Women's Soccer Hosts Texas A&M In Third Round Of The College Cup

Nov. 20, 2001

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This Week's Third Round Action:Friday, November 23      No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 4 Stanford     Maloney Field, 7:30 p.m.

It's Tourney Time...
With victories over Denver (2-0) and Saint Mary's (3-2) last weekend, the No. 4 Stanford women's soccer team advanced for the Sweet 16 for the second time since the 1999 season. The fifth-seeded Cardinal (15-3-2) will host Texas A&M in the third round of the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup on Friday, Nov. 13 on Maloney Field at 7:30 p.m. The Aggies, 16-3-1, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season with wins over SW Texas (3-0) and SMU, 2-1, in overtime.

College Cup Update...
Sixteen teams remain and all but one top seed advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Seventh-seeded Notre Dame, the only team to fall, was defeated by Cincinnati last Sunday, 3-2. Stanford, along with North Carolina, Connecticut, Portland, UCLA, Florida, Virginia and Santa Clara all received bids to host Sweet 16 matches this weekend. UCLA and the Cardinal are the only Pac-10 schools still standing 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 finishing out the season by tying USC 1-1 and dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 3 UCLA. Third-ranked UCLA is the top Pac-10 school, followed by Stanford, No. 12 Washington and No. 17 California. Eighth-ranked Texas A&M is riding on the 10-game winning streak entering the match with the Cardinal.

Scouting The Aggies...
Texas A&M (16-3-1) advances to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season. The Aggies defeated SW Texas 3-0 in the first round behind goals from Emma Smith, Heather Ragsdale and Linsey Johnson. The goal marked Johnson's 16th of the season. In the second round, Kristen Strutz scored in the first overtime period to lead Texas A&M past SMU 2-1 at the Aggie Soccer Complex. Nicky Thrasher netted the equalizer in the 60 minute with her 16th goal of the season on a cross from Strutz. Thrasher and Johnson each have 16 goals on the year, accounting for 32 of the Aggies' 60 scores. Strutz has 10 assists, along with four goals for Texas A&M. Goalkeeper Esther Thompson has posted an 11-3-1 overall record, including 8.5 shutouts and 46 saves.

The Series Record...
Stanford holds the all-time record against Texas A&M 4-1. The Cardinal have won the last two meetings, including a matchup earlier this year. The last time the Aggies beat Stanford was in 1997 in College Station. On their home field, the Cardinal have never lost to Texas A&M.

September 7th Battle At SW Texas State...
Then-16th ranked Stanford defeated then-No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-2 at the Southwest Texas State Soccer Complex. The Cardinal got on the board first behind Marcie Ward's corner kick cross to Callie Withers, whose header found the back of the net at 19:25. Following an Aggie goal by Amanda Burke, Withers netted her second goal to go up 2-1 at halftime. Stanford took a 3-1 lead at 52:15 when Becky Myers slipped a ball by the diving Texas A&M keeper. Jessica Martin's goal put the score at 3-2, before Ward beat the keeper one-on-one to give the Cardinal the 4-2 victory. Texas A&M outshot Stanford 14-6, but Carrie Walsh recorded four saves for the Cardinal.

Here's The Scenario...
If Stanford should beat the Aggies on Friday night, the Cardinal will face the winner of the Nebraska/Portland game. That match will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. in Portland, Ore. The Huskers advanced to the third round with wins over Boston College (5-0) and Brigham Young (3-0). Stanford and Nebraska have only met three times, with the Huskers winning two of those meetings. Nebraska defeated the Cardinal 2-1 in 1999 in the Stanford Nike Tournament and in 1998, 3-0, in Lincoln at the Nebraska Tournament. The Cardinal beat the Huskers in 1994, the year they advanced to the quarterfinals, 4-2 in the Colorado Tournament. Portland shutout both Idaho State (5-0) and Washington (2-0) to advance to the Sweet 16. Stanford holds a 4-1 series record against the Pilots, with the last meeting coming in the 1993 NCAA Regionals at Stanford. The Cardinal defeated Portland 1-0 to advance to the semifinals.

Record Vs. Tourney Teams...
Of the 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford has played five of those schools, holding a 3-2 record against those opponents. The Cardinal have faced 11 opponents in the newly expanded 64-team field, and were 7-2-2 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 and shutout Dayton (6-0) in the Stanford Nike Tournament. 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, including their fourth consecutive, and bring an overall NCAA Tournament record of 9-10. In its first round matches, Stanford stands at 7-4 and are an impressive 7-1 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...
Including last weekend's first and second round games, Stanford has posted a 7-2-2 record on Maloney Field this season. In 11 home matches, the Cardinal have outscored opponents 21-8 and have recorded four 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 7-0.

'MW' Squared...
They have the same initials and offer the same scoring threat. Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis have combined for 64 points this season, and have accounted for 23 of the Cardinal's 46 goals. Either Marcie or Marcia have scored in 15 of the team's 20 games. In the other four contests, Stanford beat Denver 2-0, tied Saint Mary's and lost to Santa Clara, ASU and UCLA. Wallis leads the team in scoring with 33 points (13 goals, seven assists), followed by Ward's 31 (10 goals, 11 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 17 goals in 20 matches, including six 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 91 saves.

Scoring Some Points...
Stanford has tallied 136 points in 20 games, outscoring opponents 136-45. Thirty-four of the 46 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 13 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 20 games and has recorded two assists. In 17 appearances, Sanderson is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists). Engel has come off the bench to contribute one goal and one assist in eight 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 17 goals this season, but only five opponent goals have been scored in the second half and two in overtime. Carrie Walsh has registered 55 saves after halftime, compared to 37 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 11 assists this season, Ward moves up to No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 25 assists in just 41 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 73 and on career goals with 24. Junior Marcia Wallis has scored 13 goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 36 goals in 62 matches. Wallis also checks in with 85 career points which puts her as the fourth 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 82 matches, tying the the all-time games played record. She is tied with former Cardinal Jessica Fischer (1992-95) and Erin Martin (1993-96). Sauer is tied at No. 2 for matches started with 81 in her career. Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 62 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 (2.30), total assists (44), assists per game (2.20) and is second with total goals scored (46). The Cardinal is also the conference leader in total points with 136, averaging 6.80 a match. Marcie Ward leads the Pac-10 for total assists with 11 and in assists per game with 0.55. Marcia Wallis is second with 13 goals and second in goals per game averaging 0.65. Wallis and Ward are tied for first and third in the conference for total points with 33 and 31, 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 91 and in saves per game averaging 4.55 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 15-3-2 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 109-38-12, and holds a 29-9-3 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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