The University of Denver women's soccer program will play in the NCAA tournament's Round of 16 for the first time Sunday as the Pioneers take on top-ranked Stanford at 1 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Nicholette DiGiacomo recorded a hat trick for the unranked Pioneers (17-2-4) in a 3-2 overtime win over Maryland on Friday.
The Cardinal (19-1-1), the defending national champion, held off South Bay rival Santa Clara 2-1 on Friday behind Courtney Verloo's two second-half goals.
Sunday's winner will play either San Diego State or UCLA for the right to advance to the College Cup in San Diego.
The Cardinal's Aisling Cuffe placed 21st, completing the 3.7-mile women's course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in 20 minutes, 3.81 seconds. Iowa State's Betsy Saina won the individual title in 19:27.9, while Oregon captured the team title with 114 points. Cal's Kelsey Santisteban (Castro Valley High), running as an individual, placed 70th in 20:34.5.
Benjamin Johnson led the Stanford men with a 48th-place finish. He completed the 6.2-mile course in 30:15.9. Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka won in 28:31.3. Oklahoma State placed four runners among the top 24 to win the team title with 72 points.
The San Francisco Bulls played the Utah Grizzlies on Saturday in the second of three ECHL games in the Cow Palace this weekend.
The SaberCats were assigned two free agents -- former Tampa Bay offensive lineman George Bussey and ex-Milwaukee defensive lineman Justin Lawrence. Bussey spent parts of two seasons with the New England Patriots.
The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club said a new ownership group will oversee club operations. Redwood Sports & Entertainment Group, headed by Mike Shapiro, bought the assets of the Pacifics and Sonoma County Grapes. Principal owner Brian Clark sold his stake in the Pacifics after the inaugural season.