Los Angeles Soccer: Lee University
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.
Brittany Flanagan scored one goal and set up another Thursday as third-seeded Azusa Pacific romped into a semifinal showdown with two-time defending champion Lee University by dominating Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist, 3-0, in the NAIA women's tournament in Decatur, Ala.
Flanagan fed Kelsey Walker in the 23rd minute, then scored off a free kick in the 70th for the Cougars (19-1-2), who are making their ninth trip to the final four and seeking their second national title. APU won the NAIA title in 1998 and was runner-up in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
Jacqueline Conforto also tallied for Azusa Pacific, which takes a nine-game winning streak -- seven by shutout -- into Friday's semifinal with second-seeded Lee (20-2-1), from Cleveland, Tenn. The Cougars won a Sept. 18 meeting in Tennessee, 2-1.
Cal Baptist, from Riverside, finishes 15-6-2.