Women's Soccer Returns To The Farm

Oct. 16, 2000

Cardinal hosts Arizona schools this weekend... The No. 20 Stanford women's soccer team returns home after a seven-game road trip to host Pacific-10 Conference foes Arizona and Arizona State. The Cardinal (8-4-1, 1-2-0) has a 5-0 all-time record against the Wildcats, including a 5-2 win last year. The Sun Devils are 1-1-1 with Stanford and won the last meeting 3-2.

Bears win battle of the bay... California scored a goal in the first half and added an insurance goal in the second as the Bears defeated the Cardinal 2-0 Sunday afternoon. It was the second time Stanford had been shutout this season (1-0 loss to UW) as well as the third straight loss to the Bears. The Pac-10's leading scorer Laura Schott got the Bears on the board with her 18th goal of the season. Stanford was outshot 14-9 (8-5 in the second half), while Carly Smolak had seven saves.

The ways of the road... The Cardinal finished its seven-game road trip with a 3-3-1 record (.500). All three of its losses, as well as the tie, came to ranked opponents. The three wins came via shutout, and Stanford held a 13-9 advantage in goals over the seven-game stretch. On the trip, the Cardinal was shutout for the first times this season (0-1 UW, 0-2 Cal). It had its biggest margin of victory (5-0 over Weber State) and two overtime games (2-2 tie to Wake Forest, 1-0 win over WSU).

Home sweet home... With a perfect 4-0 record at New Maloney Field this year, Stanford returns to its own turf this weekend for the first time since Sept. 17. The Cardinal opened the 2000 season with two home wins before traveling to the Notre Dame Tournament. Then, it hosted the Stanford Nike Invitiational before taking to the road for the next month. Stanford has a 2-3 away record and a 2-1-1 mark at neutral sites. Since New Maloney Field opened in 1997, the women's soccer team has a 22-8-2 (.718) record.

Not too streaky... Since Stanford opened the season with three straight wins, it has yet to win or lose more than two games in a row. The Cardinal picked up two wins over Virginia and Maryland in mid-September. Over the next four weekends, Stanford would split with Santa Clara (L) and San Jose State (W) as well as with UW (L) and WSU (W). Stanford went 1-0-1 in the Santa Clara Adidas Classic, and lost its only game last week to Cal.

The Nelson File... Head coach Andy Nelson is in his first season with the Cardinal after spendng the past season at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to 1999, Nelson was head coach at Wellseley College (a Division III school in Pennsylvania) for five years. He has a career record of 88-33-10, including two first-time NCAA Tournament appearances for the University of Penn and Wellsley.

Pac-10 off and running... With six Pac-10 conference games remaining, Stanford has the advantage of playing four of them on its home field. The Cardinal hosts the Arizona schools this weekend before traveling to Los Angeles for its final road trip. The first week of November marks the final week of the regular season as Stanford hosts the Oregon and Oregon State.

Wildcat watch... Arizona enters the weekend with a 3-9-2 overall record (0-3-1 Pac-10). The Wildcats have posted wins over New Mexico (3-2 OT), Long Island (2-1 OT) and Northern Arizona (1-0). They have had five games go into overtime, where they are 2-2-1. Freshman forward Liz Bartlett leads the team in scoring with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist), while junior forward Kristi Lorona has eight points on four goals. In the Pac-10 opener, Arizona played to a 1-1 tie with Oregon State. The Wildcats take a three-game losing streak into Friday night's match.

Scoop on the Sun Devils... Arizona State brings an 11-3-0 overall record into the week, and a 2-2 conference mark. The Sun Devils opened the season with nine straight wins before losing to BYU. They opened Pac-10 play with wins over the Oregon schools before dropping both matches to UW and WSU last weekend. Junior Stacey Tullock (11 goals, 5 assists) and freshman Patrice Feulner (10 goals, 7 assists) are tied for the scoring lead with 27 points apiece.

Ward dishes it out... Freshman forward Marcie Ward leads the Cardinal in scoring this year with 23 points (6 goals, 11 assists). She has recorded an assist in all but two of the Cardinal's wins and has at least one assist in seven of the last nine games. Her 11 assists and 0.85 average per game lead the Pac-10 conference and rank seventh nationally. Ward is already showing up in the Stanford record books as she is tied for 11th on the all-time assist list after playing in just 13 games.

How the Cardinal stacks up... On the season, Stanford is 3-4-1 against opponents with a top 25 ranking. After defeating No. 6 UConn, the Cardinal lost its first game of the season in overtime to Notre Dame (now. No. 1). Stanford returned home to host its annual tournament, where it picked up wins over No. 15 Virginia and No. 23 Maryland. No. 19 Santa Clara upset the Cardinal in the fifth-straight game against a ranked team. Of the four tournaments, the Cardinal faced six teams with a national ranking. Stanford and No. 17 Wake Forest played to a tie before No. 10 Washington defeated Stanford in the Pac-10 opener. The most recent ranked opponent, No. 10 Cal, handed the Cardinal a 2-0 loss.

Pac'n the Polls... The Pac-10 conference has five teams ranked in the top 25 (three in the top 10) in the latest NSCAA poll. UCLA (No. 7) and Stanford (No. 20) were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in conference play. Washington (No. 3), UCLA and USC (No. 13) are all undefeated in the conference, while Cal (No. 8) has only lost one game. Washington has wins over both Stanford and Cal, while USC and UCLA played to a tie.

Head of the Pac... Marcia Wallis was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week for Sept. 12-18 after scoring three goals in two games and leading the Cardinal to the Stanford Nike Invitational title. It was Wallis' second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Stanford's ninth Player of the Week honor all-time. It was also the Cardinal's second straight Player of the Week this season after goalkeeper Carly Smolak earned the honor for the week of Sept. 5-12.

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