Men and women soccer teams sweep a doubleheader

Cardinal women's crew speeds to victory in Oklahoma City

Dersu Abolfathi scored in the final six minutes to break a tie and help give the Stanford men's soccer team a 2-1 upset victory over visiting 13th-ranked UCLA Friday night before a thoroughly entertained crowd who also saw the top-ranked Cardinal women's team take care of Washington State, 5-0, in the first half of the doubleheader.

"It was a great effort against a high quality team," Stanford coach Bret Simon said. "We just need to keep in mind that it is just one win out of 10 conference games."

The doubleheader idea was a hit and will be repeated Sunday when the women host Washington at noon, followed by the men against San Diego State at 2:30 p.m.

Stanford scored first when Abolfathi carried the ball into the box and forced a foul from a Bruin defender, which resulted in a penalty kick. Bobby Warshaw converted the opportunity.

UCLA refocused at halftime and came out with a much better effort, outshooting Stanford, 14-4, over the final 45 minutes. The Bruins tied the score in the 73rd minute.

In the 84th minute, Taylor Amman headed a ball to Adam Jahn, who passed off to a streaking Abolfathi.

Abolfathi settled the ball and placed a shot into the lower corner that left UCLA keeper Brian Rowe with no chance.

"It was a great goal by Dersu," Simon said. "It was a game-winner."

Galen Perkins made eight saves and several more plays on crosses to thwart the Bruin aerial game. He earned his second win of the season after taking over for the injured Jason Dodson.

Women's soccer

Christen Press scored for the eighth consecutive match and top-ranked Stanford beat visiting Washington State, 5-0, in Pac-10 Conference women's soccer match in front of 1,243 fans Friday night.

Five different players scored for the Cardinal (3-0, 12-0-2), which won its 28th consecutive at home. Stanford outshot the Cougars, 26-4.

With Washington's 3-2 loss at California, Stanford assumed sole possession of first in the Pac-10. It was Stanford's 11th consecutive victory and 14th straight in conference play.

"We're definitely getting better," Stanford defender Annie Case said. "Look at this game from last year. We were behind Washington State until the 87th minute. We almost lost it. We can't take anything lightly in the Pac-10."

Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola and Press gave Stanford a 2-0 lead by the ninth minute, with goals 1:13 apart. Noyola, a junior, fired a redirected corner kick into the upper right corner from 20 yards for her collegiate-best seventh goal of the season.

Press followed with a point-blank shot off a service from Camille Levin. It was the 17th goal of the season for Press, who added an assist on Allison McCann's goal in the 21st minute. Press entered the weekend as the nation's leading scorer, moving her alone into fourth on Stanford's single-season goals list. Kelley O'Hara set the school record of 26 last season.

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor and Natalie Griffen added goals in the second half. Griffen blocked a goalkeeper's clearance attempt off a back pass and deflected the ball into the net to complete the scoring in the 84th minute.

Case, a redshirt freshman making her fifth start at outside left back, earned her first collegiate point when she assisted on Taylor's goal, on a left-footed shot that beat the goalkeeper inside the right post.

Stanford plays Washington on Sunday at noon in the opening match of a doubleheader that also includes the Stanford men against San Diego State at 2:30 p.m.

Field hockey

Becky Dru scored midway through the first half to give the 20th-ranked Stanford field hockey team the early lead but the Cardinal could not hold off No. 8 Syracuse, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Orange in a nonconference tilt in Albany, N.Y. on Friday.

The Cardinal outshot the Orange 17-12, including an 8-4 edge in the second half. Syracuse owned a 12-7 advantage in penalty corners.

Stanford (8-4) heads to Rhode Island and will meet Rutgers in a neutral site contest on Sunday.

Syracuse tied the game in the final nine minutes and scored the game winner 13 minutes into the overtime.

Dru's goal was assisted by Kelsey Lloyd and Stephanie Byrne.

Women's swimming

Stanford swimmers won three of the first five events of the George Haines Invitational at Avery Aquatic Center on Friday during the first session.

The Invitational continues later this evening, with finals for the 50 free, 50 fly, 50 breast, 50 back, 100 IM, 100 medley relay and the 100 free relay.

The meet continues through Saturday.

Stanford senior Liz Smith won the 200 breast in 2:12.90, Freshman Maya DiRado won the 200 back in 1:59.67 and freshman Andie Taylor won the 500 free in 4:47.65.

Men's water polo

Despite grabbing its first lead of the game with under three minutes left to play, fourth-ranked Stanford could not hold on and dropped a 9-8 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match to No. 3 UCLA in Los Angeles Friday night.

Jacob Smith's second goal of the game, this one with 2:56 remaining, gave the Cardinal its first lead of the game at 8-7, but UCLA was able to come back with a pair of goals over a 58-second span and hold on for the win.

Smith, Jeffrey Schwimer and Sage Wright each scored twice for Stanford, with Paul Rudolph and Peter Sefton adding goals. On defense, goalie Brian Pingree made seven saves in the Cardinal cage.

Menlo School grad Ben Hohl led the Bruins with three goals.

Women's crew

Stanford opened its season at the Head of the Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, with the Cardinal eight won the Head of the Oklahoma competition while also finishing second in the 500-meter sprint showcase. The Cardinal four took third in its class in the sprint and second in the main race.

"The team loves this regatta and they really embraced the experience," said fifth-year Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq. "Congratulations to the organizing committee which created an event that was a treat for participants and the community."

The eight claimed the Head of the Oklahoma main event, pacing the field with a winning time of 13:47.228, nearly 17 seconds ahead of the next-fastest boat.

"Everyone was fired up for our first race of the year against other collegiate teams, and I could see my teammates' conviction and determination throughout the weekend," senior rower Erika Roddy said. "I was especially impressed by our four freshmen, whose excitement to race brought new energy and inspiration to our team."

Men's golf

Stanford grad Joseph Bramlett shot rounds of 74 and 71 in the Open at Corde Valle Golf Club Thursday anfd Friday, but missed the cut as he finished 95th with a two-day total of 145.

Another familar name at the tournament is Parker McLachlin, who shot par or better on 20 of the 36 holes over the first two days. He finished with a 148.

McLachlin is the older brother of Stanford men's volleyball player Spencer McLachlin, and son of Cardinal assistant coach Chris McLachlin.


For the first time in the history of Baseball America's 11-year annual recruiting survey, Stanford received the No. 1 designation for its recruiting class.

This year's class is headlined by Los Angeles outfielder Austin Wilson, Texas utility player Brian Ragira, San Lorenzo righthander A.J. Vanegas and Burbank infielder Lonnie Kauppila.

As Baseball America noted, "No class in the country has a trio that can match Wilson, Vanegas and Ragira for star power ... Lonnie Kauppila gives the class a fourth potential star."

As noted by the long time Durham publication, "Vanegas is one of the most polished incoming pitchers in the nation" and "Wilson ... had some of the best raw power and arm strength in the 2010 draft."

Stanford hosts its annual alumni weekend on October 23 and 24. The Old Timer's Game will be at noon on Sunday, with a varsity versus alumni game starting at 1:30 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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