Sept. 17, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
The Stanford women’s soccer team is one of three ranked teams competing in the Stanford Nike Invitational, now in its 15th year. No. 3 Stanford and No. 12 Santa Clara will play on opposites ends of two doubleheaders at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. No. 23 Colorado and Wisconsin will be the opponents.
There will be live stats and live webcasts for all four matches, in addition to on-line broadcasts of Stanford’s matches on KZSU-2, with Scott Bland providing the call. Gametracker live stats and the CardCam webcast can be found at gostanford.com, in the Calendar of Events on the home page or the women’s soccer page. The broadcast can be found at http://KZSUlive.stanford.edu. Just press play on the tool bar.
Stanford beat two Top 10 teams in last week’s Santa Clara Classic. The Cardinal got two goals from Kelley O’Hara to rally past then-No.7 Purdue, 2-1, and got goals from Mariah Nogueira and Christen Press to beat No. 5 Notre Dame, 2-0. It was the first meeting between Stanford and the Irish since Notre Dame’s 1-0 victory in the NCAA College Cup semifinals last season. Santa Clara, which also beat Purdue and Notre Dame, captured the tournament title over Stanford, with a 4-3 advantage on goal differential.
Stanford in the Rankings
Stanford maintained its spots in three rankings and moved up in a fourth. The Cardinal is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA coaches’ poll, No. 2 by Soccer America, No. 2 by Soccer Times, and moved up a spot to No. 2 by Top Drawer Soccer.
Nineteen of Stanford’s 23 goals have come in the second half, including three of four last weekend in Santa Clara. In the first half, Stanford has outscored opponents 4-2. The difference increases to 19-4 in the second half. Stanford has trailed in two matches and has been tied or trailed at halftime in each of its past six matches. The Cardinal, however, has outscored those opponents 16-2 in the second half.
The Cardinal is one of 10 NCAA Division I teams with perfect records, according to research by collegesoccer360.com. Stanford is one of four schools that are 7-0-0. Of the 10 perfect teams, only five are ranked among the NSCAA Top 25. Louisiana Tech is the only 7-0 team yet to be ranked.
Friday’s Opponent: Colorado
The Buffaloes close out their nonconference season with the Stanford tournament. Colorado is ranked No. 23 by the NSCAA, falling from No. 20 after a 3-1 loss at current No. 7 Florida. Nine players have scored goals for Colorado (4-3), with sophomore midfielder Kelly Butler and senior forward Nikki Marshall leading the team with three goals apiece. Colorado has reached the NCAA Tournament the past six years, advancing as far as the third round in 2006. Stanford and Colorado have played once before, with Stanford winning in Boulder, 1-0, in 2007.
Sunday’s Opponent: Wisconsin
The Badgers (4-2-1) conclude their nonconference season at the tournament, and remain searching for their first victory away from home. Wisconsin’s defense has been excellent, earning four shutouts and holding opponents to a 0.68 goals-against average. However, Wisconsin has been shut out three times and has scored only five goals. The one common opponent with Stanford is Notre Dame, which beat Wisconsin, 3-0, at home, but lost to Stanford, 2-0, on a neutral field. Wisconsin holds a 2-1 lead in a series with Stanford, but they haven’t met since 2000.
Tournament Participant: Santa Clara
Santa Clara began the season ranked No. 22, fell out of the rankings after a loss to Maryland, and now has jumped all the way to No. 12 following victories over two top-10 teams last weekend. Santa Clara (5-2), a 19-time NCAA Tournament participant, has rebounded from a 4-12-4 season. The Broncos are thankful for the return of Jordan Angeli (3 goals), a sixth-year forward who missed the past two years with injuries. Stanford will play Santa Clara in a nonconference match Oct. 1 at Santa Clara’s Buck Shaw Stadium.
Stanford Nike Invitational
Stanford is 17-9-2 in the 14 years of the Stanford Nike Invitational. However, since 2000, the Cardinal has gone 14-3-1. Last year, Stanford tied eventual champion North Carolina, 1-1, before beating UNC Greensboro, 2-0. Kelley O’Hara scored in the 87th minute to tie the North Carolina match and send it into overtime.