No. 7 Women's Soccer To Host Annual Stanford Nike Tournament

Sept. 19, 2001

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Kickin' Things Off At Home...
After a 17-day road trip across the coast and a match canceled last week due to national events, the Cardinal return to the friendly confines of Maloney Field for the first time of the 2001 season. No. 7 Stanford, now 3-0, will host the annual Stanford Tournament with Santa Clara, Dayton and Fresno State participating. Competition will take place Friday night and Sunday afternoon at Maloney Field. Dartmouth was scheduled to participate, but due to travel complications the Big Green will not make the trip. Santa Clara and Dayton will kick things off Friday at 5 p.m., followed by Stanford and Fresno State at 7:30. Sunday's action includes the Cardinal and Flyers taking the field at 1 p.m.

The Latest Rankings...
Rankings were suspended for this week, as most collegiate matches were postponed or canceled throughout the weekend. In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on September 10, Stanford made the biggest jump in the polls. After three big wins on the road, the Cardinal check in at No. 7 previously being No. 16.

Scouting The Bulldogs...
Fresno State is scheduled to play Cal State Northridge on Wednesday before facing the Cardinal on Friday. The Bulldogs stand at 2-0 after defeating San Francisco, 2-1, and Colorado, 3-2. Head coach Stacy Welp begins her first season with Fresno State along with assistant coach Kelly Wilson. So far this season, the Bulldogs have recorded five goals by five different players and three assists this season by three different athletes. Senior Reyna Green needs four assists to become Fresno State's all-time assist leader.

Scouting Dayton...
The Flyers come to The Farm with a 1-3-0 record before hosting Xavier on Wednesday night at Baujan Field, opening Atlantic 10 conference play. Dayton fell to the University of Michigan, 1-0, two weeks ago at U-M Soccer Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dayton's 1-3-0 start is its first since 1995, despite outshooting three of its first four opponents in 2001. Defender Megan McKnight leads the Flyers' offensive attack with five points on two goals and one assist. Junior Shannon Kuhl has also recorded two goals for Dayton.

Home Opening Day History 101...
In season home openers the Cardinal hold a record of 13-3 dating back to 1985. Stanford has won 12 consecutive home-opening games, with its last loss (3-2) against UC Santa Barbara in 1988.

Recapping Two Weeks Ago -- Stan 4, TA 2 (Sept. 7) Stan 2, UT 1 2OT (Sept. 9)...
Stanford returned from the road after getting two big wins at Texas A&M and Texas. Last Friday night, the Cardinal defeated the No. 10 Aggies 4-2 behind two goals from Callie Withers. Becky Myers scored her first goal of the season with an assist from Katherine Harrington and Marcia Wallis, putting Stanford up 3-1. Allyson Marquand found Marcie Ward for the Cardinal's fourth and final goal of the game. It took Stanford until the 108th minute to down No. 17 Texas 2-1 last Sunday night at the Mike A. Myers Stadium. Ward scored her second goal of the season in double overtime to give the Cardinal the victory. After being outshot 20-10 in regulation, the Stanford defense kept the Longhorns quiet in both overtimes not allowing a single shot. Wallis tied the game 1-1 at the 57:47 mark to force overtime. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh had a tremendous game, recording a career-high 14 saves.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
The Stanford women's soccer team has scored the majority of its goals in the second half. The Cardinal has registered two goals in the first 45 minutes and five scores coming out of halftime. The team has not only turned it up on offense, but defense as well. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh recorded seven saves before the break and 14 in the second half.

Don't Count Them Out Until It's Over...
Even though Stanford has gone into the locker room down at the half in two of its three games, the Cardinal has still managed to comeback and win the game. Against Florida, Stanford was down 2-0 and won in overtime 3-2. At Texas the Cardinal were outscored 1-0 and picked up their third victory in double overtime, 2-1.

Withers With The Accurate Foot...
Junior Callie Withers has been right on target, recording two goals on three shots for the 2001 season. The Los Altos Hills, Calif., native posted her first collegiate multi-goal game at Texas A&M (9/7) scoring on a header at 19:25 and from 20 yards out in the 39th minute.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 24 points in three games, outscoring opponents 24-14. Five of the Cardinal's goals have come off of assists, with seven different athletes contributing. Marcia Wallis, Marcie Ward, Callie Withers, Becky Myers, Katherine Harrington, Allyson Marquand and Natalie Spilger have all scored points for Stanford.

Walshy Savin' The Day...
Senior goalkeeper Carrie Walsh is making the most of her first season starting at Stanford. The Los Gatos, Calif., native leads the Pac-10 in saves with 21 and saves per game averaging 7.00 per game. At Texas, Walsh recorded a career-high 14 saves en route of her team's 2-1 double-overtime victory.

Wallis Player Of The Week...
Junior Marcia Wallis was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for August 31-Sept. 4 and was also selected as a member of Soccer America's Team of the Week. The Los Gatos, Calif., native scored the game-winning goal in just 1:15 into sudden-death overtime at Florida as the Cardinal won 3-2. The honor marks Wallis' third Pac-10 POW accolade.

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 currently has an overall record of 97-35-10 (.708), 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 45 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

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.

Keeping The Streak Alive...
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.

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 athletes to The Farm. Sophomore Jenna Shuer (Mountain View, CA) begins her career as a walk-on defender. Amy Grady (Pawcatuck, 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.

Tough Road To Dallas...
With the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup in Dallas, Texas, the Cardinal began 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 opened up against a tough Florida squad and won 3-2 in overtime. The team continued on their road trip and faced Texas A&M and Texas, coming away with two victories. Stanford's first home game of the 2001 season did have them matched up against Notre Dame, but was canceled due to the national events. Fresno State 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.

Keeping The Streak Alive...
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 and Marcia Wallis 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.

Freshman Of The Pac...
Marcie Ward was named the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after an outstanding frosh campaign. Ward tallied 42 points (14 goals, 14 assists) as she lead the team in both goals and assists. Teammate Marcia Wallis earned the same honor in 1999.

Defense Sweetened...
Defender Amy Sauer was the anchor of Stanford's defense, which posted 10 shutouts while giving up just 27 goals in 21 matches last 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. Sauer had one goal and one assist in 21 games.

Records Meant To Be Broken...
The 2000 season 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 U.S. National Team member Julie Foudy (13 assists) with her 14 assists. Kelsey Carlson's eight assists rank seventh on the single-season list. Ward was second for points with 42, behind only Sarah Rafanelli's 48 points in 1993. For goals in a single season, Ward was fifth with 14, while Marcia Wallis was eighth with 13 goals.

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.

California Dreamin'...
Out of 22 athletes on the current roster, 12 are from the state of California. Stanford also has a Texas connection with three athletes from the Lonestar Sate. Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Pennsylvania are also represented on the Cardinal roster.

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 9...
Marcia Wallis' nine shots against Texas (9/9) has earned her the top spot in the Pac-10 for shots in a game.

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