No. 2 Women's Soccer Head To Arizona For Final Road Trip

Oct. 30, 2001

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This Week's Action:

Friday, November 2    No. 6 Stanford at Arizona State     Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.Sunday, November 4    No. 6 Stanford at Arizona           Murphey Stadium, 11 a.m.

Kickin' Things Off...
After a four-game homestand, the second-ranked Cardinal head South to Arizona for their final conference road trip of the season. Stanford (12-1-1, 5-0 Pac-10) is in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 and will put its five victories on the line at Arizona State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Arizona on Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on October 30, Stanford (12-1-1) moves up to its highest ranking of the season to No. 2 after tying 7th-ranked Saint Mary's 0-0 and defeating rival Cal 2-1 last weekend at home. Stanford is the top Pac-10 school, followed by No. 5 UCLA, No. 16 Washington and No. 23 California.

Scouting Arizona State...
After spliting a Pac-10 road weekend, winning at Washington State 2-1 and loosing to Washington 1-2, the Sun Devil stand at 8-8 overall, 2-4 in conference play. Stacey Tullock and Antoinette Marjanovic each recorded one goal and one assist last weekend. Patrice Feulner leads Arizona State in scoring with 23 points (10 goals, 3 assists), followed by Tullock's 16 (6 goals, 4 assists). Goalkeeper Kristin Slater has tallied 57 saves, with three shutouts. The Sun Devils have scored 30 goals this season, but have allowed 20.

Scouting The Wildcats...
Arizona dropped two matches to Washington (2-0) and Washington State (3-1) last weekend on the road, dropping its record to 5-9-1 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10. Vanesha Bailey scored the lone Wildcat goal with the assist credited to Candice Wilks. Wilks has 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists) on the season to lead Arizona. Kristi Lorona and Bailey have each added five goals to the Wildcat offense. Shannon Monti has tallied a Pac-10 leading 88 saves, averaging 5.87 per contest.

The Series Records...
Friday's match marks only the fifth time Stanford and Arizona State have competed against each other. The Cardinal hold the series record 2-1-1, and has won the last two games. Last year on Maloney Field, Stanford defeated the Sun Devils 4-2 led by two goals from Marcie Ward and one each from Callie Withers and Kelsey Carlson. The Cardinal have not lost a match to Arizona, dominating the series 6-0. Goals by Carlson and Ward gave Stanford the 2-0 victory over the Wildcats last season. In six matches, the Cardinal have outscored Arizona 27-7.

Recapping Last Week -- STAN 0, SMC 0 (Oct. 26) STAN 2, CAL 1 (Oct. 28)...
Stanford and No. 7 Saint Mary's battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie in a non-conference match last Friday night at Maloney Field. Neither team had a good scoring opportunity in the first 90 minutes, sending the game into overtime. No mistakes were made as the match went into another extra 15 minutes, where Stanford managed five shots and had its best chance at 118:24 when Becky Myers ' header was blocked by the Gael keeper. Last Sunday in a physical game against Cal, the Cardinal defeated the No. 22 Golden Bears 2-1. Stanford scored at 67:09 when Marcie Ward took a corner kick and played a perfect cross to Callie Withers, who headed the ball in to give the Cardinal the 1-0 lead. Three minutes later Marcia Wallis stole a pass and took the ball, beating the lone defender and the keeper, and found the back of the net for her 10 goal of the season. The Golden Bears managed one score at 87:43, but Stanford was able to hang on for its fifth consecutive conference victory.

Off And Running...
The Cardinal are the hottest team in the Pac-10 right now, winning five consecutive conference matches. Stanford has turned in an impressive 12-1-1 record, knocking off several ranked opponents including No. 13 Florida, No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 7 Texas all on the road and the defending Pac-10 champions No. 16 Washington and 23rd-ranked California at home. The Cardinal are off to their best start since 1994, a squad that went 13-1 in 14 games and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Road Warriors...
Stanford has posted a 4-0 record on the road this season, including two overtime victories at Florida (9/2) 3-2 and a double overtime win at Texas (9/9) 2-1. The Cardinal have scored 10 goals away from Maloney and allowed five opponent scores. Marcia Wallis has been especially tough on away grass, tallying four goals and one assist.

Shuting Them Down...
Lead by senior co-captain Amy Sauer, Stanford's defense of Allyson Marquand, Alisan Pabon, Natalie Spilger and Katherine Harrington allowed only one goal and 14 shots last weekend against seventh-ranked Saint Mary's and No. 22 California. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh recorded four saves for the Cardinal. In 14 games, the group has allowed 13 goals and recorded four team shutouts.

Freshmen Impact...
They may only be in their first season on The Farm, but Natalie Sanderson, Amy Grady and Lisa Engel are making the most of their opportunities on the field. Grady has played in all of Stanford's 14 games and has recorded two assists. In 11 appearances, Sanderson is fifth on the team in scoring with 8 points (2 goals, 4 assists). Engel has come off the bench to contribute one goal and one assist in six matches.

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 three weeks ago at Oregon State and Oregon, and two weeks ago made her home debut on Maloney Field for the first time since the 1999 season. Marquand got the start Sunday against Washington (10.21) - 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 nine assists this season, Ward moves up to No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 23 assists in just 35 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 67 and 9th in career goals with 22. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored 10 goals this season, moving her up to No. 5 on the career goal list with 33 goals in 56 matches. Wallis also checks in with 78 career points which puts her at No. 7 all-time and her 172 shots on goal stands as the sixth best in school history.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up 13 goals this season, but only four opponent goals have been scored in the second half and one in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 38 saves after halftime, compared to 29 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 107 points in 14 games, outscoring opponents 107-35. Twenty-seven of the 35 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 10 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 fourth in the Pac-10 in saves with 64 and in saves per game averaging 4.57 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 (2.50), total assists (37) and assists per game (2.64). The Cardinal is also the conference leader in total points with 107, averaging 7.64 a match. Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 for total assists with nine and in assists per game with 0.64. Marcia Wallis is tied for second with 10 goals and second in goals per game averaging 0.71. Wallis and Ward are both at the top of the conference in points with 26 and 25, respectively.

Goin' National...
Stanford holds the third-best winning percentage in the country at .893. Marcie Ward ranks No. 15 is assists per game, averaging 0.64.

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 12-1-1 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 106-36-11 (.729).

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 56 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.

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 2...
Stanford's key number this year seems to be two, as in two goals needed for a victory. When the Cardinal score at least two goals, they stand at 12-0. Their only loss this season is to Santa Clara (1-2) and last week tied Saint Mary's (0-0), marking the first time since last season the team has been hold scoreless.

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