Stanford Travels to South Bend for Notre Dame Classic

Aug. 31, 2004

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Stanford at Notre Dame Tournament

vs. #3 Notre Dame * Friday, Sept. 3 * 7:30 p.m. (CDT)
Alumni Field * Notre Dame, Ind.

vs. SMU * Sunday, Sept. 5 * 11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Alumni Field * Notre Dame, Ind.

Tournament Talk: Stanford will challenge third-ranked Notre Dame on Friday night (at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time) as the Irish bring three top teams to South Bend for the Notre Dame adidas Classic at Alumni Field ... Friday's other match-up will feature second-ranked Santa Clara against SMU ... Stanford will take on the Mustangs on Sunday (9:30 a.m. Pacific Time) before Notre Dame and Santa Clara face-off ... Notre Dame will broadcast live stats during the Friday night match versus Stanford ... follow the action live by clicking the Gametracker link on the Stanford women's soccer schedule at vs. Fighting Irish: Stanford is 3-4-1 against Notre Dame all time ... Stanford is 1-2 against Notre Dame in their tournament and 1-3 against the Irish in South Bend (Notre Dame edged Stanford, 1-0, in a third round NCAA Tournament game in 1999) ... last season, Stanford and Notre Dame battled to a two-overtime 0-0 tie at the Santa Clara Tournament on Sept. 19 ... the Cardinal's last win over the Irish came in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002, when Stanford posted a 1-0 win in Palo Alto.Scouting Notre Dame: Notre Dame opened the 2004 season with a 7-2 decision over Baylor last Friday before shutting out Eastern Illinois, 3-0, two days later ... the Irish return eight starters from their 2003 squad, which made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... junior Katie Thorlakson tied the school record for points in a half (7), tallying three assists and two goals in the first half against Baylor ... she added her fourth assist of the season against Eastern Illinois.Cardinal vs. Mustangs: Stanford holds a 3-1 record against SMU ... the Cardinal has won the last two meetings, a 4-0 victory on Sept. 30, 2001, in Santa Clara and a 2-0 shutout on Oct. 2, 1998, at home ... the Mustangs only win over Stanford was a 1-0 double-overtime decision at the Clemson Classic on Sept. 14, 1997.Scouting Southern Methodist: SMU kicked off the year with a 4-0 win at Texas Christian before playing 110 minutes for a 2-2 tie at Oklahoma last Sunday ... the Mustangs will play second-ranked Santa Clara at 5 p.m. on Friday before facing off against Stanford on Sunday ... freshman Marisa Scheida is leading the way for SMU with two goals this season, while four other Mustangs have scored one goal.Rankings Report: Stanford entered the 2004 campaign with only one preseason ranking ... Soccer America tabbed the Cardinal the No. 14 team ... after opening the season with a 3-0 win last week, Stanford was bumped up to No. 13 and took the No. 19 spot in the Soccer Buzz poll.Season Openers: With a 3-0 victory over Utah on Aug. 27, Stanford is now 18-2-1 in season openers ... the Cardinal has won its first game in each of the last 17 seasons.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 ... with seven starters back from last season and the return of Marcie Ward to the line-up, conference coaches voted Stanford as their likely choice for Pac-10 runner-up this season, with the Cardinal receiving two votes for first place.Barnhart Bullets: Senior goalie Nicole Barnhart has been named to the Soccer America and College Sports Television (CSTV) Preseason All-America teams, 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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