No. 2 Stanford Opens Pac-10 Play In Los Angeles

Oct. 8, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Oct. 11 ...... Stanford vs. USC ...... McAlister Field , 3 pm
Sunday, Oct. 13 ...... Stanford vs. UCLA ...... Drake Stadium, 2 pm

Pac-10 Season Is Here ...
The 9-1 Cardinal open Pac-10 Conference play on the road this weekend in Los Angeles as they set to face USC and UCLA. Stanford is 6-3 in league openers since 1993 and holds a 1-0 mark on the road this year. The Cardinal will play at USC on Friday at 3 p.m. and then take on the defending Pac-10 Champion Bruins on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Stanford's match at UCLA will be televised by FOX Sports Net and will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on Oct. 17 at noon and Oct. 20 at 2 pm on Fox Sports Bay Area.

Latest Rankings ...
Following its first loss of 2002 to then-No. 2 North Carolina, Stanford falls one spot in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released Oct. 7 to No. 2. The Cardinal held the top spot last week in the Sept. 30 poll, marking their highest ranking in program history. The Tar Heels (10-0-2) are back at No. 1, while No. 3 Texas (8-2-1), No. 4 Portland (10-2-1) and No. 5 California (7-2-1) round off the top-five.

Scouting USC ...
The Women of Troy are coming off a 1-0 victory over Santa Clara on Sunday and stand at 5-3-3 overall. Ali Fennell netted the game-winning goal at 84:58 for USC in the team's win over the Broncos. Last Friday, Megan Abbamonto scored with two minutes remaining in regulation to knot a 2-2 double overtime tie with Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. Fennell leads USC with 10 points, all on goals. Julie Peterson has played all 1050 minutes in goal for the Women of Troy, recording 45 saves.

Scouting The Bruins ...
UCLA lost an overtime game to Santa Clara, but rebounded to post a 3-2 victory over LMU last weekend to stand at 8-2-0 overall. The Bronco's Kristi Candau scored in the 91st minute to give Santa Clara the 2-1 win. UCLA got a game-winning goal from Allie True at 83:10 to beat Loyola Marymount on Sunday. Iris Mora leads the Bruins with seven goals, followed by six from Kim Devine and five scores from Katie Rivera and Sarah-Gayle Swanson. UCLA has outscored opponents 89-23 on the season.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford holds the all-time series record against USC by a 6-2-1 margin. Last year at Stanford, both teams battled to a 1-1 tie with Marcie Ward tying the game at 46:48. Against UCLA, the Briuns hold the upper hand at 5-4-1. Last season the teams played for the Pac-10 Title on Maloney Field, with UCLA winning 1-0 behind a goal from Staci Duncan in the 73rd minute.

Cardinal Falls At Saint Mary's Fall Classic ...
North Carolina handed top-ranked Stanford its first defeat of the 2002 season last Friday afternoon at the Saint Mary's Fall Classic. Alyssa Ramsey scored for the Tar Heels at 59:12 to give UNC the 1-0 win. Marcia Wallis had five shots for the Cardinal and Nicole Barnhart recorded a season-high six saves. Stanford outshot North Carolina 12-11 and had eight corner kicks to UNC's three. The Cardinal got back on the winning track Sunday with a 3-0 shutout of Tulane. Marcie Ward and Jennifer Farenbaugh netted goals for Stanford in the first 10 minutes of the game. Natalie Sanderson added the Cardinal's final score at 89:39 off a corner kick. Stanford dominated the Green Waves, outshooting them 25-2.

Stanford In Conference Openers ...
Since the Cardinal joined the Pac-10 conference in 1993, Stanford holds a 6-3 record in league openers. Last season, the Cardinal defeated Oregon State 2-1 in Corvallis on Paul Lorenz Field and in 2000 Stanford lost to Washington in Seattle 1-0.

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 did suffer its first loss to then-second ranked North Carolina in the Saint Mary's Fall Classic, 1-0. The Card has allowed only one opponent goal to ranked teams and has outshot those teams 78-33.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 86 points this year, with 16 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 16 points (six goals, four assists) and Marcia Wallis checks in with 12 points (four goals, four assists). Eleven different Cardinal have scored a goal and 13 different athletes have also recorded at least one assist.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 9-1 in 2002, but they have allowed only three 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 46 shots and only 23 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 19 saves in 10 games. Barnhart has allowed three goals in 853:29 minutes of work, for an 0.32 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 29 goals in 10 games, outscoring opponents 29-3. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 178 shots to the opposing team's 46. Of the 178 shots taken by Stanford, 89 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 67 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 11 points on four goals and three assists. Jennifer Farenbaugh has also made an impact in her freshman year, tallying 10 points (three goals, four assists). 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 (86), goals (29) and goals per game (2.90) and assists (23). The Cardinal is the league leader in assists (28) and in assists per game with a 2.88 average. Stanford also leads the conference in goals allowed, goals against average, shutouts and corner kicks.

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 52 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 89 and No. 7 on career goals with 30. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted four goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 40 goals in 73 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.

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