No. 2 Stanford Continues Five Match Homestand

Sept. 10, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Sept. 13 ...... Stanford vs. Saint Mary's ...... Maloney Field, 7:00 p.m.

Gaels Come To Town ...
The Stanford women's soccer team is coming off huge victories over then-No. 1 Santa Clara, No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 10 Texas to stand a perfect 3-0 in 2002. The Cardinal look to extend its winning streak when the team hosts Saint Mary's College (1-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Maloney Field. Stanford defeated the Gaels, 3-1, last November in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, ending Saint Mary's season.

Latest Rankings ...
After upsetting top-ranked Santa Clara on August 30, third-ranked Texas A&M on Sept. 6 and No. 10 Texas on Sept. 8, the Cardinal jumped up to No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released Sept. 9. North Carolina (3-0-1) holds the top ranking, followed by No. 3 Santa Clara and No. 4 Texas. With its loss last weekend, UCLA drops to No. 5. Stanford's rank ties the highest in program history, which was set last season. In the October 30, 2001 poll, the Cardinal stood in the second spot after holding a 12-1-1 record and claiming sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

Scouting Saint Mary's College ...
The Gaels enter Friday night's game with a 1-3-0 mark, and have dropped their last two contests. Cal State Fullerton defeated Saint Mary's 1-0 last Friday night and UC Irvine netted a goal in overtime to down the Gaels 2-1. Junior forward Lucianne Crenshaw leads Saint Mary's with five points on two goals and one assist. Shauna Rech and Jen Belzer have each recorded a goal for the Gaels. Saint Mary's is coached by Paul Ratcliffe, who is in his fifth year with the program.

Last Year's Meetings With The Gaels ...
Stanford and Saint Mary's played to a 0-0 double overtime tie on October 26 at Maloney Field. The Cardinal outshot the Gaels 20-9, with Stanford having scoring opportunities in both extra periods. Marcia Wallis scored two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game as Stanford went on to a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's in a Second Round game of the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup on November 18. Sarah Takekawa pulled the Gaels within one goal with her score in 31st minute. Kelsey Carlson added an insurance goal for the Cardinal in the 87th minutes to give Stanford the victory.

411 On The Cardinal-Saint Mary's Series ...
Not counting the 0-0 regular season tie last year, Stanford has won the last 10 consecutive matches against Saint Mary's and hold the all-time series record 11-5-2. The last time the Cardinal was beaten by the Gaels was in 1989 in Moraga, 1-0.

Cardinal Gets Wins Over Texas A&M And Texas ...
Stanford won its home opener for the 14th consecutive season in dramatic fashion, defeating third-ranked Texas A&M 1-0 in overtime last Friday night. Freshman Jennifer Farenbaugh scored at 98:34 when Marcie Ward played a ball to Allyson Marquand. Marquand then threaded a pass to Farenbaugh, who netted the game-winner. On Sunday, Alisan Pabon played the Cardinal throw-in and was able to recover the ball, sending a cross that was headed in by Ward at 59:39. That would be the only goal Stanford would need to beat No. 10 Texas 1-0. The Cardinal outshot the Longhorns 13-3 for the game.

Knocking Teams Off ...
The Cardinal have played three straight opponents ranked in the top-10, including the defending national champions. Stanford defeated then-No. 1 Santa Clara 3-0, third-ranked Texas A&M 1-0 and No. 10 Texas 1-0.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 15 points this year, with eight different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with five points (two goals, one assist), followed by two from Callie Withers, Jennifer Farenbaugh and Brittany Oliveira. Five different athletes have also recorded an assist: Ward, Marcia Wallis, Katherine Harrington, Allyson Marquand and Alisan Pabon.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 3-0 in 2002, but they have yet to allow an opponent goal. Stanford's back four of senior Katherine Harrington, juniors Alisan Pabon and Natalie Spilger and freshman Hayley Hunt have limited the opposing teams to under seven shots per game. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording seven saves in three games. The Cardinal are the only Pac-10 team that has not allowed a goal, and ranks first in goals against average and shutouts.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With one assists this year, Ward stands at No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 26 assists in just 45 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 78 and on career goals with 26. Senior Marcia Wallis scored 13 goals last season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 36 goals in 66 matches. Wallis also checks in with 86 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 66 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

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.

Up Next ...
The Cardinal will host their annual Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament on Friday, September 20 and Sunday, September 22 on Maloney Field. Santa Clara will face Florida at 5 p.m. and Stanford battles Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. The Broncos and Sooners will start things off on Sunday with an 11 a.m. start, followed by the Cardinal and Gator game at 1 p.m.

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