Camille Levin and Lindsay Taylor scored second-half goals Friday as top-ranked Stanford returned to the NCAA Division I women's soccer final. A victory Sunday over Notre Dame would give the Cardinal their first title.
Boston College (17-7-1) shut down star forward Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), who failed to notch a goal or assist for just the fifth time all season, but Stanford (23-0-2) got a goal from an unlikely source to take charge in a 2-0 victory.
Levin (Newport Coast/Tarbut V'Torah) netted her second goal of the season in the 48th minute. Taylor netted an insurance goal in the 87th, her 11th goal of the season.
Notre Dame (20-2-2) reached its third final in five years. Mandy Laddish's 82nd-minute goal lifted the Fighting Irish to a 1-0 triumph over Ohio State (17-4-2).
APU OUT OF NAIA: Azusa Pacific's run to the NAIA women's title game was halted one game shy of the goal by two-time defending champion Lee University of Cleveland, Tenn. Samantha Hare's goal just 85 seconds in was the difference in a 1-0 decision that sent the Lady Flames (21-2-1) to their fourth final in six years.
Third-seeded Azusa Pacific (19-2-2) dictated play in the second half but managed nothing from its 7-1 shot advantage the final 45 minutes.
Lee, the No. 2 seed, will face unseeded Hastings, Neb. (16-4-3) in Saturday's final.
SANTA BARBARA-BOUND: North Carolina (16-3-2) booked its third successive trip to the NCAA Division I men's College Cup, beating visiting SMU on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
The fourth-seeded Tar Heels haven't won a game in the NCAA Tournament, beating Georgetown and Michigan State on penalties en route to the quarterfinals. They will face either top-seeded Louisville (18-0-3) or UCLA (16-4-1) in a semifinal next Friday at UC Santa Barbara's Harder Stadium.
The other three final-four berths will be determined Saturday.