Stanford Last Pac-12 Team Standing
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NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP
Top-seed STANFORD is the last Pac-12 team standing as the NCAA quarterfinals approach on Friday. Two-seed UCLA and CALIFORNIA both dropped their matches last weekend in penalty-kick rounds, while WASHINGTON STATE fell 3-0 to second-seeded Virginia in regulation. UCLA's loss marks the program's earliest exit from the tournament since 1998.
Upcoming Match: Friday, November 25
No. 2 Oklahoma State (22-1-2) at No. 1 Stanford (22-0-1), 7 p.m. PT, Palo Alto, Calif.
When the Cardinal defeated Boston College on Sunday in Palo Alto, Stanford extended its home winning streak to 49, the second-longest in NCAA history. The overall top seed has another chance to extend that streak Friday evening when the Cowgirls of Oklahoma State come to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium for the NCAA quarterfinals. The two-seed advances to the quarters for the second time in as many seasons after squeaking by Maryland, the one team to blemish Stanford's otherwise spotless record with a draw in late August.
Friday's match features arguably the two best goalkeepers in women's collegiate soccer, with Emily Oliver in goal for Stanford and Adrianna Franch minding the net for Oklahoma State. Oliver maintains the best goals-against average in the country--0.216--while Franch is next in line at 0.262. They flip-flop in the rankings for save percentage, with Franch on top at .938 and Oliver close behind at .933.
On the other side of the ball, Stanford boasts scoring threat and Pac-12 Player of the Year Lindsay Taylor, who is in the national top-five for total goals (19) and top-10 for goals per game (.826) and total points (44). Her teammate Teresa Noyola is in the top-10 for total assists (13) and top-15 for assists per game (0.57). Oklahoma State does not have a top-25 player outside of the goal.
The victor of Friday's showdown advances to the Dec. 2 semifinals in Kennesaw, Ga. Should Stanford prevail, the Cardinal would make its fourth consecutive appearance in the Final Four, and the fifth overall. If Oklahoma State were to advance, it would be the program's first ever trip to the College Cup.