Top-ranked Stanford women's soccer stays unbeaten


Marjani Hing-Glover, a junior playing near her home in Scottsdale, came off the bench to cap off the scoring for top-ranked Stanford in its 3-1 women's soccer victory over host Arizona State on Friday night.

Stanford (14-0-1, 6-0) got goals from three players. Lindsay Taylor led off with her team-leading 10th goal of the season by heading in a cross from freshman Chioma Ubogagu in a play that began with Teresa Noyola's free kick in the 25th minute.

Ubogagu, reigning National Player of the Week, scored her seventh goal of the season on a rebound of a clearing attempt in the 34th minute. Hing-Glover scored on a first-time shot in the 78th minute.

Arizona State (6-8, 2-4) scored on a penalty kick by Nicki Stone in the 88th minute.

Stanford returns home to host Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday.

Field hockey

No. 9 Stanford earned a 7-0 victory over visiting Pacific on Friday night in a NorPac Conference contest.

The Cardinal (11-2, 4-0 NorPac) shook off a slow start and dominated play following its first goal of the game late in the opening period.

Stanford's shutout sets the stage for another critical contest with No. 12 California (12-2, 3-1 NorPac) on Sunday in Berkeley. The Cardinal can clinch the NorPac's regular-season title outright with a win. Stanford has already earned at least a share of the regular-season crown.

Hope Burke totaled five points with two goals and one assist, while five other players scored at least one goal for Stanford. In addition to owning a 9-1 edge in penalty corners, the Cardinal fired off a season-high 30 shots, attempting 17 in the first half and 13 in the second period.

The second half was all Stanford, with Pacific attempting only one shot over the final 35 minutes.

Ale Moss made three saves in goal.

Women's volleyball

No. 7 Stanford was hitting on all cylinders Friday night in its 25-13, 25-21, 25-6 victory over visiting Washington State in a Pac-12 contest.

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams led the team with 13 kills, nine digs and three service aces as all 14 players saw action.

Lydia Bai recorded a season-best 12 kills on 22 swings with just two errors for a .455 attack percentage. Junior setter Karissa Cook finished with 36 assists and six digs, while junior defensive specialist Hannah Benjamin racked up 10 digs and two aces.

The Cardinal (13-3, 7-3) hosts No. 2 Washington on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Huskies dropped a four-set decision to host Cal on Friday.

Cross country

Running in the most competitive meet of the regular season, the Stanford cross-country teams fared well with the men placing third and the women fifth at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

The No. 4 men scored 125 points to just miss second place, five points behind No. 6 BYU. No. 2 and host Wisconsin won the meet with just 66 points. Stanford was the top Pac-12 team, well ahead of No. 22 UCLA and No. 10 Oregon who placed 12 and 14th, respectively.

"It wasn't a bad day for us," said associate head coach Jason Dunn. "We certainly don't want to be third, but it was a good experience."

The No. 6 Cardinal women scored 256 points in an extremely close race. Just 74 points separated places 1-7 with No. 24 Washington claiming the meet title with 199 points. The Pac-12 was particularly strong with five of the top eight teams, despite No. 4 Colorado not competing.

"I thought it was solid," said associate head coach PattiSue Plumer. "The upperclassmen ran really well and it is just a hard race for the freshmen with the conditions and the depth of the field. It is a good experience for them and they will be more ready next time."

The Cardinal men were led by its dynamic duo of Chris Derrick and Jacob Riley. Derrick placed sixth with an 8,000-meter time of 23:33, while Riley was not far back, placing eighth in 23:39. The Cardinal front runners could not hang with the blistering pace of Arizona freshman Lawi Lelang who finished with a time of 23:10.8.

Also running well for the Cardinal were Benjamin Johnson and Brendan Gregg. Johnson placed 19th in 24:02, while Gregg was 34th in 24:20. The fourth-year junior and fifth-year senior showed their experience running in big meets with a pair of solid results.

Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Erik Olson. Olson placed 58th with a time of 24:34.

