No. 7 Stanford Heads To The East Coast For Georgia/Nike Invitational
Sept. 2, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 7 Stanford heads to Athens, Ga. this weekend for two matches against the SEC's Auburn and No. 22 Georgia as part of the Georgia/Nike Invitational.
Cardinal Remain Perfect Through First Three Games
The No. 7 Stanford women's soccer team remained undefeated after the second weekend of the season, taking down Navy 3-1 and No. 15 Boston College 3-0 over Labor Day weekend. The Cardinal have scored 11 goals, earned two shutouts and allowed just one goal in 270 minutes of play this year. The last time Stanford scored that many goals in the first two weekends of the season was in 1998, when the Cardinal notched 12 tallies in a 1-0 victory over San Francisco (9/1), a 3-1 defeat of San Diego (9/5), and a 8-1 thrashing of Northern Illinois (9/6).
New Kids On The Block
Of the 11 goals Stanford has recorded so far this year, freshmen Teresa Noyola (3) and Lindsay Taylor (2) have contributed five. Noyola, a midfielder and this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, has wasted no time integrating herself into the Cardinal's flow of play, scoring two, including the game-winner against Navy (8/29), and one in a 3-0 rout of No. 15 Boston College (8/31). The Palo Alto, Calif. native also added an assist against Pacific (8/24). Noyola is constantly a threat and although has been credited just that one assist, has had a hand in creating almost every one of the Cardinal's goals. Taylor, another local recruit from Los Altos, Calif., scored the opener in a 5-0 defeat of Pacific (8/24). The speedster added her second goal and an assist in the 3-0 win over Boston College (8/31) to put her at third on the Stanford's points list with five.
The Tigers sport a 2-2 record, having trounced Grambling State 9-0 and defeated UAB 1-0. Most recently, Auburn traveled to the Midwest, where Missouri and Kansas each dealt the Tigers one-goal losses. Junior Becca Howell has been the most productive player for Auburn, notching one goal and adding three assists for five points. Senior Kara Kasten and junior Stephanie Fransoso lead the scoring table for the Tigers with two goals each. Kasten was credited with the game-winner in the win over UAB.
Georgia checks in at No. 22 on the NSCAA National Poll, falling three spots from last week's No. 19 after losing 4-1 to BYU in Provo, Utah on Aug. 29. The `Dogs are 2-1, having beat Mercer College 2-0 in their home opener on Aug. 22 and Utah 2-1 on the road this past Sunday. Freshman Ashley Miller and sophomore Marah Falle each have two goals on the season to lead the Bulldogs' offense. Miller earned both her goals in the victory over Mercer. Soccer Buzz Preseason All-American and MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Carrie Patterson has scored once and contributed two assists to tie Miller and Falle with four points each.
Stanford moved up three places to No. 7 in the NSCAA National Rankings, earning 526 points in the poll ... The Cardinal was selected as the preseason favorite to take the Pac-10 title in 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 home 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 enters his sixth year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2008. Ratcliffe has accumulated a 66-31-15 record on The Farm and ranks second in the Stanford history books in career wins (66), and needs 11 more wins to tie Berhane Andeberhan. 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 home after this weekend's tournament in Gerogia to host the 2008 Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal will host No. 3 North Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. in the second game of the day's doubleheader and UNC-Greensboro Sunday at 2:30 p.m., also in the second match of a two-game set. The tournament should prove to be a great event for Bay Area soccer fans as Stanford's local rival No. 16 Santa Clara is also set to take on UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina as part of the Stanford/Nike Invitational. Fans are advised to come early, as only the first 1,500 to arrive will be admitted to the seating area, while any additional attendees will be directed to the standing room only area along the south goal line. Tickets, which are good for both matches on a single day, are available at the Stanford ticket office adjacent to Stanford Stadium, online at GoStanford.com, or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.