Top-Ranked Stanford Travels To Washington

Oct. 23, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Oct. 25 .... Stanford vs. Washington State .... Cougar Soccer Field , 3 pm
Sunday, Oct. 27 .... Stanford vs. Washington .... Husky Soccer Field, 12 pm

Stanford Heads North To Washington Schools ...
The 13-1-0 Cardinal, unbeaten in Pac-10 play, will head north to the Washington schools this weekend. No. 1 Stanford posted its ninth and tenth shutout wins of the season last week and outshot its opponents a combined 51-4. The Cardinal will face the Cougars on Friday (Oct. 25) at 3 p.m. and then travel over to Seattle to battle the Huskies on Sunday (Oct. 27) at noon.

Latest Rankings ...
For the second straight week, Stanford controls the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released October 21. This is the Cardinal's third week being No. 1, with the Sept. 30 poll marking their highest in program history. The Tar Heels (13-1-2) stand at No. 2, while No. 3 Texas (12-2-1), No. 4 Santa Clara (11-3-1) and No. 5 Portland (12-3-1) round off the top-five. Three other Pac-10 schools are ranked, led by No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 California and No. 17 USC.

Scouting Washington State ...
The Cougars (7-4-2) are coming off three consecutive double overtime matches against Oregon State, Oregon and Washington and are still undefeated in conference play with a 1-0-2 mark. Washington State recorded its second Pac-10 tie of the season against in-state rival Washington. Shelby Brownfield and Kim Morgan scored for the Cougars, who took a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute. Nicole Wilcox heads the Washington State offense with 15 points (five goals, five assists), followed by 13 from Rachel Rodrick and Alix Rustrum. The Cougars have outscored opponents 87-41.

Scouting The Huskies ...
Washington (7-4-3), undefeated at Husky Soccer field, have not played at home in over a month, dating back to Sept. 22. The Huskies rallied for a 2-2 tie at in-state rival Washington State, after falling behind 2-0. Junior Melissa Bennett assisted on the first goal and netted the tying goal with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Bennett added to her school single-season record with her 14th assist, and leads the Washington attack with 24 points. Hope Solo has played 1077 minutes in goal, recording 51 saves on the year.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford has dominated the series records against both Washington State and Washington. The Cardinal hold a 10-1 mark against the Cougars and stand at 9-1-2 against the Huskies. Last year, Stanford defeated Washington State 2-0 behind goals from Marcie Ward and Becky Myers. The last time the Cougars beat the Cardinal was in 1993, 2-1. Against Washington last season, Stanford used a second half comeback to defeat the Huskies 2-1 on Maloney Field. Marcia Wallis netted the game-winning goal for the Cardinal at 82:16.

Cardinal Sweep Oregon Schools ...
Stanford returned home to Maloney Field and picked up a pair of shutouts against Oregon State and Oregon. Marcia Wallis and Callie Withers scored for the Cardinal en route to their 2-0 win over the Beavers. On Sunday, Stanford got one goal in the first and added two more in the second half as they rolled to a 3-0 victory against the Ducks. Wallis scored 25 minutes into the game and Leah Tapscott and Amy Grady netted their first collegiate goals in the second half. Nicole Barnhart recorded her 10th shutout of the season and fifth consecutive as Stanford outshot its opponents a combined 51-4 on the weekend.

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 109 points this year, with 18 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 20 points (seven goals, six assists) and Marcia Wallis checks in with 16 points (six goals, four assists). Thirteen different Cardinal have scored a goal and 14 different athletes have also recorded at least one assist.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 13-1 in 2002, but they have allowed only three opponent goals. Stanford's back line of senior Katherine Harrington, juniors Alisan Pabon, Natalie Spilger, Allyson Marquand and freshmen Hayley Hunt and Lindsey Hunt have limited the opposing teams to five shots per game. The defense have given up just 74 shots and only 31 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 33 saves in 14 games. Barnhart has allowed three goals in 1213:29 minutes of work, for an 0.22 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with 10 shutouts and for her goals against average. Barnhart's goals against average of 0.22 also leads the nation.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored 37 goals in 14 games, outscoring opponents 37-3. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 247 shots to the opposing team's 74. Of the 247 shots taken by Stanford, 117 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 90 corner kicks.

Underclassmen Making Impact ...
Eight sophomores and freshmen have recorded at least one 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, Amy Grady, Megan Alderete and Lindsey Hunt have all contributed to Stanford's offense.

Rankings From The Pac ...
Stanford leads the Pac-10 schools in total points (109), assists (35) and assists per game average (2.50). The Cardinal also leads the league in goals allowed (3), goals against average (0.21) and shutouts (11). With 37 goals on the year, Stanford ranks second in the conference for total goals and goals per game with an average of 2.64. Marcie Ward also heads the Pac for shots (57) and shots per game (4.07) and ranks third among the league with 20 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 31 assists in just 56 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 93 and No. 7 on career goals with 31. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted six goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 42 goals in 77 matches. Wallis also checks in with 101 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.

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