The No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer team begins its quest for a sixth consecutive NCAA College Cup when it kicks off the 2013 season with a two-match trip to New England. The Cardinal renews its rivalry with Boston College on Friday (7 p.m. ET; 4 p.m. PT) and plays at Connecticut on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; 3 p.m. PT).
Stanford (21-2-1 last season) advanced to the NCAA semifinals before losing to eventual champion North Carolina, 1-0, in double overtime in rainy San Diego. The Cardinal has won four consecutive Pac-12 Conference championships and returns 19 players, including six starters, the 2012 team. Stanford also adds the nation’s leading scorer, Taylor Uhl, who scored 21 goals and had 51 points at Minnesota last year. The B.C. match will mark her official Cardinal debut, though she had a goal and two assists in the first 22 minutes of an 8-0 exhibition victory over Grand Canyon on Saturday.
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Current Stanford Streaks (going into 2013 season):
- Five consecutive College Cup appearances
- Four consecutive Pac-10/12 Conference titles
- 152-match unbeaten streak (146-0-6) when scoring a goal
- 67-match home unbeaten streak (65-0-2), second-longest in NCAA history
- 42-match Pac-10/12 winning streak, No. 3 conference win streak in NCAA history
- 35-match unbeaten streak (32-0-3) on opponents’ home fields
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The following is a closer look at this weekend’s matches:
Who: No. 2 Stanford (21-2-1 in 2012) at Boston College (11-8-3)
When: Friday, 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET)
Where: Newton Soccer Field, Newton, Mass.
Storyline: Stanford opens season in quest for sixth consecutive College Cup.
Returning Starters: Stanford 6; Boston College 8.
All-Americans: Stanford, 3 (GK Emily Oliver, F Taylor Uhl, F Courtney Verloo)
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 4-0-2
2013 Exhibitions: Stanford 8, Grand Canyon 0; Boston College 5, Providence 0
Conference Predictions: Stanford, 1st in Pac-12; B.C., 8th in ACC
B.C. Series Notes: Stanford and Boston College have played six times in the past five seasons, including three consecutive years in the NCAA tournament (2009-11). Stanford eliminated the Eagles each time, including with a 2-0 victory in the semifinals of the 2010 College Cup in Cary, N.C. Last year, Boston College snapped Stanford’s 51-match home winning streak with a 1-1 draw in an August nonconference match, tying the score in the 57th minute on a goal by Stephanie McCaffrey.
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Who: Stanford at Connecticut (9-8-2 in 2012)
When: Sunday, 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET)
Where: Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, Storrs, Conn.
Storyline: Stanford plays UConn for the first time since 2007 NCAA loss.
Returning Starters: Connecticut 7.
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 3-2.
2013 Exhibition: Connecticut 2, UMass 1
Conference Prediction: UConn 4th in American Athletic.
UConn Series Notes: Stanford makes its first trip to Storrs since Sept. 19, 1988, when the Huskies beat the Cardinal, 1-0, in their first meeting. The teams haven’t played since Nov. 23, 2007, when UConn won an NCAA tournament third-round match, 2-0. The result is significant because Stanford hasn’t lost at home since, compiling an unbeaten string of 67 matches, the second-longest home streak in NCAA Division I history.
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Exhibition Opener: Stanford unveiled its 2013 team with an 8-0 victory over first-year NCAA Division I foe Grand Canyon on Saturday at Steuber Rugby Stadium. Taylor Uhl, in her first match in a Stanford uniform, had a goal and assist in the first five minutes, and added another assist in the 22nd minute to help Stanford to a 3-0 lead. Haley Rosen scored two goals and was among seven players to score. Ten had a goal or assist.
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2012 Season in Review: Stanford (21-2-1) advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup and recorded its fourth consecutive perfect conference season. However, the Cardinal’s quest to repeat as national champions ended in the NCAA semifinals with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to eventual champion North Carolina in rainy San Diego. Stanford extended its Pac-12 winning streak to 42 with help from a 2-1 second-half comeback victory at UCLA in a matchup between the nation’s top two ranked teams, on Oct. 28. Senior defenders Alina Garciamendez and Rachel Quon were named first-team All-Americans by the NSCAA.