Stanford Opens Up 2002 Season At Santa Clara

Aug. 28, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, August 30 ..... Stanford vs. Santa Clara ..... Buck Shaw Stadium, 7:30 pm

Let The Season Begin ...
After going 15-4-2 in 2001, the Stanford women's soccer team looks to build on last year's success and continue its postseason run of four consecutive appearances. The Cardinal will kick off their 2002 campaign on Friday, August 30 against the defending national champion Santa Clara Broncos. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Preseason Rankings ...
Stanford will open the 2002 season ranked No. 12 according to the preseason poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Cardinal have 10 scheduled matches against teams ranked in the top-25, including four in the top five. Defending champion Santa Clara earned the top ranking by NSCAA/adidas. North Carolina, UCLA, Portland and Texas A&M round out the top five. Six other Cardinal opponents are also ranked in the top-25, led by Texas at 10th, followed by No. 13 Florida, No. 15 California, No. 16 Saint Mary's. Stanford will also face No. 20 Tennessee and No. 22 Washington.

Scouting Santa Clara ...
The Broncos begin their national title defense on Friday night, but will be without returning starters Jessica Ballweg and Leslie Osborne, and transfer Megan Kakadelas. In 2001, Santa Clara ranked first in the nation in total offense, averaging 3.2 goals per game. The Broncos also return the nation's assist leader, Aly Wagner, who begins the season as a Player of the Year candidate. Senior midfielder Devvyn Hawkins and junior forward Veronica Zepeda have both been named Preseason All-Americans.

Last Year's Meeting At Stanford ...
In a battle of Bay Area rivals, Santa Clara handed the Cardinal their first loss of the 2001 season. Stanford lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Broncos, 2-1, on Maloney Field in front of 2,103 fans. Natalie Spilger took a pass from Marcie Ward off a corner kick and headed it in for the score at 33:38. Seven minutes later, Santa Clara answered back on a 40-yard shot from Jessica Ballweg to knot the score at 1-1. After a scoreless second half the Cardinal threatened in the first three minutes of overtime, but a hand ball gave the Broncos a free kick. Aly Wagner took the free kick and scored from 30 yards out, giving Santa Clara the 2-1 victory.

411 On The Cardinal-Bronco Rivalry ...
Friday's night game marks the 23rd meeting between Stanford and Santa Clara. The Broncos hold the all-time series record against the Cardinal, 14-5-3. Santa Clara has won the last six meetings, not including a double-overtime tie in 1998. Stanford last beat its Bay Area rival in 1994, a 3-1 win on The Farm.

Cardinal Tabbed To Finish Second In Pac-10 ...
Stanford was picked to finish second in the conference's preseason vote of the head coaches. Defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA was tabbed as the favorite to win the title. The Bruins received seven of the 10 first-place votes, while the Cardinal (3) was the only other team to garner first-place support. Just four points separate the third through fifth-place teams, with Washington rounding out the top three with 68 points, narrowly edging ASU (65) and California (64).

Experienced Seniors ...
The Cardinal will be led by a core of experience seniors this season. Kelsey Carlson, Katherine Harrington, Becky Myers, Marcia Wallis and Callie Withers have combined to play in 299 games over the last three years. Redshirt junior Allyson Marquand also came in with the senior class, but redshirted the 2000 season due to an ACL injury.

A Year Under Their Belt ...
They may have only been freshmen last year, but Natalie Sanderson, Amy Grady, Lisa Engel and Katie Wayland made most of their opportunities on the field. Grady played in all of Stanford's 21 games and recorded two assists. In 18 appearances, Sanderson tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 11 points (3 goals, 5 assists). Engel came off the bench to contribute one goal and one assist in eight matches. Wayland finished seventh on the team in scoring with four points after her two goal performance at Arizona.

New Faces On The Farm ...
Stanford welcomes seven new freshmen to the 2002 squad, with four hailing from California and one from Indiana, Maine and Wisconsin. Defenders Megan Alderete (Riverside, CA), Hayley Hunt (San Marino, CA) and Lindsey Hunt (San Marino, CA), forward Jennifer Farenbaugh (Reseda, CA), midfielders Heidi Herrick (Falmouth, ME) and Leah Tapscott (Madison, WI) and goalkeeper Elizabeth Barnard (Indianapolis, IN) will provide the Cardinal with depth this year.

All-Americans Return ...
Junior Marcie Ward was selected to the 2001 National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association (NSCAA)/adidas All-America Second Team. Ward was also picked as First Team West Region All-American, while teammates Marcia Wallis, Callie Withers and Natalie Spilger earned West Region accolades as well. Wallis, a forward, and Withers, a midfielder, were named to the second team and Spilger was selected to the third team.

'MW' Squared ...
They have the same initials and offer the same scoring threat. Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis combined for 64 points last season, and have accounted for 23 of the Cardinal's 46 goals. Either Marcie or Marcia have scored in 15 of the team's 21 games in 2001. Wallis led the team in scoring with 33 points (13 goals, seven assists), followed by Ward's 31 (10 goals, 11 assists).

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With her 11 assists in 2001, Ward moved up to No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 25 assists in just 42 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. Senior Marcia Wallis scored 13 goals last season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 36 goals in 63 matches. Wallis also checks in with 85 career points which puts her as the fourth best in school history.

You Can Count On Them ...
Senior co-captains Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 63 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

Wrappin' Up 2001 ...
The Stanford women's soccer team finished its 2001 season with a 15-4-2 overall record and a No. 9 ranking in the final NSCAA Poll. The Cardinal advanced to the Third Round of the Women's College Cup before losing 1-0 to Texas A&M. With a 6-2-1 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play, Stanford tied Washington for second place in the league. The Cardinal made their 11th appearance in the postseason, fourth consecutive and 11th time in 12 seasons. 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.

A Look Back At The Pac ...
UCLA clinched the 2001 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 with a 1-1 tie to USC and a 1-0 loss to the Bruins.

Rankings From The Pac ...
In last seasons final stats, Stanford led the Pac-10 in total assists (44), assists per game (2.10) and is second in goals per game (2.19) and with total goals scored (46). The Cardinal was also the conference leader in total points with 136, averaging 6.48 a match. Marcie Ward led the Pac-10 for total assists with 11 and in assists per game with 0.52. Marcia Wallis is second with 13 goals and second in goals per game averaging 0.62. Wallis and Ward are tied for first and third in the conference for total points with 33 and 31, respectively.

Up Next ...
Stanford will face Texas A&M in its home opener on Friday, September 6 in the Bay Area Classic. The Cardinal women will take on the Aggies at 5 p.m. on Maloney Field, followed by the Stanford men's game with SMU at 7:30 p.m. The women will then face Texas on Sunday at 12 p.m., with the Cardinal men battling Portland at 2:30 p.m.

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