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Sports OLYMPIC WRESTLING

Gentry got his chance to medal Stanford grad wrestled for team Canada tanford grad Matt Gentry wrestled within a few points of an Olympic medal Friday in the 74-kg freestyle competition at the 2012 London Games. Gentry, who has an NCAA title to his name and has coached at Stanford, settled for a fifth-place tie in his division as a competitor for Canada. He wa s knocked out of gold medal contention by the eventual gold medalist, American Jordan Burroughs, in the Matt Genry quarterfinal. Gentry eventually met Russia’s Denis Tsargush for a bout to determine the bronze medal. Tsargush won the match, 1-0, 2-0. Gentry, who lost his only Olympic match four years ago in Beijing, recorded his first Olympic win early Friday morning with a 3-0, 1-1 victory over India’s Narsingh Yadav. After losing to Burroughs, Gentry and Puerto Rico’s Francisco Tanco Soler, advanced into the bronze medal repechage when Burroughs defeated Tsargush. N

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Senior defender Rachel Quon hopes to help Stanford defend its national title.

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Senior Dersu Abolfathi is one of Stanford’s top returning scorer.

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with a strong, disciplined defensive mindset and attacking from there.” The idea is to get Jahn the ball as often as possible. The more the forward has it, the better the defense is playing. There are also just four juniors, giving the Cardinal a youthful presence. Goalie Drew Hutchins may be the key defensively while JJ Koval will add offensive depth. Goalie Jason Dodson and defender defender Tyler Conklin will also be counted upon. Matt Taylor, the younger brother of women’s soccer star Lindsay, leads a deep group of 10 sophomores and seven freshmen. “We played some tremendous soccer in the spring,” Gunn said. “The style of play is definitely different but good soccer players are guys who want to be winners. Adam is one of the best forwards I’ve seen.” Other sophomores include Simon Basilico, Zach Batteer, Jimmy Callinan, Bobby Edwards, Grant Grafentin, Preston Langholz, Austin Meyer, Felipe Noguerol and Jack Ryan. “We have been talking about a rock solid, structured defense that leads to an aggressiv, attacking

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team,” Gunn said. “The key is to get to that balance.” Menlo-Atherton grad Aaron Oro is one of the newcomers and can help anywhere on the field. Other freshmen include Adrian Alabi, Eric Fabre, Aaron Kovar, Ty Thompson and Brandon Vincent. “We’re trying to create a specific culture of accountability,” Gorskie said. “The team is taking strides toward that attitude by taking care of things on the field and off the field.” N

’12 MEN’S SOCCER Date Sat. Aug. 25 Aug. 31 Sept. 2 Sept. 7 Sept. 12 Sept. 16 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Sept. 30 Oct. 4 Oct. 12 Oct. 14 Oct. 18 Oct. 21 Oct. 26 Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Nov. 9

Opponent Time vs. St. Mary’s (Exh.) 7 pm at USF 7 pm at Charleston Coll. 4:30 pm vs. Furman at Charleston 9 am at UC Irvine 7 pm vs. San Jose St. 7 pm vs. Santa Clara 7 pm vs. LMU 4 pm vs. UCLA 4 pm vs. San Diego State 2:30 pm vs. California 7 pm at Oregon St. 7 pm at Washington noon vs. Oregon St. 5 pm vs. Washington 3 pm at UC Santa Barbara 7 pm at UCLA 7 pm at San Diego State 7 pm at California 2 pm

Gone are last year’s Player of the Year Teresa Noyola, All-Americans Lindsay Taylor and Camille Levin and College Cup all-tournament pick Kristy Zurmuhlen. Ready to assume the legacy are returning starters Sydney Payne and Kendall Romine and a strong fivemember freshmen class. “St a n ford attracts amaz- Natalie Griffin ing studentathletes,” said Ratcliffe, who is entering his 10th season at the school. “You just keep getting great freshmen with a work ethic that is always strong. There is a tradition here of bringing in new talent who keep gets better.” Ratcliffe also has a history of identifying freshman talent and getting them into the lineup at key positions. With the experience of a national championship in their collective pockets, the Cardinal will bring a little bit more swagger to the field this season. Look for ju- Mariah Nogueira niors Shelby Payne, McCann and Annie Case to make significantly more contributions this season. Seniors Lindsay Dickerson, who will probably get most of the playing time while Oliver recovers, Nina Watkins and Madeline Thompson have plenty of experience from which to draw. Aly Gleason is another option. “We lost four great players,” said Garciamendez, who played with Noyola on the Mexican national team the past year. “But in filling

those gaps, I think we have the personnel to match that.” No kidding. Sophomore Alex Doll could also be ready to emerge. She appeared in 23 of the 26 matches and recorded an assist. Aside from Ubogagu and Doll, the sophomore class hasn’t had the chance to display their skills. Haley Rosen missed the season and Hannah Farr was limited to six games because of injury. Lauren Schmidt and Lo’eau LaBonta were similarly limited. “There’s a lot of talent,” Ratcliffe said. “There’s an opportunity for players to step up and make an impact.” He says all five freshmen -- Kate Bettinger, Laura Liedle, Maya Theuer, Katie Donahue, Sarah Cox -- have a chance to break into the lineup. “With a new year we have a lot to prove,” Ratcliffe said. “We had an amazing experience and now we move on. There will be some growing pains but we have good depth.” Thanks to the newly-formed Pac12 Network, 13 Stanford games will be broadcast, including Friday night’s first ever Pac-12 broadcast. “It makes us more visible and will help recruiting a lot,” Ratcliffe said. “Yes, it will also help scouting each other.” N

’12 WOMEN’S SOCCER Date Friday Aug. 24 Aug. 26 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 9 Sept. 14 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 27 Sept. 30 Oct. 5 Oct. 7 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 21 Oct. 26 Oct. 28 Nov. 4

Opponent Time vs. Santa Clara 7 pm at Penn St. 4:30 pm vs. W. Virginia at PSU 9 am vs. Boston Coll. 4 pm vs. Boston Univ. 7 pm vs. Georgetown noon vs. SD State at SCU 5 pm vs. UNC-Greens. at SCU 11 am vs. Arizona State 2 pm vs. Oregon State 6 pm vs. Oregon noon at Utah noon at Colorado noon at Arizona 7 pm vs. Washington St. 7:30 pm vs. Washington 5:30 pm at USC 7 pm at UCLA 7 pm at California 11 am

Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly