A match between two of the top five teams in the nation, played in front of a big crowd, gave it a Friday Night Lights playoff feel. For 110 minutes, second-ranked Stanford's nonconference women's soccer match at fifth-ranked Maryland lived up to its billing.
Unfortunately for the crowd, the match ended in a scoreless tie. No penalty kicks to decide a regular-season match. That will have to wait for a possible rematch somewhere in the NCAA tournament.
The Cardinal (2-0-1), which shuffled its lineup due to another injury, continues its eastern swing (maybe, if Hurricane Irene cooperates) on Sunday at No. 20 Georgetown, near where Stanford redshirt sophomore Annie Case attended high school.
Two of the best scoring opportunities for both teams came within moments of each other with about 15 minutes left in the second half.
First, Stanford's Lindsay Taylor launched a long shot that bounced off the chest of the Maryland goalkeeper and into the path of freshman Chioma Ubogagu, whose shot from point-blank range went wide right.
Maryland responded with a through ball to Hayley Brock in the penalty box. Brock had a step on defender Alina Garciamendez and was about to take a shot when Garciamendez slid from behind to push the ball out of her path and across the end line.
Defender Rachel Quon suffered a leg injury during warmups, forcing Cardinal coach Paul Ratcliffe to use three different starters and move two others to different positions.
The starting lineup featured six freshmen and sophomores, with two other sophomores playing off the bench.
Stanford held a slim 19-17 edge in shots over the Terrapins, including an 11-7 advantage in shots on goal.
Women's water polo
Six current and former Stanford women's water polo players were named to the U.S. Pan-American Games roster.
Brenda Villa, Jessica Steffens, Melissa Seidemann, Annika Dries and Maggie Steffens were named to the full roster while Lauren Silver was named an alternate.
Four Stanford synchronized swimmers have been selected to the United States roster for the Pan American Games to be held in October in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Megan Hansley, Morgan Fuller, Maria Koroleva and Michelle Moore were named to the team.
Stanford grads Alex Osborne and Olympic gold medlist Elle Logan will be among those who represent the United States at the World Rowing Championships, which begins Sunday.