NCAA women's tournament
Defender Dillard provides Texas A&M the goal it needs to stop Stanford 1-0.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (Friday, November 23, 2001) -- Sophomore defender Adrienne Dillard scored in the 61st minute, powering No. 7 Texas A&M to 1-0 triumph over fifth-ranked Stanford before 1,257 fans at the NCAA tournament third-round match at Maloney Satdium tonight.
Dillard, streaking from the right side of the penalty area, flicked home a header off Amber Childers' corner kick from point-blank range for her third goal of the season.
A&M avenged a season-opening 3-0 loss to The Cardinal which ended its season 15-4-2. "It was very exciting to score the game-winner in the biggest match of my career," Dillard said. "We have worked so hard this season and it just feels great to go on the road and beat a great team like Stanford."
The Aggies (17-3-1), winners of 11 straight, had been ousted from the NCAA tournament in the third round the past two seasons. Now A&M advances to a quarterfinal meeting with the winner of the Saturday match between Portland and Nebraska.
"This was a huge win for our program," Aggies coach G Guerrieri said. "We have been to the Sweet 16 four times and we finally found a way to break into the final eight."
The Aggies' defense recorded its ninth clean sheet in its last 14 outings with goalkeeper Esther Thompson raising her shutout total to 8.5.
"It was a great display for soccer tonight," said Stanford coach Andy Nelson. "Both teams played tremendous. We enjoyed being a part of it, but wished we could have come out on the better end. We played every well and created great chances, but it was one of those nights that the ball would not go in for us."