The No. 10 Stanford women’s soccer will attempt to halt a rare three-match losing streak when it plays host to Utah on Friday at 7 p.m. to conclude a five-match conference-opening homestand. This also is Homecoming Weekend at Stanford, and the women’s soccer program will honor its alumnae at halftime -- more than 60 are expected. Stanford (9-3-1 overall, 2-3-0) is out to end a slump that has caused the Cardinal to drop eight spots in the NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings in two weeks. Utah (7-2-5, 3-1-1) is second in the Pac-12.
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The following is a closer look at the match:
Who: No. 10 Stanford (9-3-1, 2-3 vs. Utah (7-2-5, 3-1-1)
When: Friday, 7 p.m. PT
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
Storyline: Stanford attempts to stop its longest losing streak since 2006.
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 4-1-0.
Radio: KZSU-2, Stanford’s online-only radio, will broadcast the match.
Follow: For live stats, look for links on gostanford.com when the match begins.
Promotions: Reunion Homecoming: All Stanford alumnae receive $2 off a GA ticket with promo code REUNION. At halftime, Stanford women’s soccer alumnae will be recognized. Also, there are postgame autographs with the Stanford team.
Tickets: Find ticket links on gostanford.com, or call 1-800-STANFORD.
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Friday’s Opponent, Utah: The Utes (7-2-5, 3-1-1) are second in the Pac-12 after beating host Washington State, 4-3 in overtime on Sunday, after leading 3-0 at halftime. Katie Taylor scored the winner in the 104th minute. The result ended Utah’s 11-match winless streak in conference road matches. Taylor leads the team with five goals and 13 points. A year ago, Utah went 8-8-3 overall and 3-7-1 in the Pac-12. Utah is coached by Rich Manning, a former Santa Clara assistant.
The Stanford-Utah Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 4-1-0, including 2-0 since the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2011. Last year, Stanford won in Salt Lake City, 1-0, when Nina Watkins took advantage of a botched offside trap to score the only goal, in the 34th minute. For Stanford, the series is notable because Christen Press scored a hat trick -- all in the first half -- during a 6-1 victory over Utah at Santa Clara.
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The Season Thus Far:
• On Sunday, Stanford lost for the third consecutive match, all at home, marking the longest losing streak since suffering three consecutive losses bridging the 2005 and 2006 seasons. It also was its first home three-match losing streak a four-match home streak bridging the 1986 and 1987 seasons. However, Stanford had a strong nonconference season, going 8-0-1.
• Two major streaks ended on Oct. 6 with a 1-0 loss to Arizona State -- a 73-match home unbeaten streak and a 44-match conference winning streak. Both of those streaks may difficult to break for many years. The reason: The increasing parity in women’s soccer.
• Season highlights have included Courtney Verloo’s dramatic hat trick to allow Stanford to beat Santa Clara, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 22. Verloo’s goals all came on dead-ball plays, including in the final minute of regulation to tie the score. She earned NSCAA national player of the week honors.
• Taylor Uhl scored 10 goals in her first 10 matches, including three consecutive two-goal performances, against Maryland, Iowa State, and Saint Mary’s.
• All-America goalkeeper Emily Oliver, the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the 2011 NCAA College Cup, retired earlier this season after a series of concussions. A senior captain, Oliver left as Stanford’s all-time leader in career goals-against average (0.36).
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Finding the Right Combination:
• Coach Paul Ratcliffe has used 10 different starting lineups in 13 matches.
• Only twice has Ratcliffe used the same lineup in consecutive matches.
• Ratcliffe has duplicated two lineups, with one used three times, and the other twice.
• Twenty players have started at least once.
• Six freshmen have started this season, with Maddie Bauer the most frequent (12).
• Three players have started every match: outside back Laura Liedle, midfielder Alex Doll, and forward Courtney Verloo.
Most Frequent Lineup: The following are the players who have made the most starts for Stanford this season:
• Goalkeeper: Jane Campbell, fr. Replaced sr. Emily Oliver, who was forced to retire.
• Left back: Laura Liedle, so. Two-year starter and very consistent.
• Center back: Maddie Bauer, fr. Freshman has been outstanding.
• Center back: Kendall Romine, RS jr. One of two starters left from 2011 title team.
• Right back: Natalie Griffen, sr. Ex-forward provides speed and skill.
• Midfield: Alex Doll, jr. Scored OT winner in opener at Boston College.
• Midfield: Lo’eau LaBonta, jr. Provides playmaking abilities and attacking mindset.
• Midfield: Stephanie Amack, fr. Played on the U20 World Cup winning U.S. side.
• Forward: Chioma Ubogagu, jr. Typically, the most exciting player on the field.
• Forward: Taylor Uhl, jr. Leads team with 10 goals.
• Forward: Courtney Verloo, RS sr. Scored hat trick in 2OT win at Santa Clara.
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Pro alumnae: The recently-concluded inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League included 10 Stanford alums, including two -- Rachel Buehler and Emilee Shim O’Neil -- who played for champion Portland Thorns FC.
In addition, four Stanford alums played in Europe this season, including U.S. national teamer Christen Press, who is running away with the league scoring title in Sweden. Press has 23 goals for Tyreso FF. Former Stanford star Ali Riley and Malmo have clinched the Swedish Damallsvenskan title with one weekend of matches remaining.
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Stanford by the Numbers: Here are some facts about the Stanford women’s program researched in conjuction with Homecoming Weekend:
First, the individuals:
• 226 individuals have played for the Cardinal.
• 103 have earned all-academic, all-conference, all-region, or All-America recognition, meaning 46 percent of all Stanford players have received postseason honors.
• 84 players have been named to Pac-12 All-Academic teams.
• 52 have earned all-conference or all-region recognition.
• 25 have totaled 39 All-America honors.
• 13 have been named first-team All-America by the NSCAA.
• 7 have been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
• 6 have been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
• 5 have won national player of the year (Hermann Trophy or Soccer America)
• 5 have been Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
• 3 have won national Scholar-Athlete of the year.
• 3 have won the Hermann Trophy.
Next, international play:
• 524 international caps by Stanford players on the U.S. national team.
• 65 goals scored by Stanford players for the U.S. in international play.
• 10 alumnae have played for the U.S. national team.
• 7 former players have made a combined 12 World Cup appearances.
• 6 played in the 2011 World Cup, representing three countries.
• 2 have served as U.S. national team captains at the World Cup.
Finally, the team:
• 429 games won.
• 62 NCAA tournament games
• 22 NCAA tournament appearances.
• 15 consecutive NCAA tournaments.
• 9 conference titles.
• 6 College Cup appearances.
• 4 NCAA finals.
• 1 NCAA championship.