No. 8 Women's Soccer Takes 5-0 Record To Santa Clara Classic

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Sept. 26, 2001

Stanford, Calif. -

Santa Clara adidas Classic Schedule: 
Friday, September 28 No. 8 Stanford vs. San Diego State 5 p.m. No. 10 Santa Clara vs. SMU 7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 30 No. 8 Stanford vs. SMU 11 a.m. No. 10 Santa Clara vs. San Diego State 1 p.m.

Kickin' Things Off...
After going 2-0 in their tournament last week, the Cardinal will look to pick up two more victories at the Santa Clara adidas Classic this weekend. Stanford will face San Diego State on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by Santa Clara and SMU at 7:30. On Sunday the Cardinal will match up against SMU at 11 a.m., while the Broncos take on the Aztecs at 1 p.m. All matches will be played at the Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on September 24, Stanford checks in at No. 8 after starting the season 5-0. SMU was listed as receiving some votes to be ranked this week.

Scouting The Aztecs...
San Diego State enters the tournament 4-3, after 13th-ranked California score three goals in the final ten minutes in a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over the Aztecs. Sophomore Kim Castellanos netted San Diego State's lone goal at 49:54, marking her sixth goal in seven games this season. Nicole Findlay has tallied seven points (3 goals, 1 assist), while Arinda Alvarez has four assists this season for the Aztecs.

Scouting SMU..
The Lady Mustangs are coming off a 3-2 win over Vanderbilt last Sunday in Nashville, after scoring three goals in the first half. With the win SMU improves to 5-1 on the season, with their only loss coming from 20th-ranked Florida last Friday, 3-0. Sarah Harvey leds the Lady Mustang attack with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists). Kim Harvey and Lorrie Tipton have each scored two goals for SMU.

Recapping Last Week -- Stan 2, FSU 1 (Sept. 21) Stan 6, UD 0 (Sept. 23)...
Stanford returned to The Farm for the first time in the 2001 season to host the annual Stanford Nike Tournament. The Cardinal kicked things off at Maloney Field with a 2-1 win over Fresno State last Friday night. Freshman Natalie Sanderson entered her first collegiate game and scored ten minutes later on an assist from Christy LaPierre and Marcie Ward. Marcia Wallis netted the game-winning goal at 71:02 on a pass from Becky Myers, sealing the 2-1 Cardinal victory. On Sunday, Stanford's win against Dayton, 6-0, marked its 13th-consecutive home victory. Nine different Cardinal athletes recorded points, with two goals coming from Wallis and one each from Myers, Kelsey Carlson, Ward and Callie Withers. Freshmen Amy Grady and Lisa Engel recorded their first collegiate point on an assists to Carlson and Ward. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh earned her first career shutout as a Cardinal and also recorded five saves.

Nelson Going For 100...
Head Coach Andy Nelson is in his second season with the Stanford women's soccer program. This season he has led the Cardinal to a 5-0 start and against San Diego State Friday night he will try for his 100th career win. 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 99-35-10 (.712).

A Little Piece Of History...
With Stanford's two victories last weekend, the team moved to 5-0 on the year. The last time a Cardinal team started 5-0 was in 1995, when they finished 16-4 overall. Stanford's six goals against Dayton was the most since Sept. 26, 1999, when they defeated Richmond 8-1 at the Coca Cola Classic in Charlottesville, Va.

Movin' On Up...
Sophomore Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With her three assists last weekend, Ward moves to No. 6 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 17 assists in just 26 games. Former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) holds the record with 34 assists in 79 games.

Defense Stands Tough...
As a team, Stanford recorded its first shutout of the 2001 season against Dayton. The Cardinal blanked the Flyers 6-0, thanks in part to the outstanding defensive play. Amy Sauer, Natalie Spilger, Katherine Harrington and Anna Hare started the attack and were relieved by Alison Pabon, Emilee Shim and Jenna Shuer. The Cardinal line held the Flyers to eight shots.

Game Of Firsts...
Sophomore Jenna Shuer, and freshmen Lisa Engel, Emilee Shim and Katie Wayland, all played in their first collegiate game last Sunday. Engel registered an assist on Marcie Ward's goal at 66:23 against Dayton. Also on Sunday, sophomore Anna Hare started her first game for Stanford. The Portland, Ore., native played in 12 games last year recorded two shots on goal.

Total Team Effort...
Stanford used its entire roster against Dayton, with the exception of the injured Allyson Marquand and Robyn deHay. Nine different Cardinal recorded points and each of Stanford's six goals were assisted. Callie Withers and Kelsey Carlson each registered one goal and an assist, Marcia Wallis two goals, Becky Myers one goal and Marcie Ward one goal and two assists. Brittany Oliveira, Amy Grady, Natalie Sanderson and Lisa Engel all tallied an assist.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up six goals this season, but only one opponent goal has been scored in the second half. Carrie Walsh has registered 17 saves after halftime, compared to 10 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 52 points in three games, outscoring opponents 52-17. Thirteen of the Cardinal's goals have come off of assists, with thirteen different athletes contributing points to Stanford's offense.

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 27 and is second in saves per game averaging 5.40 per contest. At Texas, Walsh recorded a career-high 14 saves en route of her team's 2-1 double-overtime victory and against Dayton registered her first career shutout as a Cardinal.

Carlson And Wallis Adding Up PT...
Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 47 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

Home Sweet Home...
With two wins in their 2001 home-opening weekend, the Cardinal have now won 13 consecutive matches at Maloney Field. Stanford completed the 2000 season with a perfect 9-0 record when playing at home. With its first round win in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford increased its home field winning streak to 13, 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.

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.

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.

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 - 4...
Marcie Ward ranks No. 4 nationally with her 1.00 assist per game average. Ward also leads the Pac-10 in assists per game and is currently tied for first in total assists with five in five matches played.

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