Sept. 8, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - In a rematch of last year's national championship final, Stanford plays Notre Dame at soldout Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the four-team Stanford Nike Invitational. The match will mark the opening night of the stadium's new eastside stands and press box, which increases its capacity to 1,960. It will be the last of a soccer tripleheader that begins at 3 p.m. with the Stanford men's home opener against Kentucky, and continues with a women's tournament match between No. 11 UC Irvine and No. 17 Santa Clara.
No. 2 Stanford (4-0-1) vs. No. 8 Notre Dame (3-2)
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
What: Rematch of the 2010 NCAA final
Follow: The match will be carried via live streaming video. Links to the All-Access Webcast can be found at gostanford.com. Also, there will be Gametracker live stats (link at gostanford.com)
Preceded by: No. 11 UC Irvine (5-0) vs. No. 17 Santa Clara (3-0-2), 5 p.m.
Stanford men (0-3) vs. No. 14 Kentucky (4-0-1), 3 p.m.
Stanford vs. UC Irvine
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
What: Matchup between two of the three highest-ranked teams on the West Coast
Follow: Gametracker live stats (link at gostanford.com)
Followed by: Stanford men vs. Lehigh (1-1-1), 3:30 p.m.
Soldout: There are no tickets left for Friday's match at 1,960-capacity Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
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Debut of Eastside Stands: Friday's matches will be the first at the expanded Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. New concrete stands with theater seating, as well as a new press box, will be used for the first time. The stands add 400 seats to the stadium. In addition, there will be 60 seats on temporary bleachers for students.
Stanford Nike Invitational: Stanford is 21-9-2 in the 16 years of the Stanford Nike Invitational. However, since 2000, the Cardinal has gone 18-3-1. Last year, Stanford beat Georgia, 2-1, in overtime, and Pacific, 4-0. The tournament is decided by best overall record, with three points for a win and one for a draw. If teams are tied for best record, the tiebreakers are head-to-head, goal differential, and goals scored, in that order. All four teams in this year's field are ranked among the Top 20 in the NSCAA coaches' poll. On Sunday, Santa Clara will play host to Notre Dame at 11:30 a.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Friday's Opponent, Notre Dame: Coming off their 1-0 victory over Stanford in the 2010 NCAA final, the Irish began the season as the nation's preseason No. 1, before suffering a pair of losses at the Carolina Classic - to current No. 1 North Carolina (2-1) and No. 10 Duke, 3-1. However, the Irish rebounded with victories over Tulsa (7-1) and Indiana (4-1) at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. All-America Melissa Henderson scored a hat trick against Indiana, the fourth of her collegiate career, and leads the team with 5 goals and 3 assists.
The Stanford-Notre Dame Series: Notre Dame holds a 7-5-1 all-time series lead. The following is a series breakdown:
NCAA tournament: Notre Dame 3, Stanford 1
At Stanford: Stanford 2, Notre Dame 0
At Notre Dame: Notre Dame 4, Stanford 1
Neutral: Notre Dame leads, 3-2-1
Past four years: Stanford 2, Notre Dame 2
Oct. 4, 1992: Stanford 3, at Notre Dame 0
Oct. 1, 1993: at Stanford 3, Notre Dame 1
Sept. 17, 1995: at Notre Dame 2, Stanford 0
Oct. 11, 1996: Notre Dame 4, Stanford 0, at Santa Clara
Nov. 19, 1999 (NCAA third round): at Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0
Sept. 10, 2000: at Notre Dame 2, Stanford 1 (OT)
Nov. 23, 2002 (NCAA third round): at Stanford 1, Notre Dame 0
Sept. 19, 2003: Stanford 0, Notre Dame 0 (2OT), at Santa Clara
Sept. 3, 2004: at Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0
Sept. 9, 2007: Stanford 2, Notre Dame 1 (OT), at Santa Clara
Dec. 5, 2008 (NCAA semifinal): Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0, in Cary, N.C.
Sept. 13, 2009: Stanford 2, Notre Dame 0, at Santa Clara
Dec. 5, 2010 (NCAA final): Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0, in Cary, N.C.
