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Stanford's Mission: Maintain Momentum
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/12/2011

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Oct. 12, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford took control of the Pac-12 Conference race on Sunday by beating No. 3 UCLA, 4-1, to complete a home sweep of the Los Angeles schools. At 5-0, Stanford holds a one-match lead over Oregon State and Washington State (4-1) in the conference race, with UCLA dropping to fourth. Next, Stanford (13-0-1 overall) will attempt to maintain its lead when it travels to Arizona State (6-7, 2-3) for a Friday match (7 p.m.) televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.

No. 1 Stanford (13-0-1, 5-0) at Arizona State (6-7, 2-3)
Where: Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
When: Friday, 7 p.m. PT
What: Stanford seeks to maintain Pac-12 lead
TV: The match will be televised live by FOX Soccer Channel
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com

Live TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Fox Sports Arizona (Plus), Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Ohio, Root Sports (Rocky Mountains).
Repeated: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. PT.

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: Stanford took over sole possession of first in the Pac-12 in an effort to capture its' third consecutive conference title. Here are the current Pac-12 standings in comparison to the coaches' preseason predictions:

Current                                                    
1. Stanford (5-0); 2t. Oregon State and Washington State (4-1); 4, UCLA (3-1-1); 5, Utah (3-2); 6, California (2-1-2); 7, Washington (2-2-1); 8, Arizona State (2-3); 9, Arizona (1-3-1); 10, Oregon (1-4); 11, Colorado (0-4-1); 12, USC (0-5).

Preseason                                                   
1. Stanford; 2, UCLA; 3, Oregon State; 4, USC; 5, Washington; 6, California; 7, Arizona State; 8, Oregon; 9, Washington State; 10, Colorado; 11, Utah; 12, Arizona.

No. 200: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, in his 14th season of collegiate coaching, captured his 200th collegiate career victory on Friday 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 201-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 146-35-19. He is the longest tenured women's coach ever at Stanford and winningest soccer coach, men or women, in Cardinal history.

Stanford Winningest Women's Soccer Coaches
1. Paul Ratcliffe (2003-11), 146-35-19
2. Berhane Andeberhan (1987-92), 77-26-11
3. Ian Sawyers (1993-95), 50-8-4
4. Steve Swanson (1996-99), 49-28-4
5. Andy Nelson (2000-01), 29-10-3

Stanford's Winningest Soccer Coaches, Men or Women
1. Paul Ratcliffe (women, 2003-11), 146-35-19
2. Fred Priddle (men, 1954-75), 133-119-23
3. Harry Maloney (men, 1911-42), 104-60-40
4. Nelson Lodge (men, 1976-83), 95-56-15
5. Bret Simon (men, 2001-11), 91-85-30

Last Week: In a matchup of No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 3 UCLA (or No. 1 vs. No. 2 according to Soccer America's rankings), freshman Chioma Ubogagu scored two goals in the first 18 minutes to spark the Cardinal to a surprising 4-1 runaway over the Bruins on Sunday before a sellout crowd of 1,937 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford scored all four goals in the first half (UCLA had only allowed four all year) to finish off a weekend sweep that began with a 3-0 victory over USC. Stanford extended its winning streak to 11 with the victories.

Friday's Opponent, Arizona State: Stanford holds an 8-3-3 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1997 with a 2-2 draw in Tempe. Stanford has won the past three - including 3-0 on the road last season - but has had its troubles in Tempe. Stanford all-time is 2-2-3 at ASU, but has won only one of their past five meetings there since 1999.

Stanford's Streaks: Here are Stanford's current streaks that apply to this match:
• 56-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 25-match Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 25-match road (non-neutral) unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 14-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
• 13-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, see above)
• 11-match winning streak (last non-win, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)

When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 112-0-5 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: Until allowing a goal in the 18th minute to UCLA on Sunday, Stanford had not allowed a goal over a span of 675 minutes, 24 seconds. That streak included seven consecutive shutouts, tying a school record that has been reached four times. Stanford has outscored opponents, 43-5, has 10 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.35.

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 83-4-4 (.934).

Here is the top five, as researched by collegesoccer360.com:
1. Stanford, 83-4-4 (.934)
2. North Carolina, 76-9-5 (.872)
3. Notre Dame, 75-12-6 (.839)
4. Oklahoma State, 68-12-8 (.818)
5. Denver, 67-13-4 (.821)

Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 43 goals have been scored by 13 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with nine, Teresa Noyola and Chioma Ubogagu have six apiece, and Marjani Hing-Glover and Sydney Payne have four apiece. Stanford is averaging 3.07 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, scored 10 goals and had 12 assists last 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 Ali Riley played for New Zealand. All six played at Stanford under head coach Paul Ratcliffe and assistant Jay Cooney.


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