Nov. 10, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - After completing its third consecutive unbeaten regular season, Stanford heads into the NCAA women's soccer tournament with a firm goal of earning its first national title. However, Montana, the Big Sky Conference tournament champion, stands in the way in a first round match Friday (7 p.m.) at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. This marks the fourth time in five years that Stanford has faced a Big Sky team in the first round. The second and third rounds will be played next weekend at a common site.
NCAA tournament, first round
Stanford (19-0-1) vs. Montana (6-11-4)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
What: Stanford begins its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com
Tournament Central: For tournament pairings and brackets, as well as links to Stanford and Montana’s rosters and Web pages, go to The NCAA Tournament Central page on gostanford.com. Click here to reach NCAA Tournament Central.
Tickets, if Stanford Wins: If Stanford wins Friday, it will play host both the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament. On Friday, Nov. 18, there will be two matches at 4:30 and 7 p.m., with Stanford to play at 7 p.m. The winners will then play Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. All games will be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Tickets for both rounds will go on sale Saturday – online only -- at noon through gostanford.com. Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, tickets will also be available by phone at 1-800-STANFORD or in person at the Stanford ticket office at Gate 2 at Stanford Stadium. For all NCAA women's soccer information, visit gostanford.com or ncaa.com. Click here for ticket information.
NCAA Tournament: Stanford begins its 14th consecutive venture in the NCAA tournament and 21st overall. Stanford is 13-6-1 in its opening matches and has won its past five, with the past four at home. Stanford's overall NCAA tournament record is 29-17-5. Coach Paul Ratcliffe has taken Stanford to the NCAA's in each of his nine seasons and his teams have an 18-7-2 tournament record. Stanford has advanced to the NCAA College Cup semifinals the past three years and reached the championship final the past two before suffering 1-0 losses to North Carolina (2009) and Notre Dame (2010).
Friday's Opponent, Montana: The Grizzlies (6-11-4) are the only sub-.500 team in the tournament, having qualified by beating Weber State, 4-3 on penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 in the Big Sky Conference tournament final. Montana required help on the final day of the regular season, in the form of a Sacramento State loss, to finish fourth and advance to the conference tournament. Montana advanced to the NCAA's despite not winning in the conference tournament - it had two draws - and has won only two of its past 10 matches. The Grizzlies are led by All-Big Sky first-team selections Lauren Costa (jr., D), Erin Craig (jr., F), and India Watne (so., MF). Craig is the team scoring leader with 10 goals. Montana is making its first NCAA appearance since 2000.
The Stanford-Montana Series: The teams have met only once before, with Stanford winning 8-1 on Sept. 29, 2002, at the Santa Clara Classic at Santa Clara University. A day later, Stanford moved up to No. 1 in the NSCAA poll for the first time in school history.
Rankings: Stanford has been ranked as the nation's No. 1 team since Sept. 14, in both the NSCAA coaches' poll and Soccer America. The Cardinal also is No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer, Our Game Magazine, and Soccer Times.
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Lindsay Taylor became the third consecutive Stanford player to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, following Christen Press last year and Kelley O'Hara in 2009. Like her former teammates, Taylor led the conference in points (38) and goals (17) and led the Cardinal to the conference title. Taylor is the seventh Stanford player all-time to win the award and her 17 goals ranks fifth on Stanford's single-season list.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Paul Ratcliffe earned his fourth consecutive conference Coach of the Year award. Ratcliffe led the Cardinal to its third consecutive Pac-12 title and a 31-0 conference record in that span. In his four Coach of the Year seasons, Stanford has compiled a 37-1 conference record, a 49-0-1 home mark, and an overall record of 89-4-4.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Chioma Ubogagu, from Coppell, Texas, became the fourth Stanford player in five years to win the Freshman of the Year award. She was second in the Pac-12 in assists (9), and fifth in goals (8) and (25).
All-Conference: Stanford had eight All-Pac-12 selections, including five on the first team: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor, senior midfielders Camille Levin and Teresa Noyola, junior defender Alina Garciamendez, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver.
Chioma Ubogagu, a forward, was named to the second team along with junior defender Rachel Quon. Junior midfielder Mariah Nogueira was an honorable mention choice. In addition, Ubogagu and defender Kendall Romine were named to the All-Freshman team.
