The Cardinal had their 73-game home unbeaten streak and 44-match Pac-12 conference winning streak snapped on Oct. 6 in a 1-0 loss to Arizona State before losing to No. 2 UCLA at home on Thursday. On Sunday, the improbable home losing streak extended to three games with a 1-0 loss to USC (6-6-2, 1-3-1) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Alex Quincy’s 59th minute header off a Kayla Mills corner kick stood up as the game-winner.
Stanford (9-3-1 overall, 2-3-0 Pac-12) hadn’t previously lost three straight home games since 1986-87 when they lost four straight across the two seasons.
“This team’s lacking a little bit of confidence,” Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “If we get a goal, I think you’d see a different team, because, obviously, I think they’ve proven they’re pretty good in how well they did in getting to this point. They have the potential. But you have to have the confidence, you have to have the self-belief and you have to have the internal leadership and the desire.”
Stanford’s chance to rebound comes Friday at home against Utah before a four-game Pacific Northwest road trip.
Other Top 25 scores from Sunday:
No. 14 Wake Forest 0, No. 1 Virginia 2
No. 8 California 0, No. 2 UCLA 1
No. 3 Florida State 4, Pittsburgh 0
Boston College 0, No. 4 North Carolina 1
Marquette 4, No. 6 Georgetown 0
Pepperdine 1, No. 7 Portland 3
No. 10 Virginia Tech 1, No. 9 Notre Dame 0
No. 11 Penn State 0, No. 19 Michigan 1
Baylor 0, No. 15 Texas Tech 0 (2OT)
No. 16 West Virginia 3, TCU 2 (OT)
No. 17 Denver 6, IUPUI 0
Louisville 0, No. 21 UCF 1
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