Steuber Stadium, Saturday February 22nd 2014
In the bright Palo Alto sun, with the Leland Stanford University Junior Marching Band in attendance, Stanford women won their Big Game against the Cal women 69-17.
Early in the game, Stanford and Cal swapped possession several times, until Freshman Dani McDonald scored the first try of the game 6 minutes in. The rest of half continued in a similar fashion, with most of Cal’s meters gained through handling errors and penalties, and Stanford playing strong defense, turning over the ball to gain territory and play into Cal’s half. Stanford put up 40 unanswered points to finish the half 40 – 0.
At the start of the second half, the Cardinal women came back into the game hungry to score. Handling errors and penalties again forced turnovers, but play was maintained in Cal’s half until a try by Junior Allie Ballesteros. Cal fired back with a try of their own from a returned kick. Stanford continued to play a strong game, but handling errors still plagued them, leading the Cardinal women to give up possession, and two more Californa tries. Stanford ended the game at 69-0
Through the game, Stanford’s handling errors and penalties cost them possession, which led to lost possession and tries by Cal. Defensively, Stanford played a strong game, recovering from nearly all of their handling errors and lost possessions by putting Cal under pressure in order to gain meters, and reclaim the ball. Junior Lai Turn was excited about the game overall, saying, “I’m happy that so many different players scored tries, because it shows that we really are a team sport and every one puts in hard work to create opportunities for others. Our goal this week was to improve our leg drive: in tackles, rucks, and with the ball. Our team took that to heart. I’m excited to see us continue to implement what we learn from practice into games!”
In the second side game, Stanford shut out the Cal bears 51-0, with a very strong performance from Senior Michelle Teo, fresh on the field from a healed knee injury. All of the players showed a significant improvement since the last Cal matchup.
Stanford Team vs. Cal: 1: Jemima Oso (Darcey Pancoast) 2: Zineb Oulmakki (Fiona Meyer-Teruel) 3: Maxine Fonua (Chelsey Sveinsson) 4: Jessica Smith (Daly Montgomery) 5: Allie Ballesteros 6: Lai Turn 7: Kaelyn Varner 8: Aly Gleason * Captain (Mia Hutchinson) 9: Esther Melton (Tia Watkins) 10: Nikki Richardson (Valerie Chen) 11: Madda Wilson 12: Catheryn Von 13: Dani McDonald 14: Sasha Herbst de Cortina 15: Chelsea Harris (Sara Houdamed)
6: Stanford Try (McDonald) and Conversion (Gleason) 7-0 Stanford
9: Stanford Try (Wilson) and Conversion (Gleason) 14-0 Stanford
15: Stanford Try (Harris) and Conversion (Gleason) 21-0 Stanford
19: Stanford Try (Harris) 26-0 Stanford 26-0 Stanford
22: Stanford Try (Turn), Conversion (Gleason) 33-0 Stanford
35: Stanford Try (Herbst de Cortina), Conversion (Gleason) 40-0 Stanford
46: Stanford Try (Ballesteros), Conversion (Gleason) 47-0 Stanford
50: Cal Try and Conversion 47-7 Stanford
57: Stanford Try (Fonua) and Conversion (Gleason) 54-7 Stanford
64: Cal Try 54-12 Stanford
66: Stanford Try (Vonn) 59-12 Stanford
69: Stanford Try (Wilson) 64-12 Stanford
76: Cal Try 64-17 Stanford
80: Stanford Try (Houdamed) 69-0 Stanford