Women's Soccer Wraps Up Spring Season

May 23, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team capped off another successful spring season last week, with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara on Thursday. Stanford was undefeated over the course of seven games and allowed just two goals.

Stanford began the spring by playing Oregon to a 2-2 draw on Apr. 26. The Cardinal then were co-champions of the Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament, with wins over Santa Clara (2-0) and San Francisco (1-0) and two scoreless ties with Oregon. The Cardinal topped Nevada, 3-0, in a re-match of the 2006 NCAA First Round on May 5, before closing out the season with the win over the Broncos on Thursday.

Overall, the Cardinal didn't concede a goal during its final six games, earning six shutouts while playing without standout defender Rachel Buehler and starting six different players on the back line.

'We made great strides this spring and are looking forward to next fall,' said Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe.

Nearly the entire Cardinal roster returns for the 2007 season, after the 2006 squad went 15-6-2 and advanced to the NCAA Third Round. The Cardinal players will report back to train for the 2007 season in mid-August, and will open the season at the Boston University Tournament on Aug. 31. The team will face the host Terriers in the season-opener, before meeting the Connecticut Huskies in the second day of the event.

The Cardinal returns to the Bay Area to compete in the Santa Clara/adidas Classic, Sept. 7-9. In the first day of action, the Cardinal will meet fellow Sweet 16 participant Virginia. On the second day, the team will meet 2006 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame, a team that finished last season ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA poll.

Stanford hosts a tournament of its own, Sept. 14-16, where the squad will square off with Missouri and No. 12 Rutgers. The following weekend, the Cardinal takes on Denver and Drake in a tournament hosted by the University of Colorado.

The Cardinal will play three more non-conference matches at Maloney before beginning the Pac-10 season. On Sept. 28, Stanford meets the Dons of San Francisco, and two days later, on Sept. 30, the team will face the Gaels of Saint Mary's. The following week, Stanford will battle local rival Santa Clara on its home field.

The Cardinal begins the Pac-10 season on Oct. 12, battling Bay Area rival California at Maloney Field. The Pac-10 will again provide a challenging agenda, as four conference team's, including the Cardinal, return from NCAA Tournament appearances.

Stanford's conference schedule is highlighted by meetings with the other Pac-10 powerhouses. The Cardinal plays defending conference champion UCLA on the Farm on Oct. 19 and USC at home on Oct. 21. The squad meets Oregon, last year's Pac-10 runner-up, on Nov. 9 in Eugene.

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