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Nogueira returns to defeat Irish
by Paul Kennedy, September 10th, 2011 3:03AM
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[STANFORD-NOTRE DAME]Midfielder Mariah Nogueirashowed how important she is to Stanford, scoring the winning goal in her first game back from a shoulder injury to give the No. 2 Cardinal a 2-1 win over No. 7 Notre Dame in a rematch of last year's Women's College Cup final. The game was suspended late in the first half  for 49 minutes because of a rare -- rare for Northern California -- lightning storm at soldout Cagan Stadium.

Nogueira's header off Lindsay Taylor's corner kickcapped a two-goal comeback in the final 10 minutes to lead Stanford past the Irish.

After Melissa Hendersongave Notre Dame the lead in the 67th minute, Taylortied it up for Stanford with a 25-yard blast inside the right post.

The Cardinal win was revenge for the 1-0 loss to Notre Dame in last year's Division I final in Cary, N.C.

Nogueira had missed three matches because of her shoulder injury. Defender Rachel Quon also returned to the starting lineup after being out three games because of a leg injury.

Courtney Verloo (knee injury) has not played this season and is out indefinitely.



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