Cardinal Ready for Anything in College Cup

Dec. 3, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team arrived in College Station on Wednesday night the NCAA College Cup amid forecasts of nasty weather for its Friday semifinal against UCLA.

Though the team practiced in sunny, though breezy, conditions with the temperature at 44 degrees on Thursday morning at Aggie Soccer Stadium, they are prepared for far worse.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain giving way to snow, with a forecast of many as two inches of snow by late afternoon. Gametime is 4:30 local time (2:30 p.m. PT). The high is expected to be 38 degrees, but much lower at kickoff.

The Cardinal played UCLA on Oct. 18 at Stanford with a temperature of 64 degrees at kickoff.

On Wednesday, Stanford practiced for the final time on campus, with an 8 a.m. training session at Cagan Stadium, before eating breakfast and grabbing a sandwich to go at Jimmy's Sports Cafe on campus.

Despite leaving Stanford at 9:45 a.m. for a noon flight, coach Paul Ratcliffe had a few stressful moments as the team barely made it to the gate in time. Unexpected traffic up 101 to SFO, followed by long lines at the ticket counter and for security meant that team arrived at the gate as the plane was boarding.

After a stopover in Los Angeles, the plane arrived in Austin, followed by a nearly two-hour bus ride to College Station. The team was the animated film 'Up' on the bus's DVD player.

The team was upbeat during Thursday's practice session, which was the first of the day among the final four teams.

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