STANFORD – California goalkeeper Courtney Hendrickson matched her career high with 12 saves Friday afternoon, but No. 8 Stanford was able to take a 3-0 NorPac opening win at Varsity Turf in Cal’s lone game of the weekend.
Hendrickson – who also had 12 saves in last Friday’s game at then-No. 10 Northwestern – came up big for the Golden Bears (3-4, 0-1 NorPac) after the potent Stanford offense was able to get off 18 shots and was awarded nine penalty corners in the game.
“They’re a very strong team,” California head coach Shellie Onstead. “We had a hard time getting our feet under us at first. We allowed our goalie to have a really great game, but probably gave them more shots than they needed to have. We’re going to spend some time regrouping and getting ready for the next one.”
Nicole Wallstedt had the lone shot of the game for the Bears with 35 seconds remaining in the first half. Her shot ended a streak of 105:56 that the Cardinal had not allowed an opposing team to take a shot at Varsity Turf. The Stanford streak spanned three games from the second half of a game against New Hampshire, an entire game against VCU and a half against the Bears before Wallstedt was able to challenge the Stanford goalkeeper with an attempt.
On the day, Stanford (6-1, 1-0 NorPac) began strong and went ahead in the eighth minute courtesy of the first of two Alex McCawley goals at 7:03. After a five-save first half by Hendrickson, Stanford was finally able to break through for a second goal in the 49th minute thanks to Kelsey Harbin off of a penalty corner. The third Cardinal goal also came as the result of a penalty corner after McCawley pounced on a rebound after Hendrickson made the initial save.
“Courtney is definitely on her game and showing the athletic ability and decision making that is top level,” Onstead said. “I’m really impressed with her. I’m sorry she has to do so much work, but she’s doing great!”
California hosts Pacific next week in a pair of games at Maxwell Family Field in Berkeley. Friday night’s game will serve as a Pacific home game and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon’s 12:30 p.m. game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.