Sixth-Ranked Stanford Opens Pac-10 Play At Home Against Oregon and Oregon State
Oct. 7, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The undefeated and sixth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team begins its second half of the regular season with its first two Pac-10 matches of the year. The Cardinal will take on Oregon on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Cardinal Undefeated On The Season
The sixth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team remained undefeated with one tie at 10-0-1 after defeating Santa Clara on Oct. 3 in its only match of the weekend. Freshman Lindsay Taylor (Los Altos, Calif./Castilleja School) completed her first career hat trick, scoring twice in the first half, including the game-winner, and once in the second half. Sophomore Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Chadwick HS) and junior Kristin Stannard (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill HS) also added a goal each, while freshman Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) and junior Kelley O'Hara each tallied two assists. Also, sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) made two great saves in the first three minutes of the game to keep the Broncos scoreless and help her earn her eighth shutout of the season.
This weekend's matches will be part of a doubleheader weekend, as the Stanford men are also home for two Pac-10 matches against San Diego State and UCLA. On Friday, the men will play the Aztecs at 4:30 p.m., followed by the women's match against Oregon at 7 p.m. The women will go an hour earlier than the usual start time on Sunday, kicking off at 12 p.m. against Oregon State, while the men will face UCLA at 2:30 p.m. Friday night is also Soccer Moms' and Dads' day. Adult admission is just $3 with a voucher. Vouchers will be available at the soccer box office prior to the games.
The Farm will be rather busy this weekend, as it is homecoming for the Cardinal. The women's soccer team will welcomes home all of its returning alumni this weekend and at halftime of the Oregon match, U.S. Olympians Rachel Buehler (`08) and Nicole Barnhart (`05) will be recognized for their gold-medal achievement at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Oregon finished its non-conference schedule with a 7-3-1 record and is coming off a split weekend in Oklahoma, defeating Oklahoma 2-0 and losing to No. 13 Oklahoma State 3-1. The Ducks only other loss came at the hands of third-ranked Portland, 3-1, in Oregon's season opener. Sophomore Jen Stoltenberg leads the Ducks with seven goals, five assists, and 12 points. Junior Teresa Bowns has also been producing and has four goals and four assists. Freshman goalkeeper Cody Miles has started every game for the Ducks and posts a 1.44 goals-against-average and three shutouts.
Scouting Oregon State
The Beavers are at the bottom of the Pac-10 table after completing its non-conference schedule, but still post a .550 winning percentage with a 5-4-1 record, despite losing some players to injury. Cardinal fans may have caught a glimpse of what to expect from Oregon State, as they visited The Farm earlier this year to play against Boston College on Aug. 29, a game they lost 3-0. Junior Najma Homidi is the Beavers leading scorer with three tallies and an assist and her classmate Melissa Peck is the only other player to record multiple goals with two. A pair of freshmen goalkeepers, Katie Bell and Colleen Boyd have been splitting time in the nets for OSU. Boyd has started seven times and posts a 0.62 GAA and recorded the team's only shutout, while Bell has started six games and given up seven goals for a 1.61 GAA. Both keepers played this last weekend as the Beavers struggled, losing to Weber State 2-1 in overtime and going to double-overtime with Fresno State, tying 1-1.
Putting Up Big Numbers
Stanford has outscored its opponents 34-3 so far this season and the goal-scoring is widely distributed amongst the roster with five players having multiple goals and three with a single tally. The Cardinal has also out shot its opponents 226-68 (129-68 on goal), averaging 20.5 (11.7 on goal) shots per game. On the national scale, the Cardinal is ranked in the top 10 of four of the six team categories the NCAA keeps a record of in Division I competition, holding second place in won-lost-tied percentage (0.955) and goals-against-average (0.267), ninth in scoring offense (3.09 goals-per-game), and tying for fourth in shutout percentage (0.727). Individually, Kira Maker ranks third in the country with a GAA of 0.271. Christen Press cracked the top 25 in points-per-game, tying for 23rd with 1.91, while Lindsay Taylor is tied for 20th in goals-per-game with 0.818 and Kelley O'Hara is tied for the 16th best assists-per-game stat with 0.64.