History in the Making: Stanford's home winning streak of 46 is the second-longest in NCAA Division I history. The streak, which began at the outset of the 2008 season, is second only to North Carolina's streak of 84 from 1986-94. Stanford's senior class has never lost at home, and has a career record of 49-0-1 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. If Stanford advances to the College Cup, the Stanford class of 2012 would become the first team other than North Carolina to complete four years undefeated at home.
In addition, Stanford's 50-match home unbeaten streak (2008-current) is third in history only to North Carolina's streaks of 84 (1986-94) and 56 (1999-2004).
History in the Making, Part II: By completing its third consecutive unbeaten regular season, Stanford became the third team in history to do so, following North Carolina teams of 1991-93 and 1986-89. North Carolina's most recently did the same during an NCAA-record overall winning streak of 92 matches (1990-94). The earlier North Carolina feat of four unbeaten regular-seasons came during an NCAA-record overall unbeaten streak of 103 (1986-90).
Senior Class: Thanks to research by collegesoccer360.com, Stanford's senior class of 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 89-4-4 (.938) overall and 75-1-4 in the regular season.
Pac-12 Champions: Stanford advanced to the NCAA's on the basis of collecting the Pac-12's automatic bid by winning its third consecutive conference title. Stanford (11-0) finished seven points clear of runner-up UCLA (8-1-2). The conference title was Stanford's eighth overall as Stanford extended its Pac-12 winning streak to 31. The Stanford seniors finished with a 37-1 conference record.
Last Week: Stanford seniors Lindsay Taylor and Kristy Zurmuhlen scored 40 seconds apart in the 20th minute to lead the Cardinal past rival California, 2-0, on a rainy Senior Night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver made a strong one-on-one save in the early minutes and went on to post her eighth shutout, and Stanford's 13th of the season.
Possible Lineup: Here is the possible starting lineup to be set by Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe.
Emily Oliver: Third in nation in goals-against average (0.25).
Rachel Quon: Looks to overlap up the left flank.
Alina Garciamendez: Has started every match in collegiate career.
Kendall Romine: Smooth defender with excellent ball skills.
Camille Levin: Could push forward into midfield or forward.
Mariah Nogueira: Dangerous in the air on set pieces.
Kristy Zurmuhlen: Senior provides energy both in attack and defense.
Teresa Noyola: Perhaps nation's best playmaker.
Marjani Hing-Glover: Started past six matches, has 6 goals.
Chioma Ubogagu: Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Lindsay Taylor: Nine goals in past seven games.
Stanford's Streaks: Here are Stanford's current streaks:
• 62-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); longest in NCAA Division I history since 1994.
• 50-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008); third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 46-match home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007); second-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 31-match Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); fifth-longest conference winning streak in NCAA Division I history.
• 28-match road (non-neutral) unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 21-match conference home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. UCLA, Oct. 19, 2007)
• 20-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
• 17-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)
• 16-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
Conference Leaders: Stanford leads the Pac-12 in the following categories:
• Shots (Team): 447, 22.35 avg./g
• Points (Team): 178, 8.90 avg/g
• Goals (Team): 60, 3.00 avg/g
• Assists (Team): 58, 2.90 avg/g
• Goals Allowed (Team): 8, 0.40 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 0.39
• Shutouts (Team): 13, 0.65 avg/g
• Shots (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 97, 4.85 avg/g
• Points (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 38
• Goals (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 17
• Assists (Individual): Teresa Noyola, 10, 0.50 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.25 avg/g
• Save Percentage (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.925 save pct.
National Leaders: Stanford is among the NCAA leaders in the following categories:
• Scoring Offense (Team): 4, Stanford, 3.00 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 3, Stanford, 0.395
• Shutout Percentage (Team): 8, Stanford, 0.650
• Won-Lost-Tied Percentage (Team): 1, Stanford, 19-0-1, 0.975
• Points Per Game (Individual): 17, Lindsay Taylor, 1.90 avg/g
• Total Points (Individual): 17, Lindsay Taylor, 36
• Goals Per Game (Individual): 10, Lindsay Taylor, 0.850 avg/g
• Total Goals (Individual): 8, Lindsay Taylor, 17
• Assists Per Game (Individual): 21, Teresa Noyola, 10, 0.500 avg/g
• Total Assists (Individual): 20, Teresa Noyola, 10
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): 3, Emily Oliver, 0.25
• Save Percentage (Individual): 4, Emily Oliver, 0.925
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 118-0-5 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 80-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.
