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Stanford women bounce back from soccer tie to beat Duke

Second-ranked Cardinal caps first road trip with a 2-1 victory

Palo Alto High grad Teresa Noyola scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winner by Christen Press as the Stanford women's soccer team rallied for a 2-1 nonconference victory over Duke in Chapel Hill on Sunday morning.

The second-ranked Cardinal (2-0-2) returns for its home opener against Georgia (2-1) on Sept. 10 as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational.

"It was a great result," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "The team showed tremendous character."

The match concluded a 12-day, four-match season-opening trip for the Cardinal, all against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams, including three in the Top 25, and two in the Top 10, and No. 1 North Carolina, which tied on Friday, 2-2.

"We gained a lot from this trip," Ratcliffe said. "The team has grown substantially with the experience of hard games with big crowds."

Stanford keeper Kira Maker recorded a pair of saves in each half to help the Cardinal's cause.

Duke scored in the first five minutes of the second half on a rebound shot but Noyola answered with the equalizer less than two minutes later.

Camille Levin worked the ball up the field to Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor, who sent a through ball to Noyola, who finished into the left side of the net.

Press, a senior forward, scored the game-winner at the 74:07 mark of the second half, taking a through ball from Noyola and finishing past the goalkeeper on the ground.

Noyola and Press each scored their third goal of the season as the Cardinal and Blue Devils matched shots on goal, each with five.

Duke had an opportunity to tie the game with just over a minute to play, though the Blue Devil player headed the ball over the net.

Women's volleyball

Stanford senior outside hitter Alix Klineman recorded 19 kills on 45 swings for a .311 success rate as the fourth-ranked Cardinal downed host New Mexico, 25-14, 25-18, 25-20, Sunday in the championship match of the Elegante Lobo Classic in Albuquerque.

Freshman outside hitter Rachel Williams recorded her first career double figures match with 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage as Stanford (3-0) is off to its best start since opening the 2007 season with a 17-match winning streak.

The Cardinal hosts UC Irvine on Thursday at 7 p.m. in its home opener, as part of the Stanford Invitational.

Klineman, who added 10 digs for her first double-double of the season, was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Cassidy Lichtman, Carly Wopat and Gabi Ailes.

Lichtman was two kills shy of another triple-double, recording eight kills, 16 assists and 12 digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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