Bay Area Showdown: No. 1 Stanford Hosts No. 5 Santa Clara
Oct. 4, 2007
Stanford, Calif.- Stanford defeated two WCC teams convincingly last weekend to run their season record to 9-1. On Friday, Sept. 28, the Cardinal defeated the University of San Francisco by the score of 3-1. Then on Sunday, Sept. 30 Stanford beat Saint Mary's College by the score of the 4-1. The four goals scored in the game matched a season high, with the team also scoring four goals earlier in their defeat of Rutgers University.
Back to Number One: After a weekend in which two of the top five teams lost, Stanford was able to reclaim the number one spot in the NSCAA/adidas rankings for this week. The Cardinal had previously been the number one team, but fell to the number four spot for one week after a loss to Denver. This is now the third week Stanford has held the number one ranking in the NSCAA/adidas poll during the 2007 season.
This Week: The long stretch of home games continues when the Cardinal hosts No. 5 Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 5 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Stanford, Calif. This match will take place at 7:30 p.m. and fans attending are encouraged to show up early and watch the men's match against Oregon State at 5:00 p.m.
Big Weekend For Summers: Redshirt senior Shari Summers had a big game against University of San Francisco, scoring two goals, including the game-winning goal. Her first goal was on a penalty shot and her second goal was on a free kick that was right beyond the goalkeeper box. The shot sailed over a USF wall and found the upper right portion of the goal. With the two goals, Summers now has a team-high five goals on the season after scoring seven last season.
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. The Cardinal already have victories over five ranked opponents and still face four more teams currently ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25. The Cardinal face ranked opponents in their next four games when they take on No. 5 Santa Clara and No. 18 California, followed by visits from No. 2 UCLA and No. 13 USC. Five of Stanford's first seven games were against teams ranked in the Top 25 and only one of those games was played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stout Cardinal Defense: The Cardinal defense has continued to shine after allowing only .55 goals per game last season. The defense has allowed only .79 goals per game this season and has helped Stanford dominate the flow of play and keep the ball on the attacking end for the majority of the games. The defense has only given up more than one goal in one game this season, against a Missouri offense that is rated as one of the best in the nation.
Impact Freshmen: All four Cardinal freshmen continue to make a strong impact on the season. Morgan Redman, a midfielder from Indianapolis, Ind., is tied for the team lead in points after tallying four goals and two assists on the season. Last weekend, Redman had a goal and an assist against St. Mary's. 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., has taken twenty-one shots this season for the Cardinal and has tallied nine points on the year. Last weekend, Press scored two goals in the victory over St. Mary's and took eight shots.
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 team 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.
Riley Returns From World Cup: Stanford sophomore Ali Riley returned from China for the Women's World Cup where she was a member of the New Zealand National team. The young New Zealand team dropped all three of its matches in the tournament which led to its early exit. The young kiwi team lost to Brazil and Denmark by scores of 5-0 and 2-0 respectively and finished the tournament with a 2-0 loss to China. Riley's father, a professor at UCLA, was born in New Zealand and Riley holds dual citizenship. Volunteer assistant coach Nicole Barnhart was also in the World Cup, representing the United States. Barnhart was one of the three goalies selected to the team. The U.S. team advanced to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup before being beaten by Brazil.
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. O'Hara was the first Stanford freshman to earn All Pac-10 First Team honors since 2000. Additionally, the Cardinal returns junior Hillary Heath, who was one of the top offensive performers of 2006.
Scouting the Broncos: Head Coach Jerry Smith is in his 21st season behind the Bronco bench and has compiled a record of 326-84-27 (.777) at Santa Clara. This season the Broncos have been lead by sophomore forward Kiki Bosio, who has scored three goals and added four assists. Seniors Meagan Snell and Brittany Klein also lead Santa Clara, having scored three and four goals respectively, and both were 2006 All-WCC selections. In between the pipes for Santa Clara is another All-WCC performer in Meagan McCray, who has allowed .74 goals per game in her nine starts this season.
Series with Santa Clara: Stanford is 7-18-4 in the program's history against the Broncos. The two programs last met during the 2006 season and Santa Clara held off the Cardinal for a 2-0 victory.