Women's Season in Review

STANFORD, Calif. – For the first time in six years, the College Cup did not include the Stanford women’s soccer team.
As strange as that may sound, the Cardinal still had some impressive accomplishments. Stanford advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the eighth consecutive season and hit the 15-victory plateau for the eighth consecutive season as well.
The Cardinal (15-6-1 overall, 6-5 Pac-12) extended its ongoing NCAA tournament home winning streak to 21, and reached fantastic heights with a 73-match home unbeaten streak and 44-match conference winning streak. The latter two ended with a 1-0 loss to Arizona State on Oct. 6, but the home unbeaten streak was on its sixth season and was the second-longest in NCAA Division I history.
“Honestly, I don’t think it’ll be replicated,” Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said after the match. “It’s so hard to do, and I’m surprised we’ve done it for that long. I really am.”
The conference winning streak was the third-longest in NCAA history.
Stanford loses two All-Americans to graduation. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver, who played in three matches this season before an injury forced her to retire, leaves as the Cardinal’s all-time leader in goals-against average (0.36). Forward Courtney Verloo, who won 109 matches during her five seasons, was Stanford’s points leader for the second consecutive year (9g, 6a, 24p) and capped her Cardinal career by earning first-team All-Pac-12 and first-team All-Pacific Region honors.
Stanford has much to look forward to. The Cardinal had nine newcomers, including eight freshmen. Of those, six earned starts and central defender Maddie Bauer earned all-region first-team honors.
Three Stanford players started every match – Verloo, sophomore outside back Laura Liedle, and junior midfielder Alex Doll. Liedle and Doll will return. So will Taylor Uhl, the transfer from Minnesota who led the Cardinal in scoring (12 goals) and is the Pac-12 leader going into the College Cup. Uhl had three consecutive two-goal performances and had seven goals in four matches during one stretch.
Ratcliffe started 21 different players and used 15 different starting lineup combinations. However, only two of its starting XI graduate, and the Cardinal will return 70 percent of its 37 goals.
The following is a rundown of honors earned by the Cardinal this year:
Stephanie Amack
Pac-12 All-Freshman team
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI freshman team
Maddie Bauer
NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team
All-Pac-12 second team
Pac-12 All-Freshman team
Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (Oct. 2)
Jane Campbell
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 1)
Alex Doll
Team captain
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Hannah Farr
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Aly Gleason
Won a school-record 109 matches in her career
Natalie Griffen
Capital One Academic All-District 8 first team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Lo’eau LaBonta
NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team
All-Pac-12 second team
Laura Liedle
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Collegesoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week (Aug. 26)
Emily Oliver
Team captain
Soccer America Preseason All-American
Senior CLASS Award candidate
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI first team
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 26)
Shelby Payne
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Sydney Payne
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Kendall Romine
Team captain
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Chioma Ubogagu
All-Pac-12 honorable mention
Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 29)
Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI first team
Taylor Uhl
Stanford goal-scoring leader
Soccer America Preseason All-American
Hermann Trophy watch list
Muscle Milk Stanford Student-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 10)
Courtney Verloo
NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team
All-Pac-12 first team
Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
Team captain
Won a school-record 109 matches in her career
Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 24)
NSCAA Player of the Week (Sept. 24)
Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Week (Sept. 24)
CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer of the Week (Sept. 24)
Muscle-Milk Stanford Student-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 24)