No. 8 Women's Soccer To Host Washington State and Washington

Oct. 16, 2001

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This Week's Action:Friday, October 19    No. 8 Stanford vs. Washington State    Maloney Field, 5 p.m.Sunday, October 21    No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 20 Washington   Maloney Field, 1 p.m.

Kickin' Things Off...
The 9-1 Cardinal return to Maloney Field this weekend to face Pac-10 rivals Washington State and Washington. Stanford, after a succesful road trip to Oregon, will put its 2-0 conference record on the line when they host the Cougars on Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. and the Huskies on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. This weekend's games start a four-game home stretch for the Cardinal, who will look to improve on their 2-1 record at Maloney.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on October 16, Stanford (9-1) moves up to No. 8 to tie with Florida after winning two Pac-10 Conference matches on the road at Oregon State and Oregon. No. 2 UCLA is the top Pac-10 school, followed by Stanford, No. 16 California and No. 20 Washington.

Scouting Washington State...
The Cougars come to Stanford with a 5-4 record (0-1 Pac-10) after suffering a defeat to cross-state rival Washington, 2-1. Washington State fell behind early 2-0, but managed one score in the second half. Freshman Keegan Hughes netted her first goal of her career while junior Katrina Stroph was credited with the assist. Rachel Rodrick has lead the Cougars with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Liz Duncan and Stroph have each scored three goals and three assists for Washington State.

Scouting The Huskies...
The defending Pac-10 Conference champions Washington will face California before Sunday's match with the Cardinal. The Huskies defeated Washington State 2-1 last Saturday afternoon at the Husky Soccer Field and improved to 7-2-1 (1-0 Pac-10). Sophomore Jaime Carstensen and senior Erin Otagaki each scored goals for Washington. Carstensen has tallied ten points (3 goals, 4 assists) and Tina Frimpong has added four goals for the Huskies. Washington has outscored opponents 24-5 and has five team shutouts in ten games.

The Series Records...
Stanford has dominated the series records against both Washington State and Washington. The Cardinal hold a 9-1 mark against the Cougars and stand at 8-1-2 against the Huskies. Last year, Stanford defeated Washington State 1-0 in two overtime periods. Becky Myers scored the gaming-winning goal at 115:03 off an assist from Marcie Ward. The last time the Cougars beat the Cardinal was in 1993 (2-1). Against Washington last season, the Huskies defeated Stanford 1-0 in Seattle en route to their Pac-10 Conference title. The last time Stanford swept both schools was in 1998.

Recapping Last Week -- STAN 2, OSU 1 (Oct. 12) STAN 3, ORE 1 (Oct. 14)...
Stanford opened Pac-10 Conference play in Oregon last weekend with two victories. The Cardinal defeated Oregon State, 2-1, last Friday getting goals from Natalie Sanderson and Marcie Ward. With the win, Stanford has won nine consecutive matches against the Beavers. Last Sunday, the Cardinal beat Oregon 3-1 and recorded a season-high 30 shots. Stanford scored two goals in the first 30 minutes by Marcia Wallis and Christy LaPierre. Callie Wtihers scored the Cardinal's final goal off a cross from Ward on a corner kick. Carrie Walsh recorded five saves for Stanford.

Off And Running...
Stanford has turned in an impressive 9-1 record, knocking off several ranked opponents including No. 8 Florida, No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 12 Texas all on the road. The Cardinal are off to their best start since 1994, a squad that went 10-0 to start the season.

Movin' On Up...
Sophomore Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With her seven assists this season, Ward moves up to No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 21 assists in just 31 games. Former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) holds the record with 34 assists in 79 games. Ward is also No. 7 on the all-time points list with 63 and tied for 9th in career goals with 21. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored eight goals this season, moving her up to No. 7 on the career goal list with 31 goals in 52 matches. Wallis also checks in with 73 career points which puts her at No. 7 all-time and her 142 shots on goal stands as the seventh best in school history.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up 11 goals this season, but only three opponent goals have been scored in the second half and one in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 30 saves after halftime, compared to 21 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 88 points in ten games, outscoring opponents 88-29. Twenty-two of the 29 Cardinal goals have come off of assists, with thirteen different athletes contributing points to Stanford's offense. Nine different Cardinal have also scored goals for Stanford, with Marcia Wallis and Marcie Ward leading the way with eight and seven goals, respectively.

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 second in the Pac-10 in saves with 51 and in saves per game averaging 5.10 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 (2.90) and assists per game (3.00). The Cardinal also rank second in total points (88) and assists (30). Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 for total assists with seven and in assists per game with 0.70. Marcia Wallis is tied for fourth with eight goals and third in goals per game averaging 0.80. Wallis and Ward are both at the top of the conference in points per game, having each tallied 21 for an average of 2.10 per contest.

Goin' National...
Stanford ranks No. 10 in the nation for scoring offense, with a 2.90 goal per game average. Marcia Wallis and Marcie Ward are both tied for 17th nationally in points per game average with 2.10. Ward also ranks No. 17 in assists per game, averaging 0.70.

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).

Standing Room Only...
On Friday, Oct. 5, 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.

Carlson And Wallis Adding Up PT...
Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 52 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 - 67...
Stanford has tallied 67 corner kicks this season and have scored three goals on the kick, with all the assists coming from Marcie Ward. The Cardinal's 67 corners lead the Pac-10, and in ten games are averaging 6.70 per contest.

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