Nov. 24, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Top-seeded Stanford plays Oklahoma State in a matchup between teams ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the final NSCAA regular season coaches' poll. The winner earns a berth in the NCAA College Cup, soccer's final four. Stanford (22-0-1) is aiming for its fourth consecutive College Cup berth while the Cowgirls (22-1-2) are shooting for their first.
NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament
At Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford
Friday, third round
Oklahoma State (22-1-2) at Stanford (22-0-1), 7 p.m.
Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com.
The match is being broadcast live online only on KZSU-2. Go to kzsulive.stanford.edu, or look for the link on gostanford.com.
For tournament pairings and brackets, as well as links to the rosters and Web pages of both teams, go to The NCAA Tournament Central page on gostanford.com.
Tickets can be purchased online at gostanford.com until gametime. The Stanford Stadium ticket office will be closed Thursday and Friday, so there will be no phone orders. However, the Cagan Stadium ticket office will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. For all NCAA women's soccer information, visit gostanford.com or ncaa.com.
Friday's Opponent: Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State's season has been similar to Stanford's -- great scoring and great defense. The Cowgirls have outscored opponents, 55-7 to Stanford's 67-8. The teams lead the nation in goals-against average, with Oklahoma State No. 1 at (0.27) and Stanford No. 2 at (0.34). The two also have the best records remaining in the tournament, with Stanford (22-0-1) first and OSU (22-1-2) second.
Oklahoma State has set a school record for victories in a season and repeats its furthest NCAA advancement, after last year's quarterfinal appearance. The Cowgirls captured their second consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship. Their only loss was to Texas A&M, 1-0, in the conference tournament final.
Oklahoma State placed five players on the All-Big 12 first team, including conference Defensive Player of the Year Melinda Mercado and goalkeeper Adriana Franch (0.26), who is second to Stanford's Emily Oliver (0.22) in GAA in the country.
Oklahoma State, the No. 2 seed in its 16-team quadrant, advanced by beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9-1, Illinois, 1-0, and Maryland, 1-0. Maryland tied Stanford earlier this season, 0-0.
The Stanford-Oklahoma State Series
This is the first meeting between Stanford and OSU. Two common 2011 opponents: Maryland and USC. Stanford tied Maryland and beat USC. OSU beat both.
Stanford in NCAA Tournament
Stanford is playing in its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament and 21st overall. Stanford has a 32-17-5 all-time record in NCAA play and is 21-7-2 in nine appearances under ninth-year coach Paul Ratcliffe. 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).
Stanford won second- and third-round home matches by 2-0 scores, beating South Carolina on Friday and Boston College on Sunday, both in the rain. Stanford's goals were scored by four different players: Mariah Nogueira, Taylor McCann, Teresa Noyola, and Lindsay Taylor. In Stanford's three playoff matches, including a 3-0 first-rounder against Montana, Lindsay Taylor has two goals and three assists. Stanford has advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season.
If Stanford wins or goes into penalty kicks (which counts as a draw on a team's record) on Friday against Oklahoma State, the Cardinal senior class of Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristy Zurmuhlen will have finished their collegiate careers without ever losing at home. They are 52-0-1 at home, 92-4-4 overall, and were 75-1-4 in the regular season.
History in the Making
Stanford's home winning streak of 49 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 84 from 1986-94. Stanford's senior class has never lost at home, and has a career record of 52-0-1 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 53-match home unbeaten streak (2008-current) is third in history only to North Carolina's streaks of 84 (1986-94) and 56 (1999-2004).
Here is a possible starting lineup for Stanford.
Emily Oliver: National leader in goals-against average (0.22).
Rachel Quon: Looks to overlap up the left flank.
Alina Garciamendez: World Cup vet has started every match in collegiate career.
Kendall Romine: Redshirt freshman having great comeback season.
Camille Levin: Could push forward into midfield or forward.
Mariah Nogueira: Two tiebreaking goals in the playoffs so far.
Kristy Zurmuhlen: Senior provides energy both in attack and defense.
Teresa Noyola: Perhaps nation's best playmaker.
Marjani Hing-Glover: Started past nine matches, has six goals.
Chioma Ubogagu: Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Lindsay Taylor: Twelve goals in past 10 matches.
Here are Stanford's current streaks:
• 126-match unbeaten streak when scoring a goal.