Rarely Overtaken: The Wake Forest match on Aug. 27, 2006, also marks the last time Stanford failed to hold a lead in a loss. Since then, Stanford has gone 141 matches without losing after holding a lead.
Defense: Already this season, Stanford assembled a stretch of 675 minutes, 24 seconds without allowing a goal. That streak included seven consecutive shutouts, tying a school record that has been reached four times. Stanford has outscored opponents, 60-8, has 13 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.39. In the past 14 matches, Stanford has allowed only two goals in the run of play. Two others in that span were scored on penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver has allowed only four goals in 1,416 minutes and has eight shutouts.
When Trailing: Stanford has trailed three times this season, falling behind Pacific, Notre Dame, and Oregon State by 1-0 scores. Against Pacific on Aug. 21, Stanford scored three goals by halftime to take a 3-1 lead on the way to a 5-2 victory. In the others, Stanford combined to score four goals in those matches to win each 2-1, with three of those goals by Lindsay Taylor.
The Notre Dame match marked Stanford's latest deficit after the Irish's Melissa Henderson scored in the 67th minute on Sept. 9 at Stanford. The Cardinal, however, rallied with two goals in the final 10 minutes, including a header by Mariah Nogueira in the 87th minute to win.
Stanford vs. Tournament Teams: Stanford is 9-0-1 against teams in this year’s tournament field. The following is a list of those matches:
Aug. 19: at Stanford 4, Penn State 0
Aug. 26: Stanford 0, at Maryland 0
Sept. 9: at Stanford 2, Notre Dame 1
Sept. 11: at Stanford 2, UC Irvine 0
Sept. 15: Stanford 2, at Portland 0
Sept. 18: Stanford 2, at Santa Clara 0
Sept. 30: Stanford 1, at Washington State 0
Oct. 9: at Stanford 4, UCLA 1
Oct. 28: Stanford 2, at Oregon State 1
Nov. 5: at Stanford 2, California 0
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 60 goals have been scored by 14 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 16, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has eight and senior Teresa Noyola have eight apiece. Stanford is averaging 3.00 goals per match.
No. 200: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, in his 14th season of collegiate coaching, captured his 200th collegiate career victory on Oct. 9 in Stanford's 3-0 victory over visiting USC. Ratcliffe began at Saint Mary's in 1998, where he spent five seasons and came to Stanford in 2003. Since then, he has compiled a career record of 207-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 152-35-19. He is the longest tenured women's coach ever at Stanford and the winningest soccer coach, including men's and women's teams, in Cardinal history.
World Cup: Stanford had two current players and six current or former players on World Cup rosters during the event in Germany this summer. Current Stanford players Alina Garciamendez and Teresa Noyola played for Mexico. The U.S. had three former Stanford players: current Stanford volunteer assistant coach Nicole Barnhart at goalkeeper, co-captain Rachel Buehler at defender, and forward Kelley O'Hara. In addition, former Stanford defender defender Ali Riley played for New Zealand. All six played at Stanford under head coach Paul Ratcliffe and assistant Jay Cooney.
Players in National-Team Camp: Three Stanford players - senior defender Camille Levin, senior forward Lindsay Taylor, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver - were in the U.S. under-23 national team camp from Oct. 2-6 in Carson, Calif. The camp was overseen by U.S. full national team coach Pia Sundhage, development director Jill Ellis, and technical director April Heinrichs in an effort to identify players for the Olympic qualifying tournament, from Jan. 19-29, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Hermann Trophy Watch List: Stanford senior midfielder Teresa Noyola and junior forward/defender Courtney Verloo were among 42 players named to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy. Stanford has won the past two awards, with Kelley O'Hara winning in 2009 and Christen Press last season. Noyola, a two-time first-team All-America, has eight goals and 10 assists this season. Verloo was a third-team All-America choice in her first year as a central defender, but has not played because of injury.
Preseason All-Americans: Soccer America named two Stanford players to its 25-player Preseason All-America team: senior midfielder Teresa Noyola and junior central defender Alina Garciamendez were selected. In addition, junior outside back Rachel Quon earned a similar distinction from All White Kit.