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Cardinal Takes on WCC Foes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/17/2013

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   STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer team (5-0-1) plays two West Coast Conference opponents in matches that hold significance beyond the programs’ Bay Area roots. Thursday’s match against Saint Mary’s (3-5) matches Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe against the team he coached for five seasons. The Sunday contest against No. 22 Santa Clara (4-2-0) matches teams that have met in three of the past four NCAA tournaments and nine in all. A chance to host a future NCAA matchup could hinge on the result.

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    The following is a closer look at Thursday’s match:

 Who: Saint Mary’s (3-5-0) at No. 3 Stanford (5-0-1)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, Stanford, Calif.

Storyline: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe takes on his former team.

All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 17-5-2.

TV: The match will be carried live on Pac-12 Networks.

Follow: Live stats, look for links on when the match begins.

Promotions: Dads and Daughters Night: Dads who buy a general admission ticket at the Cagan Stadium ticket window receive up to three youth GA tickets for free.

Tickets: The ticket booth opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday. For more ticket information, call 1-800-STANFORD, or go to

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    The following is a closer look at Sunday’s match:

 Who: Stanford at No. 22 Santa Clara (4-2-0)

When: Sunday, 7 p.m.

Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Storyline: Rivals play in a match with postseason implications. 

All-Time Series Record: Santa Clara leads, 18-15-5.

TV: The match will be carried live on ESPNU.

Follow: Live stats, look for links on when the match begins.

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    The Season Thus Far: Stanford extended its home unbeaten streak to 71 when it beat Iowa State, 3-1, on Sunday and moved up a spot to No. 2 in the NSCAA rankings. Taylor Uhl scored two goals, giving her five in her past three matches, and leads the team with six. Jane Campbell has taken over for an injured Emily Oliver in goal and has a 3-0-0 record and has a 0.30 goals-against average. Stanford’s eightmember freshman class has made an impact -- four have been starting.

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  Current Stanford Streaks:

• Five consecutive NCAA College Cup appearances.

• Four consecutive Pac-10/12 Conference titles.

• 158-match unbeaten streak (151-0-7) when scoring a goal (last loss, 2006).

• 106-match unbeaten streak (101-0-5) at home when scoring a goal (last loss, 2003).

• 71-match home unbeaten streak (68-0-3; last loss, 2007), second-longest in NCAA Division I women’s soccer history behind North Carolina’s 84 (1986-94).

• 42-match conference winning streak (last loss, 2008), third-longest in NCAA history.

• 37-match unbeaten streak (34-0-3) on opponents’ home fields (last loss, 2008).

• 16-match unbeaten streak against Saint Mary’s (15-0-1; last draw, 2001; last loss, 1989).

• Eight-match winning streak against Santa Clara (last draw, 2007; last loss, 2006).

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   Thursday’s Opponent, Saint Mary’s: The Gaels are coming off a split at their own tournament, the Saint Mary’s College Classic, beating New Mexico, 1-0, and losing to Lehigh, 2-0. Briana Campos, an all-tournament selection, leads the team with three goals and six points. The Gaels (3-5) have been shut out in all five of their losses and all their matches have resulted in a shutout. Saint Mary’s was 6-12-2 last season (1-7 in the West Coast Conference) and were picked to finish eighth of 10 in a preseason poll of conference coaches.

    The Stanford-SMC Series: Stanford holds a 17-5-2 series lead over the Gaels and has won the the past seven in the series, beginning with a 3-1 victory in the second round of the 2001 NCAA tournament, when Saint Mary’s was coached by current Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe.

   In five seasons (1998-2002), Ratcliffe coached the Gaels to a 55-34-7 record. Stanford has a 16-match unbeaten streak in the series (15-0-1) and hasn’t lost to SMC since a 1-0 loss in Moraga in 1989. Stanford hasn’t lost at home to the Gaels since 1987. In their most recent meeting, a Stanford team featuring Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press struggled to win, 1-0, on a scorching day in Moraga in 2009.

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   Sunday’s Opponent, Santa Clara: The Broncos are back in the NSCAA rankings after winning their fourth consecutive match, 5-1 over visiting Iowa State on Thursday. Santa Clara, picked to finish first in the West Coast Conference in a coaches’ vote, began the season ranked No. 9 by Soccer America and No. 16 by the NSCAA. But season-opening losses to then-No. 1 North Carolina and current No. 1 Virginia dropped the Broncos out of the rankings.

   The Broncos are led by Julie Johnston, a true Hermann Trophy candidate and a teammate of Stanford’s Chioma Ubogagu on the U.S. team that won the Under-20 World Cup last year. Morgan Marlborough, a fifth-year senior transfer from Nebraska, is the current WCC Player of the Week after her first Bronco hat trick, against Iowa State. She scored 59 goals in three seasons at Nebraska.

    The Stanford-SCU Series: Santa Clara is Stanford’s most frequent all-time opponent, with the Broncos holding an 18-15-5 series lead. The teams have met in the NCAA tournament nine times, with Stanford eliminating the Broncos three of the past four years. Stanford has won their past eight meetings overall, by a combined score of 26-5, including 6-1 in the season opener and 2-1 in the NCAA second round last year.

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   Verloo, Gleason Approach 100: Stanford’s fifth-year seniors Courtney Verloo, a forward, and Aly Gleason, a goalkeeper, have a record of 99-4-5 in their collegiate careers. They will have their first chance at No. 100 on Thursday against Saint Mary’s. 

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   Most Recent Lineup: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe has created seven different starting lineups in as many matches. The freshmen have been an integral part this season, with four starting in each of the past two matches.

   Going into Thursday’s match against Saint Mary’s, here is Stanford’s most recent starting lineup, used in a 3-1 victory over Iowa State on Sept. 15:

Goalkeeper: Jane Campbell, fr. Replaced Emily Oliver, who was injured vs. Portland.

Left back: Laura Liedle, so. Having an excellent season as second-year starter.

Center back: Maddie Bauer, fr. Has started every match.

Center back: Maya Theuer, so. Kendall Romine could start in this spot.

Right back: Natalie Griffen, sr. Ex-forward assisted on two goals vs. Iowa State. 

Midfield: Stephanie Amack. fr. Held Maryland’s Hayley Brock scoreless in first start.   Midfield: Alex Doll, jr. Scored OT winner in opener at Boston College.

Midfield: Hannah Farr, jr. Two-sport athlete is two-time all-conference in lacrosse.   Forward: Chioma Ubogagu, jr. Extremely skillful player, looking for first goal.

Forward: Taylor Uhl, jr. Has scored five goals in past three matches.

Forward: Courtney Verloo, RS sr. Team’s No. 1 scorer in ‘12, with 10 goals.

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    Valuable Transfer: Taylor Uhl, a junior transfer from University of Minnesota, leads Stanford with six goals. She had the national lead in points (51) and tied for the lead in goals (21) last year. Against Iowa State on Sunday, she recorded her second consecutive two-goal match (she had a third nullified by an offsides call) and has scored five in her past three matches. No other Stanford player besides Courtney Verloo (two goals) has more than one. Uhl has scored 43 percent of Stanford’s 14 goals.

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   Stanford vs. the WCC: Stanford is 70-35-9 (.653) against current WCC schools. Remove Santa Clara (15-18-5) from the list and Stanford is 45-17-4 (.712).

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   2012 in Review: Stanford (21-2-1) won its fourth consecutive conference title and advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup, but its season ended with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to North Carolina in the semifinals in rainy San Diego.




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