Third-ranked UCLA got its chance to see how close it is to No. 1. The verdict: not very.
Stanford scored four first-half goals to rout the Bruins, 4-1, Sunday in its packed Cagan Stadium, extending its home winning streak in women's soccer to 43 games and taking command of the Pacific 12 Conference race.
Chioma Ubogagu scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season to deliver a two-goal lead by the 18th minute. After Zakiya Bywaters halved the deficit seconds later for UCLA (10-1-2), Lindsay Taylor scored her ninth of the year in the 28th and Kristy Zurmuhlen provided a three-goal edge in the 40th.
UCLA's four-game shutout streak ended, but the Bruins stopped Stanford's seven-game stretch.
“I think we're in a good place,” said Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, whose team has reached the past two NCAA Division I finals. “The team's doing well, but we've got to keep getting better. We've got to keep improving. We've got to learn from this game and keep growing.”
The Cardinal (13-0-1), which is 5-0-0 in the Pac-12, is looking for a third successive perfect conference campaign. Every other Pac-12 school has lost at least one. UCLA is 3-1-1.
In other women's action:
USC (3-10-0) lost its eighth in a row as Rachel Mercik and Taylor Comeau scored second-half goals in Cal's 2-0 victory. The Women of Troy are 0-4-0 in Pac-12 play.
Nicole Hubbard (Lakewood/Mayfair HS) scored with 12 seconds to go in regulation and Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) netted her 12th goal of the season in the fifth minute of overtime as No. 23 Long Beach State (10-3-1) rallied for a 2-1 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton (6-6-2).
Cami Privett's goal in the 72nd minute carried UC Irvine (9-3-2) past visiting Cal Poly, 1-0, in Big West play.
Freshman 6-footer Alexandra Quincey (Chino/St. Lucy's Priory HS) headed home Kayde Hensley's first-half free kick to lift UC Riverside (6-6-1) to a 1-0 Big West win over visiting Pacific.
Nicole Cruz (Thousand Oaks/Thousand Oaks HS) scored 4½ minutes into the second half to lead Cal State Northridge (4-7-2) to a 1-0 Big West victory over visiting UC Santa Barbara.
Loyola Marymount (6-5-2) went winless the first weekend of the West Coast Conference season, settling for a 0-0 draw with Gonzaga. The Lions ended a four-game losing streak but haven't won in a month following a 6-1-1 start.
Justine Telles (Whittier/St. Paul HS and Cerritos College) scored from a free kick with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to lead Cal State L.A. (8-2-2), ranked 24th in NCAA Division II, to a 2-1 CCAA win at Humboldt State.
Casey Hirsch (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS) scored with 1:34 to go in regulation, lifting Cal State San Bernardino (6-5-1) to a 1-0 CCAA win at Chico State.
Justine Barclay (Rancho Cucamonga/Rancho Cucamonga HS) scored and assisted goals as Cal Poly Pomona (7-2-3) toppled San Francisco State, 2-1, in CCAA action.
Alexis Sciacqua saved a penalty kick by Jessica Murphy (Torrance/West Torrance HS), and Elena Catania's first-half goal stood up for Sonoma State in a 1-0 CCAA victory over visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-5-1).
MEN: LMU halts seven-game skid
Fernando Barba and Dylan Seedman scored goals eight minutes apart, and Loyola Marymount ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 WCC triumph at Portland.
Barba (Inglewood/Animo Leadership HS) tallied from Seedman's feed to pull the Lions (3-9-0) even in the 57th minute, and Seedman (Laguna Niguel/JSerra HS) scored the winner from Phil Da Silva's cross in the 65th.
Da Silva scored in the 18th minute as LMU, the preseason WCC favorite, overcame an early deficit, but Connor Barbaree's penalty kick before halftime gave the Pilots (5-6-1) another advantage.
Loyola Marymount is 1-3-0 in conference play.
In other men´s action:
Victor Munoz had an assist on Kelyn Rowe's end-of-first-half equalzier, then scored the 90th-minute winner to carry No. 15 UCLA (9-3-1) to a 2-1 Pac-12 victory over Oregon State.
UC Riverside (6-4-1) sustained a second straight shutout loss since beating UC Santa Barbara, falling, 5-0, in a Big West clash at Cal Poly.
Taylor Varnadore's overtime goal gave Sonoma State a 2-1 upset win over No. 24 Cal State Dominguez Hills (8-3-1), which forced the extra period with a 90th-minute penalty kick by Billy Gutierrez (Huntington Park/Huntington Park HS and Cerritos College).
Luis Gonzalez (Long Beach/Millikan HS and Cerritos College) scored in the 55th and 72nd minutes, his 10th and 11th goals of the year, to complete Cal Poly Pomona's 3-2 CCAA comeback win over visiting San Francisco State. The Broncos are 8-3-1.
Derek Taddei's strike in the 90th minute, his second goal of the game, sent Cal State San Bernardino (5-7-0) to a 3-2 CCAA triumph at Chico State.
Rosario Bras had a goal and an assist as Cal State L.A. (7-1-4) pounded Humboldt State, 5-1, in a CCAA match.
Cal Poly 5 (Clark 27, Gaschen 32, Pridham 59, Moore 85, Montgomery 89), UC Riverside 0
Cal Poly Pomona 3 (Enns 4, Gonzalez 55, 72), San Francisco State 2 (Villagrana 35, Medina 37)
Chico State 2 (Plummer 27, Janjigian 74), Cal State San Bernardino 3 (Taddei 23, 90, Esqueda 64)
Humboldt State 1 (Griffin 8), Cal State L.A. 5 (own goal 6, Swope pen. 18, Lopez 22, Schwar 70, Bras 89)
Occidental 0, UC Santa Cruz 1 (Surrey) 1
Oregon State 1 (Swenson 5), UCLA 2 (Rowe 44, Munoz 90)
Portland 2 (Boggs 15, Barbaree pen. 42), Loyola Marymount 3 (Da Silva 18, Barba 57, Seedman 65)
Sonoma State 2 (Hurst 49, Varnadore 107), Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Gutierrez pen. 90), OT
Cal Lutheran 2 (Rains 15, Lombardi 53), UC Santa Cruz 0
Cal Poly Pomona 2 (Barclay 41, Carriaga 84), San Francisco State 1 (Harrington 90)
Cal State Northridge 1 (Cruz 50), UC Santa Barbara 0
California 2 (Mercik 48, Comeau 59), USC 0
Chico State 0, Cal State San Bernardino 1 (Hirsch 89)
Humboldt State 1 (Pontoni 76), Cal State L.A. 2 (Lammers 24, Telles 90)
Illinois Wesleyan 2 (O'Brien 32, own goal 82), Chapman 1 (Camy 79)
Long Beach State 2 (Hubbard 90, Link 95), Cal State Fullerton 1, OT
Loyola Marymount 0, Gonzaga 0, OT
Sonoma State 1 (Catania 20), Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
Stanford 4 (Ubogagu 8, 19, Taylor 28, Zurmuhlen 40), UCLA 1 (Bywaters 18)
UC Irvine 1 (Privett 72), Cal Poly 0
UC Riverside 1 (Quincey 33), Pacific 0
Home teams listed first