Stanford Achieves No. 1 Ranking For First Time In Program History

Sept. 30, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team is the top-ranked team in the country this week in the latest NSCAA/adidas Poll released today. The ranking marks its highest ranking in program history, heading into the Cardinal's matchup with No. 2 North Carolina on Friday in the Saint Mary's Tournament.

Stanford is coming off two wins at the Santa Clara adidas Classic, becoming the first team other than host Santa Clara to take home the team championship trophy based on goal differential.

'I think the team deserves this recognition, ' said co-coach Stephanie Erickson. 'This is something to be proud of, but we realize that we still have a lot to do to accomplish the goals that we have set for the season.'

The Cardinal started the season with a 3-0 win over 2001 NCAA Champion Santa Clara, and have since beat then-No. 3 Texas A&M (1-0 OT), No. 10 Texas (1-0) and No. 16 Florida (4-0). In eight games, Stanford has recorded six shutouts and allowed only two opponent goals.

The big showdown of No. 1 versus No. 2 in women's soccer will be played at 2 p.m. in Moraga on Friday, Oct. 4 in Saint Mary's Stadium.

'We are excited for the challenge that North Carolina provides us. We are a well-prepared team and looking forward to the game,' said co-coach Paul Sapsford.

Stanford will also play Tulane on Sunday at 12 p.m. in the third game of the Saint Mary's Tournament.

NSCAA/adidas National Rankings
September 30, 2002

1. Stanford (8-0-0)
2. North Carolina (8-0-2)
3. UCLA (7-1-0)
4. Texas (6-2-1)
5. Portland (8-2-1)
6. California (6-2-1)
7. Wake Forest (9-0-1)
8. Texas A&M (7-3-0)
9. West Virginia (9-1-0)
10. Connecticut (8-1-1)
11. Santa Clara (6-2-1)
12. Penn State (7-1-1)
13. Michigan (8-2-0)
14. Washington (5-3-2)
15. Marquette (8-2-0)
16. Nebraska (5-2-3)
17. Charlotte (8-0-1)
18. Princeton (7-0-0)
19. Pepperdine (8-0-2)
20. Denver (6-1-2)
21. Florida State (6-2-2)
22. Purdue (6-2-1)
23. Maryland (7-3-0)
24. Boston College (5-4-1)
25. Clemson (5-4-0)

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