April 30, 2010
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. - Several former Stanford standouts are making their mark in Women's Professional Soccer, especially with the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride, which is featuring its four ex-Cards in a May 8 promotion.
Fans purchasing at least four tickets to the Gold Pride's 7 p.m. match against the Chicago Red Stars at Castro Valley High School Stadium will receive a promotional 4-Pack promoting the team's Stanford ties.
The package includes four tickets (though additional can be purchased and do not need to be in groups of four), an autographed photo, and and can have their pictures taken with the Pride's Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O'Hara, Ali Riley, and Chicago defender Natalie Spilger, another former Stanford standout.
For those ordering online, the promo code is "stanford". They can order online at fcgoldpride.com or by phone at 888-541-3511.
The Stanford foursome has helped the Gold Pride to a 2-1 start, totaling half of last season's victory total. All four are starting, with the rookie O'Hara, the 2009 Hermann Trophy winner as college soccer's top player, assisting on two goals in a 3-1 home-opening victory over Sky Blue FC.
Riley, an outside defender, assisted on the 90th-minute winner in the team's most recent match: a 2-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Beat on April 24.
O'Hara and Riley also are filing a regular video blog on the Gold Pride's Web site as a means to let the viewer get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the players' first season in the league.
Click here for Kelley & Ali's Corner.
Other Stanford players in the WPS are Allison Falk, a defender for the Philadelphia Independence and a finalist for the 2009 league Defender of the Year award. Falk already has scored two goals for the first-year team and is tied for the league lead in goals.
Marissa Abegg, a Stanford student assistant coach last fall, is in her first season with the Washington Freedom, after spending her rookie year with the Gold Pride.
The founder and CEO of the second-year WPS is Tonya Antonucci, who twice led the Cardinal in scoring during her collegiate career from 1986-89.
Stanford is in the midst of its spring season, having beat Santa Clara 5-2 on Thursday night at Santa Clara. Fans can check the dates of Stanford's upcoming matches and the team's results on Twitter at stanfordwsoccer.