No. 6 Women's Soccer Faces Tough Home Weekend

Oct. 24, 2001

Stanford, Calif. -

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This Week's Action:
Friday, October 26 No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 7 Saint Mary's Maloney Field, 5 p.m.Sunday, October 28 No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 22 California Maloney Field, Noon

Kickin' Things Off...
The 11-1 Cardinal look to extend their four-game winning streak and perfect 4-0 record in the Pac-10 this weekend against No. 7 Saint Mary's and No. 22 California. Stanford will start things off on Maloney Field on Friday night at 5 p.m. against the Gaels and then face the Bay Area rival Golden Bears Sunday at noon. The Cardinal sit at the top of the Pac-10 Conference with six games remaining, including road matches with the Arizona schools and a home weekend with USC and UCLA.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on October 23, Stanford (11-1) moves up to its highest ranking of the season to No. 6 after winning two Pac-10 Conference matches at home against Washington State and Washington. No. 3 UCLA is the top Pac-10 school, followed by Stanford, No. 16 Washington and No. 22 California. Saint Mary's stands at No. 7, marking the highest ranked opponent the Cardinal have faced this season.

Scouting Saint Mary's...
The Gaels come to Maloney Field with a 12-1-1 record, following their first loss of the season to 3rd-ranked Santa Clara last Sunday at Garaventa Field. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Ruth Montgomery tallied five saves. Freshman Katie Frattone leads the Gaels with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. Sophomore Lucianne Crenshaw has scored seven goals, while Montgomery has recorded 59 saves on the year. Saint Mary's has outscored opponents 32-6, having only allowed six goals in 14 games.

Scouting The Golden Bears...
After bolting out to an 8-1 record to start the season, California have gone 2-3-1 since to fall to 10-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears fell to Washington (1-0) and Washington State (2-0) last weekend at home. Junior Laura Schott has scored 12 goals in 15 games for Cal. Kassie Doubrava has added five goals and four assists for 14 points, while freshman goalkeeper Mallory Moser has recorded 42 saves and four shutouts for the Golden Bears.

The Series Records...
Stanford has won the last nine consecutive matches against Saint Mary's and hold the series record 10-5-1. Last year in the Cardinal's season opener, they defeated the Gaels 4-0 on Maloney. The last time Stanford was beaten by Saint Mary's was in 1989 in Moraga, 1-0. Against rival Cal, the series is knotted at 8-8-2 with this weekend's winner taking bragging rights. Stanford won 3-1 at home in 1997, but has not beaten the Golden Bears since. Cal won its third straight against the Cardinal last season 2-0 in Berkeley.

Recapping Last Week -- STAN 2, WSU 0 (Oct. 19) STAN 2, WASH 1 (Oct. 21)...
Stanford continued its surge in Pac-10 play with two wins last weekend against Washington State (2-0) and No. 20 Washington (2-1) to move to 4-0 in the conference. Marcie Ward scored at 25:55 with assists credited to Marcia Wallis and Amy Sauer, to give the Cardinal the 1-0 lead over the Cougars. Becky Myers put the game away with her goal at 78:32 off a pass from Ward. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh recorded five saves and her second shutout of the season. Against the Huskies, the Cardinal used a second half come-back to win 2-1 on goals from Allyson Marquand and Wallis. Marquand scored her first goal of the season to tie the game at 51:08 and Wallis netted the game-winner at 82:16 off an assist from Kelsey Carlson.

Off And Running...
The Cardinal are the hottest team in the Pac-10 right now, winning four consecutive matches and holding the longest winning streak in the conference. Stanford has turned in an impressive 11-1-0 record, knocking off several ranked opponents including No. 8 Florida, No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 12 Texas all on the road and the defending Pac-10 champions No. 20 Washington at home. The Cardinal are off to their best start since 1994, a squad that went 11-1 to start the season and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

She's Back...
After missing all of last season due to an ACL injury, sophomore defender Allyson Marquand started this season's first two games before suffering another knee injury at Texas A&M. The Irvine, Calif., native returned to action two weeks ago at Oregon State and Oregon, and last weekend made her home debut on Maloney Field for the first time since the 1999 season. Marquand got the start Sunday against Washington - her at home since Nov. 13, 1999 - and scored the tying goal from 20 yards, which was her first score of the 2001 season.

Movin' On Up...
Sophomore Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With her eight assists this season, Ward moves up to No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 22 assists in just 33 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 66 and 9th in career goals with 22. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored nine goals this season, moving her up to No. 6 on the career goal list with 32 goals in 54 matches. Wallis also checks in with 76 career points which puts her at No. 7 all-time and her 146 shots on goal stands as the seventh best in school history.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up 12 goals this season, but only three opponent goals have been scored in the second half and one in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 35 saves after halftime, compared to 25 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 102 points in 12 games, outscoring opponents 102-32. Twenty-six of the 33 Cardinal goals have come off of assists, with 15 different athletes contributing points to Stanford's offense. Ten different Cardinal have also scored goals for Stanford, with Marcia Wallis and Marcie Ward leading the way with nine and eight 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 third in the Pac-10 in saves with 60 and second in saves per game averaging 5.00 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 (2.75), total assists (36), assists per game (3.00) and is tied with UCLA and Cal for most goals (33) this season. The Cardinal is also the conference leader in total points with 102, averaging 8.50 a match. Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 for total assists with eight and in assists per game with 0.67. Marcia Wallis is third with nine goals and fourth in goals per game averaging 0.75. Wallis and Ward are both at the top of the conference in points per game, having each tallied 24 for an average of 2.00 per contest.

Goin' National...
Stanford ranks tied for 11th in the nation for scoring offense, with a 2.75 goal per game average. Marcia Wallis and Marcie Ward are both tied for 15th nationally in points per game average with 2.00. Ward also ranks No. 16 in assists per game, averaging 0.67.

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 11-1 start and against San Diego State on September 28, 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 105-36-10 (.719).

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 54 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.

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.

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 5...
Stanford currently has the fifth best winning percentage in the nation with its 11-1 record (.917). Top-ranked North Carolina is the only team in Division I with a perfect season, standing at 13-0.

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