Nov. 29, 2011
KENNESAW, Ga. - Stanford advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the fourth consecutive season, marking a perfect attendance record for the Cardinal’s four seniors -- Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristy Zurmuhlen. Stanford, however, is seeking its first national title, after losing the past two finals by 1-0 scores, to North Carolina (2009) and Notre Dame (2010). The Cardinal plays Florida State and Stanford graduate Katie Riley on Friday, for the right to play the Duke-Wake Forest winner in Sunday’s final in Kennesaw, Ga. The Stanford class of 2012 never lost at home and has a combined four-year record of 93-4-4.
NCAA Women’s Soccer
At KSU Soccer Stadium, Kennesaw, Ga.
Friday’s College Cup Semifinals
Stanford (23-0-1) vs. Florida State (18-6-1), 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET)
Duke (21-3-1) vs. Wake Forest (18-3-4), 4:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. ET)
Stanford-Florida State vs. Duke-Wake Forest, 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)
Friday, 2 p.m. PT: Stanford vs. Florida State, Live on ESPNU, ESPN3.com
Friday, 4:30 p.m. PT: Duke vs. Wake Forest, Live on ESPN3.com, tape-delayed on ESPNU (Sunday, 8 a.m.)
Sunday, 10 a.m. PT: Live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Can be found on Gametracker links at 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.
Stanford in NCAA Tournament
Stanford is playing in its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament and 21st overall. Stanford has a 33-17-5 all-time record in NCAA play and is 22-7-2 in nine appearances under ninth-year coach Paul Ratcliffe. Stanford has advanced to the NCAA College Cup semifinals the past four years and reached the final the past two.
Lindsay Taylor scored her 20th goal of the season in the 93rd minute to give Stanford a 2-1 sudden-death overtime victory over visiting Oklahoma State in the NCAA quarterfinals before a sellout crowd of 2,000. Kristy Zurmuhlen opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a shot between a defender’s legs, before OSU tied it in the 69th on a long shot by Sarah Brown. Stanford outshot the Cowgirls, 21-3, on the way to wrapping up an unbeaten home career (53-0-1) for Stanford's seniors.
The Stanford-Florida State Series
This is the second meeting between Stanford and the Seminoles, but it’s also the second NCAA tournament meeting in as many years. In the NCAA quarterfinals on Nov. 26, 2010, Stanford broke open a 1-0 match with four second-half goals in a 5-0 home victory. The goals were scored by five different players, including current Cardinal Mariah Nogueira, Lindsay Taylor, Teresa Noyola, and Marjani Hing-Glover.
Stanford will face former teammate Katie Riley when it faces Florida State on Friday. Riley, a sixth-year senior, was on the Stanford team from 2006-09, but played in only 2006 and 2009 because of a series of injuries. As a freshman, she played in 20 matches and started 12. As a redshirt junior, she played 12 times and started the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at left outside back in place of injured Ali Riley (no relation). In all, she played in 32 matches and started 14. Riley, who was not part of the team in 2010, graduated from Stanford with degrees in psychology and religious studies, and is enrolled in graduate school at Florida State while working toward a master’s in sports psychology.
The Stanford-Duke Series
Stanford leads the all-time series against Duke, 6-1. The two last met on Aug. 29, 2010, at the Carolina Nike Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., with Stanford winning 2-1. Stanford fell behind in the 50th minute on a rebound by Laura Weinberg, but Stanford rallied on a tying goal by Teresa Noyola in the 50th minute and a Noyola assist to Christen Press in the 75th for the winner. All of Stanford’s previous victories took place from 1989 to 1994, all by one goal. Duke won 3-0 in 1996.
The Stanford-Wake Forest Series
Trivia question: Of the schools that Stanford has played at least three times over the years, which are the only two the Cardinal never has beaten?
The Answer: North Carolina and ... Wake Forest.
Stanford is 0-2-1 against the Demon Deacons, with all matches between 1998 and 2006. The most recent meeting (a 2-1 overtime loss on Aug. 27, 2006 at Santa Clara) is significant to Stanford because it marks the last time the Cardinal has scored and lost. Stanford has gone unbeaten in its past 127 matches since when scoring a goal.
Stanford’s Final Four History
This is Stanford’s fifth overall appearance in the NCAA final four, and fourth consecutive. Here is a rundown of Stanford’s previous appearances:
1993 (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Coach -- Ian Sawyers:
Semifinals -- Stanford 1, George Mason 1 (George Mason won on PK’s, 3-1)
2008 (Cary, N.C.), Coach -- Paul Ratcliffe:
Semifinals -- Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0
2009 (College Station, Texas), Coach -- Paul Ratcliffe:
Semifinals -- Stanford 2, UCLA 1 (OT)
Final -- North Carolina 1, Stanford 0
2010 (Cary, N.C.), Coach -- Paul Ratcliffe:
Semifinals -- Stanford 2, Boston College 0
Final -- Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0
Stanford vs. the ACC
Stanford has fared well against the Atlantic Coast Conference. Here’s a breakdown:
Vs. current ACC schools: 18-14-7
Vs. current ACC schools other than North Carolina: 18-6-4
Vs. ACC schools remaining in tournament field: 7-3-1
Vs. ACC schools in NCAA tournament play: 3-1-1
Vs. ACC schools this season: 1-0-1
College Cup Experience
Current Stanford players have made a combined 29 starts and 40 appearances in the College Cup, with seven players (including injured Courtney Verloo) having played in the past two national championship finals. Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor each have started five College Cup matches, dating back to their freshman seasons. Fellow senior Camille Levin also has five appearances, with two starts.
