No. 7 Stanford improved to 8-0, defeating another quality opponent in Louisville, 16-12. The Cardinal handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season, while Stanford defeated its fourth Big East opponent of the year.
The loss was the first of the season for Louisville and makes Stanford just one of six remaining unbeaten teams in the nation.
“I am really happy with the team’s performance against a good Louisville team,” said head coach Amy Bokker. “Our offensive effort was again very diverse with many contributors. Annie Read was also very solid for us in goal today.”
Louisville opened the scoring in the early moments of and the two teams went back and forth, sharing the lead for the early part of the game. Freshmen Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim scored Stanford’s first two goals to give Stanford its first lead, but Louisville fought back to make it 3-2.
The Cardinal then scored three consecutive goals for a lead that it would not relinquish. Leslie Foard got on the board on the way to another multi-goal game, before Sarah Flynn scored her first of two and Nina Swanson capped the run with another goal from a freshman.
Louisville managed to keep it close in the first half, however, as only an Anna Boeri goal with five second remaining allowed Stanford to take a 7-5 lead at the half. Each team had 18 shots for the half with Read looking spectacular in net, making 10 of her 16 saves in the period.