Stanford Faces Utah in Season Opener

Aug. 25, 2004

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Stanford vs. Utah
Friday, August 27 * 7 p.m.
Maloney Field * Stanford, Calif.
Cardinal vs. Utes: Stanford and Utah face off for the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Friday night ... in the Soccer America preseason poll, Stanford earned the No. 14 ranking while Utah came in next at No. 15 ... the Utes were also ranked No. 18 by Soccer Buzz and No. 24 by the NCSAA.Scouting Utah: Utah opens the season at Stanford on Friday before heading north to take on Gonzaga on Sunday ... Mountain West coaches voted Utah the preseason favorite to defend their conference crown ... the Utes had their first test of the season with a scrimmage against Idaho State last week and won a 3-0 decision.son Openers: Stanford is 17-2-1 in season openers ... the Cardinal has won its first game in each of the last 16 seasons ... in 1987, the Cardinal tied Saint Mary's, 0-0, but have won every opener since ... Stanford's only two losses to kick off the season came in 1984, the program's first year, and 1986, the third year ... both were one-goal games ... Stanford has also built up a streak of 15 consecutive wins in home openers.Preseason Points: After a third-place finish in the conference and an NCAA Tournament appearance last fall, the Cardinal is ready for the 2004 season to begin ... conference coaches voted Stanford as their likely choice for Pac-10 runner-up this season, with the Cardinal receiving two votes for first place ... with seven starters back from last season and the return of Marcie Ward to the line-up, Stanford earned a No. 14 ranking in Soccer America's preseason poll.Barnhart Bullets: Senior goalie Nicole Barnhart has been named to the Soccer America Preseason All-America team as well as the MAC Hermann Trophy Preseason Watch List ... the two-time All-American is co-captain of the Cardinal for the second-straight season ... Barnhart, already in the Stanford record books in shutouts, goals-against average and saves, spent the summer with the U-21 team and helped the U.S. to its sixth-consecutive Nordic Cup title.

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