Women's Soccer Wraps Up Pac-10 Play On The Farm

Oct. 30, 2000

Cardinal closes out Pac-10 season at home... The No.15 Stanford women's soccer team returns to The Farm for its last two Pacific-10 Conference games this weekend. On Friday, Stanford (11-5-1, 4-3-0) plays host to Oregon, a team that's 0-3 against the Cardinal. On Sunday, six Stanford seniors will be recognized as the Cardinal plays its final regular season home game against Oregon State. The Beavers are 0-7 in the all-time series.

Selection Show Sunday... This Sunday night at 7:00, Stanford will find out if its headed to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and for the 10th time in 11 seasons. The committee selects 64 teams, 16 of which receive first-round byes. Eight teams get seeded, with two seeded teams in each of the four regions.

Comeback win over Women of Troy... After being down 2-0 Sunday to then-No. 15 USC, Stanford rallied for two goals in a :38 second span to tie the game at 2-2 before the half. Then, within nine minutes of the start of the second half, the Cardinal scored two more goals and never looked back as it went on for a 4-2 upset win.

Sharing the wealth... Four different players found the back of the net in the 4-2 win over USC. Freshman Brittany Oliveira scored her fourth goal of the year at the 38:00 minute mark. Then, at 38:38, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Carlson evened the score with her third goal in as many games. Freshman forward Marcie Ward tallied the game winner and an assist, while sophomore Marcia Wallis scored her team-leading 11th goal of the year. Callie Withers and Katherine Harrington registered assists.

Blanked by the Bruins... Friday's 5-0 loss to now-No. 5 UCLA was the Cardinal's worst defeat of the season. Leading 1-0 at the half, the Bruins erupted for four second-half goals and the Cardinal was held scoreless for the third time this season. Marcia Wallis had three shots on goal to lead Stanford, while goalkeeper Carly Smolak had five saves. UCLA was able to hold Marcie Ward, the team's leading scorer, without a shot.

The deal with the Ducks... Oregon enters Friday's match with a 4-13-1 overall record and a 1-5-1 conference mark. The Pac-10 win was a 2-0 decision over Arizona and the tie came to rival Oregon State. The Ducks posted wins over San Jose State and Idaho to open the season, while seven of their losses have come to ranked opponents. Junior Chalise Baysa leads the team in scoring with six goals and an assist, while junior transfer Crystal David has 11 points on four goals and three assists.

Buzz on the Beavers... Oregon State begins the week at 6-11-2 overall and 0-5-2 in conference. The Beavers put together a four-game winning streak early on in the season, but have yet to win a Pac-10 game. The two ties came against Arizona and Oregon. Sophomore Dante Lipfert leads the squad with 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist), while Ann Marie Fallow has four goals and Katie Henderson has three. Morgan Crabtree and Courtney Carter have each contributed with six points apiece.

Senior Day on Sunday... Six Cardinal seniors will be recognized in Sunday's match against Oregon State. Captains Shauna Itri (Huntington Beach, CA) and Christy LaPierre (Gold Mountain, CA) will join goalkeeper Carly Smolak (Lake Oswego, OR) as well as Celina DeLeon (South Pasadena, CA), Katherine Horney (Atlanta, GA) and Carrie Walsh (Los Gatos, CA). The game is the final home regular season match for the Cardinal.

Nothing like home cookin'... The Cardinal is a perfect 6-0 when playing at New Maloney Field this year and has a chance to remain undefeated at home with this weekend's two matches. It opened the 2000 season with wins over Saint Mary's and Wisconsin before hosting the Stanford Nike Invitiational, where it defeated Virginia and Maryland. The Cardinal came out a winner in its only two home Pac-10 games so far against Arizona and Arizona State. Since New Maloney Field opened in 1997, the women's soccer team has a 24-8-2 (.735) record.

Ward works way to top... With her 13th assist of the year in Sunday's win over USC, freshman forward Marcie Ward moved into a tie for first place on the single-season assist list at Stanford. Ward is tied with Julie Foudy, now a U.S. Olympic team member, whose 13 assists in 1992 were the previous record. Ward has recorded four goals and two assists in the last four games and now has 33 points on the season, which leads the Cardinal. She leads the Pac-10 in assists (13) and assists per game (0.76), which also ranks eighth in the nation. She ranks third in the conference in points (33) with 10 goals and 13 assists. After just 17 games, Ward is showing up in the all-time Stanford record books as she is tied for 9th place in career assists.

Carlson catchin' up... Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Carlson scored her first two goals of the season against the Arizona schools two weeks ago and added her third goal in as many games last weekend against USC. She is third on the team in scoring with 13 points. Her seven assists rank second, while her 32 shots on goal is third on the team. As a freshman last year, Carlson started in all 21 games and finished with 13 points on five goals and three assists. She has started in every game this season as well.

How the Cardinal stacks up... On the season, Stanford is 4-5-1 against opponents with a top 25 ranking. After defeating then-No. 6 UConn, the Cardinal lost its first game of the season in overtime to Notre Dame (now. No. 1). Stanford then picked up wins over No. 15 Virginia and No. 23 Maryland. No. 19 Santa Clara upset the Cardinal in the fifth-straight game against a ranked team. Stanford and No. 17 Wake Forest played to a tie before No. 10 Washington defeated Stanford in the Pac-10 opener. The Cardinal dropped two straight games to ranked teams in No. 10 Cal and No. 8 UCLA before bouncing back for a comeback win over then-No. 15 USC.

Pac'n the Polls... The Pac-10 conference has five teams ranked in the top 25 (three in the top 10) in the latest NSCAA poll. UCLA (No. 5) and Stanford (No. 15) were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in conference play. Washington (No. 2) has already clinched the Pac-10 title with a record of 8-0-0. Cal (No. 8) sits in second place of the conference standings while USC (No. 25) slipped down to sixth place with losses to Cal and Stanford last weekend.

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