SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – It took No. 2 Stanford nearly 79 minutes to get a ball past UC Santa Barbara goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese and that lone goal stood up as the visiting Cardinal won 1-0.
Playing maybe the best match of her career, DeWeese came up with nine saves on 10 Cardinal shots on goal, keeping the Gauchos (1-2-3) in the match.
Stanford (6-1-0) finally broke the stalemate at the 78:52 mark when Catarina Macario crossed a ball to Sophia Smith who tapped it in with her right foot from the top of the 6-yard box.
Other than Smith's goal, DeWeese was up to the task.
"If Hanna's had a better match, I can't remember it," said head coach Paul Stumpf. "This is her fourth year, and I've forgotten what she did three years ago, but clearly without her having a great today we wouldn't have felt the way we do right now."
The UCSB senior first came up big in the ninth minute when she blocked a penalty kick by Madison Haley.
In the 31st minute she stopped Macario from point-blank range to keep the match scoreless and then in the 35th minute she did the same to Smith.
In the 37th minute Smith, a sophomore who scored the second most goals in United States Junior National Team history, again had a chance to give the Cardinal the lead when she got behind the Gauchos' defense and DeWeese but put a shot just to outside of the left goal post.
Macario had a chance to break the scoreless tie in the 55th minute, but she was stonewalled by DeWeese and the match remained deadlocked. In the 72nd minute, Maya Doms took her shot and that too was saved by DeWeese.
The Cardinal had a chance to make it 2-0 as time was winding down, but Sierra Enge missed a wide-open goal when she shoved the ball just outside the right post.
In the end, Stanford outshot the Gauchos by a 23-1 margin. Shaelan Murison recorded Santa Barbara's only shot. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Meyer didn't need a save to record the shutout.
UCSB will remain at home and host Fresno State on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. The Gauchos will then head out on the road for three straight, going to Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and Cal State Bakersfield, before returning home to open Big West Conference play on Sunday, Oct. 6 against defending league champion Long Beach State.