Women's Soccer Season Wrap-up

Dec. 14, 2000

Wrappin' up 2000...The Stanford women's soccer team finished its 2000 season with a 14-6-1 overall record and a No. 20 ranking in the final NSCAA poll. The Cardinal advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament before losing 5-0 at BYU. With a 6-3-0 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play, Stanford placed fourth in the league standings. The Cardinal advanced to the postseason for the third straight year and 10th time in 11 seasons.

All-America accolades...Freshman Marcie Ward and junior Amy Sauer were both named to the West Region All-America Team by NSCAA/adidas. Ward, a forward, was a First Team selection while Sauer, a defender, picked up Second Team honors. This is the first time two Cardinal have been All-Americans since 1995.

Making the grade...Stanford placed 10 players on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Amy Sauer led the Cardinal with her Second Team selection. Seniors Celina DeLeon, Shauna Itri and Christy LaPierre earned Honorable Mention honors while junior Erin Maurer was also a selection. Sophomores Kelsey Carlson, Katherine Harrington, Becky Myers, Callie Withers and Marcia Wallis made the Honorable Mention squad as well.

Cougars cruise...The 2000 season came to an end for Stanford when No. 8 BYU exploded for five second-half goals en route to a 5-0 win in a Second Round tournament game. The game was scoreless at halftime, with the Cougars holding a 13-5 shot advantage. BYU opened the scoring four minutes into the second, added another 20 minutes later, and finally scored three goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. Senior goalkeeper Carly Smolak had a career-high 17 saves in the final game of her career. BYU ended up losing in the Third Round to Santa Clara.

Sending the Spartans home...In the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game and was ahead 3-0 before the 20-minute mark. San Jose State got on the board in the 34th minute, but Stanford scored again before halftime and picked up a 4-1 win at home. Marcie Ward scored twice while Brittany Oliveira and Marcia Wallis each had a goal and an assist.

The Nelson File... Head coach Andy Nelson concluded his first season with the Cardinal with a 14-6-1 record and led the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish in conference play. Two of his players earned West Region All-America honors and six Cardinal earned All-Pac-10 accolades. He has an overal record of 94-35-10 (.712), and will begin the 2001 season in search of his 100th career win.

Wrappin' up the Pac... The Cardinal finished the Pacific-10 Conference season in fourth place with a 6-3-0 mark, while Washington (8-1-0) won the title. Cal and UCLA finished second and third, respectively, while USC rounded out the top five. Stanford closed out the Pac-10 season with wins over Oregon State (1-0) and Oregon (4-0). Seven Pac-10 teams advanced to the tournament.

Nothing beats home cookin'... The Cardinal had a perfect 9-0 record when playing at home this year on New Maloney Field. It opened the 2000 season with wins over Saint Mary's and Wisconsin before hosting the Stanford Nike Invitational, where it defeated Virginia and Maryland. The Cardinal came out a winner in its four home Pac-10 games against the Arizona and Oregon schools. With its first round win in the Tournament, Stanford increased its home field winning streak to 11, dating back to the 1999 season. Since New Maloney Field opened in 1997, the women's soccer team has a 27-8-2 (.756) record. The last time Stanford lost at home was a 2-1 overtime loss to California (10/29/99).

Tournament History 101... Stanford made its 10th appearance in the postseason and has a 6-9-2 (.412) overall record in the tournament. It has won four straight at New Maloney and is 6-1 all time at home with the most recent win being a 4-1 decision over San Jose State. The Cardinal's best showing came in 1993 when it advanced to the semifinals before losing in penalty kicks to George Mason. Stanford was eliminated by BYU in the Second Round with a 5-0 loss in Provo, UT.

M & M: A potent offense... Forwards Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis combined for 72 points this season -- nearly 50 percent of the Cardinal's offense. Between the two, they had 27 goals, 18 assists and 129 shots. Either Ward or Wallis scored at least one goal in 12 of Stanford's 14 wins. The two players were first and second on the team in scoring and third and sixth, respectively, for goals in the conference. Ward is this year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while Wallis earned the honor in 1999.

Ward walking on water...With 42 points (14 goals, 14 assists), forward Marcie Ward had an outstanding freshman campaign as she led the team in scoring and broke the Stanford single-season assist record held by U.S. National Team member Julie Foudy. She recorded her 14th assist in a 4-0 win over Oregon, which broke Foudy's record of 13 set in 1992. After playing in just 21 games, Ward is beginning to show up in the career record books at Stanford. She is tied for eighth on the all-time assist list and is sixth on the single-season point list. Her 14 assists and 0.67 assists per game average both led the Pac-10 and ranked 10th nationally. In her first collegiate game, Ward tallied three assists in the season-opening 4-0 win over Saint Mary's.

Sauer sweetens the defense... Junior defender Amy Sauer was the anchor of Stanford's defense, which posted 10 shutouts while giving up 27 goals this year. A West Region All-America Second Team and Pac-10 Second Team selection, she was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanford Nike Invitational and the Defensive MVP at the Santa Clara Adidas Classic. She was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week after scoring the game winner against Weber State (10/1). Sauer had one goal and one assist and started in 20 of 21 games.

Smolak solid between the posts... Senior goalkeeper Carly Smolak made her mark in the all-time record books on The Farm. She finished her four-year career in second place in minutes played (6142) as well as in saves (247). Her 26 shutouts (7 shared) rank third all-time, while her goals against average of 1.37 is good for sixth. In her final season with the Cardinal, Smolak broke personal records of saves (113) and shutouts (10). In the final game of her career, Smolak had an amazing 17 saves in a Second Round NCAA Tournament game. She was named the conference Player of the Week early in the season and was selected Most Valuable Goalkeeper of the Notre Dame Tournament. She was named to the Pac-10 Second Team this year.

