Nov. 15, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Top-seeded Stanford will headline an NCAA women’s soccer doubleheader on Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, and with winners facing off Sunday at the same site in a third-round match. Cal and Boston College open play at 4:30 p.m., followed by Stanford against South Carolina at 7 in second-round action. Sunday’s match is at 1 p.m.
At Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford
Boston College (12-5-2) vs. California (12-6-3), 4:30 p.m.
South Carolina (16-6) at Stanford (20-0-1), 7 p.m.
B.C.-Cal winner vs. South Carolina-Stanford winner, 1 p.m.
Live Stats: Can be found on Gametracker links at gostanford.com.
Tournament Central: For tournament pairings and brackets, as well as links to the rosters and Web pages of all four teams, go to The NCAA Tournament Central page on gostanford.com.
Tickets: One ticket is good for both Friday matches. Tickets for both the second and third rounds can be purchased online at gostanford.com, by phone at 1-800-STANFORD or in person at the Stanford ticket office at Gate 2 at Stanford Stadium. For all NCAA women's soccer information, visit gostanford.com or ncaa.com.
Stanford vs. South Carolina: Stanford and South Carolina meet for the first time ever. Stanford (20-0-1), the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, has a chance to play the first four rounds at home. The Cardinal, the Pac-12 champion, beat visiting Montana in first-round play Friday night, 3-0.
South Carolina (16-6) won the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division, but lost in the first round of the SEC tournament to Alabama, 1-0. However, Carolina rebounded with a 1-0 home victory over Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament and is traveling to the Pacific time zone for the first time since 2001. This is not the team’s first trip west, having split a pair in Arizona (Mountain Time), beating Arizona, 1-0, in double overtime and losing to Arizona State, 1-0, in August.
Boston College vs. California: Boston College (12-5-2) finished fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but lost in the first round of the ACC tournament to Wake Forest, 3-2. A victory against Cal would give the senior class its’ fourth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The class has reached the quarterfinals the past two years and reached its first College Cup last year. Both seasons ended with losses to Stanford. The Eagles advanced by beating visiting Marist, 6-1, in the NCAA first round.
California (12-6-3) finished sixth in the Pac-12, and advanced by beating host Santa Clara in penalty kicks, 4-3, after playing to a 1-1 draw. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Kruger has a 0.97 goals-against average, but freshman Kathleen Messinger was placed in goal for the shootout (coach’s decision) and made the decisive save.
NCAA Tournament: Stanford is playing in its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament and 21st overall. Stanford has a 30-17-5 all-time record in NCAA play and is 19-7-2 in nine appearances under ninth-year coach Paul Ratcliffe. Stanford has advanced to the NCAA College Cup semifinals the past three years and reached the championship final the past two before suffering 1-0 losses to North Carolina (2009) and Notre Dame (2010).
Last Week: Mariah Nogueira’s header in the 39th minute sparked Stanford to a 3-0 victory over Big Sky tournament champ Montana. Stanford also got a penalty kick from Lindsay Taylor and a 73rd minute score from Chioma Ubogagu in the rain at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal outshot Montana, 29-5 and had an 11-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Friday’s Opponent, South Carolina: South Carolina is playing in its fifth consecutive NCAA tournament and sixth overall, holding an all-time record of 4-4-1. Senior forward Kayla Grimsley is South Carolina's all-time leader in points, with 119 (43 career goals, 33 assists). She’s the only active player in Division I soccer with 40 goals and 30 assists. She has 10 goals and 9 assists this season.
Senior Class: Thanks to research by collegesoccer360.com, Stanford's senior class of 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 90-4-4 (.939) overall and 75-1-4 in the regular season.
History in the Making: Stanford’s home winning streak of 47 is the second-longest in NCAA Division I history. The streak, which began at the outset of the 2008 season, is second only to North Carolina’s streak of 84 from 1986-94. Stanford’s senior class has never lost at home, and has a career record of 50-0-1 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. If Stanford advances to the College Cup, the Stanford class of 2012 would become the first team other than North Carolina to complete four years undefeated at home.
In addition, Stanford’s 51-match home unbeaten streak (2008-current) is third in history only to North Carolina’s streaks of 84 (1986-94) and 56 (1999-2004).
