Top-Ranked Stanford Looks To Finish Pac-10 Title Run

Nov. 5, 2002

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This Week's Action:
Friday, Nov. 8 ..... Stanford vs. Arizona State ..... Maloney Field , 5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 10 ..... Stanford vs. Arizona ..... Maloney Field, 1 pm

Stanford Plays For Conference Title ...
In the final weekend of Pac-10 play, the 16-1-0 Cardinal can clinch at least a share of their fifth conference title and the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth by posting one win in their final two Pac-10 matches. Top-ranked Stanford will host Arizona State on Friday (Nov. 8) at 5 p.m. and will then face Arizona at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 10) at Maloney Field.

Latest Rankings ...
For the fourth straight week, Stanford controls the top spot in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings released November 4. This is the Cardinal's fifth week being No. 1, with the Sept. 30 poll marking their highest in program history. The Tar Heels (14-1-4) stand at No. 2, while No. 3 Texas A&M (15-3-1), No. 4 UCLA (14-3-0) and No. 5 Texas (14-3-2) round off the top-five. Two other Pac-10 schools are ranked, led by No. 15 USC and No. 25 Arizona State.

Scouting The Sun Devils ...
Arizona State split with the Washington schools, falling to the Cougars and defeating the Huskies for the first time in the series history of six games. The Sun Devils, winners of three out of their four last games, stand at 11-4-2 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10. Freshman forward Elizabeth Bogus leads the Arizona State offense, registering 21 points on nine goals and three assists, while freshman teammate Manya Makoski has tallied five goals and eight assists on the year. The Sun Devils have outscored opponents 82-42 (27 goals, 28 assists) and have recorded 18 goals in the first half.

Scouting Arizona ...
The Wildcats' 2-1 double-overtime win over Washington was their first in eight meetings with the Huskies. Freshman forward Kelly Nelson scored two goals in Arizona's split with the Washington schools, including the game-winner against the Huskies which snapped the team's six game losing skid. Nelson, with 13 goals on the season, heads the Wildcat attack with 27 points. Arizona posts a 6-10-1 overall mark and stands at 1-6 in the Pac-10. Amanda Martin and Natalie Juarez have split time in goal for the Wildcats, combining for 118 saves and five shutouts.

411 On The Series ...
Friday's match marks only the sixth time Stanford and Arizona have competed against each other. The all-times series stands at 2-2-1, with the Sun Devils defeating the Cardinal in overtime 1-0 in Tempe last year. Stanford has not lost a match to Arizona, dominating the series record 7-0. Two goals by Katie Wayland led the Cardinal to a 5-0 shutout of the Wildcats last year in Tucson. In seven matches, Stanford has outscored Arizona 32-7.

Cardinal Comes From Behind To Beat Cal ...
Stanford improved on its perfect conference record and rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat California 2-1 last Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Marcia Wallis scored both goals for the Cardinal as they picked up their seventh Pac-10 victory. Stanford outshot the Gold Bears 12-9, with eight of the Cardinal's attempts coming from Wallis. Nicole Barnhart recorded three saves in goal for Stanford.

Off And Running ...
Stanford is the hottest team in the Pac-10 this year winning eight consecutive matches, including seven in the conference, and holds the longest winning streak in the league. The Cardinal have given up one goal in Pac-10 play, outscoring opponents 12-1. Stanford has turned in an impressive 16-1-0 overall record, marking its fifth 16-win season. Should the Cardinal win both games this weekend and finish the regular season with an 18-1-0 mark, the 2002 team have the best regular season record in program history.

Here's The Scenario ...
In the final weekend of Pac-10 play, Stanford is one win away from claiming at least a share of the conference crown. If the Cardinal win out or UCLA drops one of its remaining contests, Stanford would win the title outright. If the Cardinal and Bruins finish in a tie for first place in the Pac-10, they would be considered Co-Champions and Stanford would earn the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth due to the result in head-to-head play (Oct. 13: Stanford 1, UCLA 0). USC also figures in the mix mathematically, and could grab a share of the title if they win out and some other upsets occur.

It's Tourney Time ...
The bracket for the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship will be announced during a selection show on Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPNEWS. The tournament field includes 64 teams, with the first round matches starting on Nov. 15. Stanford will play for the top seed this weekend and the right to host all the way up to the NCAA Women's College Cup hosted by the University of Texas in Austin. The Cardinal are looking at their fifth consecutive appearance and 12th time in 13 seasons. Last year five Pac-10 teams participated in the tournament: 2001 conference champion UCLA, along with Stanford, Washington, USC and Cal.

