Nov. 4, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Having already clinched its third consecutive Pac-12 championship, the No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team on Saturday night can achieve something that hasn't happened in NCAA Division I soccer since 1993: Completing a third consecutive unbeaten regular season. It would be another great achievement for a senior class that will be honored before the home match against Cal.
The Cardinal takes its 61-match regular-season unbeaten streak, not to mention its 45-match home winning streak and 30-match conference winning streak into the regular-season finale. The NCAA tournament brackets will be announced on Monday at 1:30 p.m. during a webcast on ncaa.com.
No. 1 Stanford (18-0-1, 10-0) vs. California (12-5-2, 5-3-2)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
What: Senior Night for Stanford's class of 2012
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com
Home Finale Sold Out: Stanford's final home regular-season match, on Saturday against California at 7 p.m., already has sold out. This marks the fourth sellout of the home season for Stanford, which sold out the opener against Penn State and matches against Notre Dame and UCLA - all victories. The home finale is Senior Night, honoring Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristy Zurmuhlen.
Senior Night: The Stanford class of 2012 will be honored in a pregame ceremony Saturday. The class of Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, Kristy Zurmuhlen has had success of historic proportions. If Stanford wins or draws against Cal, the senior class will finish its collective career with one loss or fewer for the first time since North Carolina's class of 1995, led by Tisha Venturini, went 74-1-1 (83-1-1 counting the ACC tournament).
Stanford also would be the third team in history to put together three consecutive undefeated regular seasons, following North Carolina teams of 1991-93 and 1986-89. Mia Hamm led the last North Carolina team to do so. Its streak of three came 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 matches (1986-90).
Thanks to research by collegesoccer360.com, Stanford's senior class has won more matches over the past four seasons than any other school's and has the highest winning percentage. Over the past four years, Stanford is 88-4-4 (.937) and 74-1-4 in the regular season.
Home Victories: Stanford's streak of 45 consecutive home victories, which began at the outset of the 2008 season, is the second-longest in NCAA history. The only one longer is North Carolina's streak of 84 from 1986-94.
In addition, Stanford's 49-match home unbeaten streak (2008-current) is third in history only to North Carolina's streaks of 84 (1986-94) and 56 (1999-2004).
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.
Pac-12 Champions: Stanford clinched its third consecutive Pac-12 title on Friday with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at second-place Oregon State, with two matches to go. The conference title was Stanford's eighth overall. Going into the weekend, Stanford is 10-0 and carries a seven-point lead in the standings over now second-place UCLA (7-1-2).
Conference Winning Streak: Stanford has a 30-match conference winning streak, the fifth-longest in NCAA history. Stanford's last loss was at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 by a 1-0 score. Stanford has won 16 consecutive conference road matches and 20 consecutive at home.
Last Week: Stanford rallied past Oregon State, 2-1, on Friday behind two second-half goals by Lindsay Taylor to clinch the Pac-12 title, and followed with a 2-0 victory over Oregon on Sunday. These are expected to be Stanford's final true road matches of the season because the Cardinal is likely to host NCAA tournament matches.
National Player of the Week: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor was named as Soccer America's national Player of the Week for her third consecutive two-goal performance. After Oregon State took the lead on a Jenna Richardson goal in the fifth minute, Taylor scored in the 55th and 66th minutes to propel the Cardinal to victory. The goals were her 15th and 16th of the season, matching her single-season best.
Saturday's Opponent, California: The Bears are fifth in the Pac-12 and No. 38 in the RPI, and a strong possibility to receive an at-large berth in the 64-team NCAA field. Cal is a high-scoring team that has scored four goals in five matches and is second to Stanford in the Pac-12 in goals per match (2.16). But the Bears have been without leading scorer Katie Benz (10 goals, 3 assists) for the past nine matches because of injury. Laura Battung is second in scoring with 7 goals. Defensively, the team has nine shutouts.
