Stanford Women's Soccer Releases 2006 Fall Schedule
June 8, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - After an impressive spring season and another strong fall season in which Stanford reached the NCAA Tournament for the eighth-straight year, women's soccer head coach Paul Ratcliffe announced the Cardinal's 2006 schedule today.
Stanford ended the 2005 season with a loss to Saint Louis in the NCAA Tournament, but Stanford was able to cap their spring campaign by winning the Cal Seven-v-Seven Tournament in Berkeley and finishing second at the Stanford KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament. The Cardinal won the Cal title with a 5-0 blanking of its cross-Bay rival, avenging its KICKS championship match loss to the Golden Bears from the previous week.
In its home tournament that also raised money for breast cancer research and treatment, Stanford went undefeated, sweeping through pool play early in the day and notching wins over Chico State, East Bay Power, Sac State, UC Davis, and for the second time in as many weeks, besting Santa Clara. Stanford then upended Pacific, 1-0, in the semis to advance to the finals against Cal.
Stanford will begin its quest for the 2006 Women's College Cup with a challenging regular season schedule that includes nine teams that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament. Additionally, five of the Cardinal's opponents have been brought in recruiting classes that were tabbed as Top-25 in the nation.
Stanford, whose 2006 freshmen were named the No. 6 recruiting class in the country by SoccerBuzz, will return 18 letterwinners and eight starters from the 2005 squad that finished with a 10-7-3 record and a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10, en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Stanford will kick off the non-conference schedule at the Santa Clara Tournament, facing Utah and Wake Forest in the first weekend of competition on Aug. 25 and 27.
Stanford then open its home schedule against San Francisco and Cal Poly before heading back east, where the Cardinal will face Rutgers and Long Island University. On Sept. 15-17, the Cardinal will host its annual Stanford Invitational and will look to defend its 2005 title against Tennessee and Boston University. Stanford will wrap up the non-league schedule with UC Irvine and San Diego State before heading to Santa Clara to face off against the Broncos.
On Oct. 6 and 8, the Cardinal will open Pac-10 play in Los Angeles against USC and UCLA. Stanford will then host Arizona and ASU to kick off the conference season at home before traveling north to face Washington State and Washington. Oregon State and Oregon will then visit the Bay Area before Stanford heads across the Bay for the regular season finale at California.
NCAA Tournament first and second round action will occur on Nov. 10 & 12 at campus sites with the NCAA Women's College Cup scheduled for Dec. 1 & 3 at in Cary, N.C.
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