Stanford's Press, Taylor make key goals in 2-1 soccer win

Swank scores twice in Cardinal field hockey road victory

Senior Christen Press scored a goal in her ninth straight match and the Stanford women's soccer team downed visiting Washington, 2-1, in a Pac-10 Conference contest Sunday.

The top-ranked Cardinal (4-0, 13-0-2) travels to Tempe for a conference match on Friday night.

Press, who scored her national-leading 18th goal, scored with two minutes to play against the Huskies, an important score considering Washington scored with 27 seconds remaining to play.

Press scored after her breakaway attempt was blocked by Washington goalie Jorde Lafontaine-Kussman, who recorded 10 saves on the day. Press was able to pick up her own rebound and fire it home.

Lafontaine-Kussman began her college career at California in 2006. She missed the end of the 2007 season and the entire 2008 season after being diagnosed with lymphoma. She transferred to Washington and sat out last year.

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor opened the scoring with a shot inside the right post four minutes into the contest. Press was credited for the assist after her crossing pass from the left found Taylor.

It was Taylor's sixth goal of the season and the 39th assist of Press' career, moving her within one of Marcie Ward's Stanford career assist record established in 2004.

"We didn't exactly put away our chances today, but we came through in the end," Taylor said. "We know we've got to persevere throughout the game, whether our chances are going in or not. We just have to believe the next goal will come."

Stanford took 32 shots before the Huskies managed to get off their first shot 82 minutes into the game. They scored on their only attempt on goal.

"I thought we had a great performance," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "It was just frustrating in our execution in front of the goal. And give their goalkeeper credit. She came up big."

Stanford extended a few winning streaks with the victory: 12 straight overall, 15 in Pac-10 play, and 29 at home.

Men's soccer

Cameron Lemming scored off a corner kick with 12:34 remaining to play and Stanford beat visiting San Diego State, 1-0, in Pac-10 Conference match Sunday.

The Cardinal (3-2, 7-6) won its third straight and seventh in nine matches to get over .500 for the first time heading into the second half of the Pac-10 season.

"I thought our defensive effort was top notch," Stanford coach Bret Simon said. "San Diego State is one of the best teams we have faced on the ball, so shutting them out was a great accomplishment."

Stanford travels to meet UCLA Friday night and San Diego State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

In a defensive battle that saw a combined nine shot on goal, the Cardinal broke through when Clayton Holz's corner kick found Lemmming, who headed the ball into the net.

Galen Perkins recorded six saves to earn the shutout.

"We've put ourselves in a position to be in the hunt for the NCAA tournament," said Simon. "That is where we want to end up."

Men's water polo

Sage Wright and Jacob Smith each scored two goals and fourth-ranked Stanford rebounded with an 8-6 victory over host UC Santa Barbara in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Sunday.

The Cardinal (2-1, 8-5) dropped a one-goal decision to UCLA on Saturday, but came back to take a measure of revenge on the Gauchos, who beat Stanford at the SoCal tournament.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph also scored for the Cardinal, which plays at Pepperdine next Sunday.

Field hockey

Senior Katherine Swank scored twice and Stanford beat host Rutgers, 3-1, in a nonconference contest Sunday.

The 20th-ranked Cardinal (9-4) play at Northeastern in Boston on Monday to finish its three-game road trip.

Katie Mitchell got Stanford on the board early, scoring with an assist from Elisa Ogle just under 12 minutes into the match.

Swank scored unassisted nine minutes into the second half and after Rutgers scored at 59:27, Swank scored 38 seconds later, with an assist from Becky Dru.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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