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Aug. 26, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Coming off a 6-2 season-opening victory at Hawaii on Sunday, the No. 4 Stanford women's soccer team resumes its nonconference season with a match at Cal Poly on Friday night, followed by the Cardinal's home opener on Sunday afternoon against San Diego State. Despite the convincing victory, Stanford dropped two spots in the NSCAA coaches' poll, though it remains No. 2 in the Soccer America and Soccer Times rankings. On the Air Friday's Opponent: Cal Poly The Cal Poly Series Sunday's Opponent: San Diego State The San Diego State Series Last Week Pac-10 Player of the Week O'Hara Moves Up Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Live stats for both the Cal Poly and San Diego State matches can be found on gostanford.com. The Gametracker links can be reached through the Calendar of Events on the home page and the schedule on the Stanford women's soccer home page. There will be no webcast at Cal Poly, but there will be one for San Diego State. Look for the "Watch" links on the Calendar of Events and on the team's schedule page.
Cal Poly is coming off a 10-9-1 season and a third-place finish in the Big West Conference. The Mustangs are predicted to finish third once again, in a poll of conference coaches. Morgan Miller, a junior forward from La Selva Beach in Santa Cruz County, tied for the team's goal-scoring lead last season with five, and is one of four returning starters. This will be Cal Poly's season opener, which will be played at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
This will be the seventh matchup in the series, with Stanford holding a 6-0 lead. Three meetings came in the NCAA Tournament, with two (2002, 2004) in the first round and one (1999) in the second. Stanford outscored the Mustangs 9-1 in NCAA play and holds 19-1 scoring advantage in all games, including a 3-0 win at the Santa Clara tournament last season. This will be Stanford's first trip to San Luis Obispo.
San Diego State is 1-1 after a season-opening 1-0 victory over Fresno State and a 3-1 loss to Cal State Northridge, both at home. The Aztecs return nine starters from a 6-10-3 team and were predicted to finish fourth in the Mountain West Conference by coaches. The Aztecs are led by junior midfielder Cat Walker, a 2008 first-team All-MWC selection.
Stanford is 6-0-1 against San Diego State with five of the contests decided by a goal or less. The Aztecs played Stanford's NCAA semifinal team to a 0-0 draw in 1993, but lost 4-0 in their most recent meeting, at Stanford in 2006.
Stanford opened its 25th season with a 6-2 victory at Hawaii on Sunday, getting two goals apiece from forwards Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press, who also had an assist. Coach Paul Ratcliffe started two freshmen, central defender Alina Garciamendez and right outside back Rachel Quon. In addition, Courtney Verloo came off the bench and had a goal and two assists in her collegiate debut. Six freshmen received their first collegiate action for the Cardinal.
Stanford junior forward Christen Press earned the first Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week honor of the season after her two-goal, one-assist performance in a 6-2 victory at Hawaii on Sunday. Press split the defense with a pass that found Kelley O'Hara on a fifth-minute breakaway to open the scoring. After Hawaii closed within 3-1, Press scored twice during a Stanford three-goal flurry in a five-minute span to open up a 6-1 lead in the second half. Press moved up to No. 9 on the school's all-time goal-scoring list with 26, passing Natalie Spilger (2000-03, 25 goals). Her assist moved her into a tie with Kelsey Carlson (1999-2001) for No. 8 on Stanford's career list, with 18.
Kelley O'Hara's two goals Sunday allowed the senior forward to move up to No. 6 on Stanford's all-time scoring list (85 points) and to No. 7 in career goals (33), passing Jennifer Rowland (82) and Carmel Murphy (32), respectively. Sarah Rafanelli (1990-93) leads both lists with 152 points and 59 goals.
Defender Ali Riley and forward Kelley O'Hara each were among 30 candidates selected for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which honors one senior in each collegiate sport who excels both on and off the field. Ten finalists will be determined at the end of September. Those players will then be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote that will take place between Oct. 5-Nov. 13. The winner will be announced at the College Cup in College Station, Texas, Dec. 4-6.
Aug. 26, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Coming off a 6-2 season-opening victory at Hawaii on Sunday, the No. 4 Stanford women's soccer team resumes its nonconference season with a match at Cal Poly on Friday night, followed by the Cardinal's home opener on Sunday afternoon against San Diego State. Despite the convincing victory, Stanford dropped two spots in the NSCAA coaches' poll, though it remains No. 2 in the Soccer America and Soccer Times rankings.
On the Air
Friday's Opponent: Cal Poly
The Cal Poly Series
Sunday's Opponent: San Diego State
The San Diego State Series
Pac-10 Player of the Week
O'Hara Moves Up
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award