No. 1 Stanford Takes on Pac-10 Unbeatens
Oct. 22, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
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In the midst of the longest winning streak in school history (15), No. 1 Stanford plays the only other remaining unbeaten teams in Pacific-10 Conference play, during a Washington road trip. First-place Stanford (15-0, 4-0) begins its final regular season road trip at Washington State (10-3-1, 2-0-1) on Friday, with a 3 p.m. match. On Sunday, Stanford plays at Washington (9-2-3, 1-0-2), at noon.
For the Washington State match, live stats will be available via Gametracker, at gostanford.com. There is no video.
For Washington, live stats will be available at gostanford.com via Gametracker. A webcast with audio can be found on gohuskies.com. Sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access pass (a login and password), but the game is free.
Consensus No. 1
Stanford moved ahead of North Carolina and into the top spot in the Division I RPI this week, which could lead to the top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford already had been No. 1 in the NSCAA coaches' poll (receiving all 33 first-place votes), and by Soccer America, Soccer Times and Top Drawer Soccer.
Stanford is within 17 goals of the school single-season reocrd of 71. The Cardinal's 54 are No. 2 in the nation, for an average of 3.60 per match. Overall, Stanford has outscored opponents 54-9, including an incredible 41-5 differential in the second half. Kelley O'Hara (41 points) and Christen Press (38) are both among the nation's top five scorers and form the country's top scoring tandem.
Stanford has nine shutouts and has allowed only nine goals, tied for the 11th fewest in the country. But, most remarkably, Stanford hasn't allowed a goal in the run of play over its past 12 contests. After allowing five goals in the first three matches, Stanford has allowed only four since -- two off corner kicks, one on a penalty kick, and one off a throw-in.
National Teams of the Week
Three Stanford players were recognized nationally for their roles in the Cardinal's sweep of No. 15 USC (4-0) and No. 3 UCLA (2-0) over the weekend. Defender Ali Riley, who had an assist and played a key role in the shutouts, was named to the teams of the week by Soccer America and topdrawersoccer.com. In addition, Kelley O'Hara, who had two goals against USC, and central defender Alina Garciamendez were recognized on collegesoccer360.com's Primetime Performers of the Week.
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories:
Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
Goals Per Game (Team): 2, Stanford, 3.60
Points Per Game (Individual): 2, Kelley O'Hara, 2.73; 5, Christen Press, 2.53
Goals (Individual): 3, Kelley O'Hara, 17; 8, Christen Press, 14
Assists Per Game: 7, Christen Press, 0.67
Team Goals Against Average: 19, Stanford, 0.60
Regular season winning and unbeaten streak (17)
Overall winning and unbeaten streak (15)
Home unbeaten streak (19)
Home winning streak (15)
Road winning streak (9)
Friday's Opponent: Washington State
No. 23 Washington State (10-3-1, 2-0-1) is one of three unbeaten teams left in Pac-10 play and its 10 victories equals its 2008 total. Kiersten Dallstream has 12 goals and four assists for 28 points, making her the conference's No. 3 scorer, behind Stanford's Kelley O'Hara (41) and Christen Press (38). Washington State's record for home attendance is 1,085, set in 1993. WSU is hoping to break that mark against Stanford.
The WSU Series
Stanford holds a 15-2-1 series lead and a four-match winning streak. The Cardinal is 6-0-1 all-time in Pullman. Washington State's last victory was 1-0 in 2003.
Sunday's Opponent: Washington
Washington (9-2-3, 1-0-2) would give coach Lesle Gallimore her 200th career victory by winning twice this weekend. The Huskies are carrying a nine-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest in the Pac-10 to Stanford's 15. Bay Area product Veronica Perez (San Mateo), a senior forward, leads the Huskies in scoring with five goals and 12 points. The match marks a return home for Stanford assistant coach Theresa Wagner, who starred for the Huskies and ended her collegiate career as the school-record holder in points (80).
The Washington Series
Stanford holds a 15-2-2 series lead and has won the past four matches, including a 5-1 victory last year in Seattle. Washington's two victories came in 2004 (1-0, double overtime) and 2000 (1-0), both in Seattle.
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