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Stanford Welcomes New Pac-12 Foes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/20/2011

Oct. 20, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team has turned past the halfway mark of the Pac-12 season with a five-point lead over the field, but faces an upstart challenger in Utah on Friday night. The Cardinal (14-0-1 overall, 6-0 conference) enters its penultimate home weekend with matches against Pac-12 newcomers Utah (8-6-1, 4-2) and Colorado (3-9-2, 0-5-1) on Reunion Weekend. Stanford is aiming for its third consecutive Pac-12 title and hasn't lost a conference match since 2008.

No. 1 Stanford (14-0-1, 6-0) vs. Utah (8-6-1, 4-2)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
What: Stanford takes on surprise contender
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com

Stanford vs. Colorado (3-9-2, 0-5-1)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
What: Stanford welcomes Pac-12 newcomer
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com

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 and Our Game Magazine.

Conference Race: Barely halfway through the conference season, Stanford has opened up a five-point lead in the Pac-12 standings. With Utah earning a 1-0 overtime victory over then-second-place Oregon State last week, and UCLA drawing 0-0 with upstart Washington State, Stanford (6-0) holds an 18-13 lead in points over second-place Washington State (4-1-1). There are five more conference matches remaining.

Conference Winning Streak: Stanford has a 26-match conference winning streak. Stanford's last loss was at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 by a 1-0 score. Stanford has won 18 consecutive conference matches at home, since a 1-1 draw against USC on Oct. 21, 2007.

Last Week: Playing on national television for the second time this season, Stanford built a three-goal lead in a 3-1 victory at Arizona State. Lindsay Taylor scored her season-high 10th goal of the season by heading in Teresa Noyola's free kick to the far post, and the Cardinal also got goals from Chioma Ubogagu and Marjani Hing-Glover.

Friday's Opponent, Utah: In their first season in the Pac-12, the Utes bolted to a 3-0 start, keeping pace with Stanford and UCLA after the first two weeks of the season. Last week, Utah gained a measure of respect with a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 18 Oregon State, a team sitting in second-place at the time. Last year, Utah went 5-15-1.

Stanford leads the series, 2-1, and beat the Utes in their most recent meeting, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Santa Clara Classic. Stanford won that one 6-1, with Christen Press earning her only collegiate hat trick. This is the first time the teams have met at Stanford since the opening match of the 2004 season, a 3-0 Stanford victory.

Sunday's Opponent, Colorado: The Buffaloes (0-5-1) enter the weekend searching for their first Pac-12 victory after opening the season with victories in their first two matches by a combined 8-0. The Cardinal leads the all-time series, 2-0, including a 4-0 victory in their most recent meeting, in 2009, at Stanford.

Stanford's Streaks: Here are Stanford's current streaks:
• 57-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 47-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008)
• 43-match home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007)
• 26-match Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 26-match road (non-neutral) unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 18-match conference home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. UCLA, Oct. 19, 2007)
• 15-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
• 14-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 12-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)

When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 113-0-5 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 77-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.

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, 46-6, has 10 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.39.

Trailing: Stanford has trailed only once this season, falling behind Notre Dame, 1-0, on a Melissa Henderson goal 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.

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 84-4-4 (.935).

Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 46 goals have been scored by 13 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 10, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has seven, Teresa Noyola six, and Marjani Hing-Glover five. Stanford is averaging 3.01 goals per match.

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 are 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 six goals and nine assists this season. Verloo was a third-team All-America choice in her first year as a central defender, but has not played this season 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 so honored. In addition, junior outside back Rachel Quon earned a similar honor from All White Kit.

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.

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 202-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 147-35-19. He is the longest tenured women's coach ever at Stanford and winningest soccer coach, men or women, in Cardinal history.

Conference leaders: Lindsay Taylor leads the Pac-12 in points (10 goals, 4 assists, 24 points) and is tied for the lead in goals with Cal's Katie Benz. If Taylor captures the scoring title, it would mark the third such achievement for a Stanford player, following Kelley O'Hara in 2009 and Christen Press in 2010. In addition, Teresa Noyola leads in assists (nine).


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