No. 5 Cardinal Returns Home For Senior Weekend
Nov. 1, 2007
Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal faced the daunting desert heat last weekend and was able to pick up a win and a tie in their two games against the Arizona schools. On Friday, Oct. 26 the Cardinal defeated Arizona 3-1 behind two goals by Kelley O'Hara. The match was tied 0-0 at halftime, but the Stanford offense arose in the second half with three goals to put the game away. On Sunday, Oct. 28 the Cardinal headed north to Tempe, where they were unable to score a goal, but behind strong defense finished the game in a 0-0 tie. Erica Holland started the game for the first time since Sept. 14 and recorded a shutout.
The Cardinal comes home to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium this weekend for the final time in the regular season to battle the Washington schools. Stanford will host the University of Washington on Friday, Nov. 2 at 5:00 p.m. and then will host Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:00 p.m.
Catch the Cardinal:
Fans can listen to both matches on KZSU Internet Radio at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Sunday's match will also be broadcast on FSN West on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. Check your local listings for channel availability.
Still to Come:
After the matches against Washington and Washington State the Cardinal will conclude their Pac-10 play with road matches against the Oregon schools. Stanford will play the University of Oregon on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. and then will head to Corvallis to take on Oregon State on Sunday, Nov. 11. That game will be played at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday will be the final regular season home game for six Cardinal players. Two of the seniors, Rachel Buehler and Shari Summers, are in their fifth season of eligibility. April Wall, Erica Holland, Lizzy George, and Mimi Yuhas have finished their Cardinal career over four seasons. Over their four years at Stanford, the team has compiled a 49-21-11 record.
A Team Effort:
The Cardinal currently has five players with ten points or more in what has turned into a team effort this season on offense. Three players also have four assists and four players have four goals or more.
Playing the Best:
This season the Cardinal faced one of the most challenging schedules in the country, including nine ranked opponents and one opponent (Washington State) ranked 26th , just out of the national rankings. Stanford has faced half of the members of the 2006 College Cup and was able to record victories over seven of their ranked opponents. Five of Stanford's first six games were against teams ranked in the Top 25 and only one of those games was played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stout Cardinal Defense:
The Cardinal defense has continued to shine after allowing only .55 goals per game last season. The defense has allowed only .83 goals per game this season and has helped Stanford dominate the flow of play and keep the ball on the attacking end for the majority of the games.
All four Cardinal freshmen continue to make a strong impact on the season. Morgan Redman, a midfielder from Indianapolis, Ind., is tied for third in points after tallying four goals and two assists on the season. Allison McCann, a midfielder from Carlsbad, Calif., started two more games for the Cardinal and has played in every game. Christen Press, a forward from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., has taken 34 shots this season for the Cardinal and has tallied 10 points on the year. Kira Maker, a goalkeeper from Potomac, Md., recorded her sixth win of the season after making one save against the Arizona Wildcats. Maker has started ten games for Stanford this season and has only allowed eight goals. She also recorded eight saves against USC, which was a career high.
Lowe's Senior Class Award:
Rachel Buehler was one of 20 players selected as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an award given to a senior men's and women's student-athlete who excels on and off the field. The award is presented annually in eight Division I sports. Buehler is one of three Pac-10 players on the women's soccer list (UCLA's Val Henderson and California's Courtney Hooker are the others.) Voting for this award takes place until Nov. 21 on www.seniorclassaward.com.
The victory over California was the 10th win of the season for the Cardinal and helped reach a milestone for the program. The victory marked the 20th consecutive season in which the Cardinal has reached 10 victories in a season. During this streak the Cardinal have also achieved 10 seasons of 15 victories or more.
Stanford in the Tournament:
Last season Stanford completed its 19th consecutive season with 10 or more victories and went to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year. Despite having a very young team, the 2006 Cardinal team had one of the most successful seasons in the program's history, after it finished with a 15-6-2 record and advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Riley In the World Cup:
Stanford sophomore Ali Riley returned from China for the Women's World Cup where she was a member of the New Zealand National team. (The young New Zealand team dropped all three of its matches in the tournament which led to its early exit.) The young kiwi team lost to Brazil and Denmark by scores of 5-0 and 2-0 respectively and finished the tournament with a 2-0 loss to China. Riley's father, a professor at UCLA, was born in New Zealand and Riley holds dual citizenship. Volunteer assistant coach Nicole Barnhart is also in the World Cup, representing the United States. Barnhart was one of the three goalies selected to the team. The U.S. team advanced to the semifinals before dropping a decision to Brazil.
The Cardinal Highlights:
Rachel Buehler returns to lead the Cardinal defense in 2007 after earning All-American honors and All Pac-10 First Team honors last season. The defense that Buehler anchored last season recorded 15 shutouts and allowed a mere .55 goals per game. Redshirt senior Shari Summer returns to the midfield for her fourth season as a starter, after earning All Pac-10 First Team honors as well. Kelley O'Hara returns to the Cardinal. O'Hara was the first Stanford freshman to earn All Pac-10 First Team honors since 2000. Additionally, the Cardinal returns junior Hillary Heath, who was one of the top offensive performers of 2006.
Scouting the Huskies:
Head Coach Leslie Gallimore is in her 14th season behind the Husky bench and has compiled a record of 137-108-18 (.555). The Huskies are led by senior forward Shuree Hyatt, who has scored six goals on the season and has added two assists. Senior midfielder Dani Bridges has also come on strong this season and has three goals and one assist for Washington. In net, the Huskies send sophomore Taylor Carr, who has played every minute this season for Washington. She has a 1.58 goals-against-average and has made 57 saves on the season.
Series with Washington:
Stanford is 13-2-2 (.824) in the program's history against the Huskies. The two programs last met during the 2006 season, a game in which the Cardinal won 2-0.
Scouting the Cougars:
Head Coach Matt Potter is in his fifth season behind the Cougar bench and has compiled a 34-32-12 record (.515) so far this season. Two forwards, Kiersten Dallstream and Brooke Bemis, have led Washington State this season. Dallstream and Bemis have each scored eight goals on the season and have 19 and 18 points respectively. In goal for the Cougars is Bemis' twin sister Brynn, who has a 0.84 goals-against-average on the season.
Series with Washington State:
Stanford is 13-2-1 (.844) in the program's history against the Cougars. The two programs last met during the 2006 season and Stanford was able to win the game 1-0.