Women's Soccer Opens 2001 Season In Florida

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Aug. 27, 2001

This Week's Action:

Monday, August 27         Scrimmage vs. Jacksonville      Ashley Sports ComplexSunday, September 2       Florida                         Percy Beard Stadium

Kickin' Things Off...The Cardinal will open its 2001 season across the coast in Florida. Stanford will make a stop in Jacksonville on August 27 for a scrimmage before heading down to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on September 2. Competition is set for 4 p.m. (EST) at the Percy Beard Stadium.

Preseason Rankings...In the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released on August 15, Stanford is ranked at No. 15 to start the 2001 season. Florida is close behind, coming in at No. 18. North Carolina and UCLA took the top two spots at No. 1 and 2 respectively.

Scouting Florida...The Gators advanced to the 2000 NCAA Tournament before loosing in the second round to Florida State 2-1. Florida concluded last season with a 16-8 record (9-0 SEC) and a No. 19 NSCAA final ranking. The Gators swept the league's titles in 2000, winning the SEC regular-season and tournament crowns. Senior Abby Wambach leds the Gators after being selected to the collegesoccer.com Preseason All-America Second Team. Wambach was named to the Under-21 Women's National team with current Stanford sophomore Allyson Marquand. She became the Gators' all-time points leader in 2000 with a total of 166 career points and has earned All-America honors in each of her seasons at Florida.

Against The Gators...The September 2nd matchup between Stanford and Florida marks the first time the two teams have met. Both programs have a strong tradition that has led them into the postseason the past three consectutive years.

Welcome Back...Stanford returns eight starters from last year's team. Fiftteen letterwinners return, including three seniors, and are joined by five freshmen and one walk-on. Stanford's highly talented freshmen class ranks ninth in the nation and second highest in the Pac-10 behind No. 7 UCLA.

New Faces On The Farm...Stanford's matchup with Florida will be the first collegiate game for six Cardinal athletes. Sophomore Jenna Shuer (Mountain View, CA) begins her career as a walk-on defender. Amy Grady (Pawtucket, CT), Emilee Shim (Decatur, GA) and Katie Wayland (Concord, MA) all hail from the East coast, while teammates Lisa Engel (Ventura, CA) and Natalie Sanderson (Ventura, CA) also join the 2001 squad.

Opening Day History 101...The Cardinal has gone 14-2-1 in their season openers dating back to 1984, and currently has a 13-game winning streak on the big day. The last Stanford loss on opening day was a 1-0 decision at Chico State in 1986.

Back On The Field...Sophomore Allyson Marquand will be welcomed back after redshirting last season due to an ACL injury. Marquand is expected to be back to full speed after spending the summer with the Under-21 National Team that won the Nordic Cup Championship in Norway. In the championship game, the Cardinal sophomore recorded an assist for the United States, and started all four games in the tournament.

Tough Road To Dallas...With the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup in Dallas, Texas, the Cardinal will begin their postseason quest against the Gators. Stanford's schedule will challenge the young team early in the season with its non-conference matches. The Cardinal will open up against a tough Florida squad and then face Texas A&M and Texas on the road. Stanford's first home game of the 2001 season will match them against Notre Dame. Dartmouth and Dayton will then come to town for the annual Stanford Tournament, followed by the Santa Clara Tournament. With seven Pac-10 teams in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, conference play ensures a tough and demanding schedule. Stanford begins Pac-10 play October 12 at Oregon State.

Nelson's Count To 100...Head Coach Andy Nelson enters his second season with the Stanford women's soccer program. In his first season, he guided the Cardinal to a 14-6-1 record and a fourth-place finish in the conference. Two of his players earned West Region All-America honors and six Cardinal earned All-Pac-10 accolades. Nelson has an overall record of 94-35-10 (.712), and will begin the 2001 season in search of his 100th career win.

Looking Back...Stanford finished its 2000 season with a 14-6-1 overall record and a No. 20 ranking in the final NSCAA poll. The Cardinal advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, beating San Jose State 4-1 before losing 5-0 at BYU. With a 6-3-0 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play, Stanford placed fourth in the league standings.

Keeping The Streak Alive...With Stanford's 2000 NCAA Tournament appearance, the Cardinal advanced to the postseason for the third straight year and 10th time in 11 seasons. The 2001 team looks to make it 11 out of 12 seasons.

The 'M' Factors...Forwards Marcie Ward and Marcia Wallis combined for 72 points last season, nearly 50 percent of the Cardinal's offense. Between the two, Ward and Wallis had 27 goals, 18 assists and 129 shots. In 12 of Stanford's 14 wins, either Marcie or Marcia scored at least one goal.

Freshman Of The Pac...Marcie Ward was named the 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after an outstanding frosh campaign. Ward tallied 42 points (14 goals, 14 assists) as she lead the team in both goals and assists. Teammate Marcia Wallis earned the same honor in 1999.

Defense Sweetened...Defender Amy Sauer was the anchor of Stanford's defense, which posted 10 shutouts while giving up just 27 goals in 21 matches last year. A West Region All-America Second Team and Pac-10 Second Team Selection, she was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanford Nike Invitational. Sauer had one goal and one assist in 21 games.

Carlson And Wallis Adding Up PT...Juniors Kelsey Carlson and Marcia Wallis have gotten plenty of playing time, each starting in the last 42 consecutive matches. Since arriving on campus, both Carlson and Wallis have never missed a Stanford game.

Records Meant To Be Broken...The 2000 season saw several Stanford players make their way into the single-season record books. Marcie Ward broke an eight-year old assist record previously held by U.S. National Team member Julie Foudy (13 assists) with her 14 assists. Kelsey Carlson's eight assists rank seventh on the single-season list. Ward was second for points with 42, behind onlly Sarah Rafanelli's 48 points in 1993. For goals in a single season, Ward was fifth with 14, while Marcia Wallis was eighth with 13 goals.

The Accolades Kept Comin'...Not only did Stanford place six athletes on the All-Pac-10 team, but Marcie Ward and Amy Sauer were recognized nationally. Both were named to the West Region All-America Team by NSCAA/adidas. Ward, a forward, was a First Team selection while Sauer, a defender, picked up Second Team honors.

Home Sweet Home...The Cardinal completed the 2000 season with a perfect 9-0 record when playing at home on Maloney Field. With its first round win in the NCAA Tournament, Stanford increased its home field winning streak to 11, dating back to the 1999 season. Since Maloney Field opened in 1997, the women's soccer team has a 27-8-2 (.756) record. Stanford has not lost at home since October 29, 1999.

California Dreamin'...Out of 22 athletes on the current roster, 12 are from the state of California. Stanford also has a Texas connection with three athletes from the Lonestar Sate. Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Pennsylvania are also represented on the Cardinal roster.

Cardinal Number Of The Week - 3...The 2001 Stanford squad has three seniors returning for their final season as a Cardinal: Christy LaPierre (Gold River, CA), Amy Sauer (Spring, TX) and Carrie Walsh (Los Gatos, CA).

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