No. 5 Cardinal Looks to Bounce Back in the Desert

Oct. 25, 2007

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Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal ended 0-1-1 in their toughest weekend of the season after losing 2-0 to No. 1 UCLA last Friday, and playing No. 10 USC to a 1-1 tie last Sunday. Stanford carried a 1-0 lead late into Sunday's match, but gave up a late Trojan goal to settle for the tie. The Cardinal moved to 10-2-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in the Pac-10. The team will not travel south to the desert to face Arizona and Arizona State.

This Week:
The match with Arizona will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Murphey Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats have struggled this season to a 6-8-1 record this season and a 1-2-1 record in the Pac-10. The match against Arizona State will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Catch the Cardinal:
Fans can receive live stats of both games with gametracker. Gametracker can be found at www.GoStanford.com.

Still to Come:
After the two matches in Arizona, the Cardinal return home for their final two regular season home games against Washington and Washington State. The match against Washington State will be 'Senior Day' for the six Stanford seniors on the roster this season.

A Team Effort:
The Cardinal this season currently has five players with ten points or more in what has turned into a team effort this season on offense. Three players also have four assists and four players have four goals or more.

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 has victories over seven ranked opponents and have faced nine ranked opponents this season. Five of Stanford's first six games were against teams ranked in the Top 25 and only one of those games was be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Victory Milestone:
The victory over California was the 10th win of the season for the Cardinal and helped reach a milestone for the program. The victory marked the 20th consecutive season in which the Cardinal has reached 10 victories in a season. During this streak the Cardinal have also achieved 10 seasons of 15 victories or more.

Stout Cardinal Defense:
The Cardinal defense has continued to shine after allowing only .55 goals per game last season. The defense has allowed only .89 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.

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 second 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 33 shots this season for the Cardinal and has tallied 10 points on the year. Kira Maker, a goalkeeper from Potomac, Md., recorded her fifth win of the season after making six saves against the Golden Bears. Maker has started nine games for Stanford this season and has only allowed eight goals. She also recorded eight saves against USC, which was a career-high.

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.) Voting for this award takes place until Nov. 21 on www.seniorclassaward.com.

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 In the 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 Wildcats:
Head Coach Dan Tobias is in his 5th season behind the Wildcat bench and has compiled a record of 40-35-7 (.533). The Wildcats are led by freshman Jasmin Day who has four goals on the season to go along with an assist. London King also has scored four goals on the season for Arizona and is second with eight points this year. In goal, the Wildcats send out freshman Danielle Nicolai who has allowed 1.49 goal per game this season.

Series with Arizona:
Stanford is 10-2-0 (.833) in the program's history against the Wildcats. The two programs last met during the 2006 season, a game in which the Cardinal won 3-0.

Scouting the Sun Devils:
Head Coach Kevin Boyd is in his first season behind the Sun Devil bench and has compiled a 9-6-0 record (.600) so far this season. Arizona State has been led this season by Karin Volpe, who has scored four goals and added two assists on the year for ten points. Kylla Sjoman has been the distributor for the Devils, as she has six assists on the season. In goal Arizona State has been led by Briana Silvestri, who has allowed only nine goals in 15 starts in goal. She has a 0.61 goals-against-average.

Series with Arizona State:
Stanford is 5-3-2 (.600) in the program's history against the Devils. The two programs last met during the 2006 season and Stanford was able to win the game 3-2.

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