Top-Ranked Stanford Prepares For Showdown In Berkeley

Oct. 29, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Saturday, Nov. 2 ...... Stanford vs. California ...... Goldman Field , 1 pm

Stanford Set For Bay Area Battle ...
The 15-1-0 Cardinal, still unbeaten in Pac-10 play, will travel across the bay to face rival California on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 1 p.m. on Goldman Field. Stanford is riding on a seven game winning streak and have not allowed a goal since October 4th, outscoring Pac-10 opponents 10-0. The Cardinal needs to win two of its last three matches to clinch at least a share of the conference title and the league's automatic NCAA berth.

Latest Rankings ...
For the third straight week, Stanford controls the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released October 28. This is the Cardinal's fourth week being No. 1, with the Sept. 30 poll marking their highest in program history. The Tar Heels (13-1-3) stand at No. 2, while No. 3 Texas (14-2-1), No. 4 Portland (14-3-1) and No. 5 Texas A&M (14-3-1) round off the top-five. Three other Pac-10 schools are ranked, led by No. 6 UCLA, No. 16 USC and No. 24 Arizona State.

Scouting The Golden Bears ...
California returns home for their final three regular-season games. After a pair of road losses last week, Cal is 2-5-1 away from Berkeley this season but has gone 7-1-0 at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears were handed losses at Washington (2-1) and Washington State (2-0) to stand at 9-6-1 overall. California is led by freshman Tracy Hamm's 16 points on eight goals. Senior forward Laura Schott notched an assist in the team's loss at Washington and is now 16 points shy of tying Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett's Cal record of 133 career points.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford holds the edge on the all-time series against its rival from across the bay, 9-8-2. Last year on The Farm, the Cardinal handed the Golden Bears a 2-1 loss behind goals from Callie Withers and Marcia Wallis. Cal managed just one score in the 87th minute by Krysti Whalen. The last time Stanford played in Berkeley, the Golden Bears came out on top 2-0.

Cardinal Stands Perfect In Pac-10 With Road Wins ...
Stanford improved on its perfect conference record with road wins at Washington State and Washington, handing the Huskies their first home loss of the season. Marcie Ward's goal in the 29th minute provided the game's only scoring and lifted the top-ranked Cardinal to a 1-0 win over the Cougars. Against the Huskies, Stanford needed only one goal en route to a shutout 1-0 win. Freshman Jennifer Farenbaugh scored the game-winner at 37:59, with assists coming from Marcia Wallis and Ward. Goalie Nicole Barnhart finished with four saves and recorded her 12th shutout of the year and seventh consecutive. Stanford outshot the Washington schools 34-15 on the weekend and registered its 13th team shutout.

Off And Running ...
Stanford is the hottest team in the Pac-10 this year winning seven consecutive, including six in the conference, and holds the longest winning streak in the league. The Cardinal have yet to give up a goal in Pac-10 play, outscoring opponents 10-0.

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. 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). In Seattle the team continued its shutout of ranked opponents, blanking then-No. 25 Washington, 1-0. The Card has allowed only one opponent goal to ranked teams and has outshot those teams 110-65.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 117 points this year, with 18 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 23 points (eight goals, seven assists) and Marcia Wallis checks in with 18 points (six goals, six 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 15-1 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 89 shots and only 35 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 37 saves in 16 games. Barnhart has allowed three goals in 1393:29 minutes of work, for an 0.19 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with 12 shutouts and for her goals against average. Barnhart's goals against average of 0.19 also leads the nation.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored 39 goals in 16 games, outscoring opponents 39-3. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 281 shots to the opposing team's 89. Of the 281 shots taken by Stanford, 128 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 100 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 12 points (four 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 shots (281), points (117), assists (39) and assists per game average (2.44). The Cardinal also leads the league in goals allowed (3), goals against average (0.19) and shutouts (13). With 39 goals on the year, Stanford ranks second in the conference for total goals and goals per game with an average of 2.44. Marcie Ward also heads the Pac for shots (63) and shots per game (3.94) and ranks second among the league with 23 points.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With seven assists this year, Ward is at No. 3 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 32 assists in just 58 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 96 and No. 6 on career goals with 32. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted six goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 42 goals in 79 matches. Wallis also checks in with 103 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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