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Stanford women's soccer in final tuneup before NCAA tourney


The nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford women's soccer team will be looking to complete a perfect conference season when it plays host to No. 20 California on Friday in its regular-season finale at 6 p.m.

The annual rivalry match will be Senior Night and the Cardinal will recognize its four seniors -- Kate Bettinger, Sarah Cox, Laura Liedle and Haley Rosen -- before the game.

Tickets to the game are sold out, but the contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Cal is 6-4 in the conference and 13-5-2 overall.

Stanford (10-0 Pac-12, 16-2 overall) clinched its 10th Pac-12 title and fifth in the past seven years last weekend with shutout victories against No. 16 USC and UCLA.

Stanford moved up to No. 3 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire coaches' poll after being ranked fourth the past three weeks. The Cardinal is No. 2 in the Soccer America rankings and No. 3 in the TopDrawerSoccer rankings.

The NCAA Division I selection show will air Monday on at 1:30 p.m. PT. The 64-team

field and the seeding will be announced, as well. Stanford has advanced to the past 17 NCAA tournaments and has a 25-match home NCAA unbeaten streak dating back to 2008. Stanford has appeared in 24 tournaments overall.

The Cardinal has shut out its past three opponents and has not allowed a goal since the 36:07 mark at No. 25 Washington State a span of 342:23 minutes.

Stanford has not allowed more than two goals in a match over its past 253 contests, not since a 4-0 loss to North Carolina on Sept. 11, 2005, in San Francisco. During that stretch, Stanford allowed two goals 26 times, which comes out to once every 9.73 matches.

Goalie Jane Campbell earned the 27th and 28th shutouts of her career last weekend. She passed Emily Oliver (2010-13) for fifth-place all-time with 28.

Men's water polo

Winner of four straight, No. 5 Stanford will conclude its regular season at home with three games at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal hosts No. 9 Pepperdine on Friday at 7 p.m., before a matchup with Santa Clara on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and the regular-season finale against California on Nov. 15.

The Cardinal is coming off a pair of wins last weekend over No. 8 Long Beach State (12-8) and No. 7 UC Irvine (7-0), which saw senior Bret Bonanni become the new Stanford and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation career scoring leader.

He scored six goals against Long Beach State to pass Tony Azevedo (332 goals from 2001-04). Bonanni added two more goals in the victory over UC Irvine and enters Friday's contest with Pepperdine with 339 career scores. He has scored in 23 of Stanford's 24 games with multiple goals in 19 contests this season. Bonanni has recorded 89 career multiple goal games and 64 career hat tricks.

Men's swimming

Stanford plays host to North Carolina State at noon on Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center in a matchup of teams that finished in the top eight at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

The Cardinal, which took sixth place at the NCAA Championships, has finished in the top 10 at nationals in each of the past 35 seasons.

"It's going to be a different year without having some of the top-end athletes we graduated last season," said Cardinal head coach Ted Knapp. "Through the recruiting process, the development of our team and some changes in our training cycle, one of our real strengths is going to be the emergence of our depth."

North Carolina State enters the weekend ranked fifth in the CSCAA Division I Coaches poll, two places ahead of the Cardinal.

"Last year North Carolina State made an impressive leap forward, and although they are obviously the new kid on the block they are definitely a top-five team this year," said Knapp. "We are extremely happy to have this level of competition visit us. For us to come into this weekend as the underdog and race well against a great team is exactly what we are looking for at this stage in the season."

North Carolina State burst onto the national scene with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2015, its highest team finish in 39 years. The Wolfpack also racked up 26 All-America nods and three individual runner-up finishes at nationals.

Stanford took on California in an unscored triple distance meet on Wednesday in Berkeley, California. Danny Thomson impressed in the distance events, winning the 500-yard freestyle (4:28.41) and 1000-yard freestyle (9:07.21).

Jimmy Yoder (1:45.92) won the 200-yard butterfly, Gray Umbach won the 100-yard individual medley (50.21) and 200-yard individual medley (1:48.46) and Sam Perry (44.51) won the 100-yard freestyle.

Other top swims included Connor Black (1:47.43) in the 200-yard butterfly, Liam Egan (9:19.59) in the 1000-yard freestyle, Curtis Ogren (3:52.61) in the 400-yard individual medley and Perry (1:39.71) in the 200-yard freestyle.

Connor Kuremsky has had a fine start to the season on the diving side of competition, already racking up wins in the 3-meter (365.25) and 1-meter (322.35).

— Stanford Athletics

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