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Cardinal, Eagles open women's soccer season with a draw

Former Stanford star Jessica Allister has a new softball job

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scored the first goal of the season for the Stanford women's soccer team, which played to a 1-1 draw with host Boston College in the season opener for both teams.

Taylor gave Stanford a 1-0 lead at the 55:14 mark, nailing a shot from 23 yards out into the top left corner.

Taylor moved into a tie for 10th with Dena Dey (1992-95) on Stanford's all-time career scoring list, with 60 points.

Boston College tied the score a little more than eight minutes later when Natalie Crutchfield chipped in a shot over Kira Maker's head.

Stanford outshot the Eagles, 22-9, including 11-4 on goal, through the first 100 minutes. Christen Press and Taylor combined for 11 and 7 of those attempts.

Stanford pushed hard for the winner, outshooting the Eagles, 7-0, in the two 10-minute overtime periods. Press had two good chances in the first overtime, and Nogueira was denied by a save on a diving header from five yards out.

Late in the second overtime, a Press corner kick found Morgan Redman for a header that goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni, who had 10 saves, tipped over the crossbar with three seconds left.

"We definitely dominated the game," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "It was not a bad result by any stretch; Boston College is a top-10 team. But, by the same token, we were disappointed we didn't win that game. It's early in the season, but we've got to be sharper on our finishing."

The Cardinal travels to Boston University for a game Sunday.

Football

Stanford senior Nate Whitaker was named to the 30-player preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the top place kicker in college football.

Whitaker earned Pac-10 honorable mention last season after converting 16 of 22 field goals on the year. His 16 field goals tied for third-most in Stanford single-season history. He also made all 53 of his point-after-touchdown attempts, becoming the first Stanford kicker with more than 40 attempts to convert all of his PATs.

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award watch list were chosen based on statistics from the 2009 season as well as 2010 preseason expectations. Fifteen semi-finalists are returning from 2009, including last year's award-winner Kai Forbath of UCLA.

The award is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships and was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an all-pro offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

Baseball

Stanford's top three recruits followed through on their commitments to play for the Cardinal and turned down big-league offers as the deadline passed Monday.

Righthanded pitcher A.J. Vanegas was a seventh-round pick of the San Diego Padres, Austin Wilson was a 12th-round choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Brian Ragira was a 30th-round pick by the Texas Rangers.

Men's volleyball

Stanford setter Evan Barry was selected to play for the United States in September's beach volleyball junior world championships.

He was selected to represent the U.S. at the FIVB Junior World Championships through a series of qualifying events and camps beginning late May in Santa Cruz.

Barry will team with UC Irvine outside hitter Will Montgomery on one U.S. team, while UCI outside hitter Connor Hughes teams with USC setter Connor Hughes when the tournament opens Sept. 15 in Alanya, Turkey.

Softball

Jessica Allister, who led Stanford to a pair of College World Series appearances as a four-year starting catcher, has been named head softball coach at Minnesota.

Allister spent three seasons on coach John Rittman's staff, before becoming the lead assistant at Oregon last season, helping the Ducks to their first NCAA Super Regional berth.

Allister was a 2004 All-American and a three-time All-Pac-10 selection. She owns Stanford's career records for games played (266) and fielding percentage (.994).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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