Oct. 6, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - According to Soccer America's rankings, Stanford's match against visiting UCLA on Sunday matches the top two teams in the country. According to the NSCAA coaches' poll, which many consider the official ranking, Stanford (11-0-1, 3-0) is No. 1 and UCLA (10-0-1, 3-0) is No. 3. Either way, the 1 p.m. match at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium is one of the most anticipated in college women's soccer this season. But before Stanford (11-0-1, 3-0) can consider the Pac-12 Conference implications of the match, it first must concern itself with USC (3-9, 0-3), which comes into Cagan Stadium on Friday night in a match that will provide Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe his first chance at his 200th collegiate coaching victory.
No. 1 Stanford (11-0-1, 3-0) vs. USC (3-9, 0-3)
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
What: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe could win No. 200
Follow: Live stats can be found on the Gametracker links at gostanford.com
Stanford vs. No. 3 UCLA (10-0-1, 3-0)
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
What: Possible Pac-12 title showdown
Follow: Live stats can be found on the Gametracker links at gostanford.com. Also, the match will be broadcast online on KZSU-2, with Kevin Danna calling the action (kzsulive.stanford.edu). A link can be found on gostanford.com.
Friday's Parking: There will be parking limitations because the normal soccer parking area, Lot 2, will be used for football RV parking and will be unavailable for soccer. Parking will remain open at the Varsity Lot, the paved lot between Sunken Diamond, Cagan Stadium, and Stanford Stadium. Parking will be open at Masters Grove. The entrance to the parking area can be reached from the right southbound lane on El Camino Real.
Friday is Dads and Daughters Night: Dads pay general admission adult ticket price and receive a daughter's general admission youth ticket for $1 each. There is a limit of daughters per household.
Sunday's Tickets: Tickets are expected to go swiftly with Cagan Stadium, capacity 1,900, expected to sell out in advance. Those interested in tickets can purchase them three ways: Online at gostanford.com, by phone at 1-800-STANFORD, or at the ticket office, which is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and located at Gate 2 at Stanford Stadium.
Sunday is Breast Cancer Awareness Day: Wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and receive $2 off general admission adult/youth/senior/faculty tickets. The promotion is available on game day at the Cagan Ticket Office.
Sunday's "Football y Futbol" deal: This allows the buyer to get $2 off general admission adult/youth/senior/faculty soccer tickets by presenting a football ticket from Saturday's Colorado game.
Sunday's Autograph Day: There will be a free postgame autograph session for the entire women's soccer team behind the west grandstand.
Sunday's Soccer Doubleheader: Fans are welcome to stay at Cagan Stadium for the Stanford men's soccer match against rival California, which begins at 6 p.m. However, the stadium will be cleared between matches and the men's match will require an additional ticket purchase.
Rankings: Stanford has been ranked as the nation's No. 1 team since Sept. 14, by both the NSCAA coaches' poll and Soccer America. The Cardinal also is No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer. UCLA is Soccer America's No. 2 and the NSCAA's No. 3.
Conference Champions: How big is Stanford vs. UCLA? The teams have combined to win at least a share of the past 10 conference championships. Since 2001, UCLA has won seven and Stanford three, with Stanford winning the last two Pac-10 championships. Overall, UCLA has won nine titles since the conference first sponsored women's soccer in 1993 and Stanford has captured seven. No other school has won more than one.
No. 200: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe is closing in on his 200th collegiate career victory. Ratcliffe's record at both Saint Mary's and Stanford in 14 seasons, including this one, is 199-69-26. The earliest Ratcliffe could reach the milestone is Friday against USC. Ratcliffe is Stanford women's soccer's winningest and longest-tenured coach, with a 144-35-19 mark since 2003, the most victories for any men's or women's coach in Stanford soccer history.
Conference Winning Streak: Stanford has a 23-match conference winning streak. Its' last loss was at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 by a 1-0 score. Stanford has won 16 consecutive conference matches at home, since a 1-1 draw against USC on Oct. 21, 2007.
