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Elite Performance
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/21/2015

 GOALS 3 0
 SHOTS 16 9
 SAVES 3 5

 Turner, 18'
W.-Hartshorn, 77'
W.-Hartshorn, 89'



STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford's offense erupted for three goals and its defense shut down a potent Arizona attack to lift the Cardinal to a 3-0 victory Saturday afternoon and advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals.

Megan Turner scored early and Ryan Walker-Hartshorn came off the bench to score twice late and send the Cardinal (19-2-1) to the quarterfinal round for the seventh time in the past eight years. Stanford extended its NCAA Tournament home unbeaten streak to 28 games.

“It was a good performance by the team,” said Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe. “Megan Turner was incredible. She was one of our best players on the field today. And then Ryan Walker-Hartshorn coming in and scoring two goals – so happy for her and all of her hard work.”

It is Stanford’s second victory this season against the Wildcats (14-6-2) after defeating them 3-2 in double-overtime during the regular season in Arizona on Oct. 4.

Stanford’s defense played excellent and earned its 12th shutout of the season. The Cardinal limited Arizona’s opportunities in the center of the field and did well to keep the Wildcats’ attackers out wide. Jane Campbell made three saves in goal and was a crucial presence on numerous crosses and lofty throw-ins into the penalty box by Arizona to earn her 10th shutout of the year.

“I thought our backline was very strong,” said Ratcliffe. “I was impressed with the leadership from Maddie and Alana, Laura and Michelle. They’re doing a great job back there.”  

Stanford weathered a quick offensive start by the Wildcats through the first 10 minutes. Arizona held a 3-1 shot advantage until Turner opened the scoring for Stanford in the 18th minute.

For the second game in a row, Kyra Carusa provided the dirty work to generate the game-winning goal. Carusa challenged her defender down the right sideline and created enough space to slip a pass to Turner who hammered a shot to the right corner of the goal. Carusa finished the game with two assists, providing the helper on Walker-Hartshorn’s third goal.

The Cardinal held onto a 1-0 lead for a majority of the game until Walker-Hartshorn added insurance goals in the 77th and 89th minutes. After having her initial shot blocked, the ball bounced around the middle of Arizona’s six-yard box and found its way back to Walker-Hartshorn, who was battling for position in the area. She controlled the ball down to her foot and placed a shot to the left side of the net to put Stanford up 2-0.

“When you get to the playoffs it’s critical to have players coming in who can make a big impact,” said Ratcliffe. “Ryan is one of our top strikers and she proved it today, getting in there and scoring two amazing goals.”

Stanford continued to focus on controlling possession and looked reserved to killing time on the clock by taking the ball to the corner flag during the final 10 minutes. However, Arizona’s defense pressured Stanford to go to the center of the field where Carusa sent a pass to Walker-Hartshorn with her back to the goal. Walker-Hartshorn took a touch and fired a left-footed shot to the right corner of the net.

“We have a really great squad,” said Walker-Hartshorn. “Everyone’s been working really hard and it’s all about momentum and team energy and it’s really high right now.”

Stanford advances to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament and will play host to the winner of the Florida-Duke match. The quarterfinal game will be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. (PT). Tickets will be on sale soon at

Cardinal Notes
- Stanford improved to 20-2-0 all-time against Arizona.
- Stanford is undefeated in its past 14 games and 16-1 in its past 17 games.
- Stanford has advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals in seven of the past eight seasons.
- Stanford extended its NCAA Tournament home unbeaten streak to 28 games.
- Jane Campbell earned her 10th shutout of the year and 30th of her career.
- Kyra Carusa has assists in each of the past two games and at least one point in three of the past five games.
- Stanford’s all-time NCAA Tournament record is 48-20-5. 



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