No. 1 Stanford Travels To Colorado Tournament
Sept. 20, 2007
Stanford, Calif.- No. 1 Stanford won both its matches in the Stanford Invitational last weekend, and won the tournament on goal differential, as Santa Clara also won both of its games. On Friday Sept. 14, the Cardinal defeated Missouri 3-2 in a back and forth game. Then, on Sunday, Sept. 16, Stanford blew out No. 12 Rutgers 4-1. This pushed the Cardinal record to 6-0-0, and the team has now beaten four ranked opponents in the young season.
This Week: The Cardinal go back on the road this weekend as they travel to the Rocky Mountains to take part in the Colorado Tournament in Boulder, Colo. On Friday, Sept. 21, Stanford will take on the host Colorado Buffaloes in a match that will be played at 4:00 p.m. MT. Later in the weekend, the Cardinal will take on the Denver University Pioneers on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m. MT.
More No. 1 Rankings: Stanford moved up to the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times rankings last week, and this week were moved to the top spot of the SoccerBuzz magazine rankings, after holding the second spot in last week's poll. The Cardinal also moved up to the No. 2 spot in the Soccer America poll after being placed in the fourth spot in last week's poll. Cross-town rival Santa Clara earned the top spot in the Soccer America poll.
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 UCLA, Oregon, USC, and California from 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 Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. So far on the young season, Stanford has defeated No. 10 Connecticut, No. 11 Virginia, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 12 Rutgers.
Falk Nets Game-Winner against Missouri: After being named MVP of the SCU/adidas Classic two weeks ago, junior Allison Falk scored the game-winner for the Cardinal in their 3-2 victory over Missouri. Falk, whose defense controlled an explosive Tiger offense for most of the game, headed a ball in the 88th minute to the left side of the net to give the Cardinal the victory. As a sophomore in 2006, Falk was an All-Pac-10 Second Team selection and started all 23 games for the Cardinal.
Impact Freshmen: All four Cardinal freshmen continue to make a strong impact on the season. Morgan Redman, a midfielder from Indianapolis, Ind., scored two goals and added another assist last weekend to give her seven points on the season. Allison McCann, a midfielder from Carlsbad, Calif., started two more games on defense for the Cardinal and has played in every game. Christen Press, a forward from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., had a big weekend for the Cardinal, scoring a goal, adding an assist, and making numerous great crossing passes to give the Cardinal a lot of scoring opportunities.
Riley in the World Cup: Stanford sophomore Ali Riley is currently in China for the Women's World Cup as a member of the New Zealand National team. The young New Zealand team has dropped both of its matches to Brazil and Denmark by scores of 5-0 and 2-0 respectively. Riley's father, a professor at UCLA, was born in New Zealand and Riley holds dual citizenship. Volunteer assistant coach Nicole Barnhart is also in the World Cup, representing the United States. Barnhart was one of the three goalies selected to the team. The U.S. team has gone 2-0-1 so far in the World Cup with victories over Sweden and Nigeria, along with a tie against South Korea.
The Cardinal Highlights: 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.
Maker Makes debut: Freshman goalkeeper Kira Maker made her Cardinal debut against Rutgers last Sunday and only allowed one late goal in Stanford's 4-1 victory. Maker made four saves against the Scarlet Knights and produced a couple diving stops to keep the game primarily out of reach. Maker, a native of Potomac, Md., will take over the goalkeeper duties for the Cardinal, while regular starter Erica Holland sits with a finger injury.
Stanford in the Tournament: Last season Stanford completed its 19th consecutive season with 10 or more victories and went to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year. Despite having a very young team, the 2006 Cardinal had one of the most successful seasons in the program's history, after it finished with a 15-6-2 record and advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Strong Bay Area Soccer: Stanford University and Santa Clara University now hold the top two spots in all four major polls. This is the first time in Soccer America's history that the two Bay Area schools have held the top two spots in the national rankings. Stanford and Santa Clara are set to meet on Friday, Oct. 5 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
Still to Come: After the Colorado Tournament, Stanford will return home the following weekend to begin a stretch of six home games in a row. They will face the University of San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saint Mary's College on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Scouting the Buffaloes: Head Coach Bill Hempen returns for his 6th season in Boulder, Colo. and has built Colorado into a Big 12 contender after arriving when the Buffaloes were near the bottom of the conference. Since his arrival, the Buffaloes have gone 55-37-11 (.598) and 25-18-7 in the Big 12. Colorado is led by Nikki Marshall, who has scored three goals on the season and added one assist. She is a very active player, and has taken 19 shots in the Buffaloes' six games this season. In net, Colorado is led by junior Kristin Radlinski, who has allowed seven goals in six games this season and made 25 saves on the year.
Scouting the Pioneers: Head Coach Jeff Hooker returns to Denver, Colo. for his 16th season behind the Pioneer bench. Hooker owns a 206-92-29 record in his time at Denver University and the team is coming off a 2nd round appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the 2006 season. Denver is led by senior midfielder Jenna Billingsley who had 16 goals last season after starting every game. Sophomore midfielder Lizzy Carlson also returns to the Pioneers after scoring nine goals in her freshman season. Denver will feature sophomore MacKenzie Snyder in goal this season. Synder has allowed seven goals on the season in five games for the Pioneers.
Series with Colorado and Denver: Stanford's Friday match will be the first against the Buffaloes in the program's history. The Cardinal are 3-0 against Denver University, with the last game ending in 3-0 Cardinal victory on Sept. 24, 2004.