No. 1 Stanford women's soccer wins again

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scores twice of top-ranked Cardinal

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scored two goals to help keep No. 1 Stanford undefeated with a 4-0 victory over Utah in Pac-12 Conference women's soccer match before 1,382 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Friday night.

Taylor, a senior, scored her conference-leading 11th and 12th goals of the season. Taylor scored her first in the fourth minute by taking a pass from Palo Alto High grad Teresa Noyola (10 assists this season) on a 2-on-1 break with only the goalkeeper to beat. She scored again on a header in the 62nd minute to give Stanford a 3-0 lead.

Freshman Chioma Ubogagu scored her eighth of the season, and added an assist, and San Francisco native Nina Watkins scored her first.

Stanford (15-0-1 overall, 7-0 Pac-12) earned its 11th shutout of the season while capturing its 44th consecutive home victory and extending its conference winning streak to 27.

Utah (8-7-1, 4-3) was outshot by the Cardinal, 23-3, though Stanford was called offsides nine times in the match.

Stanford next plays host to Colorado on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women's volleyball

Fifth-ranked Stanford topped Arizona, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, Friday, at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Cardinal improved to 15-3 overall and 9-3 in the Pac-12, while the Wildcats fell to 13-7 on the season and 5-6 in the conference.

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams led Stanford with 18 kills and 12 digs for her 11th double-double of the year. Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat tallied nine kills, six digs and two blocks, while redshirt freshman Lydia Bai and freshman Morgan Boukather each put down seven kills.

Junior setter Karissa Cook totaled 39 assists, 17 digs, four kills and four blocks, while maintaining her conference lead with her 12th double-double of the year. Junior Hannah Benjamin, who took over at the libero spot in the third set, registered 12 digs and two aces.

As a team, Stanford hit .224, while holding Arizona to a .201 attack percentage. The Cardinal is now 8-0 on the season when winning the first two sets of the match.

The Cardinal wraps up the weekend on Saturday at Arizona State.

Men's water polo

Third-ranked Stanford bounced back from last weekend's first conference loss with an 8-6 victory over No. 7 Pacific Friday in Stockton. The Cardinal overcame a 5-3 halftime deficit, using a four-goal third period to take a lead that it would hold thanks in part to a defense that held the Tigers scoreless over the final 10:33.

Stanford (10-3, 3-1 MPSF) now prepares for this weekend's Bronco Stampede at Santa Clara's Sullivan Aquatic Center. The Cardinal takes on Bucknell (11:40 a.m.) and Harvard (5 p.m.) Saturday then meets Brown (12 p.m.) and Air Force (4 p.m.) Sunday.

Harvard is coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis while Brown's roster includes co-captain Toby Espinosa, a Menlo School grad.

Along with Alex Bowen's hat trick, Jacob Smith scored twice for the Cardinal, and Travis Noll, Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph and Forrest Watkins added goals.

Brian Pingree made eight saves in the contest to pace the Cardinal defense. After giving up five goals in the first half, the defense buckled down, conceding only one goal to Pacific (9-8, 0-2 MPSF) the rest of the way.

— Stanford Sports Information

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