College Cup on the Line for Stanford
Nov. 25, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
No. 1 Stanford (23-0) plays No. 7 Boston College (18-3-2) in an NCAA women’s soccer quarterfinal match Friday night before a sellout crowd at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. All 2,200 tickets were sold within five hours of going on sale Monday morning. The goal is the College Cup, which takes place Dec. 4 and 6 in College Station, Texas. Stanford has gone twice, including last season.
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 CardCam webcast (through the All-Access and “Watch” links) can be found at gostanford.com, on the Calendar of Events and at Tournament Central on the women’s soccer page. Tim Swartz provides the webcast play-by-play. 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 Monday, meaning all 2,200 seats have been accounted for. This is the sixth sellout of the season for the Cardinal.
With a women’s volleyball match at Maples Pavilion also at 7 p.m., parking will be at a premium. Soccer fans are advised to park in the H Lot (a small lot at the corner of Galvez and Nelson roads), the Track House Lot by Angell Field, the Varsity Lot by Sunken Diamond, and Lot #2 in the El Camino Grove just past Stanford Stadium.
The Stanford-Boston College winner plays the winner of Saturday’s 5 p.m. PT quarterfinal between UCLA (20-2-1) and visiting Portland (21-1-0), in the semifinals Dec. 4 at Texas A&M. The winner then advances to the College Cup final on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. PT.
This is the seventh time Stanford has reached the NCAA quarterfinals and the second consecutive season. Stanford beat visiting Portland 1-0 last year, on an 86th-minute goal by Christen Press, to advance to the College Cup.
Stanford team records broken this season are:
• Best winning percentage (clinched mark over .935 in 2002)
• Longest winning and unbeaten streaks (23; previous records, 13 and 18)
• Most victories in a season (23; previous, 22 in 2008)
• Most goals in a season (75; previous, 71 in 2008)
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories (through Nov. 26):
• Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
• Scoring Offense (Team): 2, Stanford, 3.26 goals per game
• Points (Individual): 2, Kelley O’Hara, 59; 4, Christen Press, 51
• Goals (Individual): 3 (tie), Kelley O’Hara, 23; 6, Christen Press, 19
• Assists: 3 (tie), Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press, 13
• Overall winning and unbeaten streak (23)
• Home unbeaten streak (25)
• Home winning streak (21)
Friday’s Opponent: Boston College
Boston College (18-3-2) is the No. 2 seed behind Stanford in the 16-team Stanford regional. The Eagles tied Florida State for the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, at 7-2-1, with North Carolina third. Boston College lost to North Carolina, 1-0, in the ACC Tournament semifinals in double overtime. The Eagles’ NCAA Tournament run has consisted of victories over Harvard (1-0), Connecticut (2-0) and Wisconsin (1-0). This is Boston College’s first NCAA match on the road. The Eagles have played 15 of their 23 games at home and this will be their first trip outside the Eastern time zone. B.C. has two All-ACC first-team selections: forward Victoria DiMartino, the ACC Freshman of the Year and leading scorer (14 goals, 5 assists), and sophomore goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni (0.42 GAA). The Eagles have outscored opponents 53-10, and have earned 16 shutouts.
The Boston College Series
Stanford and Boston College have met once before, on Aug. 31, 2008, when Stanford earned a 3-0 victory at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Christen Press and Teresa Noyola scored in the first 7:02 of the match to stake the Cardinal to a quick 2-0 lead, with Lindsay Taylor icing the victory with a goal in the 73rd minute.
NCAA Tournament So Far
• First Round: Beat Northern Arizona 2-0 at home on a pair of second-half goals by Christen Press off assists from Kelley O’Hara. Stanford outshot the Lumberjacks 37-3, but wasn’t able to get the ball in the net until the 55th minute.
• Second Round: Beat BYU 2-0 at home with goals by Press and Lindsay Taylor, and another two assists from O’Hara. Press scored only 23 seconds into the match, breaking her own Stanford record for fastest goal. BYU tested the Cardinal, forcing defender Rachel Quon to make a leaping header off the line with three minutes left. Soon after, Taylor put the match away.
• Third Round: Beat Santa Clara 1-0 at home on a 25-yard free kick in the 39th minute by Teresa Noyola. The rematch was much closer than their first meeting, a 6-2 Stanford rout on Oct. 1. Goalkeeper Kira Maker pushed one shot away that appeared headed for the upper corner to preserve the victory.
Nation’s Top-Scoring Tandem
The scoring tandem of Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press is the most formidable in the country. The two have combined for 42 goals and 26 assists, for 110 points. The next highest tandem, Portland’s Danielle Foxhoven and Michelle Enyeart, has 98, though Enyeart is out for the year with an injury. O’Hara (23g, 13a, 59p) and Press (19g, 13a, 51p) now rank Nos. 1-2 on Stanford’s single-season points list.
Kelley O’Hara is up for several national honors, and recently was one of 24 players invited by coach Pia Sundhage into the U.S. full national team training camp Dec. 5-15 in Carson, Calif. The following are national awards that O’Hara is up for:
• Hermann Trophy. On Watch List. Semifinalists to be announced soon.
• U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. One of five finalists, pending.
• TopDrawerSoccer.com Co-Player of the Year. With teammate Christen Press.
• Soccer News Net Player of the Year. Finalist, pending.
• Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Finalist, pending.
Stanford swept individual honors for the All-Pacific-10 Conference team. Kelley O’Hara was named Player of the Year, freshman midfielder Mariah Nogueira was Newcomer of the Year, and Paul Ratcliffe repeated as Coach of the Year. Stanford placed five players on the All-Pac-10 first team: O’Hara, Nogueira, junior forward Christen Press, freshman defender Rachel Quon and senior defender Ali Riley. In addition, freshman defender Alina Garciamendez and sophmore forward Lindsay Taylor were named to the second team, and Camille Levin was honorable mention.
Stanford is starting four freshmen -- defender Alina Garciamendez, midfielder Mariah Nogueira, defender Rachel Quon, and forward Courtney Verloo. All of them made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Garciamendez has started every game this season, one of five Stanford players to do so. The others are defender Alicia Jenkins, goalkeeper Kira Maker, forward Kelley O’Hara, forward Christen Press.
Stanford has outscored opponents by a combined 75-12, but more than two-thirds of those goals have come in the second half. The Cardinal has scored 51 goals in the second half, compared to 23 in the first half and one in overtime. The Cardinal has scored more goals in the second half than 309 of the 325 NCAA Division I teams have scored in full games all season.
Stanford has trailed four times this season, including twice in the second half -- against San Diego State (down 2-0) and Washington State (1-0). But Stanford has never relinquished a lead at any time. The Cardinal has gone into halftime behind or tied 12 times before rallying.