Marcie Ward Named Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year

Nov. 7, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Marcie Ward, a freshman on the Stanford women's soccer team, has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Ward was also selected to the All-Conference First Team - the only freshman so honored - while Kelsey Carlson, Amy Sauer and Carly Smolak earned Second Team honors. Shauna Itri and Marcia Wallis were given Honorable Mention accolades.

This is Stanford's second consecutive Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, following Wallis' selection in 1999.

Ward, a forward from Alamo, Calif., leads Stanford and ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring (12 goals, 14 assists - 38 points) as a rookie. She helped lead the Cardinal to a 13-5-1 overall record (6-3-0 Pac-10) and its third straight NCAA Tournament apperance. With 14 assists on the season, Ward led the Pac-10 and broke the school single-season record held by U.S. National Team member Julie Foudy (13). Ward started all 19 regular season games this year and is already tied for eighth on the Stanford all-time assist list. She ranks sixth on the school single-season point list (38), while her 0.74 assists average also is seventh in the nation.

Carlson (Citrus Heights, CA), a sophomore midfielder, has three goals and is second on the team with eight assists. Sauer (Spring, TX), a junior, played an integral role in a solid Cardinal defense while adding one game-winning goal and an assist. As the starting goalkeeper, Smolak (Lake Oswego, OR) logged 1639:14 minutes, making a career high 95 saves en route to 10 shutouts (4 shared) in her senior campaign. Itri (Huntington Beach, CA), a senior co-captain, has started 59 of a possible 60 matches over the last three years. Wallis (Los Gatos, CA), a sophomore forward, is tied for the team lead with 12 goals and has also tallied three assists.

Stanford hosts San Jose State in the First Round of the 2000 NCAA Women's College Cup on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Kickoff from New Maloney Field is set for 7:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call 1-800-STANFORD.

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