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Bruins present another test for Stanford soccer

The fifth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team will be looking to regain its edge Thursday when No. 2 UCLA comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in a critical Pac-12 Conference game for both sides.

The Cardinal (2-1 in the Pac-12, 9-1-1 overall) is coming off its first loss of the season on Sunday, when visiting Arizona State handed Stanford its first home loss since the end of the 2007 season.

The last time Stanford lost two consecutive home matches was in October of 2005, to California and USC.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper, a junior at UCLA (2-0-1, 10-1-1), returns to her old stomping grounds for the second time as one of the top defenders in the nation.

No one on the Cardinal roster has ever lost to UCLA as Stanford owns a seven-match winning streak over the Bruins. Stanford's last loss was at UCLA, 1-0, on Halloween of 2008. The last year the Bruins visited Stanford, the Cardinal won, 4-1.

After three conference games, no team has a perfect record. The Bruins, California and Utah are all tied for first place, each at 2-0-1. Stanford, Colorado and Arizona State are at 2-1. Nine of the 12 conference teams are at .500 or better in overall games.

UCLA and Washington finished in a 0-0 tie on Monday night. It was the Bruins' eighth shutout of the season. Junior goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland is second in the conference with a 0.34 goals against average.

Arizona State's 1-0 victory snapped a 73-match home unbeaten streak and a 44-match conference winning streak. The Cardinal needed overtime to beat Arizona on Friday night.

Junior transfer Taylor Uhl leads Stanford with 10 goals, which included the game winner against the Wildcats near the end of the first overtime period.

Stanford has utilized nine different starting lineups through 11 matches thus far. Injuries to Chioma Ubogagu and Emily Oliver are part of that equation.

The Cardinal has outscored its opponents, 26-7, so far and have a 67-35 advantage in corner kicks.

Freshman goalkeeper Jane Campbell has made 25 saves on the season and has an .833 success rate in stopping shots on goal. She has an 0.60 goals against average.

Courtney Verloo and Natalie Griffen are the only seniors in the starting lineup. The Cardinal has started as many as three freshmen.

Football

No. 5 Stanford's Oct. 19 homecoming game against No. 11 UCLA will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. (PT) and is slated for broadcast on ABC regional television and ESPN2 mirror broadcast.

Stanford enters its weekend game against Utah with a perfect 5-0 mark while UCLA stands at 4-0 entering play against the University of California.

Stanford beat the Bruins twice in a span of six days last season, with the Cardinal winning the Pac-12 North Division following its 35-17 victory in Pasadena.

Stanford hosted the Bruins in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game the following weekend, earniong a 27-24 victory. Stanford has won five straight in the series with three of those wins coming at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford is 10-1 (.909) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (2-1 vs. top 10).

The Cardinal is 33-3 (.917) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.

Women's basketball

Stanford University and Maples Pavilion will serve as one of four regional host sites for the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Along with Stanford, the NCAA tabbed Louisville, Ky. (Louisville), Notre Dame, Ind. (Notre Dame) and Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska) to round out the four regional host sites.

Beginning in 2014, the NCAA will allow regional host teams to play on their home courts.

The upcoming event will mark the fourth time that Maples Pavilion, with a 7,233-seat capacity, has hosted an NCAA Regional, and the 18th year overall that it has hosted NCAA Tournament action since 1989.

The venue previously hosted an NCAA Regional in 1990, 1994 and 2003. Stanford also hosted first- and second-round tournament action.

The 2014 NCAA Regionals will take place March 29-April 1. Game dates and times for each regional site will be released on a later occasion.

The 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four will take place April 6 and 8 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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