Stanford Opens Home Season Against San Francisco and Cal Poly

Aug. 29, 2006

Stanford, Calif. -

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This Week: The Stanford women's soccer team opens the home season this weekend, with matches against the San Francisco Dons and the Cal Poly Mustangs. Play begins Friday night at 7 p.m., when the team attempts to defend its undefeated streak against USF. On Sunday, Stanford will meet Cal Poly in a 1 p.m. match-up at Maloney Field.

On The Horizon: Next weekend, Stanford heads east for two first-time meetings in Piscataway, NJ. On Friday, Sept 8, the Cardinal will face the host Rutgers Scarlet Knights before battling the Long Island Blackbirds in a neutral site match on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Collegiate Debuts: Three of the five Cardinal freshmen made their collegiate debuts this weekend against Utah and Wake Forest. Kristin Stannard, a midfielder from Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, Va., earned the starting nod in Friday's match with Utah and led the team for the weekend with four shots. Freshman Alicia Jenkins started both matches up front for the Cardinal and shined in her first game in a Cardinal uniform. Katie Riley, a Manteca, Calif. native, played 29 minutes in Friday's match and earned a spot in the starting lineup on Sunday. At the left back position, Riley made a series of key defensive plays for the Cardinal. Stanford's two other promising new faces will join the Cardinal after competing in the U-20 World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Ali Riley, a member of the New Zealand team, returned on Sunday and will play for the Cardinal this weekend. Kelley O'Hara and the U.S. play China in the semifinals on Thursday. Depending on the outcome of that match, O'Hara may be back with the team this weekend or may join the team at Rutgers on Sept. 8.

A Weekend of Firsts: In Friday's match, junior Mimi Yuhas made just her fourth career appearance for the Cardinal and drove her first career shot to the back of the net. Sophomore Lea MacKinnon was credited with her first career assist on the play. On Sunday, sophomore Hillary Heath netted a goal off of a pass from April Wall within six minutes of her first career start for the Cardinal.

All-Tournament Honors: Two Cardinal defenders were named to the All-Tournament Team of the Santa Clara/adidas Classic this weekend. Senior Rachel Buehler and sophomore Marisa Abegg teamed up to allow just one shot on goal in each of the first halves of the weekend's games. The pair joined nine of the weekend's other top players on the All-Tournament Team, which was honored at the end of the event's final match.

The Series with San Francisco: Stanford is a perfect 17-0 against San Francisco, having topped the Dons more times than any other program in the nation. In the last three meetings between the teams, the Cardinal has outscored the Dons 13-2. Last year, the Cardinal shut the Dons out with a 2-0 victory on the road. April Wall and Kelley Birch teamed up for the insurance goal in that match.

Scouting the Dons: Pamela Kalinoski, a North Carolina alum, begins her sixth season as the Dons' head coach. She returns eight starters and 22 letterwinners to her squad that finished tied for sixth in the WCC last season and posted a 4-14-2 overall record. Senior Chelsea Hunt is the top returner for the Dons, as the Auburn, Wash. native led the team in scoring with 10 of the team's 20 goals last season. Sophomores Jessica Gaskin and Jessica Duty each posted four assists last season, while sophomore Katherine Kimure netted two goals. The Dons also return two experienced goalkeepers in Kelly Pohle and Katie Hodgson, who combined for 130 saves last season. So far in 2006, San Francisco is 0-2 having been defeated by UC Davis and Fresno State in their opening weekend.

The Series with Cal Poly: Stanford also boasts an undefeated record against Cal Poly, with a 4-0 mark in matches with the program. Notably, the last three meetings between the two schools have been in postseason play, as the Cardinal knocked the Mustangs out of the NCAA Tournament in 1999, 2002 and 2004. The only regular-season meeting was a 5-0 Stanford rout in 1993. In the most recent 2004 NCAA First Round meeting, then-freshman Lizzy George netted the game-winner off of a pass from Shari Summers.

Scouting the Mustangs: Head Coach Alex Crozier is in his 14th season at the helm of the Mustang program and has accumulated a 175-80-27 record. His team returns 17 letterwinners and seven starters, including last year's leading scorer Sharon Day. Senior Kelsey Carroll, who scored seven goals last season, also returns for the Mustangs, as does Ashley Vallis who posted nine points last season and scored twice in the season-opener on Friday night. After falling to San Diego in their first match, the Mustangs made headlines with an upset of No. 20 Pepperdine on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Jessica Rodriguez scored the game-winner off of a corner kick in overtime.

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