Stanford Faces Illinois and UNC at USF Tournament

Sept. 7, 2005

#23 Stanford vs. Illinois
Friday, September 9 * 5 p.m.
Negoesco Stadium * San Francisco, Calif.

#23 Stanford vs. #2 North Carolina
Sunday, September 11 * 2:30 p.m.
Negoesco Stadium * San Francisco, Calif.

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Weekend Preview: Stanford (2-1-0) will head north to San Francisco for the USF Tournament this weekend at Negoesco Stadium ... On Friday night, Stanford will face Illinois at 5 p.m. ... On Sunday, the Cardinal will take on second-ranked North Carolina at 2:30 p.m. ... Tickets for all games can be purchased through USF by calling 415-422-2USF or online at

Stanford vs. Illinois: Stanford will face Illinois for the first time in the history of the two programs.

Scouting the Illini: Illinois captured the 100th win in the ninth year of the women's soccer program with a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois last week ... The Fighting Illini are 2-1-1 to start the season, after dropping a 1-0 game at Marquette and finishing in a 0-0 tie at Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... The Illini picked up a 1-0 win against Nebraska before downing Western Illinois, as sophomore goalie Lindsay Carstens posted her third consecutive shutout.

Stanford vs. North Carolina: Stanford is winless against the Tar Heels, having lost six matches and finishing with one tie ... The two squads last met in 2002, when UNC posted a 1-0 victory over the Cardinal at the Saint Mary's Fall Classic ... The two teams finished in a 0-0 tie in their first meeting in 1989.

Scouting the Tar Heels: North Carolina owns the No. 2 ranking and a 4-0 record to start the 2005 season ... The Tar Heels return 10 starters from a 2004 team that went 20-1-2 and made an appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament ... Junior forward Heather O'Reilly recorded her first career hat trick last weekend against Davidson College and has five goals and three assists on the season.

Preseason Points: The Pacific-10 Conference coaches voted Stanford to finish fourth this season, with the Cardinal receiving one vote for first place ... After an early season loss at Portland, Stanford dropped to No. 23 in the latest NSCAA rankings ... The Cardinal defense is anchored by senior tri-captain Hayley Hunt, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate.

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