five of Jordan DiBiasi’s seven career goals have been game-winners.
– Jane Campbell earned the 31st shutout of her career – tying her for third in program history with Leslie Garrard (1990-94).
– Five of Stanford’s six goals this season have been scored by sophomores.
– Stanford holds advantages over opponents in goals (6-1), shots (54-15), shots on goal (22-6) and corner kicks (24-5).

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