Sept. 14, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. - Stanford is the nation's new No. 1 women's soccer team after a pair of victories over ranked opponents last weekend enabled the Cardinal to take advantage of a North Carolina loss and vault to No. 1 in the NSCAA and Soccer America rankings. Stanford (6-0-1) will put that ranking to the test at perennial powers Portland (3-3-1) and Santa Clara (3-0-4), with the Portland match scheduled for a Fox Soccer national broadcast Thursday night at 7.
No. 1 Stanford (6-0-1) at Portland (3-3-1)
Where: Merlo Field, Portland, Ore.
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
What: Nationally televised match between West Coast powers
Follow: Links to live stats and audio at gostanford.com
TV: Live on Fox Soccer Channel
Stanford at No. 19 Santa Clara (3-0-4)
Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
When: Sunday, 8 p.m.
What: Renewal of South Bay rivalry
Follow: Links to live stats and video at gostanford.com
Rankings: Stanford vaulted into No. 1 in the NSCAA coaches' poll and Soccer America rankings this week. Stanford was the preseason No. 2 in both. Stanford has held the No. 1 ranking in each of the past two seasons, taking over on Oct. 6, 2009 and Sept. 27, 2010. The Cardinal maintained each No. 1 ranking heading into the NCAA College Cup.
NSCAA Top 5:
1. Stanford (6-0-1)
2. Oklahoma State (9-0)
3. Florida State (7-1)
4. UCLA (6-0-1)
5. Duke (7-1)
Last Week: In a rematch of the 2010 NCAA College Cup final, Stanford scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to rally past No. 8 Notre Dame, 2-1, in a match interrupted 49 minutes by lightning before a sellout crowd of 1,960 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 9. On Sunday, Stanford got second-half goals from Chioma Ubogagu and Teresa Noyola two minutes apart midway through the second half to beat No. 11 UC Irvine, 2-0, and win the four-team Stanford Nike Invitational.
National/Pac-12 Player of the Week: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week on Sept. 14, and earned Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week. Taylor led a late comeback against No. 8 Notre Dame by scoring the tying goal and assisting on the game-winner--all within the final 10 minutes of the match--to give Stanford the 2-1 victory in a rematch of last year's NCAA championship final. The Los Altos, Calif., native scored on a hard 25-yard shot that snuck just inside the right post. She then offered up a corner kick to Mariah Nogueira, who headed in the winning goal in the 88th minute.
Stanford's Streaks: A Stanford victory or draw would extend its regular season unbeaten streak to 50. The last time Stanford lost in the regular season was 1-0 to UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008.
In true road matches (not including neutral sites), Stanford has an unbeaten streak of 21 (18-0-3). Its most recent loss on an opponent's home field was 1-0 to UCLA on Oct. 31, 2008.
In nonconference road matches (including postseason, but not neutral sites), Stanford has a 14-match unbeaten streak (11-0-3). The Cardinal has not lost a nonconference match on its opponent's field since Sept. 30, 2006, in a 2-0 loss at Santa Clara.
Though these don't apply to this weekend's series, 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 105-0-5 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.
Coming Soon: Stanford returns home Saturday, Sept. 24 , to open Pac-12 Conference play against Arizona in a 7 p.m. match.
Thursday's Opponent, Portland
Some facts about the all-time series:
Their most recent match in Portland was a 3-0 Pilots' victory on Aug. 27, 2005, with current U.S. national teamer Megan Rapinoe scoring twice and Christine Sinclair once before a crowd of 4,524. A Stanford defender was current U.S. national team co-captain Rachel Buehler.
Their last meeting was a 2-1 home victory for Stanford on Sept. 25, 2010. Mariah Nogueira (21st minute) and Christen Press (36th) gave Stanford a 2-0 lead before Danielle Foxhoven scored for Portland in the 80th.
Stanford leads 6-3-1.
At Portland, Portland leads 2-0.
The home team is 8-1-1.
The teams have met five times in the NCAA tournament with Stanford holding a 3-1-1 edge.
Sunday's Opponent, Santa Clara
Some facts about the all-time series:
Santa Clara is Stanford's most common all-time opponent.
Santa Clara leads the all-time series, 18-12-5.
Stanford is 5-0-1, with victories in their past five meetings, from 2007-10.
Santa Clara's last victory was Sept. 30, 2006, at home by a 2-0 score.
The teams have met in the NCAA tournament the past two years, with Stanford winning both.
Santa Clara holds a 5-3 lead in the NCAA tournament against Stanford.
Stanford has won its past two ('09, '08) at Santa Clara by a combined 11-2.
Possible Starting Lineup
Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe could start these players on Thursday:
Emily Oliver or Aly Gleason. Oliver left Friday's match after colliding with post, Gleason earned first start and shutout Sunday.
Alina Garciamendez. Junior captain has started every match since arriving at Stanford.
Kendall Romine or Madeleine Thompson. Romine has been hampered by injury, and Oregon native Thompson has played significantly the past three matches.
Camille Levin. Versatile outside back may also move into midfield.
Rachel Quon. Started last weekend after missing three matches with injury.
Mariah Nogueira. Headed in 88th minute winner against Notre Dame.
Teresa Noyola. Steady playmaker and two-time first-team All-America.
Kristy Zurmuhlen: High-energy senior broke into starting lineup this year.
Sydney Payne. Soph had first multi-goal performance, vs. Northwestern.
Lindsay Taylor. Leading scorer is healthiest since her freshman year.
Chioma Ubogagu. A must-see freshman sensation.
Taylor's Scoring: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor leads the team in points (14) and goals (6), and now sits eighth all-time at Stanford in all three career scoring categories: goals (39), assists (22), and points (97).
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 23 goals have been scored by nine individuals, including six players with at least two apiece. Besides Taylor's six, Chioma Ubogagu and Teresa Noyola have four apiece. Camille Levin, Mariah Nogueira, and Sydney Payne have two apiece. 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: 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, 76-4-4; .929
2) North Carolina, 72-8-5; .876
3) Portland, 63-8-3; .872
4) Notre Dame, 71-10-4; .859
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 194-69-26. 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 139-35-19 mark since 2003.
The Schedule: Stanford has played four ranked teams in its first eight matches, including defending national champion Notre Dame. Here is a list of opponents ranked in the current NSCAA Top 25, with the dates and results of their matches:
6, Maryland (Aug. 26; T, 0-0); 12, Notre Dame (Sept. 9; W, 2-1); 15, UC Irvine (Sept. 11; W, 2-0); 21, Penn State (Aug. 19; W, 4-0).
Still on the schedule, vs. No. 4 UCLA (Oct. 9), at No. 19 Santa Clara (Sept. 18), vs. No. 22 Cal (Nov. 5).
Hermann Trophy Watch List: Stanford senior midfielder Teresa Noyola and junior forward/defender Courtney Verloo, who has been out for the season with a knee injury, 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, but was slated to play forward this season.
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.
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.