Stanford Women's Soccer Regains Number One Ranking
Oct. 3, 2007
Stanford Women's Soccer got a boost Tuesday when the national polls returned them to the top ranking after losing the spot just a week ago.
The Cardinal (9-1) were ranked ninth to begin the season, but saw their ranking rise when they started the season with a 6-0 record. This season has included victories over No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 11 Virginia, No. 10 Connecticut and No. 12 Rutgers. Stanford also has a win over Missouri, who was unranked to start the season, but currently is rated No. 14 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
This rise to number one was enjoyed two weeks before a loss to a Denver Pioneer team that made the third round of the NCAA Tournament last year. After spending the week at number four in the national polls, the Cardinal rallied to beat San Francisco 3-1 and St. Mary's 4-1 to push their overall record to 9-1. These wins along with the impressive resume the Cardinal has put together this season hasn't gone unnoticed in the voters' eyes. With three teams in the top five losing last week, the voters have again put Stanford at the top spot in the nation with a tough four game stretch upcoming for the Cardinal.
Stanford plays No. 5 Santa Clara this Friday, before hosting traditional rival and No. 18 California on Friday, Oct. 12. The schedule doesn't get any easier the following week when current No. 2 ranked and 2006 national runner-up UCLA visits Laird Q. Cagan stadium on Friday, Oct. 19. The tough four game patch ends with a home date against No. 13 USC.
The rise to number one has also been accomplished with many key players our of action due to injury. In the first game against Boston University, the Cardinal had one sub for the entire match, with most of the players not resting throughout the game. Injuries seem to be subsiding though with a season-high 19 players seeing action against St. Mary's last weekend.
Stanford returns to the field on Friday, Oct. 5 to take on the No. 5 Santa Clara Broncos at 7:30 p.m.