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Sports - August 30, 2019

Sports Shorts

FIELD OF PLAY . . . The Stanford women's field hockey team, which plays its first four games at home this year, opens the season ranked No. 21 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll. The Cardinal (14-6 last year) begins against No. 15 Northwestern at 11 a.m. Friday and then plays No. 4 Connecticut at 11 a.m. Sunday as part of the Stanford Invitational. The Cardinal is led by America East Offensive Player of the Year Corinne Zanolli, Co-Goalkeeper of the Year Kelsey Bing, a member of the U.S. national team, and Rookie of the Year Molly Redgrove . . . The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team, which won two games last weekend, hosts Penn in its home opener at 7 p.m. The Quakers are playing their first official game of the season. It's the first time the teams have met each other on the field. The Quakers have 15 players on their roster from California and 10 of them hail from Northern California, including Sacred Heart Prep grad Mia Shenk and Menlo-Atherton alum JoJo Cotto. Others are from Burlingame, San Mateo, Los Altos and San Francisco.

OAKS CORNER . . . Menlo College's Tim Staerz, Noa Kerr and Alexandros Chaitidis each scored and the Oaks downed visiting Simpson 3-0 in a nonconference men's soccer match Tuesday. Brett Fitzpatrick and Jose Fimbres each added an assist for the Oaks (2-0), who have shut out the Redhawks (1-2) in six straight games dating to October of 2014. Andres Zimmerman recorded a pair of saves for Menlo, which travels to Cal State Monterey Bay for a nonconference contest at 11 a.m. Saturday . . . Sophomore defender Haleigh Stoddard scored in the 25th minute and the Menlo College women's soccer team held on to beat host UC Merced 2-0 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Sophomore forward Kori-Ann Koverman also scored for the Oaks, who won their third season opener in the past four years. Menlo-Atherton grad Zoe Bell, who transferred to Menlo from Canada College, helped keep UC Merced out of the net, adding her defensive skills to the Oaks back line.

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