Fourth-Ranked Women's Soccer Play For Pac-10 Title This Weekend

Nov. 6, 2001

Stanford, Calif. -

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This Week's Action:
Friday, November 9 No. 4 Stanford vs. USC Maloney Field, 7:30 p.m.Sunday, November 11 No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 3 UCLA Maloney Field, 1 p.m.

Kickin' Things Off...
Stanford returns home to Maloney Field for its final regular season weekend to face USC on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and third-ranked UCLA on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinal can capture the Pac-10 Championship with two victories, securing their fourth title since 1995. Stanford and the Bruins are currently in a tie for first place, each with a 6-1 conference record. Should both teams win on Friday, the winner of Sunday's match will be the 2001 Pac-10 Champion.

The Latest Rankings...
In the most recent NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on November 6, Stanford (13-2-1) moves down two spots to No. 4 after losing 1-0 in overtime at Arizona State, but defeated Arizona two days later 5-0. Third-ranked UCLA is the top Pac-10 school, followed by Stanford, No. 13 Washington and No. 17 California.

Scouting Southern California..
The Trojans are 10-5-1 and 5-2 in Pac-10 play after last weekends home matches against the Washington schools. USC defeated Washington State 1-0 last Friday, marking the third straight win for the Trojans by a 1-0 score. Freshman Megan Kakadelas scored the game-winning goal at 8:44 with the assist credited to Stephanie Scholl. The Huskies defeated USC 3-0 on senior day, with goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes recording eight saves for the Trojans. Shannon Cross leads USC with 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists), while Brittany Savelkoul has netted four goals. The Trojans have tallied seven team shutouts in 16 games this year.

Scouting The Bruins...
In a battle of two second-place teams, UCLA registered a 1-0 victory over Washington with the match's only goal credited as an own goal by the Huskies in the 30th minute. The Bruins held Washington to just two shots last Friday. In their final regular-season home game, three Bruin seniors scored all three goals as UCLA defeated Washington State 3-1. Staci Duncan, Mary-Frances Monroe and Stephanie Rigamat all scored for the Bruins. Rigamat has tallied 26 points (11 goals, 4 assists), followed by Monroe's 23 (10 goals, 3 assists). UCLA has outscored opponents 40-11, and keeper CiCi Peterson has recorded 52 saves.

The Series Records...
Stanford holds the series record against USC by a 6-2 margin, with the Cardinal winning the last two meetings. Last year in Los Angeles, Stanford defeated the Trojans 4-2 after coming back from a 2-0 deficit. Brittany Oliveira, Kelsey Carlson, Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis all scored goals en route to the Cardinal's comeback. Against UCLA, the series is knotted at 4-4-l. Last year the Bruins shutout the Cardinal 5-0 at Drake Stadium, with Stanford doing the same on Maloney Field in 1999. That year Stanford beat UCLA 6-0.

Recapping Last Week -- STAN 0, ASU 1 (Nov. 2) STAN 5, ARIZ 0 (Nov. 4)...
Stanford dropped only its second game of the season and its first conference match to Arizona State last Friday 1-0 in overtime. The Sun Devils scored at 93:52 to win the game. The Cardinal's Carrie Walsh picked up six saves, while Stanford tallied 10 shots in the match. Two days later, Stanford was able to bounce back at Arizona with a 5-0 victory. Freshman Katie Wayland had the hot foot, scoring her first two collegiate goals at 36:30 and 65:08. Sophomore Robyn deHay got the Cardinal on the board with her first score of the season at 36:30. Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis each tallied their ninth and 11th goals, respectively, of the year. Stanford outshot the Wildcats 20-6 and recorded its fifth team shutout.

Off And Running...
The Cardinal are tied for first-place in the Pac-10 right now with a 6-1 conference record. Stanford has turned in an impressive 13-2-1 record, knocking off several ranked opponents including No. 10 Florida, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 11 Texas all on the road and the defending Pac-10 champions No. 13 Washington and 17th-ranked California at home. The Cardinal are off to their best start since 1994, a squad that went 14-1-1 in 16 games and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Lovin' Maloney...
Stanford has posted a 5-1-1 record on Maloney Field this season. In six home matches, the Cardinal have outscored opponents 15-5 and have recorded three shutouts. There have been two overtime games, with Stanford tying Saint Mary's (0-0) and losing to Santa Clara (1-2). When the Cardinal score at least two goals in front of their home crowd, Stanford is 5-0.

Shuting Them Down...
Led by senior co-captain Amy Sauer, Stanford's defense of Allyson Marquand, Alisan Pabon, Natalie Spilger, Katherine Harrington, Anna Hare and Jenna Shuer allowed only one goal last weekend and held Arizona to just six shots for the match. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh recorded nine saves for the Cardinal in Arizona. In 16 games, the group has allowed 14 goals and recorded five team shutouts.

Freshmen Impact...
They may only be in their first season on The Farm, but Natalie Sanderson, Amy Grady, Lisa Engel and Katie Wayland are making the most of their opportunities on the field. Grady has played in all of Stanford's 16 games and has recorded two assists. In 13 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 seven matches. Wayland is seventh on the team in scoring with four points after her two goal performance last weekend at Arizona.

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 at Oregon State and Oregon, and three weeks ago made her home debut on Maloney Field for the first time since the 1999 season. Marquand got the start on Sunday against Washington (10.21) - her first 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 10 assists this season, Ward moves up to No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 24 assists in just 37 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 70 and tied for 7th on career goals with 23. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored 11 goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 34 goals in 58 matches. Wallis also checks in with 80 career points which puts her as the sixth best in school history.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up 14 goals this season, but only four opponent goals have been scored in the second half and two in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 45 saves after halftime, compared to 29 in the first half.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 120 points in 16 games, outscoring opponents 120-38. Thirty of the 40 Cardinal goals have come off of assists, with 17 different athletes contributing points to Stanford's offense. Twelve different Cardinal have also scored goals for Stanford, with Marcia Wallis and Marcie Ward leading the way with 11 and nine 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 73 and fifth in saves per game averaging 4.56 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 (40), assists per game (2.50) and ties UCLA with total goals (40). The Cardinal is also the conference leader in total points with 120, averaging 7.50 a match. Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 for total assists with 10 and in assists per game with 0.62. Marcia Wallis is tied for second with 11 goals and second in goals per game averaging 0.69. Wallis and Ward are both second in the conference for total points, each with 28.

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 13-2-1 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 107-37-11 (.726).

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 58 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.

It's Tourney Time...
The bracket for the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship will be announced live on Monday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. (PT) on various Fox Sports Networks. The tournament field has been expanded to 64 teams, with the top 16 schools hosting first and second round matches beginning on Nov. 16. Stanford will play for a top-four seed this weekend and the right to host all the way up to the NCAA Women's College Cup hosted by Southern Methodist in Dallas, Texas.

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.

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 3...
Three Stanford soccer players will be playing in their final regular season matches on Maloney Field this weekend. Sunday's game against UCLA is senior day, with seniors Christy LaPierre, Amy Sauer, and Carrie Walsh being honored. LaPierre (Gold River, CA) has tallied three points for the Cardinal this season on one goal and one assist. Sauer (Spring, TX) recorded one assist and has led the Stanford defense in allowing only 14 goals and five shutouts. Walsh (Los Gatos, CA) has been the starting goalkeeper and has recorded 73 saves.

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