Top-Ranked Stanford Hosts Oregon Schools

Oct. 15, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Oct. 18 ..... Stanford vs. Oregon State ..... Maloney Field , 7 pm
Sunday, Oct. 20 ..... Stanford vs. Oregon ..... Maloney Field, 1 pm

Oregon Schools To Visit The Farm ...
The 11-1-0 Cardinal returns home to the friendly confines of Maloney Field after playing six consecutive road games to host Pac-10 rivals Oregon State and Oregon. No. 1 Stanford, winners of three straight, will face the Beavers on Friday (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m. and the Ducks on Sunday (Oct. 20) at 1 p.m. on Maloney Field. The Cardinal are coming off shutout wins at USC (2-0) and UCLA (1-0) to open their Pac-10 schedule.

Latest Rankings ...
With North Carolina's loss to North Carolina State last week, Stanford controls the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released October 14. This is the Cardinal's second week being No. 1, with the Sept. 30 poll marking their highest in program history. The Tar Heels (11-1-2) stand at No. 2, while No. 3 Portland (11-2-1), No. 4 Texas (10-2-1) and No. 5 Santa Clara (8-3-1) round off the top-five. Three other Pac-10 schools are ranked, led by No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 and No. 19 USC.

Scouting Oregon State ...
The Beavers (7-4-2) dropped both contests during their Pac-10 home opening weekend, falling to Washington State 1-0 in double-overtime and Washington 3-1. Goalkeeper Jo Fletcher made nine saves in the loss to the Cougars, as Oregon State was outshot 25-12. Against the Huskies, Fletcher also recorded nine saves and freshman Brianna Monka scored the Beavers only goal on the weekend. Courtney Carter leads Oregon State with 13 points (five goals, three assists), followed by Monka's 12 (five goals, two assists).

Scouting The Ducks ...
Oregon (1-8-1) opened its Pac-10 schedule on their home field last week, falling 2-1 to No. 19 Washington and tying Washington State 1-1. Junior Lindsey Werdell got the Ducks on the board against the Huskies, scoring on a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Against the Cougars, freshman Mele French scored on an assist from Amanda Orand to tie the game at 1-1 in the 40th minute. Oregon is led by Orand and French with six and five points, respectively. Sarah Peters has played 998 minutes in goal, tallying 56 saves.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford has never lost to Oregon State or Oregon. Against the Beavers the Cardinal are 9-0 and have outscored Oregon State 30-6. Stanford has not allowed the Beavers to score more than one goal per game in the nine contests. The Cardinal stand at 5-0 versus the Ducks and have given up one goal, while recording 16 scores in five matches. Last year in Oregon, Stanford beat OSU 2-1 and the Ducks 3-1.

Cardinal Win Two In Los Angeles ...
Stanford opened its Pac-10 season with two wins in Los Angeles against USC and UCLA. The Cardinal got goals from Natalie Sanderson on a penalty kick at 3:02 and Marcie Ward at 67:26 from Kelsey Carlson en route to a 2-0 shutout at USC. Stanford outshot the Women of Troy 13-12, and Nicole Barnhart tallied six saves in goal. Last Sunday Callie Withers scored on a free kick just 4:43 into the game and Barnhart played outstanding in goal as the Cardinal beat No. 12 UCLA 1-0. For the first time this season, Stanford was outshot 12-5 but held the corner kick advantage 7-2. Barnhart recorded six saves and picked up her eighth 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 did suffer its first loss to then-second ranked North Carolina in the Saint Mary's Fall Classic, 1-0. In Stanford's Pac-10 opening weekend in Los Angeles, the Cardinal shutout then-No. 15 USC (2-0) and No. 12 UCLA (1-0). The Card has allowed only one opponent goal to ranked teams and has outshot those teams 96-57.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 93 points this year, with 16 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 18 points (seven goals, four assists) and Natalie Sanderson checks in with 13 points (five goals, three 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 11-1 in 2002, but they have allowed only three opponent goals. Stanford's back line of senior Katherine Harrington, juniors Alisan Pabon and Natalie Spilger and freshmen Hayley Hunt and Lindsey Hunt have limited the opposing teams to six shots per game. The defense have given up just 70 shots and only 29 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 31 saves in 12 games. Barnhart has allowed three goals in 1033:29 minutes of work, for an 0.26 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with eight shutouts and for her goals against average. Barnhart's goals against average of 0.26 also leads the nation.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored 32 goals in 12 games, outscoring opponents 32-3. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 196 shots to the opposing team's 70. Of the 196 shots taken by Stanford, 97 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 81 corner kicks.

Underclassmen Making Impact ...
Six sophomores and freshmen have recorded at least on point this year for the Cardinal. Sophomore Natalie Sanderson leads the way with 13 points on five 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 leads the Pac-10 schools in total points (93), assists (29) and assists per game average (2.42). The Cardinal also leads the league in goals allowed (3), goals against average (0.25) and shutouts (9). With 32 goals on the year, Stanford ranks second in the conference for total goals and goals per game with an average of 2.67. Marcie Ward also checks in at No. 2 for shots (42) and shots per game (3.50) and ranks third among the league with 18 points.

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 54 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 91 and No. 7 on career goals with 31. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted four goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 40 goals in 75 matches. Wallis also checks in with 97 career points which puts her as the fourth best in school history.

Barnhart And Ward Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week ...
Sophomore Nicole Barnhart was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 7-14. Barnhart recorded 12 saves in two matches to help the top-ranked Cardinal notch shutout wins at USC (2-0) and UCLA (1-0). The victories marked her seventh and eighth shutouts of the season. Junior Marcie Ward was tabbed 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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