No. 2 Stanford Begins Pac-10 Play against No. 18 California

Oct. 10, 2007

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Stanford, Calif. Stanford faced local rival Santa Clara last Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium and played to a 0-0 draw after two overtime periods. The game was controlled by the Cardinal throughout, which led to a 26-5 differential in shots for the two teams. The tie moved Stanford's record to 9-1-1 to complete the out of conference portion of their schedule. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 2,762 people.

This Week: The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team will host No. 18 California in a match that will be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Cal comes into the match with an 8-2 record.

Catch the Cardinal: Fans can catch Friday's match with California on a live webcast at www.GoStanford.com. The match can also be heard live on the KZSU website at kzsulive.stanford.edu.

Stanford in the Polls: Every major poll had Stanford in the top two this week, with the Soccer Times and Soccer Buzz poll placing the Cardinal in the top spot. The NSCAA/adidas poll, along with the Soccer America and Top Drawer polls have the Cardinal in the second spot. A total of four Pac-10 teams are currently in the Top 25 including UCLA in the top spot, USC ranked 13th, and California ranked 18th.

Still to Come: After the match against Cal, the Cardinal welcome the two Pac-10 schools from Southern California with home matches against UCLA and USC. These two matches will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 21.

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 three more teams currently ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25. The Cardinal face ranked opponents in their next three games when they take on No. 18 California, followed by visits from No. 1 UCLA and No. 13 USC. Five of Stanford's first six games this season 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 .71 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. Allison McCann, a midfielder from Carlsbad, Calif., started two more games for the Cardinal and has played in every game. Christen Press, a forward from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., has taken twenty-nine shots this season for the Cardinal and has tallied nine points on the year. Against Santa Clara, press took nine shots and kept a lot of pressure on the Broncos defense. Kira Maker, a goalkeeper from Potomac, Md. recorded her second shutout of her career by blanking Santa Clara last Friday. Maker has started six games for Stanford this season and has only allowed three goals.

Lowe's Senior Class Award: Rachel Buehler was one of 20 players selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is given to a senior men's and women's student-athlete who excels on and off the field. The award is presented annually in eight Division I sports. Buehler is one of three Pac-10 players on the women's soccer list (UCLA's Val Henderson and California's Courtney Hooker are the others.)

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 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 advanced to the semifinals before dropping a decision to 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 Golden Bears: Head Coach Neil McGuire is in his 1st season behind the Golden Bears bench and has compiled a record of 8-2-0 (.800) so far this season. The Golden Bears have been lead this season by freshman forward Alex Morgan, who has scored five goals. Senior Caroline Lea is second on the team in points (7) and goals (3). California has been led by two goalies this season, sophomore Gina Pellegrini and freshman Jorden Kussman. The duo has produced eight shutouts and has a 0.59 goals-against-average on the season.

Series with California: Stanford is 12-10-3 (.540) in the programs' history against the Golden Bears. The two program's last met during the 2006 season and California held off the Cardinal for a 1-0 victory.

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