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Stanford's Baird, Collins earn Pac-12 soccer honors

 

Stanford junior forward Corey Baird earned Pac-12 men's soccer Player of the Week honors for his effort in two wins last week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Averie Collins was named the Pac-12 women's soccer Offensive Player of the Week.


Corey Baird
The honor is the third of Baird's career, the second of the season for the Cardinal and Stanford 26th all-time player of the week selection.

Stanford scored six combined goals in its two wins over then-No. 25 San Diego State and then-No. 17 UCLA and Baird had a direct hand in three of them, tallying his first three assists of the season.

The junior, who was second in the country in assists as a sophomore, set up Foster Langsdorf and Tomas Hilliard-Arce in the Cardinal's 3-1 victory over the Aztecs on Thursday.

On Sunday, his assist of Sam Werner's goal in the 66th minute started a 15-minute barrage that propelled Stanford to a 3-0 win over the Bruins.

Baird now has 20 assists in 55 career matches, a total which is ninth in program history. He is also tied for 12th among active NCAA players in that category.

After starting the year 0-1-3, Stanford has gone 8-1-0 in its last nine games and outscored its opponents 21-5. The Cardinal is a perfect 5-0 in conference, has scored nine times and allowed just one goal.

Baird's other Pac-12 weekly honors came on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, 2014.

No. 12 Stanford is in Southern California for its next two matches. The Cardinal plays at San Diego State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and is at No. 24 UCLA on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Collins recorded her first career brace in a 3-2 victory at Oregon State this past Friday, scoring her second goal of the match with two seconds remaining in regulation.

The sophomore striker doubled her season total in goals against the Beavers and has a single-season career-high four goals.

She has come on strong in recent weeks, scoring all four of her goals in the past six games and providing a dangerous presence in the final third.

It is the first Pac-12 weekly honor of Collins career and the fifth weekly award for Stanford this season.

Collins and the Cardinal look to continue their momentum this weekend, playing host to Colorado on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Utah on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Menlo College

For the first time in program history, Menlo College earned a spot in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 on Tuesday.

The Oaks rank No. 20 in a season that sees the team atop the Golden State Athletic Conference with an 11-2-1 overall record and 5-0-1 mark in conference play.

Built around a solid mix of seniors and underclassman, the Oaks have utilized both a prolific scoring attack and a suffocating defense to become the fastest team in program history to the 10-win mark.

Menlo has outscored its opponents 43-10 on the season and has recorded shutouts in 10 of its 14 matches this season. The Oaks have tallied shutouts in six of its last seven.

— Stanford Athletics

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