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BOULDER, Colo. -- The No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer team begins defense of its four consecutive Pac-12 titles when it opens conference play on Saturday at Colorado (8-1-0) at noon PT (1 p.m. MT). Stanford (7-0-1 overall) is unbeaten in its past 12 conference openers (10-0-2) and has never lost to the Buffaloes, though the Cardinal had to rally late to win last year, also at CU’s Prentup Field.
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The following is a closer look at Saturday’s match:
Who: No. 2 Stanford (7-0-1) at Colorado (8-1-0)
When: Saturday, noon PT (1 p.m. MT)
Where: Prentup Field, Boulder, Colo.
Storyline: Stanford begins defense of its four consecutive Pac-12 titles.
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 4-0-0.
Webstream: Click here for a link to streaming video of the match.
Follow: Live stats, look for links on gostanford.com when the match begins.
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The Season Thus Far: On Sunday, in a match at No. 22 Santa Clara and televised live on ESPNU, Stanford rallied to tie in the final minute of regulation before winning, 3-2, in double overtime. Courtney Verloo scored all three goals on set pieces, including on a 22-yard free kick in the 108th minute. Stanford remains undefeated and has won five consecutive matches. Taylor Uhl, who has scored six goals in her past four contests, leads the Cardinal with eight goals. Also, senior All-America goalkeeper Emily Oliver retired last week for medical reasons after the latest in a series of concussions. She now holds the school career record for goal-against average (0.36). Her starting spot has been taken by freshman Jane Campbell.
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Current Stanford Streaks:
• Five consecutive NCAA College Cup appearances.
• Four consecutive Pac-10/12 Conference titles.
• 160-match unbeaten streak when scoring a goal (153-0-7; last loss, 2006).
• 72-match home unbeaten streak (68-0-3; last loss, 2007), No. 2 in NCAA Division I women’s soccer history behind North Carolina’s 84 (1986-94).
• 42-match conference winning streak (last loss, 2008), No. 3 in NCAA history.
• 38-match unbeaten streak (35-0-3) on opponents’ home fields (last loss, 2008).
• 24-match regular-season unbeaten streak (22-0-2).
• 22-match conference road winning streak (last loss, 2008).
• 15 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
• Four-match winning streak against Colorado (4-0-0 in all-time series).
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Saturday’s Opponent, Colorado: The Buffaloes (8-1) are experiencing one of the best starts in program history. They are tied with UCLA and Washington State for the second-best overall winning percentage in the Pac-12 (.889), behind only Stanford’s leading .938. Colorado got off to a program-best 6-0 start and its eight nonconference victories ties a school record. However, the Buffs have yet to beat a current ranked team. It’s only loss was 3-0 to current No. 19 Denver. Goalkeeper Annie Brunner (0.55 GAA) has six shutouts, tying her for the Pac-12 lead.
The Stanford-Colorado Series: Stanford leads the all-time series 4-0-0, and has outscored the Buffaloes, 11-2. But the Cardinal was fortunate to escape with a 2-1 victory last year in the Cardinal’s first trip to Prentup Field since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 in 2011. With Colorado holding a 1-0 second-half lead, Stanford scored two goals within 37 seconds, both in the 79th minute, to emerge with the victory. Mariah Nogueira and Alina Garciamendez, each of whom has graduated, provided the scores.
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Player of the Week Sweep: Fifth-year senior forward Courtney Verloo is the reigning consensus national player of the week after her dramatic hat trick on Sunday lifted Stanford to a 3-2 victory at then-No. 22 Santa Clara. Verloo scored on free kicks from 30 and 22 yards -- the latter in the 108th minute to win the double-overtime match. In between, she converted a penalty kick with 54 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Verloo was named national player of the week by the NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer, and CollegeSoccer360.com, and was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
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Oliver Retires: Goalkeeper Emily Oliver, whose 0.36 goals-against average is a school career record, retired last week after being sidelined by the latest in a series of concussions. In 2011, she was an NCSAA third-team All-America and the College Cup Defensive MVP while helping the Cardinal win its first NCAA title.