Carlson cashes in...Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Carlson scored her first two goals of the season against the Arizona schools and added her third goal in as many games against USC. A starter in every game for the last two years, she was fourth on the team in scoring with 14 points while her eight assists were second on the squad. Carlson, a Second Team Pac-10 selection, scored the game-winning goal against Arizona State and Arizona, while assisting on the game winner vs. Maryland. As a freshman in 1999, Carlson started in all 21 games and finished with 13 points on five goals and three assists.

Fab frosh... Brittany Oliveira had a solid first season, ranking third on the team with six goals. In the First Round tournament win, she notched the first goal of the game and an assist. The forward/midfielder scored her first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over UConn and had the game winner against Virginia, for which she was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. She also had four assists on the season and saw considerable playing time as a rookie, appearing in 20 games and starting four times (against the Oregon schools and in both NCAA Tournament games).

Young guns...Two freshmen and a pair of sophomores led the Cardinal in scoring for the 2000 season. Freshman Marcie Ward (42 points) not only led the team in scoring, but was second in the Pac-10 as well. Sophomore Marcia Wallis (30 points) was behind Ward for the most goals while sophomore Kelsey Carlson (14 points) was second on the team with eight assists. Freshman Brittany Oliveira (16 points) made solid contributions as well. Of the seven freshmen on the roster, three of them started in all 21 games. Ward (forward), Natalie Spilger (defender) and Alisan Pabon (defender) didn't miss a start while Oliveira played in all but one match.

Streaky at times... The Cardinal won six of its last nine games of the season and had a four-game winning streak snapped with the season-ending 5-0 loss at BYU. It opened the season with three straight wins before losing in overtime to Notre Dame. Then, the Cardinal picked up two wins before going a month without winning or losing more than two consecutive games. Over the next four weekends, Stanford would split with Santa Clara (L) and San Jose State (W) as well as with UW (L) and WSU (W). It went 1-0-1 at the Santa Clara Adidas Classic before dropping a Pac-10 game to Cal. The Cardinal would lose just one more time in conference play and ended up winning five of its last six regular-season games.

How the Cardinal stacks up... On the season, Stanford was 4-6-1 against opponents with a Top 25 ranking. The wins came over then-No. 6 UConn, No. 15 Virgina, No. 23 Maryland and No. 15 USC, while the losses came to Notre Dame (No. 4), Santa Clara (No. 19), Washington (No. 9) Cal (No. 10), UCLA (No. 8) and BYU (No. 8). Wake Forest (No. 17) and Stanford played to a tie.

Roller coaster in the polls...Stanford was ranked as high as No. 5 in the NSCAA poll this year and as low as No. 20, which is where it ended the season. The Cardinal began the season as the seventh-ranked team, dropped to 10th, but then moved up to No. 6 after defeating UConn and coming up just short against Notre Dame in overtime. Stanford earned its highest ranking (No. 5) of the year in the Sept. 18 poll after defeating two ranked teams in Virginia and Maryland. From there, the Cardinal dropped to No. 13 after Santa Clara came away with an upset win. When Stanford opened Pac-10 play with a loss to Washington, it dropped all the way to No. 20. It slowly moved up to No. 18 after defeating the Arizona schools and then up to 15 after upsetting USC. The Cardinal was ranked No. 16 heading into the tournament. In the final regular-season polls (ending Nov. 5), Stanford was No. 11 in Soccer America, and No. 13 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Soccer Times tabbed the Cardinal at No. 20 in its final poll.

The ways of the road... With a perfect record at home, the Cardinal saw all of its losses come on the road or at netural sites. Stanford had a 3-5-0 road record with wins over USC, Washington State and San Jose State. At neutral sites, or in tournament games, the Cardinal was 2-1-1 with wins over Connecticut and Weber State and a tie to Wake Forest. Conference games were tough on the road as well, as opponents won three of Stanford's five Pac-10 road matches.

Hittin' the record books... The 2000 campaign saw several Stanford players make their way into the single-season record books. Marcie Ward broke an eight-year old assist record previously held by Julie Foudy with her 14 assists. Kelsey Carlson's eight assists rank seventh on the single-season list. Ward was second for points with 42 -- only behind Sarah Rafanelli's 48 points in 1993. For goals in a single-season, Ward was fifth with 14 while Marica Wallis was eighth with 13 goals. Wallis also had 72 shots this season, placing her 10th. In the net, Carly Smolak was second with 113 saves and sixth with 10 shutouts.

Goin' big time in the WUSA... Senior goalkeeper Carly Smolak and six other former Stanford players were drafted in December in the first-ever Women's United Soccer Association Draft. Smolak was a 10th-round draft pick (79th overall) by the Philadelphia Charge. Elie Foster (1994-97) was the highest Stanford pick of the draft as she was selected in the sixth round (44th overall) by the Boston Breakers. Jennifer O'Sullivan (1996-99) was drafted right behind Foster as the 45th overall selection by the New York Power. Ronnie Fair (1996-99) was also a New York Power selection, going in the 11th round as the 84th pick. Erin Martin (1993-96) will join Smolak on the Charge after being drafted in the 12th round (95th pick). Emily Burt (1993-97) was also a 12th-round pick (96th overall), going to the Atlanta Beat. Carmel Murphy (1992-95) was taken in the 15th round (120th pick) by the Bay Area CyberRays. The WUSA was formed in February 2000 and is scheduled to begin play in April 2001 in eight markets: Atlanta, Boston, Carolina, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C.

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