Stanford, Santa Clara in NCAA Showdown
Nov. 18, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
No. 1 Stanford (22-0), the Pacific-10 Conference champion, plays No. 11 Santa Clara (14-6-2) in the third round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament, Friday night at sold-out Laird Q. Cagan Stadium (capacity 2,200). Stanford and local rival Santa Clara have previously met six times in NCAA play, most recently in 2004, with Santa Clara holding a 5-1 edge in those matches.
Live stats, a free webcast, an on-line radio broadcast, and regular Twitter updates all are available to follow the match. Links for the Gametracker live stats and the webcast (look for All-Access and 'Watch' links) can be found at gostanford.com, on the schedule of events on the main page and through the Tournament Central button on the women's soccer page. KZSU will provide a live Internet-only broadcast, with Scott Bland on the call. It can be found at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu. Press play on the tool bar next to KZSU-2. Twitter updates can be found on twitter.com, page name: stanfordwsoccer.
The match has been sold out since Wednesday, meaning all 2,200 seats have been accounted for. This is the fifth sellout of the season for the Cardinal.
The winner of this match plays the winner of Friday's 4 p.m. PT match between Wisconsin (10-5-6) and host Boston College (17-3-2), in the quarterfinals at a home site. The winner then advances to the College Cup final four in College Station, Texas. Stanford has twice reached the College Cup semifinals (1993, 2008), but is seeking its first final.
This is the 12th time Stanford has reached the round of 16 (including three NCAA appearances in a 12-team field) and the fourth consecutive season the Cardinal has done so. Stanford has advanced to the quarterfinals five times and reached the final four twice.
Christen Press scored three of Stanford's four goals in a pair of 2-0 victories to open the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal opened with a victory over Northern Arizona on Thursday and followed by beating BYU on Saturday, both at Stanford. Kelley O'Hara assisted on all four goals.
Stanford has tied its season record for victories (22) and has a new season mark for goals (74). In addition, forward Kelley O'Hara has broken school season records for goals (23) and points (59). Christen Press needs one more assist to equal the Stanford season record of 14, set in 2000 by Marcie Ward.
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories (through Nov. 19):
Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
Scoring Offense (Team): 2, Stanford, 3.36 goals per game
Points Per Game (Individual): 2, Kelley O'Hara, 2.68; 6, Christen Press, 2.32
Goals (Individual): 2, Kelley O'Hara, 23; 6, Christen Press, 19
Assists: 3 (tie), Christen Press, 13
Overall winning and unbeaten streak (22)
Home unbeaten streak (24)
Home winning streak (20)
Today's Opponent: Santa Clara
Santa Clara (14-6-2), the West Coast Conference runner-up and a perennial national power, is back after a losing 2008 season. The Broncos have advanced to the round of 16 nine times since 1998 and six times since 2001. Sixth-year senior Jordan Angeli was named WCC Defensive Player of the Year for a team that has nine shutouts and allowed only 19 goals. The Broncos have 33 goals this season, with Angeli leading the way with seven.
The Santa Clara Series
Since its first season in 1984, Stanford has played Santa Clara more than any other opponent. Santa Clara holds an 18-9-5 lead in 32 all-time matches, including a 5-1 edge in NCAA Tournament play. Stanford's only NCAA victory in the series was a 2-1 first-round overtime triumph in 1991, on a pair of goals by Jen Potok. This will be their first NCAA meeting since 2003, a 1-0 first-round Santa Clara triumph. This is the furthest NCAA round the teams have met. This season, the teams met Oct. 1 at Santa Clara, with Stanford earning a 6-2 victory. Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press each had two goals and an assist. In their past two meetings (2008 and `09), Stanford is 2-0 and has outscored the Broncos 11-2.