Oct. 27, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 1 Stanford women's soccer team faces what could be its most difficult road test of the season when it plays at second-place Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m. With three conference matches left, Stanford would clinch its third consecutive outright Pac-12 title with a victory, and clinch at least a share with a draw. Even with a loss, Stanford can repeat the title process at Oregon on Sunday in a 1 p.m. match.
No. 1 Stanford (16-0-1, 8-0) vs. No. 19 Oregon State (12-4-1, 6-2)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Paul Lorenz Field
What: Matchup between the Pac-12's top two teams
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com
Stanford vs. Oregon (8-7-1, 3-4-1)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Pape Field
What: Last match at Oregon's Pape Field
Live Stats: Can be found on links at gostanford.com
Home Finale Sold Out: Stanford's final home regular-season match, on Saturday, Nov. 5 against California at 7 p.m., already has sold out. This marks the fourth sellout of the home season for Stanford, which sold out Laird Q. Cagan Stadium for the opener against Penn State and, after the new East grandstands opened, sold out matches against Notre Dame and UCLA - all victories. The home finale is Senior Night, honoring Camille Levin, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Kristy Zurmuhlen.
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 (8-0, 24 points) holds a six-point lead in the Pac-12 standings over second-place Oregon State (6-2, 18) and will clinch its third consecutive conference championship with a victory or draw against the Beavers on Friday. A victory would ensure an outright title, while a draw would clinch at least a share of the crown and a chance to clinch on Sunday at Oregon.
Conference Winning Streak: Stanford has a 28-match conference winning streak. Stanford's last loss was at UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008 by a 1-0 score. Stanford has won 14 consecutive conference road matches and 20 consecutive at home.
Last Week: Stanford downed Utah, 4-0, and Colorado, 4-1, at home. It was the Cardinal's first matches with those schools since they joined the conference. Lindsay Taylor scored twice in each match. In addition, Friday's victory over Utah marked Stanford's 11th shutout of the season.
National Player of the Week: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor was named as Top Drawer Soccer's national Player of the Week for her pair of multi-goal performances in victories over visiting Utah and Colorado. Taylor scored twice in each match, including headers in each as well as a pair of clinical strikes. She now as 14 goals this season, two short of her single-season best.
Friday's Opponent, Oregon State: In similar circumstances last year, Stanford beat visiting Oregon State, 3-0, when the winner would have earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title with one more match remaining. Stanford leads the all-time series 17-1, with its only loss coming in 2003 in Corvallis, Ore., 1-0. Stanford has won the past seven matchups.
Sunday's Opponent, Oregon: Oregon has never beaten Stanford during a 14-match series that began in 1997. The Cardinal has a 13-0-1 lead. The only blemish was a 0-0 draw in Eugene, Ore., in 2007. Last year, Stanford beat the visiting Ducks in the rain, 3-0, in its conference finale to complete a second consecutive perfect Pac-10 season.
Possible Lineup: Here is the probable starting lineup to be set by Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe.
Emily Oliver: National leader in goals-against average (0.24).
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 three matches.
Chioma Ubogagu: A true impact freshman with 8 goals, 9 assists.
Lindsay Taylor: Pac-12's leading scorer with 14 goals, 32 points.
Stanford's Streaks: Here are Stanford's current streaks:
59-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
49-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008)
45-match home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007)
28-match Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
26-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)
17-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
14-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
14-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)
Conference leaders: Lindsay Taylor leads the Pac-12 in points (14 goals, 4 assists, 32 points) and goals. If Taylor captures the scoring title, it would mark the third such achievement for a Stanford player, following Kelley O'Hara in 2009 and Christen Press in 2010. In addition, Teresa Noyola leads in assists (10), and goalkeeper Emily Oliver leads in goals-against average (0.24) and save percentage (.932).
National Leaders: Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver leads the nation in goals-against average, at 0.24, just ahead of LaSalle's Melissa Sanger, at 0.25. Oliver has allowed only three goals in 14 appearances covering 1,145 minutes. In addition, Oliver's save percentage of .932 is third in the nation.
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 115-0-5 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.
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, 54-7, has 11 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.41. In the past 11 matches, Stanford has allowed only one goal in the run of play. Two others in that span were scored on penalty kicks.
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 86-4-4 (.936). In regular-season play, the senior class is 72-1-4.
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 54 goals have been scored by 14 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 14, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has eight, and Teresa Noyola and Marjani Hing-Glover have six apiece. Stanford is averaging 3.18 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 204-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 149-35-19. 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 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.