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Home Cooking helps Stanford finish Pac-12 season on strong note


Alana Cook scored a goal in the 81st minute and No. 3 Stanford capped an undefeated Pac-12 women's soccer season with a 1-1 tie over visiting No. 20 California on Friday night.

On a night dedicated to its seniors, it was a freshman who ensured the Cardinal graduating class went out without a Pac-12 defeat in its final season. It is the first undefeated conference schedule for Stanford (16-2-1 overall, 10-0-1 Pac-12) since the 2012 team went 11-0.

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Stanford will learn its postseason fate when the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced Monday at 1:30 p.m. (PT) on NCAA.com. The Cardinal, ranked fourth in the NCAA RPI ratings, expects to be considered for one of four No. 1 seeds in the 64-team pool, and play host for the first four rounds, as long as the Cardinal keeps winning. At the very least, Stanford will play a first-round match at home next Friday at 7 p.m.

The Cardinal nearly saw its perfect conference record slip through its fingertips in the 77th minute when a high cross glanced through the hands of Jane Campbell, and the Golden Bears pounced on the loose ball for a 1-0 lead.

Cook scored the equalizer less than four minutes later.

"The ball kind of popped out to the top and I was framing the goal," said Cook. "I was just ready for anything to pop out and I needed a little help to get it in but we're just happy it went in."

It was Cook's third goal of the season.

"Alana Cook was amazing," Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "She's one of the best freshmen I've ever seen. It was truly remarkable to score the goal and then make some of the plays she was coming up with."

Stanford was excellent defensively, facing a season-high 17 shots and regular pressure from Cal's offense. The Cardinal shut down the Pac-12's leading scorer Arielle Ship, limiting her to three shots on the night.

Cook and fellow center back Maddie Bauer were particularly impressive and each made multiple strong defensive plays to halt the Golden Bears' attack.

"I'm happy to have two solid people in front of me," said Campbell. "Alana stepped up like no one else has and I can't wait to see how she develops over the next four years of her career. She still has a lot to learn, which is scary hopefully for our opponents because she'll be incredible."

Ratcliffe echoed Campbell's thoughts on Bauer and Cook and noted the importance of Bauer's mentorship of Cook during her freshman campaign.

Campbell, the two-time reigning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week, was terrific in goal and tied her season high of five saves, including two point-blank stops to keep Stanford in the game and preserve the tie.

Senior Haley Rosen and sophomore team captain Andi Sullivan each generated five shots out of the midfield and were threats any time they touched the ball in the offensive half.

"This was a good game to end the season on because this is indicative of what we're going to see in the playoffs," said Ratcliffe. "It's going to be emotional and a real rivalry game. Every game has that tenacity to it. It was a College Cup atmosphere."

Men's water polo

Stanford's all-time leading scorer Bret Bonanni added six more goals to his career tally to help lead No. 5 Cardinal to a 21-11 victory over No. 9 Pepperdine on Friday night at Avery Aquatic Center.

The Cardinal posted its fifth straight victory to improve to 19-6 overall and 5-3 in the MPSF.

Bonanni has 345 career goals, including a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leading 79 scores this season.

The senior has scored in 24 of Stanford's 25 games, with multiple goals in 20 contests this year. He has 90 career multiple-goal games and 65 career hat tricks.

The Waves struck first, scoring 1:40 into the game, but Stanford responded with four straight over the next 2:29 to go ahead to stay.

A pair of Blake Parrish goals sandwiched around scores from Adam Abdulhamid and Bonanni made it 4-1.

Senior BJ Churnside was the first Cardinal to collect a hat trick in the game, with his third score of the contest midway through the third quarter, extending Stanford's lead to 9-4.

The Cardinal built a double-digit lead, responding to a Pepperdine score with seven straight goals in a span of 4:11 during the third period to make it 16-5.

Bonanni netted three scores, Reid Chase added two goals, and Cody Smith and Kyle Weikert each contributed a goal during the run.

Smith became the third Cardinal to post a hat trick in the contest, punching home his third goal with four seconds remaining in the third quarter to give Stanford a 17-6 advantage.

Bonanni opened the fourth period with his fifth and sixth goals of the night to extend the Cardinal's lead to 19-6.

Goals from Sam Pfeil and Harrison Enright rounded out the scoring to cap the Cardinal's 10-goal victory.

Junior goalie Drew Holland registered five saves in the cage for the Cardinal.

Stanford continues its three-game homestand Tuesday as the Cardinal hosts No. 17 Santa Clara at 7 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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