No. 19 Stanford Set to Take on Washington Schools

Oct. 18, 2006

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This Week: The Stanford women's soccer team continues Pac-10 action this weekend, heading north to face Washington State and Washington. On Friday afternoon, the Cardinal will take on the Cougars in a 3 p.m. match-up at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman. On Sunday, the squad heads to Seattle to take on the Huskies, with kickoff set for noon at Husky Soccer Field.

On The Horizon: The Cardinal returns to the Farm for another weekend of Pac-10 play, October 27 and 29. In the Friday night match, Stanford meets Oregon State at 7 p.m. and will attempt to win its third-straight over the Beavers. In the Sunday match, the Cardinal will attempt to defend its undefeated streak against the Oregon Ducks, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. at Maloney Field.

So Far This Season: Stanford is 9-5-1 so far in 2006, has shutout opponents in nine matches and out-shot them 13 times. During the opening weekend, the Cardinal dropped two close matches to Utah and No. 23 Wake Forest at the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. Stanford then cruised past San Francisco, Cal Poly, Rutgers and Long Island, holding all four opponents scoreless. At the Stanford Nike Invitational, Stanford was edged by No. 10 Tennessee, 1-0, before blanking No. 24 Boston University, 3-0. On Sept. 22, Stanford topped UC Irvine 2-0, while out-shooting the Anteaters 27-1. Two days later, Stanford dropped San Diego State, 4-0, behind two first half goals by senior Shari Summers. On Sept. 30, the Cardinal out-shot No. 3 Santa Clara 15-2, and held the Broncos to by far their lowest shot total of the season, but fell 2-0. Stanford opened up conference action with a tie against No. 19 USC and a loss to No. 4 UCLA. Last weekend, Stanford topped Arizona State 3-2, before blowing by Arizona, 3-0.

Freshman Force: The Stanford freshmen continue to be the driving force for the Cardinal on offense. Kelley O'Hara had the best weekend of her career, with two goals and an assist, while earning her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. Forward Ali Riley also had a prolific weekend, with her first career assist against Arizona State and a goal against Arizona. Kristin Stannard has three goals for the Cardinal and Alicia Jenkins has one, while Katie Riley has been a major contributor on defense for Stanford. Overall the Cardinal freshmen have been responsible for 12 of the 27 Cardinal goals (44 percent).

Back Line Performers: The Cardinal back line stepped up not only on defense this weekend, but also on offense. Sophomore Marisa Abegg registered a career-high weekend, notching the game-winning assist against Arizona State and the game-winning goal against Arizona. Fellow defender Allison Falk also had a career-high weekend, netting her first career goal in the 26th minute against Arizona State and tacking on the game-winning assist against Arizona. Meanwhile, the pair led the Cardinal to its ninth shutout of the season while holding its 11th and 12th opponents to two shots on goal or less. Junior goalkeeper Erica Holland was also a key performer on defense, posting her first two wins of the season and her third career shutout.

Cardinal Comebacks: The Cardinal earned its first come-from-behind win of the season against Arizona State on Friday night, overcoming a 2-1 halftime deficit to top the Sun Devils, 3-2. The win marks just the third time in the past five years that the Cardinal has battled back from a deficit and picked up a win. The comeback was the first since Oct. 10, 2003, when the Cardinal overcame a 2-1 deficit and topped Arizona 3-2 in Tucson. Then-freshman Rachel Buehler notched the game-winning assist in the match, finding teammate Allyson Marquand in the 65th minute. In 2002, Stanford battled back from an early 1-0 deficit against California to top the Golden Bears, 2-1.

Pac-10 Numbers: After last weekend's matches, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in shots (233) and stands tied with UCLA for the lead in goals (27). Stanford is also tied as the conference leader in shutouts (9) and stands 19th nationally in shutout percentage. The Cardinal also has the third-largest scoring margin among Pac-10 schools (+1.07). Senior Shari Summers and freshman Kelley O'Hara continue to be among the Pac-10's top offensive players. Both rank in the top-10 conference players in shots, points and goals. Summers is tied for third in goals (6) and stands fifth in goals per game (.43), while O'Hara is tied for sixth in goals (5) and stands fourth in goals per game (.45). With two more assists this weekend, sophomore Lea MacKinnon now has five total assists and is tied for third in the conference. Hillary Heath and Lizzy George also rank among the conference leaders in assists, with four and three on the year, respectively.

The Series with Washington State: Stanford leads the series with Washington State, 12-2-1, with just one loss to the Cougars in the last 10 years. Last season, Shari Summers scored the game-winner in the 70th minute, lifting the Cardinal to a 1-0 victory at Maloney Field. In 2004, the teams battled to a 0-0 tie in Pullman, in the fourth all-time overtime match between the two programs. The Cardinal has outscored the Cougars all-time 27-3.

Scouting the Cougars: At the helm of the Cougars is Matt Potter, who begins his fourth season at Washington State. In 2005, Potter and the Cougars finished 11-7-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the Pac-10. Fourteen letterwinners and five starters return in 2006, but the Cougars' current leading scorer is a freshman, Carly Dobratz. The Gilbert, Ariz. native has three goals and five assists this season, including the game-winning assist against Oregon State on Friday night. Junior Anna Miller is the second-leading scorer for the Cougars, with nine points on the year. Goalkeeper Brynn Bemis leads the Pac-10 with an .853 save percentage. The Cougars are 7-4-3 so far in 2006 and have yet to lose a conference game. So far in Pac-10 play, they have topped Washington and Oregon State in a pair of 1-0 decisions and tied Oregon, 0-0.

The Series with Washington: The Cardinal leads the series with the Huskies 12-2-2, and has won four of the last five. Last season, Hillary Heath scored the game-winner for Stanford in the 28th minute to lead the Cardinal to a 1-0 victory at home. Over the 16 total meetings between the two programs, Stanford has outscored Washington, 30-10.

Scouting the Huskies: The Huskies are led by 13th-year head coach Lesle Gallimor, and are looking to improve on a rough 0-17-3 season last year. The team returns 15 letterwinners and nine starters, and has already posted six wins in 2006. The Huskies began the season on a three-game winning streak, but lost eight of their next ten. The team has faced some of the toughest competition in the nation, however, including North Carolina, Portland and BYU. On Sunday, the Huskies earned their first Pac-10 win against Oregon State. Sophomore Melissa Beal is currently Washington's leading scorer, with nine points on the year. Juniors Shuree Hyatt and Katy Dowling each have contributed two goals and an assist and are the team's second-leading scorers.

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