Stanford women advance to soccer's Sweet Sixteen


Goals by Mariah Nogueira and Taylor McCann propelled top-seeded Stanford past visiting South Carolina, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament Friday night before 2,032 fans.

Stanford (21-0-1) plays Boston College (12-5-3) on Sunday in the round of 16 at 1 p.m. The Eagles beat Cal on penalty kicks, 3-1, in the first match of the doubleheader after tying, 0-0, through two 10-minute overtime periods.

"It's going to take every player playing to the best of their ability," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "Hopefully we'll get a little luck along the way."

Nogueira opened the scoring by heading in Teresa Noyola's free kick from the right side in the 34th minute, and McCann added to the lead against with a 15-yard shot from Lindsay Taylor'spass in the penalty area in the 67th minute.

"T is precision if I had a word for her," Nogueira said. "She found a gap and found my head and all I had to do was redirect it. She made it easy for me."

Stanford outshot the Gamecocks (16-7), 26-5, and had nine corner kicks to South Carolina's zero.

"It was a great game," Ratcliffe said. "I thought we played very well. When the game is 1-0 it's still very much in doubt. Taylor scored a great goal and sealed the deal for us."

Stanford extended its home winning streak to 48 with the victory and earned its fourth consecutive shutout.

Men's basketball

Anthony Brown scored 14 points and Dwight Powell, getting his first extensive action of the young season, added 13 points as Stanford beat host UC Davis, 70-49, on Friday night.

Brown, who hadn't scored in 27 minutes over his previous two games, made 6-10 shots from the floor to give the Cardinal (4-0) a boost in its first road game of the season.

Josh Owens added 10 points for Stanford, which has held each of its four opponents to under 60 points. The Cardinal opened the 2007-08 campaign by limiting its first four foes to 60 points or less.

Stanford shot 47.5 percent from the field and held a 38-25 rebounding edge, with six different players pulling down at least three rebounds. Jarrett Mann led the effort on the glass with seven boards.

In addition to forcing UC Davis (1-4) into 18 turnovers, Stanford dished out 23 assists on 29 buckets. The 23 assists were the most since Dec. 28, 2008, when Stanford finished with 24 handouts in a 111-66 win over Texas Tech.

Men's swimming and diving

A quartet of Stanford swimmers-- Matthew Swanston (100 back), David Nolan (100 fly), Matt Thompson (400 IM), Rob Andrews (200 free)-- took home wins on the second day of the Arena Invite.

Nolan won his second individual event of the weekend, the 100 fly with a time of 47.04 and was a part of his third winning relay, the 200 medley, helping the Cardinal to a time of 1:27.07. Nolan was ahead of senior Bobby Bollier (47.30) in the 100 fly as one of six Cardinal swimmers in the top flight finals.

David Mosko, Nolan, Bollier and Andrews were a part of the pool-record setting squad in the 800 free relay, swimming 6:28.36 to break a six-year old record (6:30.16) in the event. Earlier, Andrews won the 200 free ahead of freshman Thomas Stephens, outdistancing his younger counterpart 1:36.82 to 1:37.05.

Thompson picked up the win in the 400 IM with a time of 3:46.58 ahead of four teammates who finished second through fifth for the clean sweep of the top-five.

Swanston was the first of four Cardinal in the top-six of the 100 back, pacing the field at 47.50 ahead of Jon Edwards' mark of 47.73.

At the first day of the Wildcat Diving Invite, senior captain Taylor Sishc finished fifth in the one-meter finals (319.50) and Noah Garcia was sixth (304.10) behind Arizona's Ben Grado and his winning mark of 372.45.

Women's swimming and diving

Stanford junior Andi Murez picked up a win in the 200 free, while Maya DiRado (400 IM), Betsy Webb (100 back) and Sam Woodward (100 fly) each finished in the top-three at Friday's Arena Invite at Belmont Plaza Pool.

Murez closed out the first day by anchoring the winning 800 free relay squad to a time of 7:10.54, beating Cal in the process (7:12.61). DiRado took over the lead on her final 50 yards and then handed off to freshman Maddy Schaefer and Murez for the win.

Murez also picked up the win in the 200 free, winning with a time of 1:46.10, .25 seconds ahead of Arizona State's Shanna Landgrebe (1:46.35). Murez took over the lead at the halfway point from Landgrebe and her ASU teammate Cassie Morrice leaving the Sun Devils to finish second and third.

Woodward finished behind Olympians Dana Vollmer and Elaine Breeden in the 100 fly as two of America's top flyers each had pool records on the day. Vollmer set the pool record (50.44) in the night cap, followed by Breeden (52.35) and Woodward (53.12). Both Olympian's times were under Breeden's pool record setting time in the morning (52.55).

Maya DiRado was third in the 400 IM, finishing behind former Stanford great Julia Smit and her own pool record of 4:02.01 and Cal's Caitlyn Leverenz (4:05.67). DiRado's time of 4:07.92, followed by teammate Andie Taylor (4:12.13) were third and fourth as Smit broke her own pool record of 4:03.31, set two years ago.

Webb, in the final individual event of the night, was third in the 100 back at 53.87. On the first day of the Wildcat Diving Invite in Tucson, Stephanie Phipps was sixth in the three-meter. The 17-team women's Arena Invite runs through Saturday.

Women's volleyball

Fifth-ranked Stanford suffered a 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 22-25, 15-9 upset to visiting Oregon, officially eliminating the Cardinal from Pac-12 title consideration, Friday night.

Stanford (14-6, 20-6) is four games behind USC with two matches to play, including Sunday at 1 p.m. against Oregon State. The Beavers surprised California in five sets on Friday night.

The Women of Troy clinched at least a tie for the conference title following their win over Arizona State combined with UCLA's stunning three-set loss to Arizona.

Both the Ducks, a game behind the Cardinal, and Wildcats improved their postseason status with the big victories. Oregon State has an overall losing record.

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams recorded her 17th double-double of the year for Stanford, collecting 21 kills and 18 digs. She has accumulated 20 or more kills in a match seven times this seaosn.

Sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat tied her career high with 18 kills on 26 attempts with no errors for a season-best .692 hitting percentage. She also had eight blocks and four digs. Senior middle blocker Stephanie Browne tied her season-best with 10 kills, while redshirt freshman Lydia Bai added seven kills and four blocks.

Junior setter Karissa Cook set a career best with 55 assists, while junior libero Hannah Benjamin registered a career-high 27 digs. As a team, Stanford hit .234, while Oregon posted a .292 clip. The Cardinal is 1-4 on the year when it is outhit by its opponents.


Stanford is in fourth place at the national match race championships, following a 6-3 record after the first of three days on the San Francisco Bay.

Nick Dugdale, McKenzie Wilson and Kevin Laube closed out the first day by beating two-win Wisconsin and winless Oregon. In a close battle for fourth through sixth place, the Cardinal, St. Mary's College of Maryland and South Florida each had four wins a piece entering the final two races. Stanford swept and the other two teams split, as Dugdale had the Cardinal positioned for third place prior to Tufts' seventh win-- over Wisconsin-- to close out day one.

Navy, which lost to South Florida to close out the day, were 8-1, followed by 7-2 Roger Williams University and Tufts, Stanford at 6-3, and five-win St. Mary's and USF. The bottom four teams are: Texas A&M (3-6), Michigan (2-7), Wisconsin (2-7) and Oregon (0-9).

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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