Stanford Begins 2007 Season Against Boston University and No. 10 Connecticut

Aug. 30, 2007

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Stanford, Calif. - Friday, Aug. 31 - 7:00 PM ET
- vs - Boston University Terriers (0-0-0)
Sunday, Sept. 2 - 12:00 PM ET
- vs - No. 10 University of Connecticut Huskies (0-0-0)

Stanford Opens the Season in Boston
The Stanford Women's soccer team begins the 2007 campaign this weekend, traveling across the country to compete in the BU Terrier Classic in Boston, Massachusetts. In the tournament Stanford will face a couple of 2006 NCAA Tournament participants, Boston University and No. 10 ranked Connecticut. The Cardinal takes the field 7:00 p.m. ET Friday afternoon, when they take on the Terriers at Nickerson Field. The match against UConn is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. ET

Still to Come
After the BU Terrier Classic, the Cardinal come back to Northern California where they will participate in the Santa Clara/ Adidas Classic. In the tournament they will take on No. 11 Virginia on Sept. 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Buck Shaw Field. Later in the weekend, on Sept. 9, the Cardinal will take on the No. 3 ranked, and 2006 College Cup participant, Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Kickoff for the match is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and also will be played at Buck Shaw Field.

Preseason Buzz
In the Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll Stanford was picked to finish in second place behind last year's College Cup participant UCLA. The Cardinal earned 72 points and three first place votes and fell just short of UCLA's 75 points. Stanford ranked No. 6 in the Soccer Buzz Preseason Poll and was second out of all the Pac-10 schools. Redshirt Senior Rachel Buehler was named a Soccer Buzz Preseason All-American for the second year in a row, which is an honor that marks her as one of the top 18 collegiate women's soccer players in the country this season.

Cardinal Returning Their Firepower
Rachel Buehler returns to lead the Cardinal defense in 2007 after earning All-American honors and All Pac-10 First Team honors last season. The defense that Buehler anchored last season recorded 15 shutouts and allowed a mere .55 goals per game. Redshirt senior Shari Summer returns to the midfield for her fourth season as a starter, after earning All Pac-10 First Team honors as well. Kelley O'Hara returns to the Cardinal after being the first Stanford freshman to earn All Pac-10 First Team honors since 2000. Additionally, the Cardinal return junior Hillary Heath, who was one of the top offensive performers of 2006.

Playing the Best >
This season Stanford will face many of the top women's soccer teams in the country, and half of the members of the 2006 College Cup. In total, the Cardinal face nine teams ranked in the Soccer Buzz Preseason Top-30, as well as eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. Nine Stanford opponents were ranked in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, including four teams in the Pac-10. Five of Stanford's first seven games are against teams ranked in the Top 25 and only one of those games will be played at Maloney Field.

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