Women's Soccer Weekly Release No. 1 (Aug. 19)

Aug. 19, 2008

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Cardinal Opens the 2008 Season At Home
The No. 10 Stanford women's soccer team opens the season with a Sunday 1 p.m. home match against Pacific at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal is coming off one of its best seasons since the 2002 campaign, having reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and posting a 15-3-5 record last year. The last time the Cardinal and Pacific matched up, 13 years ago, Stanford prevailed 2-0. The Cardinal holds a 2-0-0 series record against the Tigers.

Scouting Pacific
The Tigers will look a lot different this season, after graduating 10 letterwinners, including eight starters from 2007. Pacific adds eight newcomers, including Soccer Buzz Top-200 Recruit Angelica Figueroa, a Mexican National Teamer, in hopes of improving on last years 7-7-4 overall record and sixth place finish in the Big West (2-4-2). The Tigers have played one match already, and exhibition on Aug. 17 against Cal State Stanislaus, in which they earned a 1-0 victory on a Laura King goal.

Back from Beijing
Junior Ali Riley, an Olympian with New Zealand's Football Ferns, will return to The Farm from the 2008 Beijing Games this week to participate in the team's trainings. Riley played every minute of the Kiwis' three group play games, assisting on their opening goal in a 2-2 draw with semifinialists Japan. New Zealand did not advance out of group play after two losses to Norway (1-0) and the United States (4-0), but showed at the Games that they can compete with the world's best.

Cardinal Notes
Stanford checks in at No.10 in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25, earning 96 points in the poll ... The Cardinal was recently selected as the preseason favorite to take the Pac-10 title in the conference coaches' poll, ahead of 2007 National Champion USC and College Cup participant UCLA ... Stanford is returning 18 letterwinners, seven of which were starters from last season's roster, and add seven newcomers that make up the No. 6 ranked Soccer Buzz recruiting class ... every Cardinal soccer game this season will be webcast live on GoStanford.com All-Access, providing there is no TV conflict, and as always, live stats will be available on CBS College Sports' GameTracker.

Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe
Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe enters his sixth year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2008. Ratcliffe has accumulated a 63-31-15 record on The Farm and ranks second in the Stanford history books in career wins (63), and needs14 more wins to tie Berhane Andeberhan. Ratcliffe has piloted the Cardinal to an NCAA Tournament appearance each year he has been in charge, capped off by two consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2006 and 2007.

Looking Ahead
Stanford will continue its homestand next weekend, taking on Navy Aug. 29 and No. 14 Boston College Aug. 31 at Cagan Stadium, before heading off to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia/Nike Invitational from Sept. 5-7.

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