Stanford men's soccer loses key player for Cal showdown


For the second time in the past three months, Stanford sophomore forward Jordan Morris has been called into camp by U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, this time as part of the 25-man roster for the final matches of the 2014 campaign.

The U.S. will first meet No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday in London at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC.

Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland's soil for the first since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

That means Morris will miss Stanford's final regular-season match, at Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m. A victory will give the Cardinal its first conference title since 2001.

Stanford is undefeated in its past eight games (5-0-3), No. 2 in the nation in RPI and has risen to the top of the Pac-12 following weekend victories over then-No. 3 Washington (2-0) and Oregon State (2-1).

With 18 points, Stanford is one point clear of UCLA and two ahead of Washington with just one game remaining for all three.

Morris has started all 14 games in which he's played this season for Stanford tallying four goals and team-highs in assists (6) and points (14).

Earlier this season, Morris missed Stanford's match at Omaha (Aug. 31) due to duties with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Meanwhile, freshman Corey Baird was voted Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Baird helped Stanford cap off its final regular-season homestand with a pair of wins over No. 3 Washington and Oregon State. He recorded a shot in the 2-0 win against the Huskies.

Against the Beavers, the freshman assisted on the game's first goal, putting the Cardinal up 1-0. In the 84th minute, after OSU had tied it up, Baird got his second game-winning goal of the year.


Five Stanford student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Henry Anderson, Jordan Pratt, Ben Rhyne, Patrick Skov and Jordan Richards appeared on the list.

Stanford's quintet and all first-team honorees from the eight districts advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Stanford led all FBS schools nationally with its five selections. Pratt, Richards and Rhyne are repeat performers on the team.

Women's volleyball

Jordan Burgess, a junior outside hitter, has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII team, as announced by the College of Sports Information Directors of America.

Burgess earned first-team accolades and will appear on the ballot for 2014 Academic All-America honors. It is her first career recognition by the organization and the first by a Cardinal player since 2011.

Burgess is a human biology major at Stanford with a 3.53 GPA. Last season, she garnered Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention recognition. Burgess is one of six Pac-12 players on the District VII first team.

Women's water polo

Some six months removed from the 2014 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship match, little has changed among the elite teams in women's college water polo, at least for one weekend.

In the championship match of the first-ever Collegiate Cup, pitting the top women's college water polo teams with two USA National Team squads, it was Stanford and UCLA meeting for all the marbles this past week in Irvine.

Reprising its role as champion from this past spring, the Cardinal came through in the NCAA Championship rematch, once again downing the Bruins, 9-7, in a back-and-forth match that witnessed a level of intensity not normally reserved for offseason action.

In the third place game, a split-squad USA Women's National Team got past USC, 11-8.

In the championship game, the two evenly matched squads kept things close throughout. Stanford led 3-2 after the first period only to see the Bruins force a tie at 4 at halftime. UCLA went ahead after three periods, 7-6, but Stanford rallied in the fourth by scoring three unanswered goals in the period to take the match.

Kiley Neushul led a balanced Cardinal attack with three goals, all in the first half while Ashley Grossman, Maggie Steffens, and Jordan Raney delivered the decisive goals in the fourth period. Gabby Stone went the distance in net for Stanford.

Stanford finished the tournament undefeated, topping Indiana 25-4, USA Blue 13-6, USC 9-8, and then UCLA. The Cardinal fell to a full- strength USA National Team, 10-9 in overtime, in an exhibition match on Saturday evening.

— Stanford Athletics

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