Oct. 6, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's soccer team is now the consensus No. 1 team in the country, after moving up in the NSCAA coaches' poll Tuesday and receiving all 32 first-place votes.
Stanford's 6-2 victory over No. 11 Santa Clara on Thursday, combined with No. 1 North Carolina's 1-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Sunday, led to the switch in the rankings. Stanford returns to No. 1 in the NSCAA poll for the first time since holding the spot for three weeks in the 2007 season, most recently in the Oct. 2 ranking.
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Stanford now holds the No. 1 spot in all four rankings: the NSCAA, Soccer America, Soccer Times and Top Drawer Soccer.
Stanford (11-0-0) has tied the best start in school history and opens Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend at Oregon State (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Oregon (Sunday, 1 p.m.). The Cardinal has beaten four teams currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25: No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0 score), No. 9 Purdue (2-1), No. 12 Virginia Tech (5-0) and No. 15 Santa Clara.
Still to come in Pac-10 play, in chronological order, are these ranked teams: No. 23 USC (Oct. 16, 7 p.m.), No. 3 UCLA (Oct. 18, 1 p.m.), No. 20 Arizona State (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.), and No. 21 California (Nov. 8, 1 p.m.). All four matches are at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
In the first RPI report this season, also released Tuesday, Stanford was No. 2 behind North Carolina.