No. 9 Women's Soccer Head To Oregon To Open Pac-10 Play

Oct. 9, 2001

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This Week's Action:Friday, October 12       No. 9 Stanford at Oregon State       Paul Lorenz Field, 3 p.m.Sunday, October 14       No. 9 Stanford at Oregon             Pape' Field, 1 p.m.

Kickin' Things Off...
The 7-1 Cardinal open Pac-10 Conference play on the road this weekend in Oregon. Stanford is 5-3 in Pac-10 openers since 1993, and is 2-0 on the road this season. The Cardinal will first stop in Corvallis to play Oregon State on Friday at 3 p.m. on Paul Lorenz Field, and then head to Eugene to face Oregon on Sunday at 1 p.m. on Pape' Field. Stanford's match against the Beavers will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest and will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on Monday at 7 p.m.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on October 9, Stanford (7-1) falls to No. 9 after suffering its first defeat of the season last week. No. 2 UCLA is the top Pac-10 school, followed by Stanford, No. 17 California and No. 21 Washington.

Scouting Oregon State...
The Beavers stand at 7-2-1 on the season, 4-1 on their home field. Oregon State had its four-game winning streak halted last Saturday as No. 4 Portland shutout the Beavers, 2-0. Goalie Jo Fletcher had 10 saves for Oregon State, all in the second half. Katie Henderson leads the team in scoring with 15 points (6 goals and 3 assists), followed by Lindsey Beem's nine (2 goals, 5 assists). Sophomore Courtney Carter has also added four goals for the Beavers. Oregon State has outscored opponents with 61 points to 31, and Fletcher has recorded 46 saves on the year.

Scouting The Ducks...
Oregon is off to its best start in school history, holding a 6-2-1 record in 2001. Senior defender Starr Johnson scored two goals for the Ducks, as Oregon defeated Portland State 4-2 last Sunday at Pape' Field. Oregon had a school-record 39 shots, breaking the record set earlier this year (30) against Gonzaga. Nicole Garbin has tallied 13 points for Oregon on five goals and three assists. Senior Chalise Baysa has chipped in five goals for the Ducks. Sarah Peters has 33 saves, while Oregon has outshot opponents 202-90.

The Series Records...
Stanford has never lost to Oregon State or Oregon. Against the Beavers the Cardinal are 8-0, and have outscored Oregon State 28-5. Stanford has not allowed the Beavers to score more than one goal per game in eight matches. The Cardinal stand at 4-0 versus the Ducks and have yet to allow an Oregon score, while recording 13 goals in four games against the Ducks. Last year at Stanford, the Cardinal defeated Oregon State 1-0 behind a goal from Christy LaPierre at 63:42 and blanked Oregon 4-0 on two goals from Marcie Ward and one each from Marcia Wallis and Brittany Oliveira.

Recapping Last Week -- Stan 1, SCU 2 (OT)(Oct. 5)...
Santa Clara handed the Cardinal their first loss of the season in a 2-1 overtime match last Friday on Maloney Field in front of a record-breaking 2,103 fans. Both teams battled the first 90 minutes to a 1-1 tie, before Santa Clara's Aly Wagner scored on a free kick from 30 yards out in overtime. The Cardinal had many near-miss goals in the first half, along with some outstanding saves by goalkeeper Carrie Walsh.The Cardinal scored first at 33:38 when Natalie Spilger took a pass from Marcie Ward off a corner kick and headed it in for the score. The Broncos answered back at 40:41 to knot the score at 1-1. The second half was a defensive battle for Stanford and defenders Amy Sauer, Alisan Pabon, Katherine Harrington, Spilger and Walsh made some critical saves to carry the Cardinal into overtime. Stanford threatened, but the Broncos scored at 97:17 ending the Cardinal's 13-home match winning streak.

Standing Room Only...
Last Friday night, 2,103 fans were packed into Maloney Field to watch the match between Bay Area rivals Stanford and Santa Clara. The attendance number marked the largest crowd to attend a Stanford women's soccer game. The previous record dates back to Nov. 11, 1999, where 1,852 witnessed the Cardinal's victory over Cal Poly in the second round of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

The Cardinal In Conference Openers...
Since Stanford joined the Pac-10 conference in 1993, the Cardinal hold a 5-3 record in conference openers. Last season, Stanford lost to Washington 1-0 in Seattle. The 1999 squad opened Pac-10 play in Oregon, won both matches and went on the capture the conference title with a 7-1-1 Pac-10 record.

Movin' On Up...
Sophomore Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With her five assists this season, Ward currently is tied with Rita Hermiz (1994-97) at No. 5 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 19 assists in just 29 games. Former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) holds the record with 34 assists in 79 games. Ward is also tied for eighth on the all-time points list with 59 and tied for 10th in career goals with 20. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored seven goals this season, moving her up to No. 7 on the career goal list with 30 goals in 50 matches. Wallis also checks in with 70 career points which put her at No. 7 all-time.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up nine goals this season, but only two opponent goals have been scored in the second half and one in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 25 saves after halftime, compared to 19 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 74 points in eight games, outscoring opponents 74-23. Nineteen of the 24 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 third in the Pac-10 in saves with 44 and is first in saves per game averaging 5.50 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 (3.00) and assists per game (3.25). The Cardinal also rank second in total points (74) and assists (26). Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 in assists per game with 0.62 and is tied for first in total assists with five. Marcia Wallis also ranks second in the conference for points (18) and points per game (2.25).

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 7-1 start and against San Diego State on September 21, 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).

Carlson And Wallis Adding Up PT...
Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 50 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

Sauer Going Elite...
Senior Amy Sauer was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for her play during the week of Sept. 24. The Spring, Texas, native guided the Cardinal defense in allowing only one goal during Stanford's two-game tournament at the Santa Clara adidas Classic with victories over San Diego State (2-1) and SMU (4-0).

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 - 29...
Sophomore defender Natalie Spilger has started and played in 29 consecutive games for Stanford. Last Friday night against Santa Clara, Spilger scored her first collegiate goal at 33:38. The El Cajon, Calif., native took a pass from Marcie Ward on a corner kick and headed it in to put the Cardinal up 1-0. Spilger also recorded an assist in the first game of the season against Florida.

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