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Stanford Honors Seniors
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/05/2013

   STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 10 Stanford women’s soccer team closes the regular season against visiting California on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in a match televised by the Pac-12 Networks. After that, Stanford (13-4-1 overall, 6-4 Pac-12) will wait for the NCAA tournament selection on Monday. The Cardinal is a strong candidate to play host to a first-round match, which would be on Nov. 15, regardless of Wednesday’s result. Cal (10-4-5, 3-4-3) may be playing for an NCAA tournament berth.

   The following is a closer look at the match:

Who: California (10-4-5, 3-4-3) at No. 10 Stanford (13-4-1, 6-4)  
When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. PT
Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford   
Storyline: Stanford has beat its rival five consecutive times
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 18-10-4.
TV: The match will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks (JB Long and Krista Blunk on the call).
Follow: For live stats, look for links on when the match begins.
Tickets: Call 1-800-STANFORD or visit for more details.
Promotions: This is Senior Night, so there will be a pregame ceremony honoring Stanford’s graduating seniors. Fans 65 and up who show ID at the ticket window will receive $2 off a general admission ticket.

  Senior Night: Stanford will be honoring seven seniors before the match. The group includes fifth-year seniors Aly Gleason and Courtney Verloo, but doesn’t include redshirt junior Kendall Romine. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Aly Gleason, GK, Atwater, Calif.: The graduate student will earn her master’s of communication in spring and then join the Air Force as a Space Operations Officer.
Natalie Griffen, D, Pleasanton, Calif.: Product design major has received grants to engineer more comfortable high heels.
Taylor McCann, M, Burlingame, Calif.: Studying international relations.
Emily Oliver, GK, Flossmoor, Ill.: Stanford’s all-time leader in GAA (0.36) is is majoring in human biology with a concentration in human performance.
Shelby Payne, F, Bradenton, Fla.: Type 1 diabetic will graduate in biology with the  hope of becoming a doctor and helping those like herself.
Sydney Payne, F, Bradenton, Fla.: Twin of Shelby also is a biology major with plans to get into medicine.
Courtney Verloo, F, Tualatin, Ore.: Majoring in human biology with a concentration in children’s health and development.

   Wednesday’s Opponent, Cal: The Golden Bears went unbeaten over the first 13 matches (9-0-4),  but have won only one of their past seven. The single victory, however, came in Cal’s most recent match, a 1-0 victory at Washington on Sunday. Ifeoma Onumonu, the 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a Los Osos High teammate of Stanford’s Lo’eau LaBonta, always is dangerous and leads the Bears with eight goals. Cal has a good overall record (10-4-5), but sits in eighth place and has an RPI of No. 39.

   The Stanford-Cal Series: Stanford holds an 18-10-4 lead in the series, and has won the past five matchups by a combined 13-1. Stanford’s last non-victory in the series was a 1-1 draw at home in the second round of the 2007 NCAA tournament (Stanford advanced on penalty kicks). Cal’s last victory was by 1-0 in Berkeley on Nov. 5, 2006. Last year, Courtney Verloo scored in the fourth minute at Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium and the goal held up in a 1-0 victory.

  NCAA Selection Show: The 64-team NCAA tournament field will be announced on Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT during a selection show on No matter the result Wednesday, Stanford seems likely be among the 32 teams to play host to a first-round playoff match, which would be on Friday, Nov. 15. However, Stanford probably would have to travel if it advances beyond the first round.

   Stanford’s NCAA History: The Cardinal, which has qualified for NCAA’s the past 15 years, hasn’t had to travel -- except to the College Cup -- during the playoffs since 2006, when it played its first two rounds in Santa Clara. The Cardinal has won its past 20 home NCAA tournament matches and has reached the past five NCAA College Cups. This year’s College Cup will be Dec. 6 and 8 in Cary, N.C. Stanford has advanced out of the first round in each of the past seven years, advancing to at least the round of 16 each time.

     Stanford’s Situational Records:

• When scoring first: 12-0
• When opponents score first: 1-4-1
• When scoring in the first 25 minutes: 6-0
• When leading at halftime: 9-0
• When tied at halftime: 4-3
• When trailing at halftime: 0-1-1
• When trailing in any game: 2-4-1
• At Home: 6-3-1
• At Opponent: 7-1

   Overtime: Stanford has played five overtime matches, with four going into double overtime. Stanford’s overtime record is 3-1-1, including 2-1-1 in double overtime. Here’s how Stanford’s overtime matches ended:
  • Alex Doll scored on a rebound in the 108th minute to give Stanford a 2-1 season-opening victory at Boston College (Aug. 23).
  • Haley Rosen’s goal in the 67th minute tied the match, but Stanford was held to a 1-1 double-OT draw against visiting Portland (Aug. 31).
  • Courtney Verloo completed a hat trick by scoring on a 22-yard free kick in the 108th minute to beat host Santa Clara, 3-2, in double OT (Sept. 22).
  • Taylor Uhl scored with eight seconds left in the first overtime to give Stanford a 2-1 victory over visiting Arizona in the Cardinal’s Pac-12 home opener (Oct. 4).
  • Lo’eau LaBonta tied the Pac-12 showdown with visiting UCLA in the 89th minute, but Bruins’ OT sub Lauren Kaskie scored on a counterattack in the 106th for a 2-1 double OT UCLA victory (Oct. 10).

     Finding the Right Combination: After using 12 different lineups over the first 15 games, Stanford has stayed with the same lineup for the past four matches -- all on the road against the Pac-12’s Northwest schools. Some facts about the lineups:
• Six freshmen have started, with Maddie Bauer the most frequent (17).
• Three players have started every match: outside back Laura Liedle, midfielder Alex Doll, and forward Courtney Verloo.
• Twenty players have started at least once.

   Most Recent Lineups:  
• 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 an anchor in defense.
• 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. A hard-worker with great stamina.
• 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: Courtney Verloo, RS sr. Has six set-piece goals this season.
• Forward: Chioma Ubogagu, jr. Typically the most exciting player on the field.
• Forward: Sydney Payne, jr. Provides speed and ability to get to the end line.

   Set-Piece Goals: Stanford has scored 14 times either directly or indirectly off set pieces, resulting in 40 percent of the team’s 35 goals. Of those 14, six have been converted directly off spot kicks, all by Courtney Verloo, including two penalties. 





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