No. 3 Cardinal Battle Texas A&M, Texas On Maloney Field

Sept. 4, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Sept. 6 ..... Stanford vs. Texas A&M ..... Maloney Field, 5 pm
Sunday, Sept. 8 ..... Stanford vs. Texas ..... Maloney Field, 12 pm

A Visit From The Lone Star State ...
No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 10 Texas make a visit to California this weekend in a key matchup with the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Stanford will begin its five match homestand on Friday, Sept. 6 against the Aggies at 5 p.m., and then battle the Longhorns on Sunday at noon. The Cardinal swept both games last year in Texas, and seek revenge on Texas A&M after the Aggies knocked Stanford out of last year's NCAA Tournament on Maloney Field.

Latest Rankings ...
Stanford will opened the 2002 season ranked No. 12 according to the preseason poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. After upsetting top-ranked Santa Clara last Friday night, the Cardinal jumped up to No. 3. Stanford shares third place in the September 2 rankings with Texas A&M, while the Longhorns check in at the ten spot. North Carolina holds the top ranking, followed by No. 2 UCLA and No. 5 Virginia, who round out the top-five.

Scouting Texas A&M ...
The third-ranked Aggies come into Friday night's game with a 2-0 mark, including a 2-1 double overtime victory over No. 9 SMU. Junior Kristen Strutz scored the game-winner at 104:03, when the Mustang keeper mishandled the ball. Texas A&M also recorded a 4-1 win over Rice that saw four different Aggies score a goal. Linsey Woodard is A&M's top scorer, tallying two goals in two games.

Scouting The Longhorns ...
Texas stands at 2-0 after handing New Mexico a 4-0 loss and defeating No. 21 Duke 2-1 last weekend. The Longhorns are led by junior midfielder Kati McBain's six points (two goals and two assists). Kylee Wosnuk netted two scores against the Lobos, while teammate Kelly McDonald recorded two assists.

Last Year's Meeting In Texas ...
Stanford defeated the Aggies 4-2 behind two goals from Callie Withers. Becky Myers scored her first goal of the season with assists from Katherine Harrington and Marcia Wallis, putting the Cardinal up 3-1. Allyson Marquand found Marcie Ward for Stanford's fourth and final goal of the game. It took the Cardinal until the 108th minute to down Texas 2-1 at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Ward scored her second goal of the season in double overtime to give the Cardinal the victory. Wallis tied the game at 1-1 in the 57th minute to force the extra periods.

411 On The Cardinal-Texas A&M And Texas Series ...
In the all-time series records, the Cardinal hold a 4-2 advantage over the Aggies. Despite winning its regular season battle, Stanford fell to Texas A&M in the Third Round of last year's NCAA Tournament at Maloney Field, 1-0. The Cardinal have never lost to the Longhorns, holding a perfect 3-0 mark.

Cardinal Beats Top-Ranked Santa Clara, 3-0 ...
Stanford opened its season last Friday with a 3-0 win over the defending NCAA Champion Santa Clara Broncos at Buck Shaw Stadium. The victory marks the first time the Cardinal has beaten the Broncos since the 1994 season. Brittany Oliveira scored Stanford's first goal of the 2002 season just five minutes into the game. The Cardinal never looked back as Marcie Ward and Callie Withers added goals in the second half, sealing the 3-0 win. Nicole Barnhart picked up her first career shutout, recording five saves.

Home Opening Day History 101 ...
In Stanford's season home openers, the Cardinal hold a record of 13-3 dating back to 1985. The Red and White have won 13 consecutive home-opening games, with its last loss (3-2) against UC Santa Barbara in 1988.

Ward Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week ...
Junior Marcie Ward was tabbed the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for August 27-September 2. The Alamo, Calif., native scored the Cardinal's second goal in a 3-0 upset win at top-ranked Santa Clara. She also tallied six shots, including three on goal, against the Broncos. Ward took a pass from Marcia Wallis and found the back of the net at 49:59.

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.

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.

Up Next ...
The Cardinal will host Saint Mary's on Friday, September 13, on Maloney Field at 7 p.m. This will mark Stanford's third consecutive home game before hosting the Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament on Sept. 20 and 21.

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