Sixth-Ranked Stanford Hosts Saint Mary's Friday Night At Cagan Stadium

Sept. 23, 2008

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STANFORD, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team will be back in action this weekend at The Farm, playing a solo match against Saint Mary's Friday at 7 p.m at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The contest is the first of two single-game weekends for the Cardinal, who will travel to Santa Clara next weekend to play the Broncos on Oct. 3 in its final non-conference match of the regular season.

Cardinal Undefeated On The Season
The No. 6 Stanford women's soccer team remained undefeated with one tie at 8-0-1 following a successful weekend at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. The Cardinal earned its first come-from-behind victory in Friday's match (9/19), defeating Yale 4-1 after overcoming a Bulldog goal early in the first half. In Sunday's tournament finale (9/21), Stanford cruised to a 3-0 victory over Cal Poly. Freshman Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif./Tarbut V'Torah) was named the tournament's MVP following an outstanding performance in the midfield for Stanford, earning one assist and scoring one goal on the weekend, along with drawing the foul that set up the game-winning goal by penalty kick in the first half against the Mustangs. Kelley O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill HS), Allison Falk (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS), and Lindsay Taylor (Los Altos, Calif./Castilleja School) joined Levin in earning all-tournament team honors.

Putting Up Big Numbers
Stanford has outscored its opponents 26-3 so far this season and has earned six shutouts. The Cardinal has also out shot its opponents 179-64 (103-15 on goal), averaging 19.9 (7.1 on goal) shots a game. Stanford has been scoring most of its goals early on, putting in 17 of its 26 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 5th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.944), 19th in scoring offense (2.89 goals per game), and solely holding seventh place in goals-against-average (0.325) and 13th in shutout percentage (0.667). Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton HS) checks in at 8th in NCAA Division I statistics with a 0.325 GAA. Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chadwick HS) (No. 44) and Kelley O'Hara (No. 82) cracked the top-100 in points-per-game with 1.78 and 1.56, respectively, and assists per game (both are tied at No. 98 with 0.44), while Press also checked in at No. 63 in goals-per game with 0.667.

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 five 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 HS) 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). Lindsay Taylor 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). Most recently, O'Hara and Camille Levin both earned team of the week honors for the week of 9/15-21. O'Hara was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's team after she scored once in each game right before halftime (with one ending up to be the eventual game-winner) and earned one assist in victories over Yale (9/19) and Cal Poly (9/21) at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. Levin, the tournament's MVP, was selected to Soccer America's team after earning a goal and an assist, and drawing the foul that led to Noyola's game-winning penalty kick early in the first half against the Mustangs.

Stanford Blitzkrieg
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 five of its nine 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. Most recently, in a 4-1 victory over Yale (9/19) at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic, Camille Levin and Christen Press scored Stanford's third and fourth goals just 1:11 apart.

Solid Defense
Stanford's back line of captains junior Ali Riley (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), Marisa Abegg (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge), and Allison Falk, along with junior Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif./Union Mine HS) and freshman Camille Levin (who have split time in the back) have made things easy for sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker, who has only had to make 12 saves in nine games, recording six shutouts and a 0.325 goals-against-average.

New Kids On The Block
Of the 26 goals Stanford has recorded so far this year, freshmen Lindsay Taylor (5), Teresa Noyola (4), and Camille Levin (1) have contributed 10. Taylor, scored once in the season opener against Pacific (8/24), added another against No. 15 Boston College (8/31), and notched three goals at the Georgia/Nike Invitational (9/5-7). The speedster is tied for second on the team in scoring with Kelley O'Hara and is third in points (12). Noyola has added two assists to her four goals for ten points, good enough for fourth best on the team. Fellow newcomer Levin has helped the defense to a 0.325 goals-against-average so far and earned her first collegiate assist on Press' game-winner against UNC Greensboro (9/14). Levin tacked on another assist and scored her first collegiate goal at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic (9/19-21) and was named the tournament's MVP. Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair HS) has also contributed an assist, aiding Kristin Stannard's insurance goal against UNC Greensboro (9/14).

Scouting Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's heads into the weekend owning the West Coast Conference's third best record at 5-3-1. The Gaels have defeated UC Davis (2-1), Saint Joseph's (2-1), Portland State (1-0), and Boise State (1-0), while suffering tough losses to Cal State Fullerton (2-0), Oregon (2-0), and Cal State Northridge (2-1). Saint Mary's also fell to No. 22 California 7-0 in an exhibition match at the beginning of the season. Senior Stefani Rocco is the Gaels' leading scorer, having knocked in three so far, while junior Ashley Nied has come of the bench to provide two tallies. Sophomore Alex Ciliento leads the team in assists with two and has also added a goal for a total of four points. Junior goalkeeper Tara Larson has started and played every match in goal for Saint Mary's. Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe was the head coach for the Gaels prior to being hired to lead the Cardinal in 2003. Ratcliife helped Saint Mary's to a 55-34-7 overall record, with a 21-13 mark in WCC action. He was honored three times as WCC Coach of the Year, including 2001, one of Ratcliffe's most successful seasons in Moraga. That year, he was honored as the WCC Co-Coach of the Year and the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year. With only one senior in the starting lineup, the Gaels attained the highest national ranking for the program (No. 7), set a school record with a 13-game winning streak and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Dads And Daughters Night
Before Friday's game, the Bay Area Women In Sports Initiative (BAWSI) will be hosting a pre-game discussion beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Dallmar Court (of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, located between Taube Tennis Center and Maples Pavilion) about the positive impact fathers can have on the sports experience of their daughters. The panel will feature former San Francisco 49er (and father of college soccer player Courtney Jones) Brent Jones and Stanford graduate and Commissioner of the Women's Professional Soccer league, Tonya Antonucci. Families can attend the event and receive a ticket to the Stanford - Saint Mary's match for just $6 (adults) or $4 (youths 17 and under).

Cardinal Notes
Stanford remained at No. 6 in the NSCAA National Rankings this week despite a tie against fifth-ranked North Carolina a week ago and remaining undefeated on the season after this weekend (one of only four teams in the top ten to have done so) ... Upcoming Pac-10 contests against UCLA and USC will be important matches for the Cardinal, who will need to get positive results in order to move up in the rankings ... Stanford's highest ranking on the national polls is No. 2 (Soccer Times), while Soccer America and Soccer Buzz each have the Cardinal listed at No. 3 ... 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' Game Tracker.

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 71-31-19 record on The Farm and ranks second in the Stanford history books in career wins (71), and needs 6 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!

Allison McCann's Goal Against Yale

Looking Ahead
The Cardinal will follow this weekend's one-match stint 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.

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