Women's Soccer Hosts Stanford Nike Invitational
Sept. 12, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
This Week: The Stanford women's soccer team will host the annual Stanford Nike Invitational at Maloney Field this weekend, a tournament which features the Cardinal, the No. 10 Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the No. 24 Boston University Terriers and the No. 3 Santa Clara Broncos. Action begins Friday night at 5 p.m. when Santa Clara meets Boston University. Immediately following, Stanford will take on Tennessee. On Sunday, Santa Clara and Tennessee will play at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. showdown between Stanford and Boston University.
On The Horizon: Stanford stays at home to host pair of matches against UC Irvine and San Diego State next weekend. The Stanford men's and women's soccer teams will pair up for Friday and Sunday doubleheaders. The Cardinal women will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 against the Anteaters and at noon on Sunday, Sept. 24 against the Aztecs.
So Far This Season: Stanford is 4-2 so far in 2006 and is currently riding a four-game winning streak. In the opening weekend's action, the Cardinal dropped two close matches to Utah and No. 23 Wake Forest at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. Since then, Stanford has cruised past San Francisco, Cal Poly, Rutgers and Long Island, and held all four opponents scoreless. The Cardinal has outscored opponents 10-0 since August 27 and out-shot them 62-14.
A Complete Unit: The Stanford women's soccer team is finally back in full force, as the last missing piece, freshman Kelley O'Hara, returned to the team from the U-20 World Cup in Russia last weekend. Against Long Island, 20 of the 21 Cardinal players saw time on the field and eight different players took cracks at the goal. The final member of the Cardinal, redshirt freshman Lauren Shapiro, is training with the team and should return to action by the end of the month.
New Faces Making An Impact: Touted as one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, the five Cardinal freshmen have lived up to their reputation so far. Kristin Stannard is currently one of the leading goal-scorers for the Cardinal, with two tallies already this season. Alicia Jenkins has started all six matches at forward for the Cardinal and netted the insurance goal against Cal Poly last week. Ali Riley scored the game-winner on Friday night in Stanford's 1-0 win over Rutgers and Kelley O'Hara led the team in shots and scored her first collegiate goal during her first weekend in a Cardinal uniform. Katie Riley has earned the starting left back job and has played a key role in the four-straight shutouts posted by the Cardinal defense.
Stanford in the Nike Invitational: Stanford has hosted a four-team tournament 16 times sinces 1988 and every year since 1999. The Cardinal has won its home tournament five times in the last six years and won it eight times overall. Since the event became the Stanford Nike Invitational in 1995, the Cardinal has gone 13-7-0 in tournament play. Last year, the Cardinal blanked Santa Clara and Colorado College to claim the Invitational title.
The Series with Tennessee: Stanford is undefeated against the Lady Vols, having topped them in both previous meetings. Last season, Stanford edged the Volunteers at their own tournament, 1-0, behind a game-winner by Lizzy George. In 2002, Stanford took down Tennessee at the Santa Clara Tournament, 2-0.
Scouting the Lady Volunteers: North Carolina alum Angela Kelly is at the helm of the defending SEC Champions, a team armed with 14 returning letterwinners and nine returning starters. Last season, the Lady Vols posted a 15-6-2 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. So far in 2006, Tennessee is 3-1-1, having topped Middle Tennessee, UNC Greensboro, and Virginia. Redshirt junior Emily Redberg has scored half of the Lady Vol goals, including two game-winners. Sophomore Kylee Rossi, who led Tennessee with eight goals and 20 points last season, notched the first goal of the season in the tie with Penn State.
The Series with Boston University: This weekend will mark the first meeting between the Stanford and BU programs and just the second time in history that Stanford has met an opponent from the America East conference. In 1994, the Cardinal topped Hartford of the America East, 1-0, on the road. Sunday's match will mark the first time in history that the Terriers have met a team from the Pac-10.
Scouting the Terriers: The Terriers are led by head coach Nancy Feldman, who has accumulated a 136-69-19 record in her last 11 years at Boston University. Last season, the Terriers claimed the America East championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Fifteen letterwinners and four starters return from that squad and so far the team has posted a 3-1-1 record, which includes an overtime win over Boston College. Freshman Farrell McClernon is the current leading scorer for BU, with three goals already this season. Of note, two Terriers are former Northern California prep standouts, sophomore Lauren Stewart of Pleasanton and freshman Laura Schwartz of Santa Cruz.