Stanford's Ubogagu earns national honor in soccer


Stanford freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week for her play in the Cardinal's weekend victories over USC and No. 3 UCLA.

Ubogagu also earned Pac-12 honors after she scored two goals in the first 18 minutes to spark No. 1 Stanford to a 4-1 victory over UCLA in a pivotal conference matchup before a sellout crowd at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Sunday. That moved the Cardinal to 13-0-1 on the year.

With seven minutes elapsed, Ubogagu took possession of a crossing pass that was blocked by a defender, cut left and struck a close-range shot into the net.

About 10 minutes later, she took a pass from Teresa Noyola at the top of the box. Marked by two defenders, Ubogagu juked both of them to create a wide-open shot from 12 yards, which she placed inside the left post to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead.

The goals were the fifth and sixth of her freshman season. Though she didn't score, she also helped the Cardinal defeat USC on Friday, 3-0.

This is Ubogagu's first Pac-12 honor, and the second for Stanford this season. She also was named as one of Our Game Magazine's weekly Players to Watch for her performances.

Other Stanford players were honored this week:

The entire Stanford back line of Rachel Quon, Alina Garciamendez, Kendall Romine, and Camille Levin was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week.

Garciamendez was among's Primetime Players of the Week.

Men's basketball

Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-8, 220-pound Grant Verhoeven of Central Valley Christian in Visalia. Verhoeven is rated a four-star performer at his post position, where he ranks No. 17 nationally according to

Said "A strong post with a constantly running motor, Verhoeven racks up several baskets and rebounds every game because of his work ethic on the court alone."

Verhoeven helped his team compile a 29-4 record last season, losing to Oaks Christian in the SoCal playoffs, 62-55. He had 12 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks in the game.

— Stanford Sports Information

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