Top-Ranked Stanford Begins NCAA Title Quest

Nov. 13, 2002

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This Week's First & Second Round Action:
Friday, Nov. 15 .... Denver vs. Cal .... Maloney Field , 4:30 p.m.
Cal Poly vs. Stanford .... Maloney Field, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 .... Winners of Friday games .... Maloney Field, 1 p.m.

It's Tourney Time ...
The No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team received the top seed of the 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Championship for the first time in program history and was selected to host the first and second rounds of the tournament this weekend. The Cardinal finished the regular season at 18-1-0 (9-0) and is headed to the postseason for the fifth consecutive year and 12th time in 13 seasons. Stanford will host Cal Poly, who won its fourth Big West Conference championship last week to earn the league's automatic berth. The Mustangs, 14-6 overall, are making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Tournament Scoop ...
The 64-team field, selected by the Division I NCAA Women's Soccer Committee, will compete for the College Cup. Stanford enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed, followed by No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Pepperdine and No. 4 Connecticut. Rounding out the top eight seeds are West Virginia, Santa Clara, UCLA and Portland. The ACC and Pacific-10 leads all conferences with six teams in the tournament. Five teams will represent the West Coast Conference and Big Ten. Third Round games will be played on campus sites Nov. 22, 23 or 24, as will quarterfinal matches on Nov. 29, 30 or Dec. 1. The 21st annual NCAA Division I Women's College Cup will be played December 6 and 8 at Mike A Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

Latest Rankings ...
In the final regular season poll and for the fifth straight week, Stanford controls the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released November 11. This is the Cardinal's sixth week being No. 1, with the Sept. 30 poll marking their highest in program history. The Tar Heels (17-1-4) stand at No. 2, while No. 3 UCLA (16-3-0), No. 4 Texas A&M (17-4-1) and No. 5 Pepperdine (16-1-2) round off the top-five. Cal is the only other Pac-10 school ranked and checks in at No. 21. Denver, also making a postseason appearance at Stanford, stands at No. 20.

Scouting Cal Poly ...
The Mustangs earned their berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning the Big West Conference. Cal Poly comes to The Farm with a 14-6-0 overall record and finished out at 8-1 in the conference. The Mustangs claimed their fourth Big West title in a 2-0 defeat of UC Santa Barbara at Mustang Stadium last Friday night, marking their third trip to the NCAA Tournament. Cal Poly made its first-ever trip to the Division I tourney in 1999, losing to Stanford in the Second Round (3-1). Megan Schlegel heads the Mustang attack and ranks fourth on the Cal Poly all-time goal scorer's list with 27 goals. This season she has 24 points (nine goals, six assists), and has recorded either a goal or an assist in 12 of Cal Poly's 14 wins. Mustang goalkeeper Greta Shirdon led the Big West in goals against average (0.76) and has 13 career shutouts. Nine of Cal Poly's 14 wins have been by more than one goal; however, the Mustangs are 2-6 when they give up the first score. Cal Poly is coached by Alex Crozier, who is in his 11th year at the helm of the program.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford and Cal Poly have competed against each other twice, with the Cardinal winning both matches. In the last meeting, Stanford defeated the Mustangs in the Second Round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament 3-1 at Maloney Field. The two teams battled in 1993 during the regular season with the Cardinal dominating 5-0. That same year Stanford went on to advance to the NCAA Semifinals in Chapel Hill, NC.

Here's The Scenario ...
If Stanford should beat the Mustangs on Friday night, the Cardinal will face either No. 20 Denver or No. 21 California for the right to advance into the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, November 17. The Pioneers are riding on a school-record tying 15-game winning streak and fresh off a second consecutive Sun Belt Conference Tournament title. Denver (17-1-2) will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and second consecutive at Stanford. Senior forward Katie Antongiovanni leads the team with 32 points (14 goals, four assists) and has four game-winning goals. The Pioneers also rely on junior defender Jamie Norwood, who is among the national leaders in assists with 14. Senior goalkeeper Erica Izard has allowed nine goals on the season and has recorded 42 saves for 12 shutouts. California (11-7-1, 4-5 Pac-10) earned its 11th postseason selection, including the last five consecutive years. In the last four seasons the Golden Bears have made an early exit in the tournament, falling out in the First Round. California enters the championship on a two-match winning streak, gaining victories over Arizona (4-1) and Arizona State (2-1). Freshman Tracy Hamm leads the Golden Bear offense with 18 points off of nine goals. Laura Schott and Dania Cabello have each added 16 points. Sani Post has started the last three matches in goal for the Bears, recording 47 saves on the season.

It Could Happen Again ...
Should the Cardinal advance into the Second Round, it would bring up a rematch with either Denver or California. Stanford and the Pioneers met last year in the First Round of the Tournament, with the Cardinal taking the 2-0 shutout. Natalie Sanderson added an unassisted goal in the first half off a rebound from Natalie Spilger's shot attempt in the 20th minute. Becky Myers added an insurance goal in the 70th minute off a penalty kick to secure the Stanford victory. For only the second time all season, the Cardinal rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat California 2-1 in Berkeley on Nov. 2. Laura Schott's goal at 1:42 marked the only score surrendered by Stanford's defense in the Pac-10. Marcia Wallis got the Cardinal on board at 21:30 with assists coming from Kelsey Carlson and Spilger. Ten minutes later Wallis' first two shot attempts were saved by the Cal keeper, but she managed to fire one more into the open net for the 2-1 Stanford advantage. The Cardinal held a 12-9 shot favor, with eight of Stanford's attempts coming from Wallis.

