No. 4 Women's Soccer Hosts 1st and 2nd Rounds of NCAA Tournament

Nov. 15, 2001

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This Week's First and Second Round Action:Friday, November 16      No. 14 Saint Mary's vs. No. 17 California      Maloney Field, 4:30 p.m.                         Denver vs. No. 4 Stanford                      Maloney Field, 7 p.m.Sunday, November 18      Winners of Friday's games                      Maloney Field, 1 p.m.

It's Tourney Time...
The No. 4 Stanford women's soccer team received a tournament berth and was selected to host the first and second rounds of the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup this weekend. The Cardinal finished the regular season at 13-3-2 (6-2-1 Pac-10) and is headed to the postseason for the fourth consecutive year and the 11th time in 12 seasons. Stanford will host the University of Denver, who received an at-large bid, in the first round of the of the Women's College Cup. The Pioneers, 16-2-2, are making their first appearance in the tournament.

Tournament Scoop...
The newly expanded 64-team field selected by the NCAA selection committee, will compete for the Division I Women's College Cup. The University of North Carolina enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 Santa Clara, No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Portland. Rounding out the top eight seeds are Stanford, Florida, Notre Dame and Connecticut. The Big East Conference leads all conferences with eight teams in the tournament. Seven teams will represent the ACC and five each were named from the Pac-10, SEC and the WCC. Third round games will be played on campus sites Nov. 23, 24 or 25, as will quarterfinal matches on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 or 2. The 20th annual NCAA Division I Women's College Cup will be played Dec. 7 and 9 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

The Latest Rankings...
In the final regular season NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on November 12, Stanford (13-3-2) stays at No. 4 after tying USC 1-1 and dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 3 UCLA last weekend. Third-ranked UCLA is the top Pac-10 school, followed by Stanford, No. 12 Washington and No. 17 California. Saint Mary's, also making a postseason appearance at Stanford, checks in at No. 14.

Scouting Denver...
The Pioneers received their first-ever bid to the Division I NCAA Tournament, after finishing the regular season 16-2-2. Led by Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Jeff Hooker, Denver went 6-1-1 in conference play and was crowned the 2001 SBC champions. The Pioneers concluded the regular season with a 14-game winning streak, a school-record 14 shutouts and the third-best scoring offense in the country, averaging 3.06 goals per contest. Denver is led by SBC Newcomer of the Year Katie Antongiovanni, SBC Tournament MVP Kristin Warren and first-team all-SBC keeper Erica Izard. Antongiovanni paced the offense with 30 points (12 goals, six assists), along with Warren's 22 (nine goals, four assists). Izard holds the eighth-best goals against average in the nation with a mark of 0.54.

The Series Records...
Stanford and Denver have only competed against each other once, dating back to 1985. The two teams met in the Colorado College Tournament in Colorado Springs with the Cardinal earning a 1-0 victory.

Here's The Scenario...
If Stanford should beat the Pioneers on Friday, the Cardinal will face either No. 14 Saint Mary's or No. 17 California for the right to advance into the third round of the College Cup on Sunday, November 18. The Gaels (14-2-2, 5-2 WCC) received their second bid to the NCAA Tournament in program history, with the first appearance in 1994. Saint Mary's is coming off a 3-2 overtime victory to San Francisco, concluding its regular season schedule. The Saint Mary's defense is ranked second nationally, allowing only nine goals in 18 games, and posting 11 shutouts. Freshman Katie Frattone leads the way for the Gaels with 28 points (11 goals, six assists). Junior goalkeeper Ruth Montgomery has tallied 74 saves and 14 victories on the year. California (12-6-2, 4-4-1 Pac-10) earned its 10th postseason selection, and fourth consecutive overall. In the last three seasons, the Golden Bears have lost their first round games. California enters the tournament off a 1-0, double overtime victory over USC and a 2-0 loss to UCLA at home. Junior Laura Schott leads the Golden Bear offense with 33 points, including 15 goals and three assists. Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Moser has recorded five shutouts and 68 saves for California.

It Could Happen Again...
Should the Cardinal advance into the second round, it would bring up a rematch with either Saint Mary's or California. Stanford and the Gaels battled to a double overtime 0-0 tie on Oct. 26. The Cardinal outshot Saint Mary's 20-9, with Stanford having scoring opportunities in both extra periods. In a very physical match, Stanford scored two goals in the second half to defeat California, 2-1, on Oct. 28. Callie Withers scored the game's first goal off a corner kick cross from Marcie Ward. Marcia Wallis also punched one through after stealing a pass from the Cal defenders. Krysti Whalen scored the lone Golden Bear goal with three minutes left in the match. Stanford's games with Saint Mary's and California were both played at Maloney Field, the site of a possible rematch on Sunday.

Record Vs. Tourney Teams...
The Cardinal have faced 10 opponents in the 64-team field, and are 6-2-2 against those foes. Stanford defeated Florida (3-2), Texas A&M (4-2) and Texas (2-1) all on the road and beat Southern Methodist (4-0) in the Santa Clara adidas Classic. The Cardinal won matches against Washington (2-1) and California (2-1) at home, and tied against Saint Mary's (0-0) and USC (1-1). Stanford's only losses have come to the tournament's second and third seeds, Santa Clara (2-1) and UCLA (1-0)) at Maloney.

