Stanford Seeks Perfection
Nov. 4, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
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This Week Game Coverage Live Television Pac-10 Champions Record Breakers? Perfect Records National Leaders Stanford Streaks Sunday's Opponent: California The Cal Series NCAA Selection Show
No. 1 Stanford (19-0, 8-0) will attempt to complete the first perfect regular season in school history and win the Pacific-10 Conference title outright, when the Cardinal takes on rival California (10-7-1, 4-4) on Sunday in the regular-season finale. Stanford needs a draw or victory to ensure sole possession of the Pac-10 crown. Already, Stanford has earned a share of its first title since 2002 and the Pac-10's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Live stats are available via Gametracker, at gostanford.com. A premium webcast is available on gostanford.com via CardCam, with Kevin Danna and Tim Swartz on the call. In addition, KZSU-FM (90.1) will provide live radio broadcast, with Scott Bland on the call. Besides the radio dial, the broadcast can be found on the Internet at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu. Press play on the tool bar next to KZSU-1.
The match will be telecast by Fox Sports Net and Fox Soccer Channel. In the Bay Area, the match will be shown live on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. Fox Soccer Channel will air the game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. PT. The match will be part of the Fox Soccer Channel 'NSCAA Game of the Week' package. Mark Rogondino will call the play-by-play and Kyndra de St. Aubin will be the analyst.
Stanford clinched a share of its first Pac-10 title since 2002 with a 4-0 victory over visiting Arizona on Sunday. The Cardinal can clinch the title outright with at least a draw against Cal, or if second-place UCLA (6-1) fails to win either of its weekend matches, at Washington and Washington State, Friday and Sunday.
Senior forward Kelley O'Hara will Stanford's single-season record with her next goal. She enters the game tied with Sarah Rafanelli (1993) with 20. O'Hara broke Rafanelli's season points record with a second-half assist to Christen Press against Arizona. Press has 13 assists and needs one more to tie the record set by Marcie Ward in 2000. Stanford has an ongoing record for longest winning streak (19).
A victory over Cal would give Stanford a perfect regular season record and place the Cardinal among the elite in Bay Area and Pac-10 history. No team in Pac-10 women's history (since 1993) has ever been perfect overall going into the NCAA Tournament. In the Bay Area, it's happened only twice since the NCAA Tournament began in 1982: Santa Clara went 20-0 in 1999 before finishing 23-1, and Cal went 15-0 in 1987 before finishing 16-1.
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories:
• Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
• Scoring Offense (Team): 2, Stanford, 3.47 goals per game
• Points Per Game (Individual): 2, Kelley O'Hara, 2.58; 5, Christen Press, 2.37
• Goals (Individual): 3, Kelley O'Hara, 20; 5 (tie), Christen Press, 16
• Assists: 2 (tie), Christen Press, 13
• Regular season winning and unbeaten streak (21)
• Overall winning and unbeaten streak (19)
• Home unbeaten streak (21)
• Home winning streak (17)
California (10-7-1, 4-4) broke a four-game losing streak with a pair of victories last weekend, over Arizona, 2-0, and Arizona State, 3-2, on a 98th-minute golden goal by Lisa Kevorkian. The Bears are ranked No. 29 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, which helps determine the NCAA Tournament field. This would mean that Cal would most likely be included in the NCAA field. The Bears are one of eight Pac-10 teams among the RPI's top 40.
Stanford holds a 14-10-4 series lead and is 2-0-1 over the past two seasons, with a 2007 NCAA second-round match going down to penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. The teams have met three times in the postseason, with Stanford advancing all three times.
The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, beginning at 5 p.m. on ESPN News.
Sunday's Opponent: California
The Cal Series
NCAA Selection Show