Last Week: Stanford required late heroics in both matches of a two-match Washington road trip. Lindsay Taylor's diving header in the 86th minute was the difference in a 1-0 victory at Washington State on Friday, and Teresa Noyola's backpost header in the 94th minute earned the Cardinal a 1-0 overtime victory at Washington on Sunday.
Conference Race: Stanford, UCLA, and Utah lead the Pac-12 with 3-0 conference records. UCLA contends with Cal on Friday, while Utah plays at Washington State and Washington this weekend.
Players in National-Team Camp: Three Stanford players - senior defender Camille Levin, senior forward Lindsay Taylor, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver - are in the U.S. under-23 national team camp, which is overseen by U.S. full national team coach Pia Sundhage, development director Jill Ellis, and technical director April Heinrichs. The U.S. staff is seeking to identify players for the Olympic qualifying tournament, from Jan. 19-29, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. All are expected back Thursday and will not miss any matches. UCLA forward Sydney Leroux also was in camp.
Friday's Opponent, USC: The Women of Troy have lost six consecutive matches by one goal as they embark on their first Pac-12 trip. Senior midfielder Brittany Kerridge leads the team in scoring with 3 goals and 5 assists for 11 points. Last year, USC went 13-6-3 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual champion Notre Dame, 4-0. Stanford holds a 13-3-3 lead in the series and has won their past three meetings. USC's last victory was a 1-0 triumph on Oct. 28, 2005 at Stanford.
Sunday's Opponent, UCLA: When Stanford meets the Bruins, there usually is a lot on the line. They've played the past two years in the NCAA tournament, with Stanford earning a rainy 3-0 victory at home in the 2010 third round and winning 2-1 in overtime in chilly, windy conditions in the 2009 semifinals in College Station, Texas.
Stanford has won the past four meetings - all in the past two years -- and is tied in the all-time series, 9-9-3. UCLA is the last team to beat Stanford in the regular-season, scoring a 1-0 victory over the visitors on Oct. 31, 2008. Since then, Stanford has a regular-season unbeaten streak of 54 matches going into this weekend.
UCLA has a new coach in B.J. Snow, a Bruin assistant for the past five years and a former standout at Indiana University. The Bruins are led by senior forward and U.S. youth national team star Sydney Leroux, who has 7 goals and 1 assist for 15 points. However, the team suffered a blow when senior goalkeeper Chante Sandiford, a veteran of many Stanford-UCLA matches, ruptured her Achilles tendon last week, ending her collegiate career.
Shutout Streak: Going into Friday's match, Stanford has won its past six matches by shutout and has nine this season. Stanford's shutout streak is at 567 minutes, 26 seconds. The school records are seven consecutive shutouts (2002) and a goalless streak of 774:22 (2002-03).
Also, Stanford has allowed only one goal in eight matches for a goals-against average of 0.12 in that span. Overall, Stanford's GAA is 0.33 and starting goalkeeper Emily Oliver's is 0.24, with only two goals allowed in nine matches.
Nation's Winningest Senior Class: Thanks to research by collegesoccer360.com, Stanford's senior class - Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristy Zurmuhlen - has won more matches over the past four seasons than any other school and has the highest winning percentage. Over the past four years, Stanford is 81-4-4 (.933).
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 36 goals have been scored by 11 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with eight, Teresa Noyola has six, Chioma Ubogagu and Marjani Hing-Glover have four apiece. Stanford is averaging 3.00 goals per match.
Stanford's Streaks: A Stanford victory or draw would extend its regular season unbeaten streak to 55. The last time Stanford lost in the regular season was 1-0 to UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008.
Stanford has a 41-match home winning streak and 45-match home unbeaten streak. The Cardinal's last home loss was Nov. 23, 2007, to Connecticut, 2-0, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Stanford's last non-victory was a 1-1 draw on Sept. 12, 2008, against North Carolina.
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 110-0-5 when scoring at least one goal. The last time Stanford scored and lost was Aug. 27, 2006, in a 2-1 overtime loss to Wake Forest at Santa Clara. At home, Stanford hasn't scored a goal and lost since Oct. 5, 2003, when the Cardinal fell to Loyola Marymount, 2-1, during coach Paul Ratcliffe's first season. Stanford is 75-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.