Stanford Players Earn National Recognition
The Cardinal has had two national and Pac-10 players of the week, and six different players named to a national team of the week this season. 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 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). Kelley O'Hara, a Soccer America Preseason All-American, and freshman Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif./Tarbut V'Torah) both earned team of the week honors for the week of 9/15-21, after helping the team capture the Santa Clara/adidas Classic title. O'Hara was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's team for scoring once in each game right before halftime (with one counting as the game-winner) and earned one assist in victories over Yale (9/19) and Cal Poly (9/21). 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. Senior Marisa Abegg (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge HS) was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's list for the week of 9/22-28 for her superb playmaking out of the back against Saint Mary's (9/26) in which she earned an assist on Taylor's game-winner. Most recently, Taylor again earned national honors, being selected to Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America's teams after scoring her first career hat trick in a 5-0 win over Santa Clara (10/3).
Don't Blink ... Or You Might Miss A Stanford Goal
The Cardinal offense has been scoring often and early, putting in 21 of its 34 goals in the first half and scoring at least one set of back-to-back goals within five minutes in six of its 11 games this season. Against Pacific (8/24), Stanford recorded 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 notched 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 posted both of its goals in the 16th and 21st minutes to win the game. 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. Most recently, against Santa Clara, Press put in the Cardinal's third goal of the game just under five minutes into the second half, and four minutes later Lindsay Taylor completed her hat trick with Stanford's fourth goal.
Rock Solid Defense
Stanford's back line of captains junior Ali Riley (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), Marisa Abegg, and senior Allison Falk (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS), along with junior Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif./Union Mine HS) and Camille Levin (who have split time in the back) have made things easy for goalkeeper Kira Maker, who has only had to make 14 saves in 11 games, recording eight shutouts and a 0.271 GAA.
Coming Through In The Clutch
Kelley O'Hara has turned out to be the Cardinal's clutch player as of late, scoring three important goals and earning four assists in the last four games. Each of her tallies has come within five minutes of the halftime whistle, effectively killing any momentum Stanford's opponents may have conjured in the first half. Against Yale (9/19), O'Hara helped revive the Cardinal after it started flat and conceded the lead early in the first half, perfectly setting up sophomore Allison McCann's (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) first career and game-tying goal. O'Hara then got the eventual game-winner with 30 seconds left in the half, paving the way for Stanford to notch two more before it was all over. Two days later against Cal Poly, O'Hara finished off an excellent defense-to-offense transition play with 2:21 left to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead heading into halftime of a 3-0 victory. Against Saint Mary's (9/26), O'Hara capitalized on a loose ball in the Gaels' box with 38 seconds left to again give Stanford a 2-0 lead heading into the midpoint of a 3-0 triumph. In a 5-0 defeat of Santa Clara (10/3) O'Hara assisted on Christen Press' goal and provided the through ball to Lindsay Taylor for her third goal of the game. O'Hara is also the one who scored the game-tying goal against then-ranked No. 5 North Carolina with 3:30 left in the game, forcing two overtime periods in which the Cardinal went on the offensive, firing six shots to the Tar Heels' two in the first extra segment (9/12).
New Kids On The Block
Of the 34 goals the Cardinal has recorded so far this year, freshmen Lindsay Taylor (9), Teresa Noyola (4), and Camille Levin (1) have contributed 14. 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). She tacked on her sixth goal (and third game-winner) against Saint Mary's (9/26), and recorded her first career hat trick against Santa Clara (01/3). The speedster is Stanford's scoring leader and is second in points (20). Noyola has added four assists to her four goals for 12 points, good enough for fourth best on the team. Fellow newcomer Levin has helped the defense to a 0.267 GAA so far and has earned a pair of assists to go with her lone goal. Shira Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair HS) has also contributed an assist, aiding Kristin Stannard's insurance goal against UNC Greensboro (9/14).
Stanford's Pac-10 and regular season finale against No. 19 California on Nov. 8, which was originally scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Berkeley, has been moved up an hour and will now begin at 2 p.m. The Golden Bears' Edwards Stadium is not equipped with lights and the decision was made to move the game up an hour so that the game could be completed in ample daylight, should it need to go to double-overtime.
Stanford remained at No. 6 in the NSCAA National Rankings this week despite a tie against fifth-ranked North Carolina and remaining undefeated on the season (one of only four teams in the top 25 to have done so) ... Upcoming Pac-10 away 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 is the second-ranked selection in Soccer Times, Soccer America, and Soccer Buzz ... 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 73-31-19 record on The Farm and ranks second in the Stanford history books in career wins (73), and needs 4 more wins to tie Berhane Andeberhan, the current leader. 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 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, among others. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/stanfordathletics to catch up on the latest clips!
The Cardinal will hit the road for its first two away Pac-10 matches following this weekend's series with the Oregon schools, taking on Washington Friday, Oct. 17, and No. 25 Washington State on Sunday, Oct. 19.