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Sept. 6, 2021 — And an 11th outfielder shall lead them

One of the themes of this website is seeing how history repeats itself. Back on Sept. 29, 2005, Rutgers University beat Temple University without a goalkeeper, as starter Rosalyn Wentko had a concussion the game before, and was held out as a precaution. Despite this, Rutgers and head coach Liz Tchou won the game.

This afternoon, Stanford University, a team still without a goalkeeper, managed to win with 12 outfielders in a 4-1 win over Dartmouth. The Cardinal did exactly what it had to do over the course of the game: keep possession of the ball and limit shots from the Big Green. The shot total for the game favored Stanford by 22 to 1.

The teams had played evenly over the course of the first half, but the Cards scored three straight goals to open their account, two of which were put in by junior forward Lynn Vanderstichele.

It’s an absolutely remarkable achievement by head coach Roz Ellis’ team, and it comes at a propitious time: the team now has a 2 1/2-week break before playing Vermont, which could be enough time to identify a goalkeeper willing to play for the side.

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