March 19, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team has announced its five-event spring schedule and it includes a home tournament and three matches against FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer, at locations to be determined.
The Gold Pride includes 2009 Stanford stars Kelley O'Hara and Ali Riley, both first-round draft choices after leading the Cardinal into its first NCAA championship final. O'Hara, who shattered Stanford season records for goals (26) and points (65), was rewarded for her play with the Hermann Trophy, emblematic of college soccer's top player.
The Gold Pride features Brazilian superstar Marta, the winner of the past FIFA World Player of the Year awards, as well as former Stanford standouts and current U.S. national-team players Nicole Barnhart, in goal, and Rachel Buehler, in defense. However, FC Gold Pride, which opens its regular season on April 11, most likely will not bring its starters to take part in the Stanford matches.
Stanford returns eight starters and 20 letterwinners from its best-ever team that went 25-1 and captured the Pac-10 Conference title, including current junior Christen Press, who is on the verge of breaking school all-time scoring records, and 2008 first-team All-Americans Lindsay Taylor and Teresa Noyola.
The following is Stanford's spring schedule, with all home matches at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium:
|Stanford Spring Schedule|
|April 10||Spring Tournament||9 a.m.|
|April 21||at Santa Clara||7 p.m.|
|April 27||FC Gold Pride (location TBD)
|May 11||FC Gold Pride (location TBD)
|May 20||FC Gold Pride (location TBD)
The following are the format and pairings for the Stanford Spring Tournament on April 10 (Matches will be 50 minutes, with 25-minute halves):
Bracket I: Stanford, California Storm, USF
Bracket II: Cal, Saint Mary's, San Jose State
|9 a.m.||Stanford vs. USF||Laird Q. Cagan Stadium|
|Cal vs. St. Mary's||Maloney Practice Field|
|10:15 a.m.||Calif. Storm vs. USF||Laird Q. Cagan Stadium|
|San Jose St. vs. St Mary's||Maloney Practice Field|
|11:30 a.m.||Stanford vs. Calif. Storm||Laird Q. Cagan Stadium|
|Cal vs. San Jose St.||Maloney Practice Field|
|2 p.m.||Championship (bracket winners)||Laird Q. Cagan Stadium|
|2 p.m.||Third-Place Game (bracket runners-up)||Maloney Practice Field|