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Cardinal Begins Training for 2009 Soccer Season
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/06/2009

Aug. 6, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team returned to campus Thursday to begin a quest to improve upon a stellar 2008 season. Last year, the Cardinal set school records for victories and goals, and advanced to the NCAA College Cup.

Stanford begins practice Friday on whatever field it can find with the Senior Games taking up most of the available acreage on campus through Aug. 15.

Stanford (22-2-1 last season) returns nine starters and 69 of its school-record 71 goals from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in school history.

Christen Press, the team's leading scorer (16 goals, 11 assists, 43 points), returns. So does Lindsay Taylor, the Los Altos native who tied Press for top goal-scoring honors. Taylor and Teresa Noyola each were named first-team All-American as freshmen last season, and current senior Kelley O'Hara (13 goals, 12 assists) earned second-team honors.

Seventh-year coach Paul Ratcliffe welcomes a stellar recruiting class that includes six players rated by Top Drawer Soccer as among the top 60 college prospects in nation for the class of 2009. Among them are Rachel Quon, the 2009 Gatorade National Player of the Year, and United States under-20 national teamer Courtney Verloo.

Stanford opens its season Aug. 23 (2 p.m. PT) at Hawaii and plays its home opener Aug. 30 against San Diego State at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 1 p.m.

The following are a few of Stanford's returning players and some of the honors they won in 2008:

Camille Levin, so., D/MF
First team Freshman All-American (Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer)
All-Freshman West Region (Soccer Buzz)
Second team All-Pac-10
Pac-10 All-Freshman team

Kira Maker, jr., GK
Academic All-District (ESPN The Magazine)
Third team All-West Region (NSCAA, Soccer Buzz)
First team All-Academic Pac-10

Teresa Noyola, so., MF
First team All-American (NSCAA)
First team Freshman All-American (Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer Buzz)
First team All-West Region (NSCAA, Soccer Buzz)
All-Freshman West Region (Soccer Buzz)
First team All-Pac-10
Pac-10 All-Freshman team

Kelley O'Hara, sr., F
Second team All-American (NSCAA)
First team All-West Region (NSCAA, Soccer Buzz)
Second team All-Pac-10

Christen Press, jr. F
Second team All-American (Top Drawer Soccer)
NCAA College Cup All-Tournament
Second team All-West Region (NSCAA, Soccer Buzz)
Second team All-Pac-10
Second team All-Academic Pac-10

Ali Riley, sr., D
First team All-Academic Pac-10
New Zealand Olympic team

Lindsay Taylor, so., F
National Freshman of the Year (Soccer America)
First team All-American (NSCAA)
First team Freshman All-American (Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer Buzz)
First team All-West Region (NSCAA, Soccer Buzz)
All-Freshman West Region (Soccer Buzz)
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
First team All-Pac-10
Pac-10 All-Freshman team

Also,

Paul Ratcliffe, seventh season (85-33-16 at Stanford, 140-67-22 in 11 seasons overall)
National Coach of the Year (NSCAA, Soccer America, Soccer Buzz)
West Region Coach of the Year (NSCAA)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year


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