In all, 12 current Stanford players have made College Cup appearances, and nine have started. Seven projected starters have made College Cup starts and nine projected starters have played.
History in the Making
Stanford’s seniors completed their home careers undefeated at Laird Q. Cagan, going 53-0-1 after a 2-1 quarterfinal overtime victory over Oklahoma State last week.
Stanford’s home winning streak of 50 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. The Stanford class of 2012 became the first team other than North Carolina to complete four years undefeated at home.
In addition, Stanford’s 54-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 (0.26).
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 after injuries.
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 10 matches, has six goals.
Chioma Ubogagu: Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Lindsay Taylor: Thirteen goals in past 11 matches.
Here are Stanford’s current streaks:
• 127-match unbeaten streak when scoring a goal.
• 24-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
• 21-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)
Other current streaks that don’t apply to the College Cup:
• 87-match home unbeaten streak when scoring a goal.
• 62-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); longest in NCAA Division I history since 1994.
• 54-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008); third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 50-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)
• 16-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 16-match NCAA home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007)
Stanford is among the NCAA leaders in the following categories:
• Scoring Offense (Team): 4, Stanford, 2.88 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 2, Stanford, 0.371
• Shutout Percentage (Team): 5, Stanford, 0.667
• Won-Lost-Tied Percentage (Team): 1, Stanford, 23-0-1, 0.979
• Save Percentage (Team): 6, Stanford, 0.890
• Points Per Game (Individual): 16, Lindsay Taylor, 1.92 avg/g
• Total Points (Individual): 7, Lindsay Taylor, 46
• Goals Per Game (Individual): 10, Lindsay Taylor, 0.833 avg/g
• Total Goals (Individual): 4, Lindsay Taylor, 20
• Assists Per Game (Individual): 10, Teresa Noyola, .580 avg/g
• Total Assists (Individual): 3, Teresa Noyola, 14
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): 1, Emily Oliver, 0.26
• Save Percentage (Individual): 3, Emily Oliver, 0.919
• Game-Winning Goals: 8, Lindsay Taylor, 7
Three Consecutive 20-Goal Scorers
It’s not unprecedented, but it’s certainly a rare feat: Stanford has had three different 20-goal scorers in each of the past three years:
Through some unofficial research, it appears as though the last team to accomplish the feat was Notre Dame from 1996-98. The Fighting Irish actually had six different 20-goal scorers during that span. They had three in 1996, two in 1997, and Jenny Heft (28 goals) in 1998.
When Scoring a Goal
Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 122-0-5 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 84-0-3 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 145 matches without losing after holding a lead.
Stanford has allowed only nine goals in 24 matches and is second in the nation in goals-against average (0.37). The Cardinal has had two long shutout streaks, most recently one that lasted 604 minutes, 40 seconds until Oklahoma State scored last week in the quarterfinals. Earlier, Stanford assembled a stretch of 675:24. That streak included seven consecutive shutouts, tying a school record that has been reached four times. Stanford has 16 shutouts. In the past 18 matches, Stanford has allowed only three goals in the run of play. Two others in that span were scored on penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver has allowed only five goals in 1,761 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.
Stanford vs. Tournament Teams
Stanford is 13-0-1 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*
Nov. 25: at Stanford 2, Oklahoma State 1 (OT)*
* NCAA tournament
Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Senior midfielder Teresa Noyola was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer, becoming the third consecutive Cardinal to win the award. Previous winners were Ali Riley (2009) and Christen Press (2010).
Noyola carries a cumulative GPA of 3.52 and is majoring in math and computational science. Going into the College Cup, Noyola is a two-time NSCAA first-team All-America (2008, 2010).
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 (2010) and Kelley O’Hara (2009). Like her former teammates, Taylor leads the conference in points (46) and goals (20) and led the Cardinal to the conference title. Taylor is the seventh Stanford player all-time to win the award and her 20 goals ranks fourth on Stanford’s single-season list. Press is third with 21.
Pac-12/NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year
Paul Ratcliffe earned two separate awards for the fourth consecutive year -- the Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the NSCAA Pacific Region Coach of the Year. 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 53-0-1 home mark, and an overall record of 93-4-4.
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:
First team: Alina Garciamendez, jr., D; Camille Levin, sr., D; Teresa Noyola, sr., M; Emily Oliver, so., GK; Lindsay Taylor, sr., F.
Second team: Rachel Quon, jr., D; Chioma Ubogagu, fr., F.
Honorable mention: Mariah Nogueira, jr., M.
All-Freshman team: Ubogagu; Kendall Romine, D.
Scoring by Committee
Stanford’s 69 goals have been scored by 14 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 20, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has 9 and senior Teresa Noyola has 8. Stanford is averaging 2.88 goals per match.
Stanford in the 2011 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.
Stanford’s Julie Foudy (1989-92), the only four-time first-team All-America in school history, was passed last week in two career categories. On the career goal-scoring list, Lindsay Taylor moved into fourth (53) to Foudy’s fifth (52). On the single-season assists list, Teresa Noyola moved into a tie for second (14), with Foudy in a tie for fourth (13, 1992).
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).
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 211-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 156-35-19. 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.
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 14 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.
Home NCAA Success
Stanford won its past 16 NCAA tournament matches at home, coming by a combined score of 39-3 . Included have been 13 shutouts.