Los Angeles Soccer: SMU

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.

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Galaxy-FC Dallas: In praise of the Hoops' stars

November, 14, 2010
Galaxy fans know all about Kevin Hartman, who manned L.A.'s nets for a decade and had a tremendous year this season for FC Dallas. The goalkeeper from Palos Verdes was the difference for the Hoops this year, bringing stability to a defense that needed it -- no coincidence that the 19-game unbeaten streak started shortly after he became the No. 1 goalkeeper.

On the field, the most important players are 5-foot-5 playmaker David Ferreira, a 31-year-old Colombian who is expected to pick up Major League Soccer's MVP award this week, and central midfielder Daniel Hernandez, a 34-year-old Texan who started his pro career with the Galaxy (back in 1998) and played in Mexico for Necaxa, Puebla and Jaguares before joining FC Dallas last season.

Here's the best of what was said about Ferreira and Hernandez heading into Sunday's Western Conference final between the Galaxy at FC Dallas (Home Depot Center, 6 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes):

On David Ferreira“Good quickness, good endurance. He's tough. I think he's the heart of the team. I think he inspires them. I think his performance [in the second leg of the first-round series at Real] Salt Lake was outstanding, his performance when they beat [RSL] in the first leg was impressive, and he's the player who set up the winning goal.

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena:

“He's really an impressive player and a player that you can't lose your concentration against, because if you do, he'll take advantage of that.”

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