Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 8, 2010

Sports Shorts

CARDINAL CORNER . . . The No. 6-ranked Stanford men's water polo team will make its home debut and open its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season by hosting top-ranked and defending national champion USC on Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center at 3 p.m. The Cardinal (6-4) will be looking to end a 17-game losing streak to the Trojans (1-0, 15-0), dating to the 2005 season. The last time Stanford beat USC was Nov. 27, 2004 when Tony Azevedo scored four goals in an 8-5 victory in the MPSF Tournament semifinals. The Trojans currently are on an 18-game win streak, dating to last season . . . The No. 1-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (4-0, 13-0) hits the road as it takes on No. 8 USC and No. 12 UCLA in Los Angeles. The Cardinal will face the Trojans on Friday and the Bruins on Saturday, both at 7 p.m. (KZSU, 90.1 FM) . . . The nationally No. 1-ranked women's soccer team (9-0-2) will be at USC on Friday and UCLA on Sunday. The Cardinal is coming off a 2-0 win over Portland last weekend. Stanford senior forward Christen Press has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their contributions both on and off the field.

SOCCER HONORS . . . Three former Stanford players — all teammates for the Women's Professional Soccer champion FC Gold Pride — were named to the league's Best XI, signifying All-Pro status. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and defenders Rachel Buehler and Ali Riley were among five Gold Pride players named to the team. Barnhart and Buehler are both vital players on the U.S. National Team. Both started for the U.S. in a 1-1 friendly against China on Wednesday in Chester, Pa., and are preparing for the 2011 World Cup. Riley, the reigning New Zealand and Oceania Federation Player of the Year, is in Auckland, N.Z., with her national team. New Zealand is playing Papua New Guinea on Friday in the grand final of the Oceania Nations Cup. The winner earns a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

JOB CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep has the following coaching opportunities: girls basketball (JV assistant coach); boys lacrosse (varsity assistant, frosh-soph head and F-S assistant). Interested applicants should contact AD Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org.

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