No. 16 Stanford To Battle No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 17 Texas

Sept. 4, 2001

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Stanford, Calif. - After winning its season opener at Florida, Stanford continues their non-conference road trip to College Station and Austin, Texas. The Cardinal will face the Texas A&M Aggies on September 7 at the Aggie Soccer Complex and the Texas Longhorns September 9 at the Mike A Myers Stadium.

The Rankings...
In the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on September 3, Stanford is ranked No. 16 after holding a 1-0-0 record to start the 2001 season. Texas A&M broke into the top-10 with a No. 10 ranking, while Texas is currently ranked No. 17.

Scouting Texas A&M And Texas...
The Aggies were scheduled to face Samford and North Carolina last week in College Station, however both games were postponed due to unsafe playing conditions. Texas A&M did defeat Tulsa 11-0 in an exhibition match. The Aggies return eight starters and 18 letterwinners that went 18-7 last season and earned their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Women's College Cup Sweet 16. The Longhorns will take on California Friday night before meeting the Cardinal. Texas comes into this weekend with a 0-1-0 record in 2001. The Longhorns battled No. 1 and defending national champion North Carolina for the first 69 minutes, until Texas gave up a goal in the second half and fell by a score of 1-0 last Friday night. Sophomores Kati McBrain and Lindsey Dornseif had the Longhorns only shots on goal with one each. Last season, Texas finished the year with a 12-7 mark but return all 11 starters and 19 letterwinners to its 2001 squad.

Against The Aggies And Longhorns...
Stanford's all-time record vs. Texas A&M stands at 3-1, with the Cardinal taking the last meeting 3-0 on September 20, 1998. Against the Longhorns, Stanford has never lost to Texas in its only two meetings. The last time the two teams met was in Austin with Stanford winning 2-1 on August 31, 1997.

Stanford-Texas Connection...
The Cardinal have three Texans on their 2001 roster that will get the opportunity to play infront of their home crowd. Senior Amy Sauer (Spring, TX) was a member of the Stanford team in 1998 when they defeated Texas A&M, but has not returned to the Lonestar state since. Junior Katherine Harrington (Fort Worth, TX) and sophomore Alisan Pabon (Dallas, TX) will be making their first trip back to play in their home state since coming to The Farm.

Last Week's Recap...
No. 15 Stanford won its 2001 season opener in Florida last Sunday afternoon (9/2) after coming back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime to defeat the No. 18 Gators 3-2 in sudden-death overtime. Junior Marcia Wallis scored on a 16-yard shot from the right side in just one minute and 15 seconds into overtime to give the Cardinal the victory and continue the streak of 15 consecutive seasons that the Stanford women's soccer program has started its season 1-0. Florida scored the first two goals of the game to go up 2-0 at halftime but Stanford fought back and did not allow another Gator goal. Wallis put the Cardinal on the scoreboard in the 51st minute with a 20-yard blast from the left side. After a near goal by Becky Myers in the 84th minute, goalkeeper Carrie Walsh made an outstanding save on Florida All-American Abby Wambach's shot that kept the score at 2-1. Stanford continued its surge and in the last minute of the game Callie Withers hit a low shot that went through traffic and deflected off a Florida player for an own goal to knot the score at 2-2. Stanford only needed 91:15 when Wallis reached the back of the net for the second time of the game, giving the Cardinal the 3-2 OT victory.

Did You Know...
Stanford has won 15 consecutive season-openers dating back to 1986. The Cardinal own a 15-2-1 record on opening day. With Stanford's come-from-behind victory over Florida, the Cardinal became one of only five teams to defeat the Gators after Florida scored first. The Gators now hold a 106-5-1 record when scoring first.

Nelson's Count To 100...
Head Coach Andy Nelson enters his second season with the Stanford women's soccer program. In his first season, he guided the Cardinal to a 14-6-1 record and a fourth-place finish in the conference. Two of his players earned West Region All-America honors and six Cardinal earned All-Pac-10 accolades. Nelson has an overall record of 95-35-10 (.704), and will begin the 2001 season in search of his 100th career win.

Carlson And Wallis Adding Up PT...
Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 43 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

Tough Road To Dallas...
With the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup in Dallas, Texas, the Cardinal will begin their postseason quest against the Gators. Stanford's schedule will challenge the young team early in the season with its non-conference matches. The Cardinal will open up against a tough Florida squad and then face Texas A&M and Texas on the road. Stanford's first home game of the 2001 season will match them against Notre Dame. Dartmouth and Dayton will then come to town for the annual Stanford Tournament, followed by the Santa Clara Tournament. With seven Pac-10 teams in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, conference play ensures a tough and demanding schedule. Stanford begins Pac-10 play October 12 at Oregon State.

Welcome Back...
Stanford returns eight starters from last year's team. Fifteen letterwinners return, including three seniors, and are joined by five freshmen and one walk-on. Stanford's highly talented freshmen class ranks ninth in the nation and second highest in the Pac-10 behind No. 7 UCLA.

New Faces On The Farm...
Stanford welcomes six new faces to its 2001 team. Sophomore Jenna Shuer (Mountain View, CA) begins her career as a walk-on defender. Amy Grady (Pawtucket, CT), Emilee Shim (Decatur, GA) and Katie Wayland (Concord, MA) all hail from the East coast, while teammates Lisa Engel (Ventura, CA) and Natalie Sanderson (Ventura, CA) also join the 2001 squad.

Back On The Field...
Sophomore Allyson Marquand will be welcomed back after redshirting last season due to an ACL injury. Marquand is expected to be back to full speed after spending the summer with the Under-21 National Team that won the Nordic Cup Championship in Norway. In the championship game, the Cardinal sophomore recorded an assist for the United States, and started all four games in the tournament.

Looking Back...
Stanford 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, beating San Jose State 4-1 before losing 5-0 at BYU. With a 6-3-0 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play, Stanford placed fourth in the league standings. With Stanford's 2000 NCAA Tournament appearance, the Cardinal advanced to the postseason for the third straight year and 10th time in 11 seasons. The 2001 team looks to make it 11 out of 12 seasons.

The 'M' Factors...
Forwards Marcie Ward (2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) and Marcia Wallis (1999 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year) combined for 72 points last season, nearly 50 percent of the Cardinal's offense. Between the two, Ward and Wallis had 27 goals, 18 assists and 129 shots. In 12 of Stanford's 14 wins, either Marcie or Marcia scored at least one goal.

The Accolades Kept Comin'...
Not only did Stanford place six athletes on the All-Pac-10 team, but Marcie Ward and Amy Sauer were recognized nationally. Both were 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.

Home Sweet Home...
The Cardinal completed the 2000 season with a perfect 9-0 record when playing at home on Maloney Field. With its first round win in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford increased its home field winning streak to 11, dating back to the 1999 season. Since Maloney Field opened in 1997, the women's soccer team has a 27-8-2 (.756) record. Stanford has not lost at home since October 29, 1999.

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 8...
Stanford had eight athletes that played the entire 91 minutes against Florida last Sunday. Kelsey Carlson, Allyson Marquand, Becky Myers, Amy Sauer, Natalie Spilger, Marcia Wallis, Carrie Walsh and Marcie Ward all went the distance for the Cardinal.

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