Seniors shine as Stanford men's soccer stops Oregon State, 3-0

Cardinal women sweep the host Beavers in Pac-10 volleyball

Seniors Ryan Thomas and Dominique Yahyavi helped make sure Senior Day was memorable.

The Stanford men's soccer team celebrated with a 3-0 win over Oregon State Sunday in a Pac-10 match and Yahyavi and Thomas scored the first two goals of the contest.

The Cardinal (4-5, 8-9) has one match remaining, on Nov. 11 at California with a chance to finish the season with a .500 record in conference play and overall.

Yahyavi and Thomas were joined in the starti8ng lineup by fellow seniors Shaun Culver, Cameron Lamming, Daniel Leon, Thiago Sa Freire and Bobby Warshaw.

"It was a great day from our seniors, who had big contributions," Cardinal coach Bret Simon said. "Today they showed their true colors."

Yahyavi made it 1-0 in the fifth minute. The goal was a result of a corner by Thomas that Culver was able to control in the box and give to Yahyavi, who scored his team-leading sixth of the season.

Thomas added a goal 10 minutes later on a long shot. Garrett Gunther played Thomas the ball and his shot from 25 yards found the lower corner of the goal. It was his first goal of the season and the second of his career.

Dersu Abolfathi found the back of the net in the 40th minute. Eric Anderson played a ball to Abolfathi in the box and the Cardinal sophomore was able to make a turn and shoot into the corner.

The lead, and shutout, was preserved by Jason Dodson, who made five saves before giving way to Galen Perkins, who played the final 15 minutes.

Women's volleyball

With sophomore setter Karissa Cook back in the rotation, senior Cassidy Lichtman got to play at outside hitter a little more and recorded another overall fine match as fourth-ranked Stanford stopped host Oregon State, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20, in a Pac-10 contest Sunday in Corvallis.

The Cardinal (9-2, 18-2) hosts UCLA on Friday night at 7 p.m. with a chance for some revenge. The Bruins handed Stanford its first loss of the season on Oct. 9.

Senior outside hitter Alix Klineman led all players with 16 kills, three digs, five blocks and two aces. She hit at a .412 clip. Lichtman added eight kills, 19 assists and nine digs.

Senior libero Gabi Ailes finished with 18 digs and four assists and freshman Rachel Williams hit .312 (7-2-16), and freshman Carly Wopat had five kills on nine swings and added five blocks.


Stanford edged Hawai'i by a single point to win the Pacific Coast Conference's Women's Fall Championships on Sunday, while the Cardinal was seventh at the Victorian Coffee Urn New England Women's Championships in Connecticut.

The conference title at Redwood Shores came down to the final race.

The B Division, skippered by Molly McKinney, finished in third place while the Wahine were sixth, giving Stanford the one-point win, 66-to-67.

Stanford had led by nine points after the first 10 races of day one and had beaten Hawai'i just once prior to the final race, winning the first race on Sunday.

McKinney's team finished with a B Division-low of 32 points, winning five of the 14 races, and in the top-three in 12 races. They were never lower than fourth. The A Division, skippered by Sally Mace had 34 points, finishing second in the division.

At the New England Women's Championships, the B Division squad skippered by Hannah Burroughs finished with 87 points, the fourth-best in the division. Overall the Cardinal had 193 points for seventh place, with the A Division team skippered by Eliza Richartz tallying 106 points.

The three-day single-handed nationals will be held at the University of South Florida next weekend.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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