Women's Soccer's Nelson Honored As Pac-10 Coach Of The Year, Three Cardinal On First Team

Nov. 13, 2001

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Second-year head coach Andy Nelson has been named the Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Amy Sauer (Spring, TX), Marcie Ward (Alamo, CA) and Marcia Wallis (Los Gatos, CA) were selected to the First Team, while Allyson Marquand (Irvine, CA) and Callie Withers (Los Altos Hills, CA) garnered Second Team honors. Natalie Spilger (El Cajon, CA) also earned Honorable Mention accolades.

In his second season at The Farm, Nelson guided the Cardinal to a tie for second place in the Pac-10 and a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Stanford posted a regular season overall record of 13-3-2, 6-2-1 in conference play. Under Nelson's guidance, the Cardinal ranked first in the Pac-10 in points (123), goals per game (2.28 avg), assists (41) and assists per game (2.28 avg) and was second in goals (41). This year Nelson also capture his 100th career win against San Diego State on Sept. 28, and holds an 27-9-3 record at Stanford.

Sauer, a senior defender, is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree after playing in every match in her career and starting all but one. She played an integral role in a solid Cardinal defense that had five shutouts, and registered one assist. Ward, a sophomore, is also a two-time honoree after being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season. She leads Stanford with 30 points on 10 goals and 10 assists. Wallis, a junior forward, recorded a team-high 11 goals including five game-winners.

Marquand, a sophomore defender, returns after missing all of last season due to injury. She came back in her home debut since the 1999 season and scored the tying goal against Washington on Oct. 21. Withers, a junior, has tallied five goals this season and one assist for a total of 11 points in the midfielder position. Spilger earns Honorable Mention honors as a defender, scoring a goal against Santa Clara and adding an assist at Florida.

Stanford was selected to host the first and second rounds of the 2001 Women's College Cup on Nov. 16 and 18. Saint Mary's will face California at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Cardinal's matchup with Denver at 7 p.m. The winners of Friday's games will play on Sunday at 1 p.m., with all matches being held at Maloney Field. For more information or to order tickets, call 1-800-STANFORD.

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