Stanford Scores 1-0 Spring Win Over Santa Clara; Announces 2005 Schedule

May 20, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - After a successful fall season in which Stanford reached the NCAA Tournament for the seventh-straight year, and an impressive spring campaign that concluded with a 1-0 victory over Santa Clara, women's soccer head coach Paul Ratcliffe announced the Cardinal's 2005 schedule today.

The Cardinal ended the 2005 season with an overtime loss at Santa Clara in the NCAA Tournament, but Stanford was able to cap their spring campaign with a 1-0 victory over the Broncos last night. Senior Leah Tapscott scored the game-winner in the 70th minute to help the Cardinal head into the summer and preseason on a positive note.

'We ended our spring schedule with an impressive 1-0 victory over Santa Clara,' commented Ratcliffe. 'The team made excellent progress during our non-traditional season. The coaching staff and team are very excited to build on this momentum and make the fall season successful.'

Stanford will face one of the most competitive schedules in the nation, that includes 10 teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament, five of whom reached the NCAA Quarterfinals and two of the final four teams. Nine squads on the Cardinal's fall slate completed the 2004 campaign ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll: No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Santa Clara, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Portland, No. 10 Washington, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 14 Illinois, No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona.

The Cardinal will return 13 letterwinners and seven starters from the 2004 squad that finished with a 13-6-3 record and a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10, en route to a second round NCAA Tournament appearance. Stanford will jump right into their challenging schedule, as the Cardinal opens the season on the road at Portland on Aug. 27.

After a pair of games against Bay Area rivals, San Jose State and San Francisco, the Cardinal will head to the USF and Tennessee Tournaments, where Stanford will challenge four teams that finished the 2004 campaign ranked in the top-15. In San Francisco, Stanford will face Illinois and perennial power-house North Carolina before heading to Knoxville to take on the hosting Lady Vols and Texas A&M. The Cardinal will wrap up its East Coast trip with a match versus the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sept. 22.

Stanford will return to the Bay Area and wrap up the non-conference season with the Stanford Nike Invitational, where the Cardinal will host Santa Clara and Colorado College. On Oct. 7 and 9, the Cardinal will kick off Pac-10 play with Washington State and Washington in Palo Alto. Cross-bay rival California, who received votes in the final poll of the year, will visit The Farm before Stanford heads to Arizona. The Cardinal will then host USC and UCLA before closing out the regular season at Oregon State and Oregon.

NCAA Tournament first and second round action will occur on Nov. 11 & 13 at campus sites with the NCAA Women's College Cup scheduled for Dec. 2 & 4 at Texas A&M's Aggie Soccer Complex in College Station, Texas.

'Our 2005 game schedule is very challenging,' noted Ratcliffe. 'I am predicting that at least five of our opponents will be ranked in the top twenty in the country. These games should help prepare us for strong competition in the Pac-10 Conference and beyond.'

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