No. 7 Women's Soccer To Battle Bay Area Rival No. 10 Santa Clara

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This Week's Action:

Friday, October 5    No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Santa Clara     Maloney Field, 7:30 p.m.

Kickin' Things Off...
After participating in the same tournament field the past two weekends, Bay Area rivals No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Santa Clara will finally face each other head-to-head this Friday, Oct. 5. The two teams will meet for the only time this season on Maloney Field at 7:30 p.m., where the Cardinal hold a 13-home match winning streak. Stanford is 7-0 and off to its best start since 1994.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on October 2, Stanford moves up to No. 8 after starting the season 7-0. Santa Clara stands at No. 10 with a current record of 7-1-0.

Scouting Santa Clara...
The Broncos enter the Bay Area matchup 7-1-0, with their only loss coming from No. 6 California, 2-1. Junior Aly Wagner was named the most valuable player of the sixth annual Santa Clara adidas Classic after leading the Broncos to a 5-2 win over SMU and a 2-0 victory over San Diego State last weekend. Wagner leads Santa Clara with 22 points (7 goals, 8 assists), followed by Leslie Osborne's 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists) and Veronica Zepeda's 12 points (4 goals, 4 assists). The Broncos have outscored their opponents 81-19, while having only allowed six goals.

Looking Back On The Bronco-Cardinal Rivalry...
This Friday's game marks the 22nd meeting between Stanford and Santa Clara. The Broncos hold the all-time series record against the Cardinal, 5-13-3. Last year Santa Clara defeated Stanford 4-2, despite goals from Christy LaPierre and Marcia Wallis. The Broncos have won the last five meetings, not including a 0-0 double-overtime tie in 1998. The Cardinal last beat Santa Clara 3-1 in 1994 at Stanford.

Recapping Last Week -- Stan 2, SDSU 1 (Sept. 28) Stan 4, SMU 0 (Sept. 30)...
Stanford went 2-0 in the Santa Clara adidas Classic, picking up wins against San Diego State and SMU. The Cardinal defeated the Aztecs 2-1, behind two goals from Marcie Ward at 70:41 and 80:58. The win also marked head coach Andy Nelson's 100th career victory. Two goals by Marcia Wallis, and one each from Becky Myers and Lisa Engel propelled Stanford to a 4-0 win over SMU. Engel scored her first collegiate goal off a rebound from the left side for Stanford's final score of the game. Carrie Walsh and Myers teamed up for the Cardinal's second shutout of the season. Amy Sauer, Wallis and Ward were all members of the Santa Clara adidas All-Classic Team.

Comparin' '01 To '94...
The 2001 Stanford squad is off to its best start since 1994, when the team went 10-0 to begin their season. The '94 team went 16-2-2 and advanced the to the NCAA Quarterfinals, before loosing to Portland 2-1 in three overtimes. That same year was the last time Stanford defeated Santa Clara. The Cardinal beat the Broncos on old Maloney Field, 3-1.

Nelson Gets 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 7-0 start and against San Diego State last Friday night he captured 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 101-35-10 (.716).

Movin' On Up...
Sophomore Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With her four assists this season, Ward moves to No. 6 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 18 assists in just 28 games. Former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) holds the record with 34 assists in 79 games. Ward also ranks No. 8 on the all-time points list with 58 points in 28 games. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored seven goals this season, moving her up to No. 7 on the career goal list with 30 goals in 49 matches.

Defense Stands Tough...
As a team, Stanford recorded its second shutout of the 2001 season against Southern Methodist. The Cardinal blanked the Lady Mustangs 4-0, thanks in part to the outstanding defensive play. Amy Sauer, Natalie Spilger, Katherine Harrington and Alison Pabon started the attack and were relieved by Anna Hare, Emilee Shim and Jenna Shuer.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up seven goals this season, but only two opponent goals have been scored in the second half. Carrie Walsh has registered 20 saves after halftime, compared to 16 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 71 points in seven games, outscoring opponents 71-19. Eighteen of the 23 Cardinal 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 is tied for second in the Pac-10 in saves with 36 and is second in saves per game averaging 5.14 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.

Rankings From The Pac...
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in goals per game (3.29) and assists per game (3.57). The Cardinal also rank second in total points (71), goals (23) and assists (25). Marcia Wallis also leads the conference in shots per game (4.14) and points per contest with 2.57.

Goin' National...
The Cardinal are one of five teams that have a perfect winning record in Division I. Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina, Southeast Missouri State and Princeton all hold a 1.00 winning percentage. Marcia Wallis is currently tied for eighth nationally in points per game average. Through seven games, Wallis has tallied 18 points for a 2.57 average.

Carlson And Wallis Adding Up PT...
Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 49 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.

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.

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. .

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 8...
Stanford's eight assists against Dayton on Sept. 23, is the highest total team high in the Pac-10 this season. Marcie Ward recorded two assists, while Callie Withers, Kelsey Carlson, Brittany Oliveira, Lisa Engel, Amy Grady and Natalie Sanderson each added one.

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