Stanford Women's Soccer Releases 2009 Schedule
May 26, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - 2008 NSCAA/adidas National Head Coach of the Year Paul Ratcliffe has officially announced the 2009 Stanford women's soccer schedule. This year's slate features eight home games on Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, three neutral contests, and nine road matches.
The Cardinal will open up the season on the road at Hawai'i with a 5 p.m. contest on the Manoa campus on Aug. 23.
Five days later, Stanford will travel south to San Luis Obispo, Calif. for a 7 p.m. contest against the Mustangs of Cal Poly on Friday, Aug. 28, followed by the home opener versus San Diego State on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m.
The Cardinal then hit the road for the UNC Greensboro tournament, facing the host Spartans on Sept. 4 and the Atlantic Coast Conference's Virginia Tech on Sept. 6.
On the weekend of Sept. 11-13, Stanford makes its annual trip down El Camino Real for the Santa Clara tournament, and will play Purdue on Friday before getting its chance at Notre Dame, who knocked the Cardinal out of the NCAA Tournament at the College Cup in 2008, on Sunday.
The annual Stanford/Nike Invitational will run from Sept. 18-20 this year, and will play host to Santa Clara, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Stanford plays Colorado on Friday evening following the Santa Clara vs. Wisconsin matchup, and will take on the Badgers on Sunday afternoon following the Broncos-Buffaloes showdown.
From there, the Cardinal take on two local West Coast Conference schools before beginning the Pac-10 table, playing Saint Mary's in Moraga on Sept. 27 and Santa Clara on The Mission Campus in Stanford's only mid-week contest of the season on Thursday, Oct. 1.
The Cardinal will only have to leave the Bay Area twice in the Pac-10 season, and both trips will be to the Pacific Northwest. Stanford opens the conference at Oregon State and Oregon from Oct. 9-11, returns for a home series against the Los Angeles schools from Oct. 16-18, then goes back on the road to Pullman, Wash. and Seattle to play Washington State and Washington from Oct. 23-25
The Cardinal then wraps up the regular season at home against the Arizona schools and California from Oct. 30-Nov. 6.
By The Numbers
- 20 total games
- 8 home games
- 3 neutral games
- 9 road games
- 12 matches in the Bay Area
- 3 tournaments
- 13 teams from the 2008 schedule
- 9 different conferences featured on the non-Pac-10 schedule