No. 17 Stanford survived its first postseason test Friday, defeating Cal State Fullerton 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament at Cagan Stadium.
The Cardinal's season-long woes of failing to convert chances continued despite a dominating performance highlighted by Taylor Uhl's game-winner after 14 minutes.
The Cardinal (14-5-1) advances to play South Carolina, which trounced Furman 5-0. The teams will play next Friday at UCLA. Stanford is trying to reach its sixth straight College Cup with a roster of nine freshmen.
The Cardinal had a 21-6 edge in shots over the Titans (8-7-7), but Fullerton goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic had 10 saves, including three that stopped seemingly sure goals.
Uhl got her team-leading 11th goal of the season off an easy rebound.
Meanwhile, No. 9 Santa Clara (14-4-1) hosts Cal (11-4-5) at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Juan De Rada scored on a tap-in from 6 yards in the 70th minutes, lifting Loyola Marymount (13-4-2, 9-2-1) a 1-0 win at Santa Clara (10-9, 7-4) and the WCC title.
Two-time America's Cup-winning skipper Jimmy Spithill is a free agent, but odds are he'll stay with Oracle Team USA, which rallied to retain the America's Cup in September on San Francisco Bay. Spithill said while he's been in talks with Larry Ellison to return, he's had overtures from other syndicates as they scramble to fill roles for the 35th America's Cup, which probably won't be sailed until 2017. Ellison has yet to decide if the regatta will return to San Francisco, but the team is in talks with the city.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.