Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford scored three goals in an eight-minute span and went on to a lopsided 5-0 victory over Kansas University in the second round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament on Sunday at Cagan Stadium.
"I thought we played really well the first 25 minutes, had some good chances," KU coach Mark Francis said. "They scored five goals today, and I thought they only earned one of them. The others were mistakes in our defensive third. They (Stanford) were the better team today, but I don't know if they were five goals better."
The third-ranked Cardinal (20-1-1) will face Rutgers next weekend in the Sweet 16.
KU, which made the NCAA field for the first time since 2004, finished 13-8-2.
"I told the team that I was proud of them for how they played this season," Francis said. "We made the NCAA Tournament this year, which was our goal from the end of last year. It was great to make it back there after not making it the last couple of years. But I think next year, we can't be satisfied with just making the tournament. We need to start making it more consistently and going farther."
Stanford scored the only goal it would need in the 35th minute, when Kelley O'Hara curled a shot from 25 yards out into the top-far corner.
A few minutes later, Hillary Heath made it 2-0 with a shot from just inside the box, and Stanford went up 3-0 with three minutes left in the first half when Camille Levin bent in another shot from 25 yards out.