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Stanford, Tar Heels finish in a 2-2 women's soccer tie

Noyola, Press each score a goal in a match featuring the nation's top two teams

Palo Alto High grad Teresa Noyola had a shot in the 98th minute glance off the goalkeeper's hands and hit the crossbar as the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team settled for a 2-2 overtime tie with top-ranked host North Carolina on Friday in a nonconference match.

Two 10-minute overtime periods failed to decide the match, though Stanford senior Allison McCann had a shot cleared off the line in the first overtime.

"It was disappointing," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "We played hard and had good chances. But we should've finished the job."

Stanford (1-0-2) was looking for a measure of revenge from last year's NCAA championship match, where North Carolina pulled off a 1-0 victory.

Stanford plays Duke, also in Chapel Hill, on Sunday morning before hosting its home opener on Sept. 10 against Georgia in the Stanford Nike Invitational.

Christen Press and Noyola each scored for the Cardinal, each time putting Stanford ahead in the tightly contested game.

The Tar Heels (2-0-1) outshot Stanford, 14-12, but the Cardinal had more shots on goal, 8-6.

Press scored at the 31:07 mark, taking a pass form Courtney Verloo and curving the ball inside the left post. The score gave Stanford its first ever lead against North Carolina in the 11-game history of the series. The Cardinal is 0-8-3 against UNC.

Stanford held the lead through halftime. North Carolina tied it in the 50th minute.

Less than 10 minutes later, Noyola headed the ball over the UNC goalie and into the top corner of the net for a 2-1 advantage. Freshman Sydney Payne and junior Camille Levin were each credited with an assist.

North Carolina tied in the 71st minute and Stanford could not convert its late chances.

"In the first half Stanford certainly had the run of play," UNC coach Anson Dorrance said. "So that's a good result for us."

Stanford was unable to earn its first victory over North Carolina, falling to 0-8-3 in a series that began in 1989, including North Carolina's 1-0 victory in the 2009 final. But the Cardinal did achieve something: The goal by Press marked the first time Stanford ever led in the history of the series.

"I think, in fairness, being away from home, it's a better result for us than them," Ratcliffe said. "North Carolina's a great team. But the girls are disappointed -- they should be. We let them back in the game."

Press moved into fourth place on Stanford's all-time scoring list with 127 points.

Women's volleyball

Cassidy Lichtman dug, set and spiked her way to another triple-double and Stanford opened its season with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 victory over Tulane on Friday in the first round of the Elegante Lobo Classic in Albuquerque.

The fourth-ranked Cardinal meets Pepperdine on Saturday morning at New Mexico's Johnson Center.

Lichtman, who recorded 10 triple-doubles last year in her triple duty role, added another one in the opener, recording 13 kills to go with 19 assists and 10 digs. She also had a .579 hitting percentage as Stanford outhit the Green Wave, .438 to .088.

Sophomore setter Karissa Cook added 22 assists and nine digs while senior outside hitter Alix Klineman recorded a match-high 15 kills while hitting .428.

Freshman middle blocker Carly Wopat, who played for the United States junior women's national team that claimed a gold medal in Tijuana, made a splash in her debut with five kills on seven attacks (.714).

Sophomore Hayley Spelman added eight kills in nine attacks (.889), while redshirt freshman Charlotte Brown, redshirt sophomore Jessica Walker and freshman Rachel Williams each contributed four kills as the Cardinal spread the wealth around.

Field hockey

No. 20 Stanford opened its season in style, earning a 6-0 victory over host Pacific in a NorPac contest on Friday.

Junior Alessandra Moss, who played every minute last year, and freshman Julia LaSalvia shared the shutout in goal for Stanford, with Moss needing to make one save in the first half.

Six different players scored for the Cardinal, including freshmen Courtney Haldeman, Elise Ogle and Devon Holman, as first-year coach Tara Danielson was a winner in her debut with Stanford.

"This was a combined team effort and it was great to start the season with a win," Danielson said. "Six different players scoring goals is evidence of good, solid team play and I was pleased with our structure overall."

Senior Katherine Swank had the honor of scoring the season's first goal midway through the first half with an assist from fellow senior Jaimee Erickson, who also scored a goal. Swank scored for the first time in nearly three years, as she used her redshirt season in 2008 and came off the bench last year.

Sophomore Kelsey Lloyd, who had three goals all of last season, finished the scoring against the Tigers with an unassisted goal in the final five minutes of play.

Danielson became the first Stanford coach to win her debut since Sheryl Johnson guided the Cardinal to a 1-0 victory to open the 1985 season.

Stanford hosts NorPac rival UC Davis in its home opener next Friday at 7 p.m.

Men's beach volleyball

Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and his teammate, Nick Lucena, were upset in the third round of the Milner Open, part of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Friday.

The top-seeded team recovered to win a consolation match and remain in contention for the championship round.

Fuerbringer and Lucena face Norway's 13th-seeded Martin Spinnangr and Tarjei Skarlund in another consolation match on Saturday. The winner meets Italy's 22nd-ranked Matteo Martino and Matteo Ingrosso for the chance to play Americans Casey Jennings and Kevin Wong in the semifinals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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