Sept. 29, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team faces perhaps the most demanding road trip of its Pac-12 season, at Washington State and Washington, this weekend. Neither opponent is ranked, but each offers a unique challenge. Stanford found that out in 2009 when the No. 1 Cardinal nearly was upset by the Cougars, and the Cardinal follows with Washington, an NCAA quarterfinalist last season. Stanford is 9-0-1 and opened its conference season Saturday with a 7-0 victory over visiting Arizona.
No. 1 Stanford (9-0-1, 1-0) at Washington State (7-3-1, 1-0)
Where: Lower Soccer Field, Pullman, Wash.
When: Friday, 3 p.m.
What: Matchup between early Pac-12 unbeatens
Follow: Live stats can be found on the Gametracker links at gostanford.com
Stanford at Washington (4-4-2, 0-1)
Where: Husky Soccer Field, Seattle, Wash.
When: Sunday, noon
What: Meeting between 2010 NCAA quarterfinalists
Follow: Links to a free live Webcast and Gametracker live stats can be found at gostanford.com
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.
Looking Ahead: With No. 3 UCLA coming to No. 1 Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 9 (1 p.m.), Laird Q. Cagan Stadium is expected to sell out. Fans can ensure their attendance at the match by calling 1-800-STANFORD, by purchasing them on-line at gostanford.com, or by buying them at the ticket office at Gate 2 of Stanford Stadium, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
Conference Winning Streak: Stanford has a 21-match conference winning streak. Its' last loss was at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 by a 1-0 score. Stanford has won 11 consecutive conference road matches, dating to the same 2008 result at UCLA.
Last Week: Six Stanford players scored in a 7-0 Pac-12 opener against visiting Arizona, with junior forward Marjani Hing-Glover coming off the bench to score twice. Stanford remained unbeaten in conference openers since 2001 (9-0-2).
Friday's Opponent, Washington State: Stanford holds a 17-2-1 all-time series lead, but struggled to win the last time the Cardinal played in Pullman, on Oct. 23, 2009. Stanford required an 87th minute goal by Christen Press to tie, and a golden goal from Kelley O'Hara in the 95th minute to win, 2-1. Stanford has won the past six meetings. Washington State's last victory came in 2003, by a 1-0 score at Stanford.
Sunday's Opponent, Washington: The two teams from the Pac-10 to advance furthest in NCAA competition last year were Stanford and Washington, which reached the quarterfinals before losing to Boston College, 1-0, in overtime. This year, the Huskies failed to win their first four matches, but have gone 4-1-1 since then. Stanford holds an 18-2-2 series lead. Stanford has won the past six meetings in the series, including a 2-1 victory last year at home.
Shutout Streak: Going into Friday's match, Stanford has won its past four matches by shutout and has seven this season. Stanford's shutout streak is at 383 minutes, 55 seconds. Also, Stanford has allowed only one goal in six matches for a goals-against average of 0.17 in that span.
Players to get U.S. national-team look: Three current Stanford players - senior defender Camille Levin, senior forward Lindsay Taylor, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver - have been called into the U.S. Under-23 women's national team camp next week which will be overseen by U.S. full national team coach Pia Sundhage, development director Jill Ellis, and technical director April Heinrichs.
The U.S. staff is seeking to identify players for the Olympic qualifying tournament, from Jan. 19-29, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
After Sunday's match, Levin, Oliver, and Taylor will fly from Seattle to the camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. They are expected to return to Stanford on Thursday without missing a match.
Closing in on 200: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe is closing in on his 200th collegiate career victory. Ratcliffe's record at both Saint Mary's and Stanford in 14 seasons, including this one, is 197-69-26. The earliest Ratcliffe could reach the milestone is Oct. 9 against visiting USC. Ratcliffe is Stanford women's soccer's winningest and longest-tenured coach, with a 142-35-19 mark since 2003.
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 over the past four seasons than any other school.
Here are the top four senior classes, by victories:
1. Stanford, 79-4-4 (.931)
2. North Carolina, 73-9-5 (.868)
3. Notre Dame, 72-12-5 (.837)
4. Oklahoma State, 66-12-8 (.814)
Shutout List: Stanford sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver has 13 shutouts in her career. One more and she will move alone into No. 7 on the school's all-time list. She is tied with Erin Bryla (1995-96).
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 34 goals have been scored by 11 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with seven, Teresa Noyola has five, Chioma Ubogagu and Marjani Hing-Glover have four apiece. Stanford is averaging 3.40 goals per match.
Stanford's Streaks: A Stanford victory or draw would extend its regular season unbeaten streak to 53. The last time Stanford lost in the regular season was 1-0 to UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008.
Stanford has a 41-match home winning streak and 45-match home unbeaten streak. The Cardinal's last home loss was Nov. 23, 2007, to Connecticut, 2-0, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Stanford's last non-victory was a 1-1 draw on Sept. 12, 2008, against North Carolina.
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 108-0-5 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 75-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.