No. 1 Stanford Begins Pac-10 Play
Oct. 8, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford, the nation's new No. 1 team and the only undefeated and untied Division I team in the country, opens Pacific-10 Conference play with a road trip to Oregon to face two teams that are unranked in the coaches' poll, but have a combined record of 16-4-1. On Friday, Stanford plays at Oregon State (8-2-1) in a conference opener for both teams and follows with a Sunday match at Oregon (8-2-1).
There will be live stats via Gametracker on the gostanford.com Web site for both matches. There is no live video for Friday's match, but there will be for the Sunday match against Oregon. The webcast can be found on goducks.com.
The New No. 1
Stanford became the consensus No. 1 team in the country after moving up in the NSCAA coaches' poll Tuesday and receiving all 32 first-place votes. Stanford's 6-2 victory over No. 11 Santa Clara on Thursday, combined with No. 1 North Carolina's 1-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday, led to the switch in the rankings. Stanford returns to No. 1 in the NSCAA poll for the first time since holding the spot for three weeks in the 2007 season, most recently in the Oct. 2 ranking. The Cardinal already had been No. 1 by Soccer America, Soccer Times and Top Drawer Soccer.
At 11-0-0, Stanford has tied its previous best start, which came in the 1991 season, and could establish a new mark Friday. Stanford went 17-2 in 1991, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals with future national team star Julie Foudy and all-time scoring leader Sarah Rafanelli.
Top Scoring Duo
Stanford is the only team in the country with two players with at least 10 goals apiece. Kelley O'Hara (12) and Christen Press (10) have combined for 22 goals. The next highest scoring tandems come from Florida State's Tiffany McCarty (10) and Jessica Price (8), and North Carolina State's Kara Blosser (8) and Paige Dugal (8), with at least eight goals apiece.
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories:
Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
Goals Per Game (Team): 3, Stanford, 3.64
Assists Per Game: 1, Christen Press, 0.91 (10)
Points: 2 (tie), Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press, each 30
Goals: 2 (tie), Kelley O'Hara, 12
The following are among Stanford's current streaks:
Regular season winning and unbeaten streak (13)
Winning and unbeaten streak (11)
Non-home (road and neutral) regular season winning streak (10)
Non-home (road and neutral) winning streak (8)
Road winning streak (7)
Friday's Opponent: Oregon State
The Beavers had a seven-game winning streak, the second-longest in school history, snapped on Sept. 25 at No. 4 Portland, 1-0. The Beavers, under second-year head coach Linus Rhode, are led in scoring by Chelsea Buckland and Ashley Beal, with four goals apiece. Oregon State went 1-7-1 in conference play last season with a young team, but return 10 starters and have already exceeded last season's overall victory total of six.
The Oregon State Series
Stanford holds a 15-1-0 series lead, with Oregon State's only victory coming in 2003, by a 1-0 score. Stanford is 6-1 in Corvallis, with all but one of those games decided by two goals or fewer.
Sunday's Opponent: Oregon
Oregon enters conference play having won seven of its past eight matches. The Ducks are coming off a 1-0 victory over Weber State, achieved on Kirstie Kuhns' winner with three minutes left. The Ducks are ranked No. 25 by Soccer America and hold the No. 18 spot in the national Ratings Percentage Index. Junior forward Jen Stoltenberg leads the team in scoring with six goals and four assists.
The Oregon Series
Stanford holds an 11-0-1 series lead over Oregon, with the draw coming on the Cardinal's last trip to Eugene, with a 0-0 draw in 2007. Stanford is 5-0-1 in Eugene all time.