• 86-match home unbeaten streak when scoring a goal.
• 53-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008); third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 49-match home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007); second-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 23-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
• 20-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)
Other current streaks that don't apply to postseason play:
• 62-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); longest in NCAA Division I history since 1994.
• 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)
• 16-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
Stanford is among the NCAA leaders in the following categories:
• Scoring Offense (Team): 4, Stanford, 2.91 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 2, Stanford, 0.344
• Shutout Percentage (Team): 4, Stanford, 0.696
• Won-Lost-Tied Percentage (Team): 1, Stanford, 22-0-1, 0.978
• Points Per Game (Individual): 16, Lindsay Taylor, 1.91 avg/g
• Total Points (Individual): 9, Lindsay Taylor, 44
• Goals Per Game (Individual): 10, Lindsay Taylor, 0.826 avg/g
• Total Goals (Individual): 5, Lindsay Taylor, 19
• Assists Per Game (Individual): 13, Teresa Noyola, .570 avg/g
• Total Assists (Individual): 6, Teresa Noyola, 13
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): 1, Emily Oliver, 0.22
• Save Percentage (Individual): 2, Emily Oliver, 0.933
When Scoring a Goal
Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 121-0-5 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 83-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.
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 144 matches without losing after holding a lead.
Stanford enters Friday's match having posted five consecutive shutouts and with a scoreless streak of 536 minutes, 8 seconds. Already this season, Stanford assembled a stretch of 675:24 without allowing a goal. That streak included seven consecutive shutouts, tying a school record that has been reached four times. Stanford has outscored opponents, 67-8, has 16 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.34. In the past 17 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 1,668 minutes and has 10 shutouts.
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.
Scoring by Committee
Stanford's 67 goals have been scored by 14 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 19, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has 9 and senior Teresa Noyola has 8. Stanford is averaging 2.91 goals per match.
Stanford vs. Tournament Teams
Stanford is 12-0-1 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
Nov. 11: at Stanford 3, Montana 0*
Nov. 18: at Stanford 2, South Carolina*
Nov. 20: at Stanford 2, Boston College*
* NCAA tournament
Forward Chioma Ubogagu's nine goals place her in a tie for seventh on Stanford's freshman scoring list.
1, Lindsay Taylor (2008) 16; 2 (tie), Erin Martin (1993) and Marcie Ward (2000), 14; 4, Julie Foudy (1989) 14; 5, Sarah Rafanelli (1990) 11; 6, Marcia Wallis (1999) 10; 7 (tie), Kelley O'Hara (2006) and Chioma Ubogagu (2010) 9; 9, Christen Press (2007) 8; 10, Teresa Noyola (2008).
Stanford has advanced out of the third round in each of the past four years, going 4-0 in that span. In nine quarterfinal matches all-time, Stanford is 5-3-1.
Stanford leads the Pac-12 in the following categories:
• Shots (Team): 523, 22.74 avg./g
• Points (Team): 199, 8.65 avg/g
• Goals (Team): 67, 2.91 avg/g
• Assists (Team): 65, 2.83 avg/g
• Goals Allowed (Team): 8, 0.35 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 0.34
• Shutouts (Team): 16, 0.70 avg/g
• Corners (Team): 146, 6.35 avg/g
• Shots (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 116, 5.04 avg/g
• Points (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 44
• Goals (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 19
• Assists (Individual): Teresa Noyola, 13, 0.57 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.22 avg/g
• Save Percentage (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.933 save pct.
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 leads the conference in points (44) and goals (19) and led the Cardinal to the conference title. Taylor is the seventh Stanford player all-time to win the award and her 19 goals ranks fifth on Stanford's single-season list. Sarah Rafanelli is fourth with 20.
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 29-0 conference record in that span. In his four Coach of the Year seasons, Stanford has compiled a 37-1 conference record, a 52-0-1 home mark, and an overall record of 92-4-4.
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 has 9 goals and 9 assists.
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.
Home NCAA Success
Stanford has won its past 15 NCAA tournament matches at home, and these have come by a combined score of 37-2 . Included have been 13 shutouts. Stanford has won its past five by shutout.
Undefeated Regular Season
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 most recently accomplishment the feat 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).
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.
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.
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 210-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 155-35-19. 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.
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.
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 8 goals and 13 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.
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.