There are two big events for Stanford women’s soccer this week. The Cardinal reports for training camp on Tuesday the same day three teammates open the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Sophomores Stephanie Amack and Jane Campbell, and freshman Andi Sullivan, are part of the United States team that plays Germany in Edmonton on Tuesday to begin the 16-team World Cup that will continue through Aug. 24. Brazil and China also are part of the four-team Group B.
No school can match Stanford’s three players on the U.S. team. Amack and Campbell were starters as freshman last year on the Cardinal’s 15-6-1 team that reached the Sweet Sixteen. Amack was a defensive midfielder, but plays outside back and center midfield for the U.S. team. This is her second U-20 World Cup, having been the youngest member of the U.S. squad in 2012.
Campbell took over as Stanford’s starting goalkeeper as a freshman last year after an early-season injury to senior Emily Oliver. Campbell was the starter on the USA’s 2012 U-17 World Cup team.
Sullivan is a midfielder who also plays outside back. She was a starter at the 2012 U-17 World Cup. She is a co-captain on this U.S. team. She was listed as the nation’s No. 1 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com and heads the Cardinal’s top-ranked freshman class. However, the deeper the U.S. advances, the longer it will take for Sullivan to make her U.S. debut.
The following is the U.S. World Cup schedule (all times Pacific):
Tuesday, 4 p.m.: Germany, in Edmonton (ESPNU, WatchESPN)
Friday, 7 p.m.: Brazil, in Edmonton (ESPNU, WatchESPN)
Tue., Aug. 12, 2 p.m.: China, in Moncton (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
If the U.S. advances:
Sat., Aug. 16, TBD: Quarterfinal, In Edmonton or Toronto (TBD)
Wed., Aug. 20, TBD: Semifinal, in Montreal or Moncton (TBD)
Sun., Aug. 24, 1 p.m.: Final, in Montreal (TBD)
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Stanford begins training on Wednesday with two-a-day sessions, the first of which begins at 9 a.m.
Stanford will feature a seven-member freshman class as well as 2013 Pac-12 goal-scoring leader Taylor Uhl, and All-West Region players Maddie Bauer, Lo’eau LaBonta, and Chioma Ubogagu.
The Cardinal returns nine starters from a team that finished 15-6-1 and made its eighth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. In the past five seasons, Stanford has a record of 109-10-6, and has produced 12 All-Americans under head coach Paul Ratcliffe.
The Cardinal will hold most of their conditioning in the morning sessions, and spend the afternoons on more soccer-specific activity.
Stanford opens its season Aug. 20 at North Carolina, as part of a demanding schedule. Seven of the Cardinal’s 20 regular-season opponents were ranked in the final 2013 NSCAA Top 20. Eleven are coming off NCAA tournament appearances, and eight of those advanced past the first round. Sixteen opponents were .500 or better last season, including all nine nonconference foes. Finally, six opponents won regular-season conference championships.
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Nicole Barnhart ’04, recently elected to the Stanford Hall of Fame, is leading the National Women’s Soccer League in shutouts, with eight.
The goalkeeper plays for FC Kansas City (10-6-5) and is among the NWSL leaders in several categories. She is No. 1 in minutes played (1,890), No. 2 in wins for a goalie (10), No. 3 in saves (70), and No. 4 in games started (21).
Barnhart, a Stanford volunteer assistant coach, is among eight former Stanford players in the NWSL. The others are: Mariah Nogueira ’13 of the first-place Seattle Reign, Christen Press ’11 and Rachel Quon ’13 of the Chicago Red Stars, Cami Levin ’12, Kelley O’Hara ’10, and Madeleine Thompson ’13 of New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC, Teresa Noyola ’12 of the expansion Houston Dash, and Rachel (Buehler) Van Hollebeke of the Portland Thorns FC.