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Friday night lights, crowds reach new heights

 

Packed stadiums, large crowds and winning were the theme at Stanford on Friday night.

Adam Jahn scored a goal late in the first half and the Cardinal men's soccer team made it stand for a 1-0 victory over visiting Harvard in front of a packed home crowd.

Stanford (2-4-1) remains at home for a match Sunday against Vermont at 1 p.m.

"I think our biggest issue has been our mentality," Stanford coach Bret Simon said. "We need to compete to win and tonight we did that."

Eric Anderson sparked the scoring play, sending a long cross off a free kick that Jahn headed in.

Stanford outshot Harvard 10-5 in the half and had other good chances. Alexander Binnie totaled three shots in the half, while Anderson also nearly scored from 30 yards on anther free kick, but Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms tipped the ball over the bar.

In goal, Jason Dodson made three saves and picked up his first win of the season and the fourth shutout of his career.

The win delighted the 1,799 fans that packed Cagan Stadium and rose as one in the waning moments.

"The crowd was fantastic tonight," said Simon. "They really helped with our intensity and when you are tired, but need to make that one extra run, the crowd provides the boost."

Field hockey

Becky Dru scored twice on penalty corners in a two-minute span early in the second period, lifting No. 8 Stanford past No. 12 California 3-2 in a battle of nationally-ranked rivals on Friday night before a raucous crowd at the Varsity Turf.

Dru scored both of her goals in the second half as Stanford (7-1, 2-0 NorPac) held off the Golden Bears (7-2, 1-1 NorPac), who scored with just under two minutes remaining.

A record crowd of 633 fans, made up primarily of students arriving back on campus, packed the bleachers and spilled onto the turf. Those left standing lined the fence behind the north goal, as fans from both schools were treated to the most compelling NorPac regular-season matchup in 10 years.

Stanford and California were meeting as ranked teams for the first time since Nov. 3, 2001, when No. 17 California blanked No. 20 Stanford 2-0 in the NorPac Tournament championship match.

Energized by the vocal crowd from the outset, Stanford broke through for a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game, with Kelsey Lloyd scoring her first goal of the year unassisted with a quick strike past Cal keeper Maddie Hand.

The Golden Bears responded less than two minutes later, as Rachelle Comeau scored the first of her two goals following an assist from Shannon Elmitt.

Both teams traded opportunities throughout the remainder of the first half, but were unable to convert. Stanford held a 9-6 shot edge through the first 35 minutes, including a 13-10 advantage overall.

The penalty corner has been a weapon for Stanford all season, and that proved to be difference in Friday's game. The Cardinal opened the second period with a pair of penalty corner attempts, executing perfectly on both opportunities to claim a 3-1 lead.

In both instances, Hope Burke fed the ball in play to Stephanie Byrne, who then set up Dru for easy scores. Through eight games, Dru has scored a team-leading nine goals. As a result, Burke and Byrne continue to rack up assists, as both players now have six apiece.

Comeau notched her second goal of the night with less two minutes remaining, taking a pass from Andrea Earle on a breakaway after Cardinal netminder Ale Moss had come outside the box to challenge the play.

Dru led all players with six shots while Comeau led the Golden Bears with five attempts.

Moss finished with five saves, at least three of which were point-blank stops with California threatening to score.

Stanford, which has won eight of the last 11 meetings with California, is back on action on Sunday, Sept. 25, at UC Davis in a 1 p.m. tilt.

Sailing

Stanford sailors Molly McKinney, Kaitlyn Baab and Eliza Richartz finished 1-2-3 at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference's one-day singlehanded championships.

McKinney will return to the national meet for the second-straight year, as the sophomore edged her freshman teammate, Baab, 11-12 over the six match race. Richartz finished with 14 points.

After finishing behind her two teammates in third place in each of the first two races, McKinney rebounded to win the next three, taking a 9-11 lead into the final race. Baab won the sixth race, but McKinney was second and Richartz, third, to move Baab ahead of Richartz for the final spot at nationals.

Richartz had led after the first four races thanks to three second place finishes and a win in the opening round score, but scored seven points in the final two races to double her score to 14.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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