Soccer America Recognizes Three Cardinal On Its MVP List

Jan. 9, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, PA), Alisan Pabon (Dallas, TX) and Callie Withers (Los Altos Hills, CA) were all selected to Soccer America's MVP team for the 2002 season. The soccer magazine also named Stanford co-coaches Stephanie Erickson and Paul Sapsford Coaches of the Year.

Barnhart, a sophomore, enjoyed a banner season in her first year starting in goal for the Cardinal. She was named a First Team All-American and West Region First Team honoree. Barnhart was also a First Team All-Pac-10 member and was the nation's top keeper with a 0.19 goal against average. The sophomore recorded a record-setting 18 shutouts and allowed only four opponent goals. Barnhart surrendered only one score in Pac-10 play, setting the conference mark.

Pabon, a junior defender, was also named to the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention Team. She helped guide the Stanford defense in allowing only 127 shots, four goals and have combined to record 19 team shutouts. Pabon also recorded three assists, including the game-winning score against Texas.

Withers, a senior, also joins Barnhart and Pabon on the MVP Team. The First Team All-American and First Team West Region member was a dominate midfielder for the Cardinal. She finished with five goals and three assists and orchestrated Stanford's offense that outscored opponents 163-13. Withers was also named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and All-Academic Honorable Mention squad.

Erickson and Sapsford led Stanford to its fifth Pac-10 Conference Championship, finishing with a perfect 9-0 record in the league. The duo also guided the Cardinal to the NCAA Quarterfinals where they fell to eventual national champion Portland in penalty kicks. Stanford finished the season 21-2, marking the best record in program history.

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