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Cardinal Faces East Coast Challenge
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/24/2011

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Aug. 24, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 2 Stanford women's soccer team hopes to carry the momentum from its opening weekend into a challenging two-match road swing. Fresh off victories over Penn State and Pacific by a combined score of 9-2, Stanford embarks on a difficult road trip that begins at No. 5 Maryland on Friday and is followed by a Sunday match No. 20 Georgetown, an NCAA quarterfinalist last season. The Maryland match marks the first of three in as many weeks with Top 5 teams - with No. 1 Notre Dame (Sept. 9, home) and No. 4 Portland (Sept. 15, road) looming ahead.

No. 2 Stanford (2-0) at No. 5 Maryland (2-0)
Where: Ludwig Field; College Park, Md.
When: Friday, 4 p.m. PT
What: First road match for Stanford and a matchup of Top-5 teams
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Stanford at No. 20 Georgetown (2-0)
Where: North Kehoe Field; Washington, D.C.
When: 10 a.m. PT
What: Stanford plays NCAA quarterfinalists in rematch of 2010 matchup
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Where we left off: Stanford opened the season Friday with a home 4-0 victory over 13-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State and followed with a 5-2 victory over visiting Pacific on Sunday. Camille Levin, a defender, leads the team in scoring with 7 points (2 goals, 3 assists). The victories extended Stanford's home winning streak to 37 and home unbeaten streak to 41. However, Stanford's first-half shutout streak ended Sunday at 20 matches and 916 minutes, 39 seconds.

Injury report: Two of Stanford's four returning All-Americans - juniors Courtney Verloo and Mariah Nogueira - are out this weekend and expected to miss significant time because of injuries. Verloo, a third-team All-America as a central defender last season, had her return to forward stalled by left knee injury suffered in an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 13. Verloo is out indefinitely, but expected to return later this season. Nogueira, a 2009 third-team All-America at defensive midfielder, sprained the A.C. joint in her left shoulder in a second-half collision Sunday and is expected to miss four weeks of action. Nogueira was replaced Sunday by junior Nina Watkins, who could make her first collegiate start. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver, last year's starter, missed the first two matches with an injury, but is expected to make her season debut this weekend.

Friday's Opponent, Maryland: No. 5 Maryland returns eight starters from an 18-2-3 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, when it tied Georgetown, 1-1, but lost on penalty kicks. The Terrapins, the Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up last year, are led by two-time All-ACC first-team forward Jasmyne Spencer, who has scored 10 goals in each of the past two seasons. Stanford and Maryland have met only once, with Stanford earning a 3-0 home victory on Sept. 17, 2000, with help from two Marcia Wallis goals.

Sunday's Opponent, Georgetown: The No. 20 Hoyas advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last season before losing to Ohio State, 2-0. Senior captain Ingrid Wells earned first-team All-America honors and was named Big East Midfielder of the Year. Wells' 9 goals and 10 assists gave her a school-record 28 points. She is one of eight returning starters from last year's 15-7-2 team. One of the Hoyas' losses came against Stanford, 2-0, on Sept. 19 at the Santa Clara Classic. Christen Press, the 2010 Hermann Trophy winner, scored two first-half goals in the only meeting between the two programs.

Replacing Press: Christen Press, the 2010 national scoring leader, scored 26 of the team's 74 goals last season, and Stanford had a 67-0-1 record when Press had a goal or assist during her collegiate career. The Cardinal is attempting to overcome the loss of Press with a scoring-by-committee approach. Indeed, the team's nine goals have been scored by six players. Senior defender Camille Levin, senior forward Lindsay Taylor, and freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu lead the team with two each. The first six goals of the season were scored by six different players - a feat that hasn't been accomplished at Stanford since at least 1996, and perhaps never.

Rare Feat: Stanford records aren't complete enough to say decisively, but it's possible that outside back Camille Levin established a Stanford first when she scored twice against Pacific on Sunday. It's hard to imagine any other defender having a multi-goal game. Last season, Levin started in defense and midfield before settling in at forward. Even so, she's already matched her 2010 season goals total of two.

Against the ACC: Stanford is 17-14-6 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference schools, but after removing North Carolina from the equation Stanford is 17-6-3. Last year, Stanford went 3-0-2 against the ACC with victories over Boston College (2-0) and Florida State (5-0) in the NCAA tournament, and a victory over Duke (2-1) and draws against Boston College (1-1) and North Carolina (2-2) during the regular season.

Homecoming: Stanford has two players from the Washington, D.C., metro area. Redshirt sophomore Annie Case came off the bench in Stanford's first two matches, but started 17 matches last season at outside left back, including throughout the NCAA tournament. Case is a native of Washington and attended Maret School in D.C. Freshman midfielder Alex Doll also came off the bench in the opening matches. She is a Bethesda, Md., native and starred at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 2 by the NSCAA and No. 1 by Soccer America.

Streaking: Stanford is carrying a 44-match regular-season unbeaten streak, and has not lost a non-neutral road match since Oct. 31, 2008 at UCLA (1-0). Stanford's road unbeaten streak is 19.

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 of 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.

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 72-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.

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.

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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