Knocking Teams Off ...
The Cardinal played three consecutive opponents ranked in the top-10 to start the season, including the defending national champions. Stanford defeated then-No. 1 Santa Clara 3-0, third-ranked Texas A&M 1-0 and No. 10 Texas 1-0. The Cardinal also continued their tough schedule, beating then-No. 16 Florida 4-0. Stanford did suffer its first loss to then-second ranked North Carolina in the Saint Mary's Fall Classic, 1-0. In Stanford's Pac-10 opening weekend in Los Angeles, the Cardinal shutout then-No. 15 USC (2-0) and No. 12 UCLA (1-0). In Seattle the team continued its shutout of ranked opponents, blanking then-No. 25 Washington, 1-0. The Card has allowed only one opponent goal to ranked teams and has outshot those teams 110-65.

Lovin' Maloney ...
Stanford has posted a perfect 7-0 record on Maloney Field this season. In seven home contests the Cardinal have outscored opponents 18-1, including six shutouts. Saint Mary's is the only team to score on Stanford's pitch, but the Cardinal came away with a 3-1 victory.

Spreading The Offense ...
Stanford has tallied 123 points this year, with 19 different Cardinal recording a point. Marcie Ward leads the way with 23 points (eight goals, seven assists) and Marcia Wallis checks in with 22 points (eight goals, six assists). Thirteen different Cardinal have scored a goal and 15 different athletes have also recorded at least one assist.

Defense, Defense, Defense ...
Not only are the Cardinal 16-1 in 2002, but they have allowed only four opponent goals. Stanford's back line of senior Katherine Harrington, juniors Alisan Pabon, Natalie Spilger, Allyson Marquand and freshmen Hayley Hunt and Lindsey Hunt have limited the opposing teams to five shots per game. The defense have given up just 98 shots and only 39 have been on goal. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has been outstanding in goal, recording 40 saves in 17 games. Barnhart has allowed four goals in 1483:29 minutes of work, for an 0.24 goal against average. She ranks first in the Pac-10 with 12 shutouts and for her goals against average. Barnhart's goals against average of 0.24 also leads the nation.

They Shoot, Shoot And Shoot ...
Stanford has scored 41 goals in 17 games, outscoring opponents 41-4. More impressively, the Cardinal have fired 293 shots to the opposing team's 98. Of the 293 shots taken by Stanford, 135 have been on goal. The Card have also tallied 105 corner kicks.

Underclassmen Making Impact ...
Eight sophomores and freshmen have recorded at least one point this year for the Cardinal. Sophomore Natalie Sanderson leads the way with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Jennifer Farenbaugh has also made an impact in her freshman year, tallying 12 points (four goals, four assists). Lisa Engel, Katie Wayland, Leah Tapscott, Amy Grady, Megan Alderete and Lindsey Hunt have all contributed to Stanford's offense.

Rankings From The Pac ...
Stanford leads the Pac-10 schools in assists (41), assists per game average (2.41), goals allowed (4), goals against average (0.23) and shutouts (13). With 41 goals on the year, Stanford ranks second in the conference for total goals, goals per game with an average (2.71), shots (293) and total points (123). Marcie Ward also heads the Pac for shots (63) and shots per game (3.71) and ranks third among the league with 23 points.

Movin' On Up ...
Junior Marcie Ward is already making her mark in the Stanford record books. With seven assists this year, Ward is at No. 3 on the all-time career assist list. The Alamo, Calif., native has 32 assists in just 59 games. Former Cardinal Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) holds the record with 34 assists in 79 games. Ward is also No. 5 on the all-time points list with 96 and No. 6 on career goals with 32. Senior Marcia Wallis has netted eight goals this season, moving her up to No. 4 on the career goal list with 44 goals in 80 matches. Wallis also checks in with 107 career points which puts her as the fourth best in school history.

Barnhart And Ward Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week ...
Sophomore Nicole Barnhart was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 7-14. Barnhart recorded 12 saves in two matches to help the top-ranked Cardinal notch shutout wins at USC (2-0) and UCLA (1-0). The victories marked her seventh and eighth shutouts of the season. Junior Marcie Ward was tabbed Player of the Week for August 27-September 2. The Alamo, Calif., native scored the Cardinal's second goal in a 3-0 upset win at top-ranked Santa Clara. She also tallied six shots, including three on goal, against the Broncos. Ward took a pass from Marcia Wallis and found the back of the net at 49:59.

Pabon, Withers Selected To Soccer America's Team Of The Week ...
Alisan Pabon was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week for Sept. 3-8 and Sept. 16-22. The junior defender assisted the game-winning goal in the Cardinal's 1-0 win over then-No. 10 Texas and guided the defensive line in the team's flawless performances in 4-0 shutouts of Oklahoma and Florida. Callie Withers was also dominate in the midfield, orchestrating the 4-0 victories. She netted her second goal of the season when she connected on a 30-yard blast against the Gators.

Experienced Seniors ...
The Cardinal will be led by a core of experience seniors this season. Kelsey Carlson, Katherine Harrington, Becky Myers, Marcia Wallis and Callie Withers have combined to play in 299 games over the last three years. Redshirt junior Allyson Marquand also came in with the senior class, but redshirted the 2000 season due to an ACL injury.

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