Stanford Heads East
Sept. 1, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Complete Release in PDF Format The Stanford women's soccer team takes part in the UNC Greensboro Spartan Classic, playing the host school on Friday night and Virginia Tech on Sunday. Neither opponent is ranked. Stanford is 3-0 after victories last week at Cal Poly (2-1) and in a home opener against San Diego State (5-2) on Sunday. Stanford remains No. 4 in the NSCAA coaches' poll and No. 2 by Soccer America.
On the Air
There will be live stats for both matches, and a webcast for the Friday match against Greensboro. Links to both the Gametracker live stats and the webcast can be found at gostanford.com, in the Calendar of Events on the home page or on the women's soccer home page. The webcast can be found through the 'Watch' link and can be viewed for a fee.
Friday's Opponent: UNC Greensboro
The Spartans, coached by former U.S. national team player Eddie Radwanski, are 1-2, with two matches -- a win and a loss -- against ranked teams. After opening with a 2-1 home loss to Wake Forest, Greensboro beat then-No. 11 Duke 1-0 on a goal by freshman Tabitha Padgett on Friday, and then gave No. 1 North Carolina a tough match before suffering a 1-0 loss on Sunday. Greensboro was outshot 22-4, but held the Tar Heels without a goal through 55 minutes. The Spartans went 16-4-3 last season, winning the Southern Conference regular season title, but were not rewarded with an NCAA berth.
The UNC Greensboro Series
Stanford and Greensboro have met once, last season. Stanford got first-half goals from Christen Press and Kristin Stannard in a 2-0 victory on Sept. 14, 2008, as part of the Stanford/Nike Invitational. Stanford outshot the Spartans 26-5 and had 12 corner kicks to Greensboro's one.
Sunday's Opponent: Virginia Tech
The Hokies are 2-1 after victories over High Point (2-0) and Lehigh (1-0) and a loss to Villanova (2-1). Virginia Tech returns eight starters from a 10-9-4 season and was picked to finish seventh in the 11-team Atlantic Coast Conference in a vote of conference coaches. Virginia Tech reached the ACC championship match last season and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Four players have scored a goal apiece so far, including Emily Jukich, the school's all-time scoring leader with 25 goals.
The Virginia Tech Series
This will be the first meeting between Stanford and Virginia Tech.
Stanford earned victories at Cal Poly (2-1) on Friday and in the home opener against San Diego State (5-2) on Sunday. Stanford got two goals from Kelley O'Hara in a five-minute span of the second half to build a 2-0 lead against Cal Poly. Against San Diego State, however, the Cardinal fell behind 2-0 in the second half, but rallied for five goals in a 26-minute span. Christen Press and Teresa Noyola each scored two goals during the run, with O'Hara scoring the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute.
Stanford registered the top two shot totals in school history in back-to-back matches. The Cardinal had 40 against Cal Poly to shatter the school record of 33, set on Oct. 26, 2008, in a 5-0 victory over Arizona State. Two days later, Stanford again exceeded the previous record, taking 35 shots against San Diego State for the second-highest total in school history. In three games, the Cardinal is averaging 35 shots and four goals per match.
Freshmen Getting Time
Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe has started four freshmen in each of the past two matches. Defenders Alina Garciamendez and Rachel Quon have started all three matches, and midfielder Mariah Nogueira and forward Courtney Verloo have started the past two. Verloo has one goal, two assists, and at least two shots off the woodwork. Nogueira has two assists. Altogether, six of the 10 freshmen have received playing time.
Hermann Award Watch List
Three Stanford players have been named to the watch list for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's most prestigious award. Kelley O'Hara, Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor each were among the 45 players named. For O'Hara, it's her third such honor. A list of 15 semifinalists will be selected in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a news conference on Jan. 8, 2010, where the winner will be announced.