It's Uhl time again in Stanford's overtime soccer victory


Taylor Uhl scored with eight seconds left in the first overtime to give No. 2 Stanford a 2-1 victory over Arizona in the Cardinal's Pac-12 women's soccer home opener Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Stanford (9-0-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) extended its home unbeaten streak to 73 and its conference winning streak to 44.

The goal was the 10th of the season for Uhl, a junior transfer from Minnesota.

Left outside back Laura Liedle played a long ball from midfield that found Uhl at the top of the penalty area. Uhl touched the ball to her right and fired a hard left-footed shot inside the right post in the 100th minute.

"Taylor has an incredible ability to slow the play down," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "A lot of people would rush that shot, but Taylor always shows great composure and was rewarded with the goal."

The golden goal was Stanford third of the season, following second-overtime winners by Uhl against Boston College (a 2-1 victory) and Courtney Verloo against Santa Clara (3-2).

Stanford was outshot 9-1 in the opening minutes, but outshot the Wildcats, 15-6, after halftime. The final shot total favored Stanford, 22-19.

Megan Turner put Stanford in front in the 37th minute with a point-blank header after Sydney Payne beat a defender to the end line and supplied a perfect cross.

But Arizona (5-3-3, 0-2) intercepted a Stanford back pass in the 78th minute, leading to a shot by Alexandra Doller that bounced off the post to Emily Lai, who converted the rebound to tie the score.

Stanford returns to action Sunday against Arizona State in a 5:30 p.m. match that serves as the nightcap to a doubleheader that begins with the Cardinal men against Oregon State at 3 p.m.

Men's swimming

Stanford and UC Santa Cruz provided a thrill a minute – almost literally – during men's swimming Friday action at Avery Aquatic Center.

The not-so-traditional format featured 32 not-so-scored races in which swimmers were unaware of the event being swum until they stepped onto the blocks. A carnival wheel - which included nine different events - was spun prior to each race.

The meet provided a spectacle likely unseen in the swimming world, as the 32 races were completed in just less than one hour.

"Mission accomplished," Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "This was one great hour of quality swimming, with some people racing their best event, an off event, or an event they haven't swum since high school."

The Cardinal will return to the pool Oct. 12 when it plays host to Indiana at noon.

"There was the aspect of adversity in not knowing which events were going to be swum," Knapp said. Everyone had to get into – and stay in – that racing mentality. The spirit on the deck was great from heat to heat."

Continuing his All-American form was David Nolan, who was a four-time winner on the day (50 free – 20.52, 100 IM – 50.33, 100 fly – 49.70, 50 breast – 26.38).

Gray Umbach (100 back – 51.15, 100 IM – 50.84, 100 fly – 49.78) took three of four races in his heat. Thomas Stephens (50 free – 21.29, 50 fly – 23.21) won a pair of races in his heat.

Daniel Le won his first college race with a 43.17 in the 100 fly.

Field hockey

No. 6 Stanford received goals from six different players in a 6-1 victory over visiting Pacific on Friday night.

The Cardinal (8-2, 2-0 NorPac) continued its dominance of the Tigers (3-8, 1-2 NorPac), extending its winning streak to 14 overall in the series.

Tied at 1-1, Stanford scored twice in the final 11 minutes of the first half before adding three more goals in the second stanza to finish the night with a season-high six goals.

Kelsey Harbin got the Cardinal on the board early when she drilled a shot off a penalty corner, set up by Shannon Herold and Hope Burke. Harbin leads Stanford with five goals and 13 points on the year.

Clemence Couteau scored her team-best third game-winning goal of the year in the 25th minute, placing a shot between the Pacific goalkeeper's legs off a feed from Maddie Secco.

Goalkeeper Dulcie Davies saw most of her action in the first half, making three of her four saves. The lone goal allowed was the first given up at the Varsity Turf since Sept. 6 when No. 20 New Hampshire scored in the second minute – a span of 224:03.

The Cardinal carried its momentum into the second half, dominating a majority of the possession. Elise Ogle scored just 41 seconds into the second half, becoming the 11th Stanford player to record a goal.

Casey Deeds became the 12th Cardinal player to record a goal when she scored her first career goal in the 67th minute, knocking in a rebound off a shot by Kasey Quon.

Stanford held advantages in shots (19-6) and penalty corners (6-2).

The Cardinal will look to continue its momentum and remain unbeaten in NorPac play as it travels to UC Davis for its next matchup on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Women's volleyball

No. 7 Stanford dropped a 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 decision to host second-ranked USC on Friday in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

Stanford (3-1, 10-3) lost in straight sets for the first time in two years.

USC out-hit the Cardinal, .358 to .245, and the Cardinal managed just four blocks in the match, all in the final set.

Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat led the Cardinal offensively with 11 kills on 19 attempts with three errors (.421).

Sophomore middle blocker Inky Ajanaku tallied 10 kills and three blocks, while senior Rachel Williams finished with nine kills, six digs and three blocks.

Sophomore outside hitter Brittany Howard added seven kills and seven digs, while sophomore Jordan Burgess notched five kills and 12 digs.

Sophomore setter Madi Bugg dished out 35 assists and collected six digs. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert recorded 11 digs and two assists in the match.

Stanford hosts Utah at 6 p.m. on Friday.

— Stanford Athletics


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