Possible Lineup: Here is a possible starting lineup for Stanford.
Emily Oliver: National leader in goals-against average (0.24).
Rachel Quon: Looks to overlap up the left flank.
Alina Garciamendez: World Cup vet has started every match in collegiate career.
Madeleine Thompson: Has started three of the past four matches.
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 seven matches, has 6 goals.
Chioma Ubogagu: Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Lindsay Taylor: Ten goals in past eight games.
Stanford's Streaks: Here are Stanford's current streaks:
• 124-match unbeaten streak when scoring a goal.
• 84-match home unbeaten streak when scoring a goal.
• 51-match home unbeaten streak (last non-victory, 1-1 vs. North Carolina, Sept. 12, 2008); third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 47-match home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 23, 2007); second-longest in NCAA Division I history.
• 21-match unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 5, 2010)
• 18-match winning streak (last non-victory, 0-0 at Maryland, Aug. 26, 2011)
Other current streaks that don’t apply to postseason play:
• 62-match regular-season unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); longest in NCAA Division I history since 1994.
• 31-match Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008); fifth-longest conference winning streak in NCAA Division I history.
• 28-match road (non-neutral) unbeaten streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
• 21-match conference home winning streak (last loss, 2-0 vs. UCLA, Oct. 19, 2007)
• 16-match road Pac-12 winning streak (last loss, 1-0 at UCLA, Oct. 31, 2008)
National Leaders: Stanford is among the NCAA leaders in the following categories:
• Scoring Offense (Team): 3, Stanford, 3.26 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 2, Stanford, 0.376
• Shutout Percentage (Team): 6, Stanford, 0.667
• Won-Lost-Tied Percentage (Team): 2, Stanford, 19-0-1, 0.976
• Points Per Game (Individual): 14, Lindsay Taylor, 1.95 avg/g
• Total Points (Individual): 11, Lindsay Taylor, 41
• Goals Per Game (Individual): 8, Lindsay Taylor, 0.857 avg/g
• Total Goals (Individual): 6, Lindsay Taylor, 18
• Assists Per Game (Individual): 17, Teresa Noyola, .520 avg/g
• Total Assists (Individual): 14, Teresa Noyola, 11
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): 1, Emily Oliver, 0.24
• Save Percentage (Individual): 3, Emily Oliver, 0.926
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 119-0-5 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 81-0-3 when scoring a home goal during that stretch.
Rarely Overtaken: The Wake Forest match on Aug. 27, 2006, also marks the last time Stanford failed to hold a lead in a loss. Since then, Stanford has gone 142 matches without losing after holding a lead.
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, 63-8, has 14 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.38. In the past 15 matches, Stanford has allowed only two goals in the run of play. Two others in that span were scored on penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver has allowed only four goals in 1,488 minutes and has eight shutouts.
When Trailing: Stanford has trailed three times this season, falling behind Pacific, Notre Dame, and Oregon State by 1-0 scores. Against Pacific on Aug. 21, Stanford scored three goals by halftime to take a 3-1 lead on the way to a 5-2 victory. In the others, Stanford combined to score four goals in those matches to win each 2-1, with three of those goals by Lindsay Taylor.
The Notre Dame match marked Stanford's latest deficit after the Irish's Melissa Henderson scored 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.
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 63 goals have been scored by 14 individuals, including nine with at least two apiece. Lindsay Taylor leads with 18, freshman Chioma Ubogagu has 9 and senior Teresa Noyola has 8. Stanford is averaging 3.00 goals per match.
Stanford vs. Tournament Teams: Stanford is 10-0-1 against teams in this year’s tournament field. The following is a list of those matches:
Aug. 19: at Stanford 4, Penn State 0
Aug. 26: Stanford 0, at Maryland 0
Sept. 9: at Stanford 2, Notre Dame 1
Sept. 11: at Stanford 2, UC Irvine 0
Sept. 15: Stanford 2, at Portland 0
Sept. 18: Stanford 2, at Santa Clara 0
Sept. 30: Stanford 1, at Washington State 0
Oct. 9: at Stanford 4, UCLA 1
Oct. 28: Stanford 2, at Oregon State 1
Nov. 5: at Stanford 2, California 0
Nov. 11: at Stanford 3, Montana 0*
* NCAA tournament
Freshmen Scoring: Forward Chioma Ubogagu’s nine goals place her in a tie for seventh on Stanford’s freshman scoring list.