Freshmen twins Joe Rosa and Jim Rosa completed the Stanford team in their first collegiate race wearing a Stanford jersey. Joe was 113th in 24:54, while Jim was 192nd in 25:30. The brothers showed a bit of inexperience, but will have much better results to come.

The women were paced by Kathy Kroeger who finished 10th, covering the 6,000-meter course in 20:17. The junior continues to show she is one of the top runners in the country as she was just 17 seconds off the lead. Defending NCAA champion Sheila Reid of Villanova edged Jordan Hasay Oregon at the line in a repeat of the 2010 NCAA Championships.

Also coming through with strong results were Stephanie Marcy and Jessica Tonn. Marcy is in her final season of cross country for the Cardinal and continues to be steady, particularly in the big meets. She was 21st in 20:37, while the sophomore Tonn was 32nd in 20:46. The top three were the same three and in the same order as the Pac-10 Championships a year ago.

The group of talented freshmen finished behind the top three, led by Aisling Cuffe who placed 55th in 20:58. The Stanford Invitational runner-up was facing the top competition of her young career and hung in nicely. Alli Billmeyer completed the Stanford scoring, placing 138th in 21:32.

Men's swimming

Kristian Ipsen in his collegiate debut swept the one and three-meter as Stanford (3-0) took home the top spot in 11 of the 13 events in a nonconference dual meet with Hawai'i, 149-71, on Friday afternoon.

Ipsen, in a tuneup prior to competing at the Pan American Games next week tallied the top one-meter score with a mark of 364.28 and bettered it in the three-meter with a tally of 385.95. Freshman Connor Kuremsky was third in both events to his classmate.

Across the way on the lanes, fellow freshman David Nolan picked up dual victories in the 200 free (1:38.40) and 200 back (1:46.57). The 200 back, the freshman's time of 1:46.57 was better than juniors Matthew Swanston (1:47.86) and Matt Thompson (1:49.45). Freshman Sebastian Wigstrom was also a winner in the 200 breast (2:04.82).

In the longer distance freestyles Chad La Tourette won the 1000 free (9:07.77) and Michael Zoldos was a winner in the 500 free (4:34.77).

Geoff Cheah had the fastest 100 free time (44.36) ahead of teammate Aaron Wayne (44.73).

The Cardinal men travel to Stockton on Saturday for the Pacific Invitational.

Women's swimming

Felicia Lee posted the top time in five events over two sessions and Stephanie Phipps won her third-straight diving event of the season to highlight Stanford at the George Haines Invitational on Friday.

Lee picked up three wins in the morning long course format, winning the 100-meter free (57.73), 100-meter fly (1:01.74) and 200-meter back (2:20.63). Stanford swept the top three spots in four of the five swimming events with Lee, Sam Woodward and Andi Murez finishing 1-2-3 in the 100 free and 100 fly. Andie Taylor (400 free) also won in the early session.

Lee added finals wins in the 50-yard fly (24.25) and 50-yard back (24.94) and was also a part of two winning relays in the shortcourse evening session, the 100-yard medley relay to start the night session (47.60) and the 100-yard free relay (41.52), to close it out.

Phipps in her only competition of the day, won the three-meter, scoring 6.5's or better in three of her six dives, posting a score of 52.80 on a forward 2 ½ somersault pike on her first dive paced by two 7.5's and a 56.00 score on a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck with 6.5's or better.

Woodward also posted a solid performance, winning the 50-yard free (22.99) and 100-yard IM (56.76), while also finishing second in the 50-yard fly (24.84) to Lee and also being a part of both night relay wins. Woodward in the early session was second to Lee in the 100-meter free (57.75) and 100-met fly (1:04.44).

Men's soccer

The Cardinal suffered another tough defeat, dropping a 2-0 contest to Washington on Friday night at Cagan Stadium. The Huskies scored a goal in each half, while the Cardinal could not convert its chances.

Stanford falls to 3-7-1 on the season and 0-3-1 in the Pac-12. Washington improved to 7-3-2 and 2-2-0 in the Pac-12.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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