Stanford's Rachel Buehler Named Women's Soccer Pac-10 Player of the Week

Oct. 31, 2006

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD senior defender Rachel Buehler has been named the Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 24-30, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Buehler provided exceptional offense and defense over the weekend, leading the Cardinal to victories over Oregon State and Oregon for Stanford's third-straight Conference sweep. On Friday night, Buehler was key to the Stanford back line that allowed Oregon State just three shots and none in the second half in a 2-0 shutout win. On Sunday, in addition to her usual stern defensive presence, Buehler scored the game-winner against the Ducks in the 64th minute with a header off a corner kick. Stanford went on to blank the Ducks, 1-0, for its 13th shutout of the season. Buehler's goal was her first of the season and the third of her career.

Stanford's win over Oregon propelled the Cardinal (6-1-1) past the Ducks (4-1-2) into second place in the Conference. The Cardinal defense ranks 20th in the nation in goals against average (.572) and is tied for 10th in shutout percentage (.68).

The 14th-ranked Cardinal concludes their regular season next weekend with a match at California on Sun., Nov. 5.

This is the second Player of the Week award for Buehler, who previously won on Oct. 4, 2005. It is the 19th all-time honor for Stanford, and the fourth this season alone.

ALSO NOMINATED: Alissa Oldenkamp, Jr., MF, ASU; Lisa Kevorkian, Fr., F, CAL; Bristyn Davis, Sr., D, UCLA; Janessa Currier, Jr., F, USC.

2006 Pac-10 Players of the Week: Aug. 29- Alivia Mazura, Sr., D, California; Sept. 5- Shari Summers, Sr., MF, Stanford; Sept. 12- Danesha Adams, Jr., F, UCLA; Sept. 19- Emily Zaler, Fr., GK, Oregon; Sept. 26- Shari Summers, Sr., MF, Stanford; Oct. 3- Jodie Taylor, Jr., F, Oregon State; Oct 10- Nicole Garbin, Sr., F, Oregon; Oct. 17- Kelley O'Hara, Fr., F, Stanford; Oct. 24- Nicole Garbin, Sr., F, Oregon; Oct 31- Rachel Buehler, Sr., D, Stanford.

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