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Stanford Heads to Northwest
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/23/2013

The No. 10 Stanford women’s soccer team begins a stretch of four matches in the Northwest, beginning with a pair in Oregon this weekend. Stanford went 2-3 during its five-match homestand, snapping a rare three-match losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Utah on Friday. Stanford (10-3-1 overall, 3-3 Pac-12) plays at Oregon (3-8-3, 1-4-1) on Friday before heading to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (4-9-2, 2-3-1) on Sunday. Next week, Stanford plays at Washington and Washington State.

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   The following is a closer look at each match:

Who: No. 10 Stanford (10-3-1, 3-3) at Oregon (3-8-3, 1-4-1)
When: Friday, 4 p.m. PT
Where: Pape Field, Eugene, Ore.   
Storyline: Stanford begins a four-match Northwest road stretch.    
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 15-0-1.
TV: The match will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Follow: For live stats, look for links on gostanford.com when the match begins.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StanfordWSoccer

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Who: Stanford at Oregon State (4-9-2, 2-3-1)
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. PT
Where: Paul Lorenz Field, Corvallis, Ore.   
Storyline: Stanford hopes to maintain series dominance.    
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 19-1.
TV: The match will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Follow: For live stats, look for links on gostanford.com when the match begins.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StanfordWSoccer

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The Season Thus Far:
  • On Friday, Stanford snapped a rare three-match losing streak by beating Utah on a 25-yard free kick by Courtney Verloo in the 66th minute. Stanford had not lost three straight since losses bridging the 2005 and 2006 seasons. It also was its first home three-match losing streak since one bridging the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
   • A 1-0 loss to Arizona State on Oct. 6 broke a a 73-match home unbeaten streak -- the second-longest in NCAA Div. I women’s soccer history -- and a 44-match conference winning streak, the third-longest in NCAA annals.
   • Season highlights have included Verloo’s dramatic hat trick to allow Stanford to beat Santa Clara, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 22, and Taylor Uhl’s stretch of three consecutive two-goal performances, from Sept. 8-19.

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   Friday’s Opponent, Oregon: The Ducks are coming off a 2-1 loss at Washington to drop to 3-8-3 and 1-4-1. However, none of Oregon’s losses have come by more than one goal. Oregon has annually done fairly well in nonconference play, but has only one winning season in Pac-12 competition, back in 2006. Oregon has been shut out six times and has scored only 11 this season.

   The Oregon Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 15-0-1. Oregon and Colorado, which has lost all five of its matches to Stanford, are the only Pac-12 schools to have never beaten the Cardinal. The only draw in the series (0-0) came in 2007 in Eugene. Last year, Stanford  edged the Ducks, 2-1, when Alex Doll broke a 1-1 tie with a 58th minute goal.

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   Sunday’s Opponent, Oregon State:  The Beavers (4-9-2, 2-3-1) are coming off a 1-0 victory at Washington State on Friday in one of the biggest upsets in the Pac-12 this season. Erin Uchacz scored in the 17th minute and goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme earned her fourth shutout while preserving the victory. OSU, which plays host to Cal on Friday, has won its past two, including 1-0 over Arizona State, the team that ended Stanford’s 73-match home unbeaten streak. Goal-scoring has been an issue, with the Beavers totaling 11 so far. Jenna Richardson, who shares the team scoring lead with three, played for Canada at the U-20 World Cup last year.

   The Oregon State Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 19-1, and has won the past nine matchups since suffering its only loss to the Beavers, 1-0, in Corvallis in 2003. In 2010 and 2011, the matchup pitted the first- and second-place teams at the time of the match. In 2011, Stanford clinched its third consecutive conference championship with a 2-1 road victory over the then-second place Beavers on Oct. 28. Lindsay Taylor scored two second-half goals to allow Stanford to erase a 1-0 deficit created when OSU’s Jenna Richardson scored in the fourth minute. In 2010, Stanford beat visiting Oregon State, 3-0, when the winner would have earned at least a share of the Pac-10 title with one match remaining.

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Finding the Right Combination:
• Coach Paul Ratcliffe has used 11 different starting lineups in 14 matches.
• Six freshmen have started this season, with Maddie Bauer the most frequent (13).
• 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. Transfer leads team with 10 goals.
Forward: Courtney Verloo, RS sr. Has five set-piece goals this season.

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Current Stanford Road Streaks:
• 39-match unbeaten streak (36-0-3) on opponents’ home fields (last loss, 2008).
• 23-match conference road winning streak (last loss, 2008).

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   Pro alumnae: Ten Stanford alums played in the first-year National Women’s Soccer League, including Rachel Buehler and Emilee Shim O’Neil for champion Portland Thorns FC.
    In addition, four Stanford alums played in Europe, including Christen Press, who won the Swedish Damallsvenskan scoring title with 23 goals for Tyreso FF. Former Stanford star Ali Riley and her Malmo side captured the title as the season concluded last week.
    Press, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (Stanford’s current volunteer assistant coach), and defender Rachel Buehler will be on the U.S. national team side that plays New Zealand at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. Riley will be playing for the Football Ferns.

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    Oliver Retired: Emily Oliver, whose 0.36 goals-against average is a school career record, retired earlier this season after being sidelined by the latest in a series of concussions, suffered Aug. 31 against Portland. Her GAA ranks No. 3 in NCAA Division I history. In 2011, Oliver was an NCSAA third-team All-America and the College Cup Defensive MVP while helping the Cardinal win its first NCAA title.
    Freshman Jane Campbell, who became the youngest goalkeeper ever called into a full U.S. national team camp, in January when she was 17, has taken over for Oliver.

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    Two-Sport Stars: Stanford has two dual-sport standouts, lacrosse player and soccer midfielder Hannah Farr and rugby player and soccer goalkeeper Aly Gleason. Farr has scored 56 goals during two All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first-team seasons in lacrosse, and is a spot starter on the Cardinal soccer team.
   Gleason, a member of the Air Force ROTC and Reserves, has led Stanford to two collegiate rugby final four appearances. She also has been to two camps with the full U.S. national rugby team. After the soccer season, she is expected to get a U.S. rugby call-up.


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