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Chioma Ubogagu
Card Begins Pac-12 Home Slate
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/02/2013

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STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 2 Stanford women’s soccer team plays its Pac-12 home opening matches this weekend when entertains Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Sunday in a pair of matches televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Stanford (8-0-1, 1-0) will attempt to extend two streaks -- it’s home unbeaten streak of 72 and its conference winning streak of 43. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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The following is a closer look at this weekend’s match:

Who: No. 2 Stanford (8-0-1, 1-0) vs. Arizona (5-2-3, 0-1)

When: Friday, 4 p.m. PT

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

Storyline: Four-time defending champ Stanford plays its conference home opener.

All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 16-2.

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.

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 Who: Stanford vs. Arizona State (6-3, 1-0)

When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. PT

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

Doubleheader: This follows the Stanford-Oregon State men’s match at 3 p.m.

All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 10-3-3.

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.

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 Promotions:

• This is Adult Soccer Weekend. Adult soccer players, teams and leagues can purchase $5 GA tickets with promocode SOCCER4.

• Friday is Graduate Student Night, which means that GA tickets are $2 off for families of graduate students who show a Stanford ID card at the ticket window.

• On Sunday, all fans should wear Cardinal red.

• Also Sunday, Camper Reunion: $3 GA tickets for Stanford Soccer summer campers with promocode CAMPERS.

• On Sunday, Football y Futbol: $2 off GA ticket with ticket to the Stanford vs. Washington football game (at ticket window).

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Tickets: The ticket booth opens an hour before kickoff on gameday. On Sunday, one ticket is good for both matches. Info: 1-800-STANFORD; gostanford.com.

Parking advisory: El Camino Grove, the dirt lot between Stanford Stadium and El Camino Real, will be closed for RV football parking. However, Chuck Taylor Grove will be open. It can be accessed on southbound El Camino Real, just past the football and soccer stadiums. Other regular parking, such as Varsity Lot next to Cagan Stadium and Sunken Diamond, will be open as usual.

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Current Stanford Streaks:

• Five consecutive NCAA College Cup appearances.

• Four consecutive Pac-10/12 Conference titles.

• 161-match unbeaten streak when scoring a goal (154-0-7; last loss, 2006).

• 72-match home unbeaten streak (68-0-3; last loss, 2007), No. 2 in NCAA Division I women’s soccer history behind North Carolina’s 84 (1986-94).

• 43-match conference winning streak (last loss, 2008), No. 3 in NCAA history.

• 39-match unbeaten streak (36-0-3) on opponents’ home fields (last loss, 2008).

• 25-match regular-season unbeaten streak (23-0-2).

• 23-match conference road winning streak (last loss, 2008).

• 15 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

• Seven-match winning streak against Arizona (16-2-0 in all-time series).

• Five-match winning streak against Arizona State (10-3-3 in all-time series).

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 The Season Thus Far: Four-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford opened conference play on Saturday with a 2-0 victory at Colorado on goals by Courtney Verloo and Taylor Uhl. Both Verloo and Uhl have been hot of late. Verloo, the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 24, scored a dramatic hat trick to beat No. 22 Santa Clara 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 22, with each goal scored on a set piece. Uhl had three consecutive two-goal performances and has eight goals in her past six matches. Stanford suffered a blow when All-America goalkeeper Emily Oliver retired after suffering a series of concussions. However, her replacement, freshman Jane Campbell (6-0-0, 0.48), is the current Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Friday’s Opponent, Arizona: Last year, Arizona’s six victories were more than the Wildcats had in the previous two years combined. This year marks even greater progress. Arizona (5-2-3, 0-1) already is within one victory of last year’s total under first-year coach Tony Amato. Arizona opened conference with a 2-1 loss at home to current No. 3 UCLA and begin a four-match road trip with the visit to Stanford.

The Stanford-Arizona Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 16-2-0, and has won their past seven meetings. Arizona’s last victory over the Cardinal was in 2005 in Tucson, 2-1, during the Wildcats’ conference championship season. The Wildcats’ only victory at Stanford was in 2004, 1-0, in double overtime. Last season, Stanford scored three second-half goals on the way to a 4-1 road victory.

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Sunday’s Opponent, Arizona State: ASU’s Devin Marshall is the reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for her one-touch goal with 19 seconds left in regulation to beat USC, 1-0, in a Pac-12 opener. Arizona State (6-3-0, 1-0) is led in scoring by sophomore forward Cali Farquharson, who has nine goals and an assist. The Sun Devils are coming off a 10-9-2 season that ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

 The Stanford-ASU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 10-3-3, and has won the past five. ASU’s last victory in the series was in 2003, with Stanford going 7-0-2 since. But the Sun Devils haven’t won at Stanford since 1998, by a 2-1 score. Last year, Stanford opened conference play with a 3-0 victory at Cagan Stadium, with all the goals scored in the second half. Natalie Griffen, now an outside back, opened the scoring in the 56th minute.

