Stanford Ekes Out Win Over Sun Devils
After winning its last two games by a combined 66 points, Stanford faced a fourth-quarter deficit on Saturday against Arizona State. But quarterback Andrew Luck led a touchdown drive with less than six minutes to go and Stanford held on for a 17-13 victory in Tuscon. “Champions win those type of games,“ Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh said to the Associated Press in a postgame news conference. The Cardinal (9-1) will visit Berkeley to face Cal on Saturday with an opportunity to clinch second place in the Pac-10.
Sharks Second Line Scores 3 to Top Flames
Forwards Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture all had one goal and two assists in the San Jose Sharks 4-3 victory against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Couture, who set a new career high with his three-point night, is now tied for the team lead with six goals. The Sharks (8-5-2) will look to continue their winning ways tonight against the Los Angeles Kings at the Tank.
Earthquakes Eliminated by Rapids in Semis
The Colorado Rapids 1-0 victory ended the San Jose Earthquakes unlikely semifinal run. Defender Kosuke Kimura scored in the 42nd minute and the Rapids held on to clinch a berth in the MLS Cup. Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski was held without a shot on goal by the Rapids defense, and the Quakes had just one as a team. The Rapids will play FC Dallas in the MLS Cup on Sunday in Toronto.
Stanford Takes Out Santa Clara in NCAA Tournament
In a battle of the Bay Area’s most prestigious women’s soccer programs, Stanford edged Santa Clara 2-1 to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Although Pac-10 Player of the Year Christen Press was shut down, goals by Marjani Hing-Glover and Alina Garciamendez pushed Stanford to a two-goal lead. Stanford allowed its first goal in 613 minutes to Santa Clara’s Kendra Perry in the 74th minute, but held on from there. Stanford, which needs its next four games to win the NCAA Tournament, will host UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m.
Oliver Catapults SJSU past Eastern Washington
The SJSU men’s basketball team beat Eastern Washington 67-60 on Friday in its season opener behind a game-high 34 points by guard Adrian Oliver. SJSU forward Wil Carter had nine points and 11 rebounds and Oliver made his final four shots in the game’s last 6:08 to secure the win. The Spartans take on the University of San Francisco in their home opener on Wednesday.