A battle between No. 14 South Carolina and No. 17 Stanford in the second round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament ended as Taylor Uhl netted a goal less than two minutes into overtime to give the Cardinal a 1-0 win on a chilly night at Drake Stadium.
Stanford midfielder Chioma Ubogagu corralled the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, where she tapped it forward to Uhl, who one-timed a soft shot past Gamecocks keeper Sabrina D’Angelo inside the left post.
Until then, neither team could find a way to break down the other’s defense.
Stanford had the first attempt on a free kick from just outside the box in the fifth minute. After Courtney Verloo’s first attempt was whistled back, her second attempt curled away from the left post.
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Five minutes later, the Gamecocks earned the first corner of the night. A collision in the box occurred as the ball was in the air between Stanford keeper Jane Campbell and Gamecocks defender Taylor Leach and the ball was knocked away. Midfielder Stevi Parker pounced on the loose ball, but her shot was over the crossbar.
In the 12th minute, Uhl hit a low shot from close range that crossed the face of goal, but it missed wide of the left post.
With the Cardinal keeping the ball in the Gamecocks’ half for much of the first 20 minutes, the Gamecocks began to settle in after bringing on several subs over the ensuing 10 minutes.
After an attacking run up the middle from forward Daija Griffin, the ball was poked away by a Stanford defender. Forward Coryn Bajema got the loose ball and hit a shot, but the attempt landed in the hands of Campbell.
After 45 minutes of play, Stanford held a 4-2 advantage in shots, while both sides produced one shot on goal.
The Gamecocks came quickly out of the break as midfielder Gabrielle Gilbert lined up a one-timed shot from outside the box that was just over the bar early in the half.
In the 78th minute, Stanford’s Natalie Griffen had the best chance in regulation as she got on the end of a bouncing ball and ripped a shot across the face of the goal that caromed off the crossbar. That came just after D’Angelo came up big for her side on a shot from Ubogagu that was destined for the back of the net. The junior went to her left and was able to punch away the attempt before it tucked under the crossbar.
The Cardinal put the Gamecocks under heavy pressure late in the regulation, but the defense was able to withstand it and force overtime.
In a defensive matchup, Stanford outshot South Carolina 9-6, while holding a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.