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Becker, Tew lead the Cardinal to field hockey victory


Five Stanford players combined for seven goals to lead the fifth-ranked Cardinal field hockey team to a convincing 7-0 victory over host Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at Grant Field.

The Billikens (0-6) were unable to slow down the Cardinal (5-1), which led 35-3 in shots and 12-2 in penalty corners. Lauren Becker scored her first two goals of the season, while Fran Tew netted her second and third of the year.

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Becker set up Tew's opener within the first six minutes. By the 20th minute, Stanford had taken a 3-0 lead on goals from Maddie Secco and Catherine Dawson. The Cardinal added two more goals in a span of 1:17, with Caroline Beaudoin and Becker scoring their first goals of the season near the end of the half.

The second half yielded more scoring chances for the Cardinal, which tacked on two more goals. Tew and Becker each scored their second of the afternoon to put the game out of reach for Saint Louis.

It was a quiet afternoon for goalkeeper Dulcie Davies, who did not face a shot and was withdrawn at halftime. Sophomore Maddy Belin replaced Davies for her first action of the season.

Couteau and Becker each added two assists, with Sarah Helgeson, Katie Keyser, and Dawson pitching in one apiece. Beaudoin led the Cardinal with 9 shots, Becker took 6 and Marissa Cicione added 5.

Stanford is back in action on Sunday when it takes on Kent State in Iowa City, Iowa.

Women's soccer

The Menlo College women's soccer team continued its torrid pace Saturday, recording its fourth consecutive shutout in beating visiting Providence Christian, 6-0, in nonconference action.

Menlo did not waste any time in taking the lead as junior Danielle McCarthy worked off a Jocelyn Aguilar assist to score in the third minute of play. McCarthy, who posted a hat trick in Tuesday's game, tallied her fifth goal of the week two minutes later to make it 2-0. Menlo scored one more time before the half when Jelissa Blanco banged in her second goal of the campaign.

Three different players added goals in the second half. Freshman Alissa Soriano scored her second goal of the season in the 50th minute off a Maddie Napier assist, followed bv a Jocelyn Aguilar goal three minutes later. Marisa Cavanna also scored.

Menlo outshot the Seabeggars by a 39-1 margin and held an 18-1 advantage in shots on goal.

The Oaks complete nonconference play Wednesday when they hit the road for the first time this season to take on UC Santa Cruz.

Men's soccer

Menlo College downed shorthanded Providence Christian, 8-0, in non-conference play Saturday. The game was cut short midway through the second half when PCC lost a player to injury, reducing its manpower to six players.

Robert Cowan scored twice for the Oaks (5-1), while Erik Emanuelsson, Stephen Levy, Connor Buckley, Andrew Nyberg, Luis Nunez and Alex Avila also scored.

Menlo has 10 days off to get ready for its Golden State Athletic Conference opener at home on Sept. 22 against Biola University at 3:30 p.m.

Cross country

The Menlo College women's team started its season on a high note at the UC Merced Bobcat Invitational.

The Oaks finished with the second best average team time of the 5K event with a time of 23:07. Their average team time was 1:26.1 better than Sierra Nevada College and trailed host UC Merced.

A strong point for the Oaks was their ability to show strongly from top to bottom, boasting the best grouping among the teams in the event with just 3:09.5 separating the first and fifth place finishers.

Junior Megan Thompson was the top finisher for Menlo, earning fifth place overall. Close behind was freshman Estrella Bautista-Farias who crossed the line in sixth place.

A number of individual achievements were earned on Saturday as well with Jaagriti Sharma finishing in the top 10 in her first ever cross country race and Antarpreet Dhariwal, a transfer from De Anza College, clocking the fastest season opening race of her collegiate career.

Another bright spot was the finish of Hunter Dupee who finished just 3:09.5 behind Thompson despite joining the team a mere two weeks ago.

"Our team excelled today," Menlo coach Dan Noel said. "They exceeded expectations, and competed with confidence. To have athletes brand new to the team, or competing in their first race ever, compete like that was awesome. This is only the beginning for us. We will get stronger and faster as the season progresses."

— Stanford Athletics

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