Stanford In The Cup ...
The Cardinal are making their 12th appearance in the postseason and bring an overall NCAA Tournament record of 8-10-2. In its First Round matches, Stanford stands at 7-4 and are an impressive 7-2 when hosting tournament games at Maloney. The two losses on the Stanford campus include a 1-0 decision to Texas A&M last season and in 1992 Santa Clara defeated the Cardinal 2-0 in a quarterfinal game. Last year Stanford defeated Denver (2-0) and Saint Mary's (3-1) before dropping a 1-0 game to Texas A&M in the Third Round. All three games were played on Maloney Field. The Cardinal's best showing came in 1993 when they advanced to the semifinals before losing in penalty kicks to George Mason (3-1). Stanford has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals three times in program history, coming in 1991, 1992 and most recently in 1994.

Record Vs. Tourney Teams ...
The Cardinal have faced 10 opponents in the 64-team field this year, and are 9-1 against those foes. Stanford's only loss, and only loss of the season, came from North Carolina (1-0) on Oct. 4 in the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic. The Cardinal started their 2002 year on the road in Santa Clara, both team's season-openers, with Stanford beating the defending national champions 3-0. Stanford then went on to beat Texas A&M (1-0 OT) and Texas (1-0) at home and blanked Tennessee 2-0 at the Santa Clara adidas Classic. The Cardinal finished the Pac-10 undefeated, beating NCAA Tournament teams USC (2-0), UCLA (1-0), Washington State (1-0), Cal (2-1) and Arizona State (2-0).

Off And Running ...
Stanford was the hottest team in the Pac-10 this year winning all nine conference matches and holds the longest winning streak in the league. The Cardinal only gave up one goal in Pac-10 play, outscoring opponents 20-1. Stanford clinched the Pac-10 Conference Title with a 6-0 victory over Arizona on Nov. 10, finishing a perfect 9-0. UCLA concluded conference play with a 8-1-0 mark to stand in second place, while Washington State (5-2-2), USC (5-4) and Washington (4-4-1) round out the top five. Arizona State and California tied for sixth with a 4-5 mark in the league.

A Look Back At The Regular Season ...
The Cardinal concluded its regular season with an overall mark of 18-1-0, their best in program history. Stanford also played seven teams ranked in the most recent NSCAA/adidas rankings, holding a 6-1 record. The Cardinal's 18-win season ties the record for the most victories in one year, with the 1993 squad concluding their season at 18-2-2. Stanford also achieved its highest ranking in program history, and has held the top spot for five consecutive weeks.

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. In the final conference weekend, Stanford recorded a 2-0 victory over then-No. 25 Arizona State. The Card has allowed only one opponent goal to ranked teams and has outshot those teams 156-72.

Lovin' Maloney ...
Stanford has posted a perfect 9-0 record on Maloney Field this season. In nine home contests the Cardinal have outscored opponents 26-1, including eight shutouts. Saint Mary's is the only team to score on Stanford's pitch, but the Cardinal came away with a 3-1 victory.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 144 points this year, with 20 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 29 points (10 goals, nine assists) and Marcia Wallis checks in with 26 points (10 goals, six assists). Fourteen different Cardinal have scored a goal and 16 different athletes have also recorded at least one assist.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 18-1 in 2002, but they have allowed only four 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 105 shots and only 43 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 44 saves in 19 games. Barnhart has allowed four goals in 1663:29 minutes of work, for an 0.22 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with 14 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 49 goals in 19 games, outscoring opponents 49-4. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 339 shots to the opposing team's 105. Of the 339 shots taken by Stanford, 157 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 116 corner kicks.

Underclassmen Making Impact ...
Nine sophomores and freshmen have recorded at least one point this year for the Cardinal. Freshman Jennifer Farenbaugh leads the way with 16 points on six goals and four assists. Natalie Sanderson has also made an impact in her second year, tallying 13 points (five goals, three assists). Lisa Engel, Katie Wayland, Leah Tapscott, Amy Grady, Megan Alderete, Hayley Hunt and Lindsey Hunt have all contributed to Stanford's offense.

Rankings From The Pac ...
Stanford leads the Pac-10 schools in points (144), assists (46), assists per game average (2.42), goals allowed (4), goals against average (0.21) and shutouts (15). With 49 goals on the year, Stanford ranks second in the conference for total goals, goals per game with an average (2.58) and shots (339). Marcie Ward also heads the Pac for shots (70) and shots per game (3.68) and ranks second among the league with 29 points.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With nine assists this year, Ward has tied former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 34 assists in just 61 games. Ward is also No. 5 on the all-time points list with 102 and tied for fifth on career goals with 34. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted 10 goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 46 goals in 82 matches. Wallis also checks in with 111 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.

Three Named Academic All-America ...
Seniors Kelsey Carlson and Katherine Harrington and sophomore Nicole Barnhart were three of 12 players selected to the Verizon Academic All-America Second Team for District VIII announced on Nov. 7. Carlson holds a 3.36 grade-point average in sociology, Harrington has a 3.48 gpa and human biology and Barnhart holds a 3.33 gpa in studio art.

Wallis A Finalist For Hermann Trophy ...
Senior forward Marcia Wallis is one of the 15 finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top players in NCAA Division I soccer. Winners of the trophy will be announced at a news conference in Dallas, Texas, on Dec. 12 in conjunction with the NCAA Men's College Cup and the announcement of the NSCAA/adidas All-America teams for intercollegiate play.

Experienced Seniors ...
The Cardinal are 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 their first 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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