Sofia Huerta's goal in the 70th minute gave ninth-ranked Santa Clara a 2-1 win over Cal at Buck Shaw Stadium in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament Saturday.

Brittany Ambrose made a steal and found Huerta open down the field. Huerta was able to gather the ball and fire a perfect shot into the back of the net for the go-ahead goal.

"Cal was building from the back and Brittany stripped the ball before passing it to me," Huerta said. "She played an amazing ball to me, and I had an open shot."

The Broncos will play Boston University on Friday at Virginia Tech.

Santa Clara (15-4-1) took a 1-0 lead on Alyson Birgel's goal in the 22nd minute. Cal (11-5-5) tied it in the 48th minute on Emi Lawson's goal.

Goalkeepers Andi Tostanoski of Santa Clara and Emily Kruger of Cal both made six saves.

Kruger, from Woodside, finished her Cal career as the school's all-time saves leader with 279. Maite Zabala had held the record of 277.

No. 17 Stanford (14-5-1) advanced Friday with a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton at Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal will play South Carolina on Friday at UCLA.

  • Carly Wopat had 13 kills, and the No. 6 Stanford women's volleyball team (20-5, 13-3 Pac-12) cruised 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 at Oregon State (9-18, 0-16).

    Senior Jordan Shaw had 18 kills and 10 digs, and Saint Mary's (15-9. 11-5 WCC) posted a 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 victory over USF (11-15, 7-9) on Senior Day at McKeon Pavilion.

    Taylor Milton had 24 kills and 11 digs, leading Santa Clara (10-15, 5-11 WCC) to a 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12 victory at Pacific (12-15, 5-11).

  • Stanford's Paul Rudolph tied the men's water polo match at 15-all at the end of the first overtime, then beat the clock at the end of the second OT to give the No. 4 Cardinal (18-4, 6-1 MPSF) a 17-16 win at No. 2 USC (22-3, 4-2). Rudolph finished with four goals as Stanford snapped a six-game skid against the Trojans.

  • The San Jose State women's basketball program signed guards Myzhanique Ladd of Seattle and Ali Bettencourt of El Dorado to letters of intent, coach Jamie Craighead said.

    Horse racing

    Gallant Son posted his eighth stakes win, taking the $50,850 Oakland Stakes by 21/2 lengths at Golden Gate Fields.

    The 7-year-old horse, ridden by Isaias Enriquez and trained by Frank Lucarelli, ran six furlongs in 1:09.03. Gallant Son has 10 wins in 37 starts with $508,078 earnings.