The Cal Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 16-10-4, and is 4-0-1 against the Bears in the past four seasons. Cal's most recent victory was 1-0 on Nov. 5, 2006 in Berkeley. In their most recent meeting, Stanford won, 3-0 at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium behind a pair of goals by Hermann Trophy winner Christen Press.
Possible Lineup: Here is the possible starting lineup to be set by Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe.
Emily Oliver: Second in nation in goals-against average (0.27).
Rachel Quon: Looks to overlap up the left flank.
Alina Garciamendez: Has started every match in collegiate career.
Kendall Romine: Smooth defender with excellent ball skills.
Camille Levin: Could push forward into midfield or forward.
Mariah Nogueira: Dangerous in the air on set pieces.
Kristy Zurmuhlen: Senior provides energy both in attack and defense.
Teresa Noyola: Perhaps nation's best playmaker.
Marjani Hing-Glover: Started past five matches, has 6 goals.
Chioma Ubogagu: A true impact freshman with 8 goals, 9 assists.
Lindsay Taylor: Pac-12's leading scorer with 16 goals, 36 points.
Stanford's Streaks: Here are Stanford's current streaks:
61-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); longest in NCAA Division I history since 1994.
49-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008); third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
45-match home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007); second-longest in NCAA Division I history.
30-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)
20-match conference home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. UCLA, Oct. 19, 2007)
19-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
16-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
16-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)
Conference Leaders: Stanford leads the Pac-12 in the following categories:
Shots (Team): 430, 22.63 avg./g
Points (Team): 173, 9.11 avg/g
Goals (Team): 58, 3.05 avg/g
Assists (Team): 57, 3.00 avg/g
Goals Allowed (Team): 8, 0.42 avg/g
Shutouts (Team): 12 (tie), 0.63 avg/g
Shots (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 92, 4.84 avg/g
Points (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 36
Goals (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 16, 0.84 avg/g
Assists (Individual): Teresa Noyola, 10, 0.53 avg/g
Goals-Against Average (Individual): Emily Oliver, 4, 0.27 avg/g
Save Percentage (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.918 save pct.
National Leaders: Stanford is among the NCAA leaders in the following categories:
Scoring Offense (Team): 3, Stanford, 3.05 goals per game
Goals-Against Average (Team): 8, Stanford, 0.415
Shutout Percentage (Team): 11, Stanford, 0.632
Won-Lost-Tied Percentage (Team): 1, Stanford, 18-0-1, 0.974
Save Percentage (Team): 12, Stanford, 0.884
Points Per Game (Individual): 20, Lindsay Taylor, 36, 1.89 avg/g
Total Points (Individual): 17, Lindsay Taylor, 36
Goals Per Game (Individual): 12, Lindsay Taylor, 0.84 avg/g
Total Goals (Individual): 8, Lindsay Taylor, 16
Assists Per Game (Individual): 15, Teresa Noyola, 10, 0.53 avg/g
Total Assists (Individual): 15, Teresa Noyola, 10
Goals-Against Average (Individual): 2, Emily Oliver, 0.27
Save Percentage (Individual): 3, Emily Oliver, 0.918
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 117-0-5 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 79-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.
Rarely Overtaken: The Wake Forest match on Aug. 27, 2006, also marks the last time Stanford had a lead and lost. Since then, Stanford has gone 140 matches without losing after holding a lead.
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, 58-8, has 12 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.42. In the past 13 matches, Stanford has allowed only two goals in the run of play. Two others in that span were scored on penalty kicks.
When Trailing: 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 58 goals have been scored by 14 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 16, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has eight and senior Teresa Noyola have eight apiece. Stanford is averaging 3.05 goals per match.
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 206-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 151-35-19. He is the longest tenured women's coach ever at Stanford and winningest soccer coach, men or women, in Cardinal history.
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.
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 10 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.
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.
NCAA Selection Show: The NCAA tournament field and brackets will be announced on Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT online at ncaa.com.
Home Playoff Match: Stanford will likely host a first-round NCAA playoff match, and it would take place sometime from Nov. 11-13. Tickets would go on sale online, by phone, and in person, on Tuesday at 9 a.m.