No. 2 Cardinal Hosts Stanford Nike Invitational

Sept. 17, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Sept. 20 .... Santa Clara vs. Florida .... Maloney Field, 5:00 p.m.
Stanford vs. Oklahoma .... Maloney Field, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 .... Santa Clara vs. Oklahoma .... Maloney Field, 11:00 a.m.
Stanford vs. Florida .... Maloney Field, 1:00 p.m.

It's Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament Time ...
The Cardinal will host their annual Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament this weekend, September 20 and 22. This year's field includes second-ranked Stanford, No. 10 Santa Clara, No. 16 Florida and Oklahoma. The Broncos and Gators will start things off on Friday at 5 p.m., with Stanford and Oklahoma playing in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Play will continue on Sunday with Santa Clara and Oklahoma at 11 a.m., followed by the Cardinal battling Florida at 1 p.m. Friday's game featuring Santa Clara and Florida will be televised on the Florida Sunshine Network.

Latest Rankings ...
After upending three top-10 teams and getting a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's, the Cardinal stay at the No. 2 spot for the second consecutive week in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released Sept. 16. North Carolina (5-0-1) holds the top ranking, followed by No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Texas. With its win over Santa Clara last weekend, California stands at 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 Oklahoma ...
The Sooners enter the Stanford Nike Invitational with a perfect 6-0-0 record in 2002. Oklahoma defeated then-No. 18 SMU, 1-0, and Arizona, 2-0, last weekend to extend its winning streak to six games. The Sooners have posted four straight shutouts and outscored opponents 13-1 to remain undefeated on the season. Senior forward Krissy Dawson has led the Sooner offense, recording eight points on three goals and two assists. Oklahoma is coached by Randy Evans, who is entering his fourth year with the soccer program.

Scouting The Gators ...
Florida, 3-3-0, split its games last weekend. The Gators beat Syracuse 2-0, but dropped an overtime match to Duke, 2-1, in the 92nd minute. Crystal Frimpong leads Florida with five points (two goals, one assist), while Dena Floyd has added four on one goal and two assists. Jordan Kellgren has played every minute for the Gators in goal this season, posting 25 saves and two shutouts. Becky Burleigh is in her eighth year at the helm of the Florida soccer program.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford and Oklahoma will face each other for the first time in program history. Florida hosted the Cardinal last year in the first meeting between the two teams, with Stanford coming from behind and winning a thriller in overtime, 3-2, behind two goals from Marcia Wallis. Wallis scored just one minute and 15 seconds into the extra period, giving the Cardinal the victory. Stanford was credited with an own goal in the 89th minute when a shot by Callie Withers deflected off a Gator defender.

Cardinal Handles Saint Mary's ...
Kelsey Carlson netted two goals to lead second-ranked Stanford to a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's last Friday night at Maloney Field. The Cardinal got on the board at 24:47 when Allyson Marquand attempted to cross the ball, but was headed into the goal by a Gael defender. Carlson then scored consecutive goals at 70:17 and 77:39 to give Stanford the 3-0 advantage. Sarah Burgess found the back of the net at 79:05 to put Saint Mary's on the scoreboard. Burgess' score marked the first athlete to score on Stanford this season. The Cardinal outshot the Gaels 15-2.

Knocking Teams Off ...
The Cardinal played three consecutive opponents ranked in the top-10 to start the season, 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 22 points this year, with nine different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with five points (two goals, one assist) and with Kelsey Carlson's two goals against Saint Mary's last week, she checks in with four points. Five different athletes (Ward, Katherine Harrington, Allyson Marquand and Alisan Pabon) have also recorded an assist with Marcia Wallis tallying two.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 4-0 in 2002, but they have allowed only one 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 six shots per game. The defense have given up just 22 shots and only eight have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording seven saves in four games. Barnhart has allowed one goal in 367:59 minutes of work, for an 0.24 goal against average.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored eight goals in four games, outscoring opponents 8-1. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 62 shots to the opposing team's 22. Of the 62 shots taken by Stanford, 31 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 31 corner kicks.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With one assist this year, Ward stands at No. 4 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 26 assists in just 46 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 67 matches. Wallis also checks in with 87 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 67 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.

Pabon Selected To Soccer America's Team Of The Week ...
Alisan Pabon was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week for Sept. 3-8. The junior defender assisted the game-winning goal in the Cardinal's 1-0 win over then-No. 10 Texas. Pabon took the throw-in for Stanford and was able to recover the ball, sending a perfect cross to teammate Marcia Wallis for the header. She has been instrumental on the Cardinal defense that did not allow a goal in the first three games of the season.

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.

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 ...
After five consecutive home games the Cardinal will go on the road, but not too far. Stanford will compete in the Santa Clara Tournament on Sept. 27 and 29 and will face Tennessee on Friday at 5 p.m. and Montana on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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