No. 6 Stanford To Face Yale And Cal Poly At Santa Clara/adidas Classic
Sept. 16, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6 Stanford will travel south down El Camino Real for two matches this weekend against Yale and Cal Poly at the 2008 Santa Clara/adidas Classic. The Cardinal will play the Bulldogs first on Friday at 5 p.m. and will take on the Mustangs Sunday at 11 a.m at the Broncos' Buck Shaw Stadium.
Cardinal Undefeated On The Season
The No. 6 Stanford women's soccer team remained undefeated with one tie at 6-0-1 following a successful weekend at home in the Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal fought then fifth-ranked North Carolina to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Friday (9/12) after Kelley O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill HS) scored in the 87th minute to force extra minutes with the Tar Heels. In Sunday's tournament finale (9/14), Stanford cruised to a 2-0 victory over UNC Greensboro thanks to sophomore Christen Press' (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chadwick HS) game-winner in the 10th minute and junior Kristin Stannard's (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill HS) first goal of the season just minutes before the halftime whistle.
Putting Up Big Numbers
Stanford has outscored its opponents 19-2 so far this season and has earned five shutouts. The Cardinal has also out shot its opponents 149-50 (85-11 on goal), averaging 21.3 (12.1 on goal) shots a game. Stanford has been scoring most of its goals early on, putting in 13 of its 19 tallies in the first half. On the national scale, Stanford is ranked in the top 30 of four of the six team categories the NCAA keeps a record of in Division I competition, tying for 29th in scoring offense (2.71 goals per game), 13th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.929), and for 10th in shutout percentage (0.714), while solely holding eighth place in goals-against-average (0.277). Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) checks in at 13th in NCAA Division I statistics with a 0.277 GAA while Kelley O'Hara is tied in 17th in most assists in a single game with two.
And...Raking In The Honors
Stanford started the season with junior Kelley O'Hara being selected as a Preseason All-American by Soccer America, and since the beginning of the season has had two national and conference players of the week, and three players named to a national team of the week. Christen Press was named the Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week and to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week following Stanford's home opener against Pacific (8/24) in which she scored twice and added an assist in a span of four minutes. Freshman Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and was selected to both the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz teams of the week for a three-goal performance in which she scored twice against Navy (8/29) and once against No. 15 Boston College (8/31). Most recently, Lindsay Taylor (Los Altos, Calif./Castilleja School) was the second Cardinal freshman to receive Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season, and was also named the Soccer America and NSCAA National Player of the Week and to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz Collegiate Women's Teams of the Week for her play during the week of Sept. 1-7. She tore through the Georgia/Nike Invitational, scoring once and adding an assist against Auburn (9/5) and scoring both Stanford goals in a 2-0 defeat of host No. 22 Georgia (9/7).
The Cardinal offense has been scoring often and early, and has scored at least one set of back-to-back goals within five minutes in four of its seven games this season. Against Pacific (8/24), Stanford scored all five of its goals in the shutout victory in a 19 minute segment in the first half. One week later, the Cardinal scored two of its three goals in a 2-0 victory over No. 15 Boston College (8/31) in the 4th and 8th minutes. At the Georgia/Nike Invitational, Stanford scored its final two goals in a 3-0 defeat of Auburn (9/5) just one minute and seven seconds apart, while against No. 22 Georgia (9/7), the Cardinal notched both of its goals in the 16th and 21st minutes to win the game.
Stanford's back line of captains junior Ali Riley (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), Marisa Abegg (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), and Allison Falk (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS), along with junior Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif./Union Mine HS) and freshman Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif./Tabut V' Torah) (who have split time in the back) have made things easy for sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker, who has only had to make nine saves in seven games, recording five shutouts and a 0.277 goals-against-average.
New Kids On The Block
Of the 19 goals Stanford has recorded so far this year, freshmen Lindsay Taylor (5) and Teresa Noyola (3) have contributed eight. Taylor, last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, scored three goals at the Georgia/Nike Invitational. The speedster shares the top spot on the team in goals scored with Christen Press (5) and is second in points (12) behind Press. Noyola was the Pac-10 Player of the Week two weeks ago, and has added one assist to her three goals for seven points, good enough for fourth best on the team. Fellow newcomer Camille Levin has helped the defense to a 0.277 goals-against-average so far and earned her first collegiate assist on Press' game-winner against UNC Greensboro (9/14). On Sunday, rookie Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair HS) played 43 minutes, the most she has played in a single game so far, and also earned her first career assist on Kristin Stannard's insurance goal (9/14).
Yale heads to the West Coast having earned wins against St. John's, Western Carolina, and Delaware, and losing two games, including a close one (2-1) to Connecticut. The Bulldogs will get one last chance to boost their standings before the Santa Clara/adidas Classic match-up against Stanford on Friday as they face Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Yale's offense is led by sophomore Becky Brown, who has three goals and four assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu has one shutout and holds a 1.18 GAA after giving up five goals in five games. Sumiyasu was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the week of 9/1-7 for making a career-high 14 saves in the loss to Connecticut and shutting out St. John's. The last time the Cardinal faced Yale was in 2004 at the Stanford/Nike Invitational, a game that went in favor of Stanford 1-0. The Cardinal holds a 2-0-0 all-time edge over the Bulldogs.
Scouting Cal Poly
The Mustangs will travel up the Pacific coast with a 3-4-0 overall standing. Cal Poly has two road wins against Fresno State and Indiana and most recently pummeled Florida International 5-0 at home last Sunday. The Mustangs have had a tough schedule so far, losing to BYU, Arizona, San Diego State, and Wisconsin. Tiffany Gummow leads the team in scoring with three goals, two of which came in the 3-1 win over Indiana. Stanford has dominated Cal Poly over the years, holding a 5-0-0 all-time record against them having most recently defeating them in 2006 by the score of 2-0.
Stanford dropped three places to No. 6 from No. 3 in the NSCAA National Rankings this week despite tying then fifth-ranked North Carolina, who moved up to No. 3 and remaining undefeated on the season (one of only five teams in the top ten to have done so,) ... 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 returns 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 entered his sixth year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2008. Ratcliffe has accumulated a 69-31-19 record on The Farm and ranks second in the Stanford history books in career wins (69), and needs 8 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.
Cardinal Women's Soccer On Stanford Athletics' You Tube
Each Tuesday, GoStanford.com will be posting a few highlights from the weekend's matches for Cardinal fans to view. Currently on Stanford Athletics' You Tube channel are goals from Christen Press, Teresa Noyola, and Lindsay Taylor, along with highlights from the North Carolina game, among others. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/stanfordathletics to catch up on the latest clips!
Stanford will return home to The Farm for a one-match stint after participating in the Santa Clara/adidas Classic this weekend to face the West Coast Conference's Saint Mary's Friday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal will follow up that game with its last regular season non-conference match against Santa Clara on Oct. 3 at the Broncos' Buck Shaw Stadium. The Cardinal will begin the Pac-10 table on Oct. 10 with a set of home matches against the Oregon schools.