No. 10 Stanford Faces Navy, No. 15 Boston College This Weekend At Home
Aug. 26, 2008
STANFORD, Calif - The No. 10 Stanford women's soccer team will face a pair of East Coast schools this week, hosting Navy Friday and No. 15 Boston College Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal posts a 1-0-0 record so far, having defeated Pacific 5-0 on Aug. 24.
Cardinal Routs Pacific 5-0 To Open The Season
The No. 10 Stanford women's soccer team opened up the season with a 5-0 victory over Pacific on Sunday Aug. 24. The Cardinal scored all five goals in the first half in a span of 19 minutes, beginning in the 17th and ending in the 36th. The last time the Cardinal scored at least five goals was in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year when Stanford defeated Sacramento State 7-0 (11/16).
Press-ing For Goals
Sophomore Christen Press, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, opened up the 2008 season with a bang. Press scored two goals 37 seconds apart, including a great individual effort in which she beat two defenders and fired the ball in for her second goal, and added an assist on Kelley O'Hara's tally just three minutes after her second goal against Pacific. Press was awarded TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week honors following the game for her efforts.
Freshmen Already Making An Impact
Six of this year's freshman saw time in the game against Pacific, and three of them,Cami Levin, Teresa Noyola, and Lindsay Taylor, started and played at least half thegame. Taylor scored her first collegiate goal to get the Cardinal on the board in the17th minute, while Noyola assisted on Stanford's second goal in the 22nd minute.Levin played 66 minutes in the back line, helping the Cardinal to their first shutoutof the season.
The Mids come into the weekend with a 1-0 record, having defeated Vermont 3-0 on Saturday. Navy's senior midfielder, Kristen Laraway, notched two goals in the game and was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. The Mids, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year after winning their second straight Patriot League title, field eight seniors this year including all-league midfielder Julia Reynolds, goalkeeper Lizzie Barnes. Navy will be without the services of their top two leading scorers from the 2007 season, Brigitte Fox and Kari Weniger, due to graduation. Stanford holds an 1-0-0 alltime edge on the Mids women, defeating them 2-1 in Annapolis on Sept. 22, 2005.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College also heads to The Farm with a 1-0 record, having defeated Boston University 1-0 in a derby match to begin the season. Freshman Julia Bouchelle scored her first collegiate goal to give BC the win. Junior Gina DiMartino, who was recently selected to the Hermann Trophy watch list, will be the player to watch as she was dangerous all game against the Terriers. She assisted on Bouchelle's goal, and was creating problems for the BU defenders all game. BC will match up against Oregon State on Friday before taking on Stanford on Sunday. It will be the first meeting ever between the Cardinal and the Eagles, who fell in the first round to Connecticut in last year's NCAA Tournament.
Stanford remains at No.10 in the NSCAA National Rankings, earning 539 points in the poll ... The Cardinal was selected as the preseason favorite to take the Pac-10 titlein the conference coaches' poll, ahead of 2007 National Champion USC and College Cup participant UCLA ... Stanford is returning 18 letterwinners, seven of which were starters from last season's roster, and add seven newcomers that make up the No. 6 ranked Soccer Buzz recruiting class ... every Cardinal soccer game this season will be webcast live on GoStanford.com All-Access, providing there is no TV conflict, and as always, live stats will be available on CBS College Sports' GameTracker.
Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe
Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe is in his sixth year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2008. Ratcliffe has accumulated a 64-31-15 record on The Farm and ranks second inthe Stanford history books in career wins (64), and needs13 more wins to tie BerhaneAndeberhan. Ratcliffe has piloted the Cardinal to an NCAA Tournament appearance each year he has been in charge, capped off by two consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2006 and 2007.
Stanford will head to the East Coast after this weekend's homestand, flying cross-country to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal will take onAuburn Friday Sept. 5 and tournament hosts No. 19 Georgia Sunday Sept. 7.