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No. 2 Stanford Returns Home
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/31/2011

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Aug. 31, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - After a weekend of surprising results around the country, Stanford was the only team among the top 15 to retain its position in the NSCAA women's soccer coaches' poll. The Cardinal (3-0-1) remains at No. 2 heading into Sunday's noon match against visiting Northwestern (0-3) in the first meeting between the two programs.

No. 2 Stanford (3-0-1) vs. Northwestern (0-3)
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
When: Sunday, noon
What: First meeting between the two programs
Follow: Gametracker live stats (link at gostanford.com)

Week in Review: Stanford played two matches against Top 20 teams in the Washington, D.C., area, drawing 0-0 with No. 5 Maryland on Friday and beating No. 20 Georgetown on Monday in a match postponed a day because of Hurricane Irene. The Friday result jumped Maryland to No. 3, but kept Stanford from No. 1 after top-ranked Notre Dame lost twice. Lindsay Taylor and Sydney Payne scored twice apiece against Georgetown. It was the first career multi-goal match for Payne, a sophomore.

Coming Soon: Defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Notre Dame comes to Stanford on Sept. 9 for a rematch of last year's NCAA College Cup final in Cary, N.C., won by the Irish, 1-0. Notre Dame is now No. 10 after losses to new No. 1 North Carolina and new No. 9 Duke.

The 7:30 p.m. match is preceded by No. 14 UC Irvine against No. 16 Santa Clara, at 5 p.m., as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational. Both are part of a soccer tripleheader that begins with the home opener for the Stanford men, against Kentucky at 3 p.m.

Sunday's Opponent, Northwestern: Senior forward Emily Langston, a teammate of Stanford's Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor with the Mountain View/Los Altos Mercury, has scored both goals for Northwestern (0-3). Langston is a native of nearby Los Altos and played at from Los Altos High.

If Northwestern wins, Stanford will be the highest-ranked team Northwestern has ever beaten. Last year, the Wildcats beat then-No. 3 UCLA, 1-0. This also marks the first women's soccer meeting between Stanford and Northwestern.

Taylor's Scoring: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor leads the team in points (9) and goals (4), and now sits eighth all-time at Stanford in all three career scoring categories: goals (37), assists (21), and points (95).

Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 13 goals have been scored by seven individuals. Besides Taylor's four, Camille Levin, Sydney Payne, and Chioma Ubogagu have two each. Stanford is averaging 3.25 goals per match, which is above its final averages of 2.85 in 2010 and 3.08 in 2009.

Senior Class: Extensive research by collegesoccer360.com has revealed that Stanford's senior class has the highest four-year record among any Division I school through last weekend. Stanford's seniors are: defender Camille Levin, midfielder Teresa Noyola, forward Lindsay Taylor, and midfielder Kristy Zurmuhlen.

Here are the top five by winning percentage:
1) Stanford, 73-4-4, .926
2) Portland, 62-6-2, .900
3) North Carolina, 70-7-5, .884
4) Notre Dame, 69-9-3, .870

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 191-69-26. 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 136-35-19 mark since 2003.

Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 2 by both the NSCAA and Soccer America. North Carolina jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 after beating Notre Dame, 2-1, in overtime on Friday.

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. However, she has since returned to forward, her original position at Stanford.

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.

Streaking: Stanford is carrying a 46-match regular-season unbeaten streak, a 37-match home winning streak, and a 41-match home unbeaten streak.

When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 102-0-5 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, during coach Paul Ratcliffe's first season, when the Cardinal fell to Loyola Marymount, 2-1. Stanford is 71-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.

National Team Involvement: Stanford was represented by six players in the 2011 FIFA Women's Cup, including two current ones. Junior defender Alina Garciamendez and senior midfielder Teresa Noyola played for Mexico. Former Stanford players in the tournament were Nicole Barnhart, captain Rachel Buehler, and Kelley O'Hara of the United States, and New Zealand's Ali Riley. In addition, Stanford's Camille Levin, Mariah Nogueira, Emily Oliver, and Sydney Payne were active in United States youth national team camps.

Pac-12 favorite: Stanford was the unanimous choice to win the Pac-12 title, as voted by the conference coaches. The Cardinal received all 11 possible first-place votes, and the maximum 121 points. UCLA was picked to finish second.


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