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Top-Ranked Card Opens Pac-12 Play
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/22/2011

Sept. 22, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team plays its first match in the new Pac-12 on Saturday against visiting Arizona at newly-expanded Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Stanford is the two-time defending conference champion after a pair of perfect Pac-10 seasons and takes a 20-match conference winning streak into its opener. The Cardinal is 8-0-1 after completing its fourth consecutive unbeaten nonconference season, extending its unbeaten streak to 45 consecutive regular-season nonconference matches dating back to the 2007 season.

No. 1 Stanford (8-0-1) vs. Arizona (0-7-1)
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
What: Pac-12 opener for both teams
Follow: Live stats can be found on the Gametracker links at

Conference Openers: Stanford has not lost a conference opener since 2000, going 8-0-2 in that span. In home conference openers, the Cardinal has a six-match winning streak and has not lost since 2004, to Arizona in overtime, 1-0. In conference openers played at home, Stanford hasn't lost since 1998 against Arizona State, going 3-0 since. This marks the first time Stanford has opened conference play at home since 2008, when the Cardinal beat Oregon, 3-0.

Last Week: Stanford swept West Coast Conference powers Portland and Santa Clara on the road with a pair of 2-0 victories. Four different Stanford players scored, including the first goal in three years for senior midfielder Kristy Zurmuhlen, who had a 22-yard strike against Portland. Stanford's victory marked its sixth consecutive over South Bay rival Santa Clara, which was ranked No. 19.

Rankings: Stanford enters its second week as the nation's No. 1-ranked team, by both the NSCAA and Soccer American. The Cardinal also is No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer.

Shutouts: Stanford has won its past three matches by shutout and has six shutouts this season. Stanford's shutout streak is at 293:55. Also, Stanford has allowed only one goal in five matches.

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).

Facing Arizona: The Wildcats lost their first seven before tying visiting Texas Tech, 0-0, on Sunday. Arizona is in the midst of a 13-match non-winning streak, which began with a 3-0 loss to Stanford in Tucson on Oct. 24. Arizona has scored only two goals and allowed 14. Stanford leads the all-time series, 14-2, and has won five consecutive matches since Arizona beat the visiting Cardinal, 2-1, during the Wildcats' Pac-10 championship season of 2005.

Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 27 goals have been scored by 10 individuals, including seven with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with six, Teresa Noyola has five, Chioma Ubogagu has four, and defender Camille Levin has three. Stanford is averaging 3.00 goals per 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 196-69-26. 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 141-35-19 mark since 2003.

Stanford's Streaks: A Stanford victory or draw would extend its regular season unbeaten streak to 52. The last time Stanford lost in the regular season was 1-0 to UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008.

Stanford has a 20-match conference winning streak. It's last loss was at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 by a 1-0 score. Stanford has a 15-match home conference winning streak, since a 1-1 draw against USC on Oct. 21, 2007, and a 16-match home conference unbeaten streak, since losing to UCLA on Oct. 19, 2007, by a 2-0 score.

Stanford has a 40-match home winning streak and 44-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 107-0-5 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 74-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.



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