No. 2 Stanford Travels To Santa Clara Classic

Sept. 24, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Sept. 27 ..... Stanford vs. Tennessee ..... Buck Shaw Stadium , 5 pm
Santa Clara vs. Montana ..... Buck Shaw Stadium, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 29 ..... Stanford vs. Montana ..... Buck Shaw Stadium, 11 am
Santa Clara vs. Tennessee ..... Buck Shaw Stadium, 1 pm

Heading South To Santa Clara ...
Following a five-match homestand, the second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team will take its perfect 6-0 record down to Santa Clara to participate in the Santa Clara adidas Classic this weekend. The Cardinal will play Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m., with the Santa Clara/Montana match to follow at 7:30 p.m. Tournament play will continue on Sunday at 11 a.m. with Stanford taking on Montana, followed by Tennessee and Santa Clara at 1 p.m.

Latest Rankings ...
After upending three top-10 teams and getting two 4-0 wins last weekend, the Cardinal stay at the No. 2 spot for the third consecutive week in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released Sept. 23. North Carolina (7-0-1) holds the top ranking, followed by No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Texas. California stands at No. 5, marking three Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-five. 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 Tennessee ...
The Lady Vols come to the Bay Area with a 6-1 overall record, having dropped their first match to then-No. 21 Duke (2-1) and since then they have won six straight matches. Tennessee most recently beat South Alabama, 2-1, in overtime at Knoxville. Tara Minnax netted the golden goal 45 seconds into the extra period, giving the Lady Vols the win. Kim Patrick leads the Tennessee offense with 14 points (six goals, two assists), followed by Kayla Lockaby and Jen Laughridge with 13. In seven games, the Lady Vols have outscored opponents 79-16.

Scouting The Grizzlies ...
Montana enters the tournament with a 3-5 record, having split last weekend's matches. The Grizzlies defeated Boise State 1-0 and lost a heartbreaker to Utah in double overtime, 1-0. Katie Tate netted a goal at 106:02 to give the Utes the win. Montana is led by Kate Sloan's four points on two goals. Sarah Braseth has played all eight games for the Grizzlies in goal, recording 72 saves thus far.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford will meet Tennessee and Montana for its first time in school history. Last weekend in the Cardinal's first meeting against Oklahoma, Stanford won 4-0.

Cardinal Wins Both Games In Stanford Nike Invitational ...
Stanford outshot Oklahoma 25-2 en route to a 4-0 victory last Friday night at Maloney Field. Marcia Wallis led the Cardinal with two goals in the first half. Marcie Ward netted a goal five minutes into the second half and Lindsey Hunt played a cross to Natalie Sanderson, who added Stanford's final goal against the Sooners. In the final game of the Stanford Nike Invitational, four different Cardinal scored as Stanford rolled to a 4-0 win over No. 16 Florida last Sunday. Ward and Wallis each added scores in the first 16 minutes of the game and Callie Withers connected on a blast from 30 yards out giving Stanford a 3-0 halftime lead. The Cardinal put one final score on the board when Leah Tapscott passed the ball to Allyson Marquand. Marquand found the back of the net for her first goal of the season at 72:48. Nicole Barnhart recorded one save and notched her fifth shutout of the year.

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. The Cardinal also continued their tough schedule, beating then-No. 16 Florida 4-0. Stanford has let to allow a ranked opponent to score and has outshot those teams 66-22.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 45 points this year, with 12 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 11 points (four goals, three assists) and with Marcia Wallis' three goals last weekend, she checks in with nine points. Eight different athletes (Kelsey Carlson, Katherine Harrington, Leah Tapscott, Lindsey Hunt and Alisan Pabon) have also recorded an assist with Ward and Wallis each tallying three and Allyson Marquand two.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 6-0 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 four shots per game. The defense have given up just 26 shots and only 10 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording nine saves in six games. Barnhart has allowed one goal in 547:54 minutes of work, for an 0.16 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with five shutouts and for her goals against average.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored 16 goals in six games, outscoring opponents 16-1. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 106 shots to the opposing team's 26. Of the 106 shots taken by Stanford, 56 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 43 corner kicks.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With three assists this year, Ward is tied at No. 3 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 28 assists in just 48 games. Former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) holds the record with 34 assists in 79 games. Ward is also No. 5 on the all-time points list with 84 and No. 7 on career goals with 28. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted three goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 39 goals in 69 matches. Wallis also checks in with 94 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 69 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 ...
The long awaited showdown of No. 1 versus No. 2 in women's soccer will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. in Moraga. Stanford and North Carolina will kick off the Saint Mary's Tournament. The Cardinal will then continue play on Sunday, Oct. 6 against Tulane at 11 a.m.

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