Stanford Hosts Sacramento State in NCAA Tournament First Round
Nov. 15, 2007
Stanford Cardinal (14-2-4, 5-1-3 Pac-10)
Sacramento State Hornets (12-3-5, 4-0-3 Big Sky)
Scouting the Hornets:
Head Coach Randy Dedini is in his first season behind the Hornets bench and has compiled a record of 11-3-5 (.786). The Hornets are led by senior forward Katie McCoy, who has 14 goals and seven assists on the season. Also paving the way for Sacramento State is senior forward Amanda Gray, who has scored six goals and added six assists on the season. In net the Hornets will send out sophomore Mandy Trojan, who has 0.71 goals-against average and nine shutouts on the season. This will be the first meeting between these two programs.
How We Got Here:
Stanford finished the regular season 14-2-4 and in a third place tie in the Pacific-10 standings. It has out-shot its opponents in 14 out of the 20 regular season games. The Cardinal started the year off fast by picking up two wins against Boston University and Connecticut in Boston in the opening weekend of the season. The team came back to California and picked up two more big wins against Virginia and Notre Dame in the Santa Clara/adidas Classic. The team continued its strong play, winning the first two home games against Missouri and Rutgers. The Cardinal ran its record to 7-0 after a win against Colorado, before dropping a game against Denver in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. With many road games behind them, the Cardinal came home for six consecutive games and enjoyed more success. It defeated USF and Saint Mary's before tying Santa Clara, despite out-shooting them 26 to five. The Cardinal defeated California before dropping a tough decision to UCLA. The Cardinal then bounced back with a tie against USC and were later to sweep the Arizona schools on the road. After another sweep, of the Washington schools, at home, the Cardinal played to a 0-0 tie in Oregon despite out-shooting the Ducks 24-3. They ended the season with a 2-0 victory over Oregon State to finish 5-1-3 in Pac-10 play.
Stanford in the Postseason:
Stanford has just completed its 20th season in a row with ten or more wins, and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the tenth straight year. Last season the Cardinal advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
All four Cardinal freshmen made a strong impact on the season. Morgan Redman, a midfielder from Indianapolis, Ind., was fourth in points after tallying four goals and two assists on the season. Allison McCann, a midfielder from Carlsbad, Calif., started 19 of 20 games for the Cardinal. Christen Press, a forward from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., took 49 shots this season for the Cardinal and tallied 17 points on the year. Press finished the season with six goals and five assists after scoring two goals against Oregon State in the season finale. Kira Maker, a goalkeeper from Potomac, Md., had six wins and has started ten games this season. She allowed only eight goals. Maker also recorded eight saves against USC, which was a career high.
Christen Press wins FOY:
Cardinal forward Christen Press won the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award, as announced by the Pacific-10. She is one of only three Cardinal players to win the award after Marcia Willis and Marcie Ward had back-to-back honors in 1999 and 2000.
More Postseason Awards:
Many Cardinal players picked up Pac-10 awards as redshirt senior Rachel Buehler, junior Marisa Abegg and sophomore Kelley O'Hara were all named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 First Team. Christen Press, sophomore Ali Riley, and redshirt senior Shari Summers were named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Second Team.. Allison Falk was named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention list. Press and freshman Allison McCann were also named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 Freshman team.
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. The combined record for the Cardinal opponents is 191-130-46 (.595). 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.
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.
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 continues until Nov. 21 at www.seniorclassaward.com.
Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe:
In his fifth season on the Farm, Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe has continued the winning tradition for the Cardinal. He has now posted 10 or more wins in all four seasons, and has led the team to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Ratcliffe has accumulated a 62-30-14 (.674) record at Stanford. He earned his 100th win as a head coach against Oregon State on Oct. 29 and now boasts a 117-64-21 (.647) record for his career.
Summers Senior Day Success:
Shari Summers capped off an eventful senior day by scoring the game-winning goal against Washington State, in a game that was broadcast by Fox Sports Net. The goal was Summers' sixth on the season.
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.