STANFORD, Calif. -- Tennessee's historic soccer season came to an end in the NCAA Quarterfinals, falling to No. 1 overall seed Stanford 2-0 Friday afternoon at the Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The Vols finish the 2018 season 16-3-3 overall, good for a program-record .795 winning percentage. UT's run to the quarterfinals marked the furthest Tennessee had ever been in NCAA Tournament.
"The worst part of today is that this team is finished," head coach Brian Pensky said following the match. "We don't get to train anymore. We don't get to travel together anymore. The girls don't get to hang out in the locker room together anymore. But that's life of course. Everything ends at some point. And in the world of college soccer, only one team finishes their season as a champion. Shae, Mackie, Rylie, Katie, Danielle, Anna and Bunny have meant so much to this program. They have left their legacy as a group. Their imprint. Hopefully they can have that perspective and appreciation for what they've done, sooner as opposed to later."
Stanford (21-0-2) got on the board first with a goal from Civana Kuhlmann in the 27th minute of the play. The score came from 10 yards into the upper right corner of the net off an assist from Catarina Macario, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 advantage.
Marcario gave Stanford a 2-0 cushion in the 59th minute with a low line drive inside the left post. The Cardinal's 2-0 lead would hold for the remainder of the contest.
Tennessee's closest chance at a score came in the 79th minute, as junior midfielder Katie Cousins stepped up for a penalty kick. Cardinal keeper Alison Jahansouz dove for her sixth save of the match to preserve the shutout.
Senior goalkeeper Shae Yanez tallied a career-high 12 saves in her final match for the Tennessee Vols. SEC Offensive Player of the Year Bunny Shaw led the Big Orange with five shot attempts, while forwards Danielle Marcano and Salera Jordan each got off a pair of shots.
The Cardinal registered 30 shot attempts compared to 12 for the Volunteers. Stanford held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks while fouls were 12-11, Tennessee.
"Stanford is good," Pensky added. "There's a reason why they've now played 45 games without a loss. But I'm proud of our team. We went for it. We competed. Created some chances. It just wasn't meant to be today."