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Player of the Week Sweep: Fifth-year senior forward Courtney Verloo is the reigning consensus national player of the week after her dramatic hat trick on Sunday lifted Stanford to a 3-2 victory at then-No. 22 Santa Clara. Verloo scored on free kicks from 30 and 22 yards -- the latter in the 108th minute to win the double-overtime match. In between, she converted a penalty kick with 54 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Verloo was named national player of the week by the NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer, and CollegeSoccer360.com, and was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

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 Oliver Retires: Goalkeeper Emily Oliver, whose 0.36 goals-against average is a school career record, retired recently 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. Her leaping punch over the crossbar of a dipping shot late in the match preserved a 1-0 victory over Duke.

Oliver was spectacular in the College Cup, earning all-tournament honors in all three of her appearances. She also completed her career with 27 shutouts, the fifth-highest total in school history.

Campbell Takes Over: Jane Campbell has made five starts since replacing Oliver and was rewarded Tuesday by being selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after a 2-0 shutout victory at Colorado last weekend. Campbell holds the distinction as being the youngest goalkeeper ever called up to a U.S. full national team camp (Jan. 2013, at age 17).

The Kennesaw, Ga., native and daughter of Navy fighter pilots, has excelled at the U.S. youth national team levels, and started for the U.S. at the 2012 Under-17 World Cup, allowing one goal in three matches. Campbell is 6-0-0 this season and has two shutouts, with a 0.48 goals-against average. She has allowed only three goals in 560 minutes.

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Most Recent Lineup: Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe began the season with eight lineups over the first eight matches. However, he has used this version in each of the past two -- a 3-2 double-overtime victory at Santa Clara, and a 2-0 victory at Colorado:

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: Kendall Romine, RS jr. One of only two remaining starters from the 2011 NCAA title team.

Right back: Natalie Griffen, sr. Ex-forward provides speed and skill, in Ali Riley mold.

Midfield: Stephanie Amack. fr. Takes over spot previously held by graduated four-year starter Mariah Nogueira.

Midfield: Alex Doll, jr. Scored OT winner in opener at Boston College.

Midfield: Lo’eau LaBonta, jr. Provides playmaking abilities and an attacking mindset.

Forward: Chioma Ubogagu, jr. Extremely skillful player, often the most electric player on the field.

Forward: Taylor Uhl, jr. Led nation in points last season (21 goals, 51 points) and now leads in Cardinal with nine goals.

Forward: Courtney Verloo, RS sr. Scored dramatic hat trick in 3-2 double-overtime victory at Santa Clara in local derby.

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 Verloo, Gleason Surpass 100: Stanford’s fifth-year seniors Courtney Verloo, a forward, and Aly Gleason, a goalkeeper, each have a record of 102-4-5 in their collegiate careers. That’s more victories than any other players in Stanford history.

They’ve been to four College Cups, including three finals, and have played with four national players of the year (Hermann Trophy winners Kelley O’Hara, Christen Press, and Teresa Noyola, and Soccer America player of the year Lindsay Taylor) and 11 NSCAA All-Americans (12 including Verloo).

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 Valuable Transfer: Taylor Uhl, a junior transfer from University of Minnesota, leads Stanford with nine goals and has eight in the past six matches. She recently had three consecutive matches with two goals apiece.

Last year, she led the nation in points (51) and tied for the lead in goals (21). She scored or assisted on 68 percent of the Golden Gophers’ 44 goals.

In three collegiate seasons, Uhl has scored 45 goals. That figure would rank No. 8 on Stanford’s career list if she had spent all three seasons on The Farm.

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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 the Cardinal’s season ended with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to North Carolina in the semifinals in rainy San Diego. Tri-captains and four-year starters Alina Garciamendez, Mariah Nogueira, and Rachel Quon earned NSCAA All-America honors, with Garciamendez and Quon named to the first team.

Freshman Impact: Stanford’s eight-player freshman class is making an immediate impact. Five have started at least once, with three (Stephanie Amack, Maddie Bauer, and Jane Campbell) seemingly becoming fixtures in the starting lineup. Bauer has started every match in central defense. Another key contributer is forward Ryan Walker-Hartshorn who often provides a spark off the bench.

One indication of the freshman impact came Sept. 6 when Stanford scored the match’s first three goals, all within a 10-minute span, with six freshmen on the field during a 4-0 victory over Loyola Marymount.

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 Following in Footsteps: Freshman Maddie Bauer has started every match in central defense, and is following in the footsteps of the player whose spot she inherited. Alina Garciamendez set a Stanford record by starting every match of her collegiate career -- all 102 of them -- before graduating after last season. Bauer is on the path to doing the same. It’s conceivable that Garciamendez and Bauer could be the only Stanford starters at that central defender spot over a span of eight years.

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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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 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 alumnae are playing in Europe, including U.S. national teamer Christen Press, who is running away with the league scoring title in Sweden. Press has 21 goals for second-place Tyreso FF.

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Preseason All-Americans: Here are some of the preseason honors given to Stanford players:

Stephanie Amack: Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI freshman team; Laura Liedle: College Sports Madness Preseason All-America third team; Emily Oliver: Soccer America Preseason All-American, Senior CLASS Award candidate, Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI first team; Chioma Ubogagu: Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI first team, College Sports Madness Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, College Sports Madness Preseason All-America first team; Taylor Uhl: Soccer America Preseason All-American, Hermann Trophy watch list.


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