Records May Fall for No. 1 Stanford
Oct. 27, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford (17-0, 6-0) is on the verge of several notable accomplishments as it takes on visiting Arizona State (7-5-3, 0-4-1) and Arizona (4-11-1, 1-4) this weekend at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. A pair of victories would allow the Cardinal to clinch at least a share of its first Pacific-10 women's soccer title since 2002 and break the school record for the longest unbeaten streak, which sits at 18. Also, the next goal Kelley O'Hara scores will tie the Stanford single-season record of 20 that was set in 1993 by Sarah Rafanelli.
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Kelley O'Hara assisted on Christen Press' tying goal in the 87th minute and headed in the overtime winner to give Stanford a 2-1 victory at No. 23 Washington State on Friday. The Cardinal followed with a 3-0 victory at Washington Sunday.
O'Hara on the Brink
Stanford senior forward Kelley O'Hara scored twice last week, giving her 19 goals this season and moving her within one goal of Sarah Rafanelli's 1993 Cardinal goal-scoring record of 20. The goal would also allow O'Hara, who has 46 points, to match or pass Rafanelli's single-season record of 48. For her career, O'Hara has 50 goals, placing her third on Stanford's all-time list and within two of Julie Foudy for second, while Rafanelli (1990-93) leads with 59.
Press Close Too
Stanford junior forward Christen Press is closing in on the school single-season assists record. Press has 11, which places her in a four-way tie for seventh. However, Press is only three away from Marcie Ward's 2002 record of 14.
National Teams of the Week
Kelley O'Hara was named to the national teams of the week for her performances last week, with the tying assist and winning goal against Washington State, and the opening goal against Washington. She was recognized by Soccer America, TopDrawerSoccer.com and Collegesoccer360.com. It was her fifth appearance of the season as one of CS360's Primetime Performers of the Week, and fourth in as many weeks.
Stanford is among the national statistical leaders in the following categories:
Won-Lost-Tied Percentage: 1, Stanford, 1.000
Scoring Offense (Team): 2, Stanford, 3.47 goals per game
Points Per Game (Individual): 2, Kelley O'Hara, 2.71; 5, Christen Press, 2.41
Goals (Individual): 3 (tie), Kelley O'Hara, 19; 7 (tie), Christen Press, 15
Assists Per Game: 4 (tie), Christen Press, 0.65
Team Goals Against Average: 14, Stanford, 0.59
Regular season winning and unbeaten streak (19)
Overall winning and unbeaten streak (17)
Home unbeaten streak (19)
Home winning streak (15)
Road winning streak (11)
Friday's Opponent: Arizona State
The Sun Devils (7-5-3, 0-4-1) have yet to win in Pac-10 play, but every match has been close. All five of its losses this season have come by one goal, with two coming in the second overtime. Arizona State is coming off a 2-1 loss at rival Arizona on Friday in which it tied the match in the 86th minute on a goal by redshirt freshman Courtney Tinnin, but lost in the 106th.
The ASU Series
Stanford holds a 6-3-3 series lead and a five-match unbeaten streak (3-0-2). The Cardinal hasn't lost at home to ASU since a 2-1 loss in 1998. Since then, Stanford is 5-0 at home in the series, including a 5-0 victory last year.
Sunday's Opponent: Arizona
On Friday, Arizona captured its first victory since Dan Tobias quit as head coach on Oct. 12, citing personal reasons. In his stead, assistants John Galas and Lisa Oyen have taken over as co-interim head coaches. The Wildcats are 1-2 since the change, with the victory coming over rival Arizona State, 2-1, in double overtime on two goals by Alex Davis. Her first, in the 15th minute, broke a 462-minute scoreless streak. Her next, in the 106th minute, won the match. Renee Cuellar has scored six of the team's 14 goals.
The Arizona Series
Stanford holds a 12-2-0 series lead and has won their past three matches, by a combined score of 8-1. Arizona's victories came in 2004 and 2005, the former on a golden goal by Nikki David in the 108th minute at Stanford.
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