Cardinal women's soccer is still missing Ubogagu | September 7, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 7, 2012

Cardinal women's soccer is still missing Ubogagu

Sophomore standout playing for US U20 team in Germany

by Rick Eymer

The Stanford women's soccer team will be playing for the Stanford Nike Invitational this weekend. Cardinal sophomore Chioma Ubogagu will be playing for the United States in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final against Germany.

Fifth-ranked Stanford (2-1-1), which hosts the Invitational, meets Boston University (3-2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in its first match. The Cardinal and No. 23 Georgetown (6-0) play Sunday at noon.

Santa Clara and Georgetown meet at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, while Boston University will play at Santa Clara at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Stanford women's athletic program will also be presented with its Capital One Trophy during Friday's match with Boston.

Ubogagu scored the winning goal in overtime to beat North Korea in the quarterfinal round and played in the second half of the Americans' 2-0 semifinal victory over Nigeria. The U.S. is seeking its third championship in the biennial tournament that began in 2002.

Germany defeated the U.S. during pool play.

Ubogagu, last year's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is Stanford's leading returning scorer with 10 goals. She is expected to be available next  Friday when Stanford faces San Diego State at the Santa Clara Classic.

While Stanford had its 51-match home winning streak ended in last week's 1-1 draw with Boston College, the Cardinal still owns a 56-match unbeaten streak at home.

Junior Natalie Griffen, in the starting lineup for the first time, leads Stanford with three goals, already more than she scored in the previous two years combined.

Stanford has trailed in three of its first four matches, equaling last year's total. Stanford recovered to win all three in 2011 and two of the three this year. Also, Stanford's five goals allowed is more than half of last season's total of nine allowed.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Oliver, who did not play in the first four matches because of injury, has a career goals-against average of 0.27. She has allowed only 11 goals in 44 career matches. Her GAA, if maintained, would rank No. 1 in Stanford career history. U.S. national team member Nicole Barnhart has the Stanford record of 0.45.

Men's soccer

Stanford (1-2) travels to No.11 UC Irvine (3-0) for a match Friday at 7 p.m., looking to end a two-match slide.

Stanford dropped two matches at last week's Charleston tournament, 2-1 in overtime to the host school and 2-0 to No. 22 Furman.

UC Irvine won 16 games last year, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Anteaters have played in three of the last four NCAA Tournaments, including in 2009 when they also faced Stanford in the second round.

The Cardinal is led in scoring by Adam Jahn who has a goal and an assist in the early going. Aaron Kovar has Stanford's other goal, a game winner at USF. Drew Hutchins has played all 273 minutes of the season in goal, allowing four goals, although two were on penalty kicks.

Women's volleyball

The top-rated freshmen recruiting class has certainly made an immediate impact for No. 8 Stanford, which hosts the Stanford Invitational beginning Friday.

All five freshmen — Inky Ajanaku, Madi Bugg, Jordan Burgess, Brittany Howard and Megan McGehee — have started at least one match already. Burgess (50) and Howard (46) are the top two kill leaders for the Cardinal (3-2). Junior Carly Wopat is third with 42 kills and leads the team with 24 total blocks.

Stanford, which lost to Jiangsu of China in an exhibition match Wednesday night, plays Santa Clara at 7 p.m. Friday night, Loyola on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Pacific on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Women's field hockey

No. 16 Stanford hosts No. 10 Iowa at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a nonconference match to be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's golf

No 10 Stanford opened a week in Scotland on Thursday for world-class golf and cultural immersion in the United Kingdom. Made possible by an endowed foreign travel fund, the team will take an "life-changing trip every four years," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said.


There are no comments yet for this post