Stanford In The Cup...
The Cardinal are making their 11th appearance in the postseason and bring an overall NCAA Tournament record of 7-10. In its first round matches, Stanford stands at 6-4 and are an impressive 5-1 when hosting College Cup games at Maloney. The only loss on the Stanford campus in the NCAA Tournament occurred in 1992, when Santa Clara defeated the Cardinal 2-0 in a quarterfinal game. Last year Stanford defeated San Jose State 4-1 at Maloney, before losing 5-0 to BYU in a second round match in Provo, Utah. The Cardinal's best showing came in 1993 when it advanced to the semifinals before losing in penalty kicks to George Mason. Stanford has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals three times in program history, coming in 1991, 1992 and most recently in 1994.

Wrappin' Up The Pac...
UCLA clinched the Pac-10 Conference Title with a 1-0 victory over the Cardinal on Nov. 11, finishing at 8-1. Stanford concluded conference play with a 6-2-1 mark, tying Washington for second place. USC (5-3-1) finished in fourth, with California (4-4-1) and Arizona State (4-4-1) rounding out the top five. Stanford concluded Pac-10 play last weekend with a 1-1 tie to USC and a 1-0 loss to the Bruins.

A Look Back At The Regular Season...
Stanford concluded its regular season with an overall mark of 13-3-2, their best since the 1994 squad (15-1-2). The Cardinal also played eight teams in the top-20, holding a 5-2-1 record. At one time, Stanford went 11-1 to start the season with its only loss to Santa Clara in overtime (2-1). The Cardinal also achieved their highest ranking in school history, checking in at No. 2 after defeating Cal 2-1 and tying Saint Mary's (0-0) to move to 12-1-1.

Lovin' Maloney...
Stanford has posted a 5-2-2 record on Maloney Field this season. In eight home matches, the Cardinal have outscored opponents 16-7 and have recorded three shutouts. There have been three overtime games, with Stanford tying Saint Mary's (0-0), and losing to Santa Clara (1-2) and UCLA (0-1). When the Cardinal score at least two goals in front of their home crowd, Stanford is 5-0.

'MW' Squared...
They have the same initials and offer the same scoring threat. Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis have combined for 59 points this season, and have accounted for 21 of the Cardinal's 41 goals. Either Marcie or Marcia have scored in 14 of the team's 18 games. In the other four contests, Stanford tied Saint Mary's and lost to Santa Clara, ASU and UCLA. Ward leads the team in scoring with 30 points (10 goals, 10 assists), followed by Wallis' 29 (11 goals, seven assists).

Shutting Them Down...
Led by senior co-captain Amy Sauer, Stanford's defense of Allyson Marquand, Alisan Pabon, Natalie Spilger and Katherine Harrington have allowed only 16 goals in 18 matches, including five team shutouts. The backfield has also provided nine points to the Cardinal offense, led by Marquand and Spilger who each have recorded one goal and one assist. Goalkeeper Carrie Walsh has played all but 13 minutes for Stanford, and has tallied 85 saves.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 123 points in 18 games, outscoring opponents 123-42. Thirty-one of the 41 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 10 goals, respectively.

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 18 games and has recorded two assists. In 15 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 at Arizona.

Turnin' It Up After The Break...
Stanford has given up 16 goals this season, but only five opponent goals have been scored in the second half and two in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 52 saves after halftime, compared to 34 in the first half.

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 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 out, 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 39 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 72 and on career goals with 24. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored 11 goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 34 goals in 60 matches. Wallis also checks in with 81 career points which puts her as the sixth best in school history.

You Can Count On Her...
Senior defender Amy Sauer has not only been the leader from the back, but has put her time in on the field. The Spring, Texas, native has played in every game of her four-year career and starting all but one match. Sauer has been on the field for the Cardinal and White in 80 matches, two shy of tying the all-time games played record. Only Jessica Fischer (1992-95) and Erin Martin (1993-96) have played more, each with 82. Sauer is also tied for fourth on the all-time games started list with 79. Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 60 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

Rankings From The Pac...
Stanford leads the Pac-10 in goals per game (2.28), total assists (41), assists per game (2.28) and is second with total goals scored (41). The Cardinal is also the conference leader in total points with 123, averaging 6.83 a match. Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 for total assists with 10 and in assists per game with 0.56. Marcia Wallis is tied for third with 11 goals and third in goals per game averaging 0.61. Wallis and Ward are both second and third in the conference for total points with 30 and 29, 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 85 and in saves per game averaging 4.72 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.

Nelson Honored As Pac-10 Coach Of The Year...
Head Coach Andy Nelson is in his second season with the Stanford women's soccer program, and this year guided the Cardinal to a tie for second place in the Pac-10 and a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. This season he has led the Cardinal to a 13-3-2 overall record, 6-2-1 in conference play. 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. Nelson currently has an overall record of 107-38-12, and holds a 27-9-3 mark at Stanford.

All-Conference Accolades...
Senior Amy Sauer, junior Marcia Wallis and sophomore Marcie Ward were all selected to the Pac-10's First Team. Junior Callie Withers and sophomore Allyson Marquand garnered Second Team honors, while sophomore Natalie Spilger earned Honorable Mention accolades. Sauer and Ward, last year's Freshman of the Year, are both two-time all-conference honorees.

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.

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.

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