Pac-12 Champions – Stanford University Athletics
BERKELEY, Calif. – No. 7 Stanford (16-2-2, 9-1-1 Pac-12) played out a 1-1 draw at California (10-4-6, 5-3-3 Pac-12) on Friday for earn sole possession of the Pac-12 championship and punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
The Pac-12 title is the 15e in program history, including the first since 2019. The championship is also the 10e in 20 seasons under Knowles Family Director of Women’s Soccer Paul Ratcliffe.
Stanford, who will turn 31st NCAA Tournament appearance next week, picked to win Pac-12 in annual preseason coaches poll.
While the tie with California clinched sole possession of the conference crown, Stanford played the second half of the game with at least a share of the title in hand after No. 14 USC beat No. 1 UCLA 2-0 in Los Angeles earlier in the day.
After a scoreless first half, the juniors Samantha Williams put the Cardinal on top with his seventh goal of the season in the 60e minute. Williams dribbled past his defender down the right wing before sending a cross into the box where he deflected past a California defender and into the back of the net.
Californian Karli Lema equalized for the Bears in 74e minute, snapping a five-game shutout streak for the Cardinal. Stanford went no 572:30 in a game against No. 21 Washington State on Oct. 9 through Cal’s goal on Friday.
junior goalkeeper ryan campbell recorded five saves in net for the Cardinal, helping extend Stanford’s unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1).
The Cardinal will now await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field Monday at 12:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.