No. 1 Stanford Battles Portland In Quarterfinals

Nov. 26, 2002

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This Week's Quarterfinal Round Action:
Saturday, Nov. 30 ..... Portland vs. Stanford ..... Maloney Field, 7 p.m.

It's Quarterfinal Time ...
For the fifth time in school history, the Stanford women's soccer team advances to the NCAA Quarterfinal Round. The top-ranked Cardinal will host eighth-seed Portland on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. on Maloney Field, with the winner moving on to 2002 Women's College Cup in Austin, Texas. Stanford recorded victories over Cal Poly (4-0) and Cal (1-0 OT) in the first and second round, and last weekend netted a 1-0 win over Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. The Pilots, 17-4-2, are in the quarterfinals for the fourth straight season with victories over Idaho State (3-0), Utah (3-0) and Richmond (4-0).

College Cup Update ...
Eight teams remain and five of the top eight seeds advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the NCAA Tournament. Third-seed Pepperdine was upset by Michigan last Saturday 2-0 and seventh-seed UCLA was defeated by Texas A&M (0-0) in penalty kicks. Stanford, along with North Carolina, Connecticut and Santa Clara all received bids to host quarterfinal matches this weekend. With the Bruin loss, the Cardinal are the only Pac-10 school still standing in the tournament.

Tournament Scoop ...
The 64-team field, selected by the Division I NCAA Women's Soccer Committee, are competing 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 represented the West Coast Conference and Big Ten. Quarterfinal matches will be played 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. No. 9 Portland is riding on a three match winning streak entering the contest with the Cardinal.

Scouting Portland ...
The Pilots come to The Farm with a 17-4-2 overall mark and advances to the Quarterfinals for the fourth straight season. In 10 all-time tournament appearances, Portland has advanced at least to the quarterfinal round for the eighth time. The Pilots defeated Idaho State, 3-0, in the First Round behind a pair of goals from Christine Sinclair. In the Second Round, Sinclair added two more as Portland cruised to a 3-0 win over Utah. Last weekend Sinclair tied two NCAA Tournament records with her first half hat-trick, leading the Pilots to a 4-0 victory over Richmond. Portland, winners of its last three, ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss against Santa Clara and a 0-0 tie with San Diego. The Pilots have outshot opponents 392-142 and have recorded 15 team shutouts. Sinclair heads the offense with 49 points on 23 goals and three assists, while Erin Misaki follows with 19 (six goals, seven assists). Goalkeeper Lauren Arase has tallied 38 saves and 11 shutouts in 1634:48 minutes of work. Pilot head coach Clive Charles is in his 14th year with the Portland women's program.

411 On The Series ...
Stanford is 4-1-0 all-time against Portland, but the two team have not met since 1994. The Pilots beat the Cardinal in the 1994 West Regional in Portland, 2-1 in the third overtime. On The Farm, Stanford beat Portland 5-2 in the Pilots' first-ever NCAA Tournament game in 1992. The Cardinal also beat the Pilots 1-0 in the 1993 Quarterfinals to advance to the Semifinals.

Here's The Scenario ...
If Stanford should beat the Pilots on Saturday night, the Cardinal will advance to the 2002 Women's College Cup in Austin, Texas. Stanford will face the winner of the Quarterfinal match between Penn State and Connecticut. The Nittany Lions recorded wins over Princeton (2-0), Maryland (2-1) and Virginia (1-0), sending them into the Quarterfinals. Stanford and Penn State have never competed against each other, setting up a possible match-up in the Semifinals. The Huskies advanced to the Quarterfinals with victories over Central Connecticut (2-0), Rhode Island (2-1 OT) and Florida State (1-0). Stanford holds the all-time series at 2-1, with the last meeting being in the 2000 Notre Dame Tournament. The Cardinal beat Connecticut 3-0.

Stanford In The Cup ...
The Cardinal are making their 12th appearance in the postseason and bring an overall NCAA Tournament record of 11-10-2. In its First Round matches, Stanford stands at 8-4 and are an impressive 10-2 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 ...
Of the eight teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford has played three of those schools, holding a 2-1 record those opponents. The Cardinal have also 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 ...
Including this season's First, Second and Third Round games, Stanford has posted a perfect 12-0 record on Maloney Field this year. In 12 home contests the Cardinal have outscored opponents 32-1, including 11 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 163 points this year, with 20 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis led the way with 33 points. Ward has 10 goals and 13 assists, while Wallis checks in with 13 goals and seven 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 21-1 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 121 shots and only 55 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 56 saves in 22 games. Barnhart has allowed four goals in 1937:30 minutes of work, for an 0.19 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with 17 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 55 goals in 22 games, outscoring opponents 55-4. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 405 shots to the opposing team's 121. Of the 405 shots taken by Stanford, 190 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 147 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 18 points on seven 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 (163), assists (53), assists per game average (2.41), goals allowed (4), goals against average (0.19) and shutouts (18). With 55 goals on the year, Stanford ranks second in the conference for total goals, goals per game with an average (2.50) and shots (405). Marcie Ward also heads the Pac for shots (80) and shots per game (3.64) and ranks second among the league with 33 points, tied with teammate Marcia Wallis.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With 13 assists this year, Ward broke former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 38 assists in just 64 games. Ward is also No. 5 on the all-time points list with 106 and tied for fifth on career goals with 34. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted 13 goals this season, tying her for No. 3 on the career goal list with 49 goals in 85 matches. Wallis also checks in with 118 career points which puts her as the fourth best in school history. Wallis has played and started in 85 consecutive games, setting the new Stanford record.

Wallis Named Pac-10 Player Of The Year ...
Senior forward Marcia Wallis was tabbed the Pac-10 Player of the Year on Nov. 20. Wallis was joined on the First Team by sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, junior forward Marcie Ward and senior midfielder Callie Withers. Allyson Marquand earned Second Team honors, marking her second all-conference honor. Junior defenders Alisan Pabon and Natalie Spilger, along with freshmen Jennifer Farenbaugh and Hayley Hunt, were all named to the Pac-10 Honorable Mention team.

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-Americans ...
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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