Stanford at home vs. Notre Dame
Oct. 1, 1993 (Maloney Field): Stanford 3, Notre Dame 1. Sarah Rafanelli scored two goals on the way to a 20-goal season, setting a single-season Stanford record that lasted 16 years.
Nov. 23, 2002 (NCAA third round, Cagan Stadium): Stanford 1, Notre Dame 0. Stanford's Marcia Wallis beat two defenders to score into the upper corner in the 81st minute for the winner. Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made to big saves to preserve the victory at Stanford.
Other series highlights:
Sept. 13, 2009 (Santa Clara, Calif.): Stanford 2, Santa Clara 0. Stanford's Mariah Nogueira scored her first collegiate goal on a header from a Teresa Noyola free kick in the 56th minute. Christen Press completed the scoring by knocking in a deflected shot fewer than three minutes later.
Dec. 5, 2010 (NCAA final, Cary, N.C.): Notre Dame 1, Stanford 0: The Irish scored in the 63rd minute when Melissa Henderson beat two defenders to the end line before slotting a pass across the goal to an onrushing Leon, whose 10-yard shot traveled over the right shoulder of goalkeeper Emily Oliver.
Volleyball/Soccer Doubleheader: In what's billed as a September Showdown, the Stanford-Notre Dame match can be viewed as the nightcap to a high-quality fall sports doubleheader. At Maples Pavilion at 5:30 p.m., the Stanford women's volleyball team plays four-time defending NCAA champion Penn State. Between them, Stanford and Penn State have combined for 11 national titles.
Sunday's Opponent, UC Irvine: The No. 11 Anteaters (4-0) are off to their best start since 1998 following a season in which they advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Washington, 1-0, in double overtime. UCI (19-3-2 last season) is the defending Big West Conference regular-season champion and has a returning first-team All-America in defender CoCo Goodson. UCI hasn't lost a road match since 2009 and earned a big victory on Aug. 21 when the Anteaters beat host Texas A&M, 1-0, on an eighth-minute goal by Lexi Kopf. Natalia Ledezma, a sophomore forward and UCLA transfer, leads the team with four goals. Stanford leads the all-time series, 1-0-1, having won 2-0 at Stanford in 2006 and tied 0-0 in 1988 in Irvine.
Injury Update: Midfielder Mariah Nogueira, who has missed three matches because of injury, and defenders Rachel Quon (three) and Kendall Romine (one) are considered day-to-day. Courtney Verloo, a forward/defender, has not played this season and is out indefinitely.
Week in Review: Stanford routed Northwestern, 6-0, behind two early goals from Teresa Noyola and goals from four other players. Junior central defender Madeleine Thompson, in her first start, scored her first collegiate goal, to give Stanford a 3-0 lead.
Taylor's Scoring: Senior forward Lindsay Taylor leads the team in points (11) and goals (5), and now sits eighth all-time at Stanford in all three career scoring categories: goals (38), assists (21), and points (97).
Scoring by Committee: Stanford's 19 goals have been scored by nine individuals. Besides Taylor's five, Chioma Ubogagu and Teresa Noyola have three apiece, and Camille Levin and Sydney Payne have two each. Stanford is averaging 3.8 goals per match, which is above its final averages of 2.85 in 2010 and 3.08 in 2009.
Senior Class: Extensive 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 victories: 1) Stanford, 74-4-4; 2) North Carolina, 71-7-5; 3) Notre Dame, 71-9-3; 4) Portland, 62-8-2.
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 192-69-26. 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 137-35-19 mark since 2003.
Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 2 by both the NSCAA and Soccer America, behind North Carolina (4-0).
When Scoring a Goal: Since the second match of the 2006 season, Stanford is 103-0-5 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.
Streaking: Stanford is carrying a 47-match regular-season unbeaten streak, a 38-match home winning streak, and a 42-match home unbeaten streak. The last non-loss at home came on Sept. 12, 2008, when the Cardinal tied North Carolina, 1-1. Stanford's last loss at home was in the third round of the NCAA Tournament when it lost to Connecticut, 2-0, on Nov. 23, 2007.
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.
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.