Stanford Faces Crucial Weekend
Oct. 15, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
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Stanford, the nation's No. 1 team, plays No. 15 USC and No. 3 UCLA in a pair of matches crucial to the Pacific-10 Conference race. Stanford carries a 13-match winning streak into the weekend, while USC has won nine in a row and defending conference champion UCLA has won 11 straight. Both Stanford and UCLA reached the NCAA College Cup semifinals last season.
There will be no live stats, but a premium webcast is available on gostanford.com via CardCam, with Kevin Danner and Tim Schwartz on the call. KZSU-FM (90.1) will provide live radio broadcasts, with Scott Bland on the call. Friday's match will be Internet only and accessed at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu. Press play on the tool bar next to KZSU-2. Sunday's match will be on the air and the Internet, at KZSU-1.
The Pac-10 Race
The four playing each other this weekend -- Stanford, California, USC and UCLA -- have jumped ahead in the Pac-10 race after going 2-0 to open the conference season. Each is ranked among the NSCAA Top 25, including Cal at No. 21. UCLA visits Cal on Friday, with USC heading to Berkeley for a Sunday match.
Road Warriors (11,234 miles)
Stanford's best-ever start (13-0) was achieved despite playing only three times at home. The Cardinal has traveled to Hawaii, North Carolina and Oregon, in addition to three Northern California cities. Total mileage: 11,234. Stanford will play five of its final seven regular season matches at home.
Stanford: The Nation's Top Scoring Team
Stanford leads the nation in scoring offense, averaging 3.69 goals per match, just ahead of Nebraska, at 3.57. Stanford has outscored opponents 48-9, and is closing in on its 2008 school record of 71 goals. The Cardinal, incredibly, has scored 35 of its goals in the second half. Overall, Stanford has scored at least five goals six times. Individually, Kelley O'Hara (15 goals) and Christen Press (12) form the nation's top goal-scoring tandem. No other school has two players with more than eight.
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories:
Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
Goals Per Game (Team): 1, Stanford, 3.69
Goals Per Game (Individual): 3, Kelley O'Hara, 1.154 (15)
Assists Per Game: 3, Christen Press, 0.77 (10)
Points Per Game: 3, Kelley O'Hara, 2.77; 4, Christen Press, 2.62
Regular season winning and unbeaten streak (15)
Overall winning and unbeaten streak (13)
Home unbeaten streak (17)
Home winning streak (13)
Friday's Opponent: USC
No. 15 USC (10-3, 2-0) has won nine straight, including the past four by shutout. Senior goalkeeper Kristin Olsen is now the school's all-time leader in shutouts, with 26. USC opened Pac-10 play with a 1-0 victory over Arizona State, followed by a 2-0 triumph over Arizona, both at home. Junior midfielder Alyssa Davila has been a force, with one goal and three assists in a 4-0 victory over No. 25 San Diego, and a team-leading 16 points.
The USC Series
Stanford holds an 11-3-3 series lead, but has won only one of the past four meetings. Stanford has not beaten USC at home since a 2-0 victory in 2003, and the Cardinal is 4-2-2 all-time at home in the series.
Sunday's Opponent: UCLA
UCLA (11-1-1, 2-0) rebounded from a 7-2 season-opening loss to North Carolina and a draw against San Diego in its next match to embark on an 11-match winning streak that has brought the Bruins back up to No. 3 in the NSCAA rankings. Senior forward Lauren Cheney is second on the school's all-time lists in points (143) and goals (60). UCLA has won the past six Pac-10 titles and carries a 21-match conference winning streak. The Bruins' last conference loss was Nov. 3, 2003, with a 2-1 overtime loss at Oregon.
The UCLA Series
UCLA holds a 9-5-3 series lead and is 4-0-2 over the Cardinal since 2003. UCLA's 1-0 victory was Stanford's only regular season loss in 2008. Stanford's last victory in the series was 1-0 in 2002, but Stanford hasn't won at home since 1999.
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