1, Lindsay Taylor (2008) 16; 2 (tie), Erin Martin (1993) and Marcie Ward (2000), 14; 4, Julie Foudy (1989) 14; 5, Sarah Rafanelli (1990) 11; 6, Marcia Wallis (1999) 10; 7 (tie), Kelley O'Hara (2006) and Chioma Ubogagu (2010) 9; 9, Christen Press (2007) 8; 10, Teresa Noyola (2008) 6.
Second-round history: Stanford has advanced out of the second round in each of the past five years, going 4-0-1 in that span. In 13 second-round matches all-time, Stanford is 8-4-1.
Conference Leaders: Stanford leads the Pac-12 in the following categories:
• Shots (Team): 476, 22.67 avg./g
• Points (Team): 187, 8.90 avg/g
• Goals (Team): 63, 3.00 avg/g
• Assists (Team): 61, 2.90 avg/g
• Goals Allowed (Team): 8, 0.38 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Team): 0.38
• Shutouts (Team): 14, 0.67 avg/g
• Shots (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 104, 4.95 avg/g
• Points (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 41
• Goals (Individual): Lindsay Taylor, 18
• Assists (Individual): Teresa Noyola, 11, 0.52 avg/g
• Goals-Against Average (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.24 avg/g
• Save Percentage (Individual): Emily Oliver, 0.926 save pct.
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Lindsay Taylor became the third consecutive Stanford player to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, following Christen Press last year and Kelley O'Hara in 2009. Like her former teammates, Taylor leads the conference in points (41) and goals (18) and led the Cardinal to the conference title. Taylor is the seventh Stanford player all-time to win the award and her 18 goals ranks fifth on Stanford's single-season list. Sarah Rafanelli is fourth with 20.
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Paul Ratcliffe earned his fourth consecutive conference Coach of the Year award. Ratcliffe led the Cardinal to its third consecutive Pac-12 title and a 31-0 conference record in that span. In his four Coach of the Year seasons, Stanford has compiled a 37-1 conference record, a 50-0-1 home mark, and an overall record of 90-4-4.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Chioma Ubogagu, from Coppell, Texas, became the fourth Stanford player in five years to win the Freshman of the Year award. She has 9 goals and 9 assists.
All-Conference: Stanford had eight All-Pac-12 selections, including five on the first team: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor, senior midfielders Camille Levin and Teresa Noyola, junior defender Alina Garciamendez, and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver.
Chioma Ubogagu, a forward, was named to the second team along with junior defender Rachel Quon. Junior midfielder Mariah Nogueira was an honorable mention choice. In addition, Ubogagu and defender Kendall Romine were named to the All-Freshman team.
Undefeated Regular Season: By completing its third consecutive unbeaten regular season, Stanford became the third team in history to do so, following North Carolina teams of 1991-93 and 1986-89. North Carolina most recently did the same during an NCAA-record overall winning streak of 92 matches (1990-94). The earlier North Carolina feat of four unbeaten regular-seasons came during an NCAA-record overall unbeaten streak of 103 (1986-90).
Rankings: Stanford has been ranked as the nation's No. 1 team since Sept. 14, in both the NSCAA coaches' poll and Soccer America. The Cardinal also is No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer, Our Game Magazine, and Soccer Times.
Pac-12 Champions: Stanford advanced to the NCAA’s on the basis of collecting the Pac-12’s automatic bid by winning its third consecutive conference title. Stanford (11-0) finished seven points clear of runner-up UCLA (8-1-2). The conference title was Stanford’s eighth overall as Stanford extended its Pac-12 winning streak to 31. The Stanford seniors finished with a 37-1 conference record.
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 208-69-26. At Stanford, Ratcliffe has a record of 153-35-19. He is the longest tenured women's coach ever at Stanford and the winningest soccer coach, including men’s and women’s teams, 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.
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 were 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 eight 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 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 selected. In addition, junior outside back Rachel Quon earned a similar distinction from All White Kit.