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Noyola scores a goal, adds two assists in Stanford women's soccer victory

Press moves into second all-time on the Cardinal assists list

The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team got goals from four players en route to a 4-0 victory over visiting Pacific Sunday at the Stanford Nike Invitational, capturing the title of the four-team tournament.

Stanford (4-0-2) extended its home winning streak to 24 and its home unbeaten streak to 28 by winning both matches at the event. No. 9 Santa Clara, which tied No. 23 Georgia, 1-1, finished second at 1-0-1.

The Cardinal competes at the Santa Clara Classic this weekend, meeting Utah Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 18 Georgetown Sunday at 11 a.m.

Stanford built a 3-0 halftime lead on the strength of goals by Mariah Nogueira, Allison McCann, and Palo Alto High grad Teresa Noyola. Sophomore defender Rachel Quon struck in the 58th minute for her first collegiate goal. Noyola also recorded a pair of assists.

"Today was a good performance," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "We looked sharp. I was really happy with the result, and the way we played. And the goals we scored, they were first-rate goals."

Christen Press supplied two of the assists, giving her 35 for her career and allowing her to move from fourth to second on Stanford's career list. Press trails only Marcie Ward (2000-04), who has 40.

With two goals Friday in a 2-1 overtime comeback victory over Georgia , and six points this weekend, Press moves to fourth on Stanford's all-time scoring list. With 135 points (including 50 goals), Press closes in on Julie Foudy (137 points) at No. 3.

Stanford outshot Pacific, 24-5, and didn't allow a shot until 81:13, even while substituting liberally.

"The Georgia game, for whatever reason, we were very flat," Ratcliffe said. "We lacked energy. We definitely talked about that on Saturday, an off day. Today, we came out with positive energy. We looked sharp and we were moving the ball, we created four great opportunities and scored four great goals. It was whole turnaround, a much better mentality."

Freshmen Emily Oliver and sophomore Lindsay Dickerson combined for the shutout in the goal.

Sacramento State 9, Menlo 0

Oaks' goalkeeper Natalie Schader faced an array of shots, 25 on goal, and recorded 16 saves.

Kellie Detweiler took two of Menlo's five shots in the loss at its Division I hosts Sunday.

The Oaks (0-2-1) travel to fellow NAIA member Fresno Pacific on Wednesday.

Men's soccer

Stanford can't buy a break early in the 2010 season as it conceded a late goal and dropped a 1-0 decision visiting Sacramento State as part of the Cal Legacy Classic under the lights at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Stanford was playing some of its best soccer of the season in the second half and, despite several chances, could not find the go-ahead goal. Instead, the Hornets scored with just 18 seconds to play and left with the victory.

Stanford fell to 0-4 on the season, losing its fourth straight one-goal game. Sacramento State won the Cal Legacy Classic after the win, in addition to its victory over Saint Mary's on Friday night. Fernando Cabadas of Sacramento State was named the tournament MVP, while Ryan Thomas was the lone Cardinal player named to the all-tournament team.

Stanford will look to get back on track Thursday at 7 p.m., when it travels north to face San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Classic. The Cardinal will host Santa Clara on Sunday at 6 p.m. to compete the tournament.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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