BOULDER, Colo. (Sunday, September 23, 2007) -- Senior striker Jenna Billingsley found net with four minutes remaining, allowing Denver to stun No. 1 Stanford 1-0 in the Colorado Classic before 421 this afternoon at University of Colorado's Prentup Field.
Billingsley buried her decisive tally from six yards out after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Carrie Blankenbuhler to put Denver (3-2-2) up 1-0 with 3:55 remaining on the clock.
Billingsley's game-winner came on only the second Denver shot on goal. "We had nothing to lose today, so we went out to have fun and play the best we could," she said. "We played really good soccer today and we could not be more excited about beating the top-ranked team in the country."
Stanford (7-1) outshot the Pioneers 14-4, but DU sophomore goalkeeper MacKenzie Synder came up with five saves for her second shutout.
"This was a huge momentum boost for the team," Denver coach Jeff Hooker said. "The defense played great today, holding the No. 1 team in the country scoreless. We were patient and we made the most of the limited number of chances we had against a very talented Stanford team. I'm just really proud of the way our team played today."
Stanford received a boost on defense with the season debut of Ali Riley from China where she played for New Zealand in the Women's World Cup.
"Denver played a very strong game," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliff said. "We got some shots on goal, but they are a very strong team and played a very good game."
No. 2 Santa Clara 1, Arizona 0 (2OT)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Brittany Klein scored in the second minute of a second sudden-death overtime period to lift second-ranked Santa Clara past Arizona 1-0 in a non-league match before 615 at Mulcahy Stadium.
Senior forward Tina Estrada's free kick curved into the penalty area where it was defelcted to sophomore striker Lexi Orand, who touched it back to Klein. The senior midfielder's fourth goal of 2007 came at 101:39 and kept the Broncos (6-0-1) undefeated, while dropping Arizona to 4-4.
"It was the best kind of free kick," SCU coach Jerry Smith said. "It fooled their goalkeeper into thinking she was going to save it, but Lexi Orand was there to send it back to Brittany."
In the closing moments of regulation, Klein's attempt on frame was tipped over the crossbar by freshman goalkeeper Danielle Nicolai.
"You are never going to keep a good team scoreless for 102 minutes," Wildcats coach Dan Tobias said. "It would have been another good win, had we god it, over a Top 5 team before the start of conference. Now we just have to rest and recover and get ready for next week's games."
In the defensive struggle, Arizona held an 8-6 shots advantage, but was kept off the board. SCU junior keeper Meagan McCray made four saves for her third clean sheet of the year, while Nicolai also recorded four stops.
"I have to credit Meagan, who made three or four really nice saves, which made a difference into the outcome of the game," Smith said.