Top-Ranked Cardinal Set For Showdown In Moraga

Oct. 2, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Oct. 4 ..... Stanford vs. North Carolina ..... Saint Mary's Stadium , 2 pm
Saint Mary's vs. Tulane ..... Saint Mary's Stadium, 4 pm
Sunday, Oct. 6 ..... Stanford vs. Tulane ..... Saint Mary's Stadium, 12 pm
Saint Mary's vs. North Carolina ..... Saint Mary's Stadium, 2 pm

It's Finally Time ...
The long anticipated match between No. 1 versus No. 2 in women's soccer will take place in Moraga this weekend at the Saint Mary's Tournament. The top-ranked Cardinal will battle No. 2 North Carolina on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Stanford will then face Tulane on Sunday at noon. All matches will take place in Saint Mary's Stadium. The 8-0 Cardinal are coming off two wins at the Santa Clara adidas Classic, becoming the first team other than host Santa Clara to take home the team championship trophy based on goal differential.

Latest Rankings ...
After upending three top-10 teams and standing a perfect 8-0 on the year, the Cardinal hold the top spot in the country this week in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released Sept. 30. The ranking marks its highest ranking in program history, heading into the Cardinal's matchup with the TarHeels. North Carolina (8-0-2) moves down to No. 2, followed by No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Texas. After tying the TarHeels last weekend, Portland cracks the top-five followed by No. 6 California.

Scouting North Carolina ...
The TarHeels enter the marquee match with Stanford with an overall mark of 8-0-2. North Carolina is coming off a double overtime 0-0 tie at Portland, despite getting outshot 17-10. The TarHeels got into the win column again with a 3-0 victory at Oregon last Sunday, tallying 28 shots. Freshman Lindsay Tarpley leds Carolina with 22 points (nine goals and four assists), followed by 20 from Alyssa Ramsey. The TarHeels have collected 118 points this season to opponent's 15.

Scouting The Green Wave ...
Tulane travels to the West Coast with a 3-6-1 record, 1-2-1 in Conference USA play. The Green Wave dropped a 1-0 decision to then-No. 21 Marquette in the 76th minute and were blanked by DePaul 3-0 last Sunday. Tulane picked up victories over Northwestern State, Nicholls State, Louisville and tied Cincinnati 1-1. The Green Wave are coached by Betsy Anderson, who is in her second season with the program.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford has never beaten North Carolina, with the TarHeels holding the all-time series record at 0-5-1. The two teams most recently met in 1996 at the North Carolina Classic, where the TarHeels won 6-1. Carolina went on to beat the Cardinal from 1992-96, however in 1989 at Stanford, both teams battled to a 0-0 tie. The Cardinal have never faced Tulane, and this year holds a 3-0 record against first-time meetings between teams.

Cardinal Wins Santa Clara adidas Classic ...
Stanford overcame a 0-0 halftime score and got goals from Lisa Engel and Natalie Sanderson in the second half en route to a 2-0 win over Tennessee last Friday night. Engel broke a scoreless tie at 65:38, and Alisan Pabon sent a long ball to Marcia Wallis who spun around and delivered it to Sanderson for the score at 80:55. Nicole Barnhart collected three saves for the Cardinal and registered her sixth shutout of the year. On Sunday, Stanford had an offensive outburst, with eight Cardinal scoring goals in the team's 8-1 win over Montana. Brittany Oliveira, Becky Myers, Wallis, Marcie Ward, Sanderson, Jennifer Farenbaugh, Engel and Katie Wayland all chalked up scores for the Cardinal. Farenbaugh and Sanderson led Stanford, each recording one goal and three assists.

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 75 points this year, with 15 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 14 points (five goals, four assists) and Marcia Wallis checks in with 12 points (four goals, four assists). Eleven different Cardinal have scored a goal and 10 different athletes have also recorded at least one assist.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 8-0 in 2002, but they have allowed only two opponent goals. 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 33 shots and only 15 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 12 saves in eight games. Barnhart has allowed two goals in 682:54 minutes of work, for an 0.26 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with six shutouts and for her goals against average.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored 26 goals in eight games, outscoring opponents 26-2. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 141 shots to the opposing team's 33. Of the 141 shots taken by Stanford, 75 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 53 corner kicks.

Underclassmen Making Impact ...
Six sophomores and freshmen have recorded at least on point this year for the Cardinal. Sophomore Natalie Sanderson leds the way with nine points on three goals and three assists. Freshman Jennifer Farenbaugh has also made an impact in her freshman year, tallying seven points. Lisa Engel, Katie Wayland, Leah Tapscott and Lindsey Hunt have all contributed to Stanford's offense.

Rankings From The Pac ...
Stanford is ranked second among Pac-10 schools for points (75), goals (26), goals per game (3.25) and assists (23). The Cardinal are the league leader is assists per game with a 2.88 average. Stanford also leads the conference in goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With four assists this year, Ward is at No. 3 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 29 assists in just 50 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 87 and No. 7 on career goals with 29. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted four goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 40 goals in 71 matches. Wallis also checks in with 97 career points which puts her as the fourth best in school history.

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, Withers 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 and Sept. 16-22. The junior defender assisted the game-winning goal in the Cardinal's 1-0 win over then-No. 10 Texas and guided the defensive line in the team's flawless performances in 4-0 shutouts of Oklahoma and Florida. Callie Withers was also dominate in the midfield, orchestrating the 4-0 victories. She netted her second goal of the season when she connected on a 30-yard blast against the Gators.

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.

Up Next ...
Stanford will begin its 2002 Pac-10 season on the road next weekend, with games at USC on Oct. 11 and UCLA on Oct. 13.

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