The No. 11-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team could not overcome a three-goal halftime deficit as it fell to No. 3 Stanford, 3-1, at Jeffrey Field.
WVU moves to 1-1 on the season with the loss, while Stanford improved to 2-0, with both wins coming over ranked opponents. The all-time series between the two teams is now tied at 1-1, as the Mountaineers earned the first win of the series in 2012.
“I said before the game that Stanford will capitalize on your mistakes,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “You have to give them all the credit, they capitalized when we made mistakes and unfortunately, we ran out of time at the end.”
Stanford jumped on the board early as the Cardinal took advantage of a WVU turnover deep inside of its own zone and Carly Malatskey placed a shot into the right side of the net to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. The Cardinal added a pair of goals in the 35th and 40th minutes to take a 3-0 lead into halftime.
The Mountaineers started the second half fast as senior forward Jessica Lisi scored just 25 seconds into the second half when she lobbed a ball just over the goalie’s head from the left side of the box to cut the Stanford lead to 3-1.
Lisi’s score marked her first career goal at WVU and the 17th of her career after scoring 16 at Memphis from 2016-18. Alina Stahl picked up the assist for the Mountaineers, her first of the season.
WVU added three more shots in the second half, but only one landed on goal and was saved by Stanford’s goalie. Julianne Vallerand drew a penalty kick in the 84th minute, but WVU was unable to capitalize.
The Mountaineers edged Stanford 3-1 in corner kicks, while Stanford outshot the Mountaineers 13-4.