Stanford Rolls to College Cup
The Stanford women’s soccer team advanced to the College Cup by blowing out Florida State 5-0 in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal matchup on Friday. Five different players scored for Stanford, which has outscored its opponents 13-1 in four NCAA Tournament games. Christen Press had a goal and an assist, breaking the Stanford all-time assists record and tying the Stanford single-season goal record in the process. The Cardinal will look to breakthrough in this year’s College Cup after losing in the National Championship game to North Carolina a season ago. Stanford will play Boston College on Friday in Cary, N.C.
Cardinal Headed to BCS Bowl Game
The Stanford football team moved up to No. 4 in the Bowl Championship Series standings by beating Oregon State 38-0 on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. Quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns and running back Stepfan Taylor added 115 yards and a score of his own in Stanford’s (11-1) final regular season game. Even if No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon both lose this weekend, it’s likely that the Cardinal will not jump to one of the top two spots in the BCS standings. Still, Stanford fans will be rooting against Oregon and Auburn with hopes that their team will jump to one of the top two spots, which guarantees a berth in the BCS title game.
Sharks Drill Oilers
Led by Dany Heatley’s two goals, the Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Saturday to conclude a 2-1 week. As has been a theme this season, the Sharks struggled to close out their opponent, allowing two third-period goals to the Oilers, but goaltender Antero Niittymaki held off the Edmonton rally for the victory. Heatley leads the team in points (24) and goals (11). The Sharks (11-7-4) host the conference-leading Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Spartans Squeak by Riverside
Adrian Oliver’s 35 points propelled SJSU to an 80-77 triumph against UC Riverside on Sunday at Walt McPherson Court. Highlander guard Javon Borum’s last-second 3-point attempt hit the front of the rim, handing Riverside its fourth loss in six games. Justin Graham added 14 points, seven assists and five steals for the Spartans (4-1). SJSU’s next game is on the road against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Tuesday. The Spartans next home game is against rival Santa Clara on Dec. 10.
La Secla’s Career Night Not Enough for SJSU
Quarterback Jordan La Secla threw for a career-high 496 yards and five touchdowns, but the SJSU football team still extended its losing streak to nine, falling 45-38 to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Bulldog running back Lennon Creer ran for three touchdowns and 203 of his career-high 252 yards in the first half. Louisiana Tech’s Phillip Livas tied an NCAA record with his eighth combined kickoff and punt return touchdown by returning a punt 88 yards to pay dirt in the third quarter. The Spartans (1-11) conclude their regular season on the road against Idaho on Saturday.