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Card Goal: Maintain Momentum
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/30/2013

   SEATTLE -- The No. 7 Stanford women’s soccer team plays its final regular season road matches when it travels to Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Sunday in a pair televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Stanford (12-3-1 overall, 5-3 Pac-12) has won three straight following a rare three-match losing streak and still is mathematically alive in its quest for a fifth consecutive Pac-12 title. However, one UCLA victory or two draws in its final three matches would clinch an outright title for the Bruins. Stanford’s opponents, Washington (7-6-4, 3-1-4) and Washington State (11-3-3, 4-3-1), also are contending for NCAA tournament berths.

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   The following is a closer look at each match:

Who: No. 7 Stanford (12-3-1, 5-3) at Washington (7-6-4, 3-1-4)
When: Thursday, 7 p.m. PT
Where: Husky Soccer Stadium, Seattle, Wash.   
Storyline: Stanford tries to maintain the momentum of a three-game winning streak.    
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 20-2-2.
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.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StanfordWSoccer

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Who: Stanford at Washington State (11-3-3, 4-3-1)
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. PT
Where: Lower Soccer Field, Pullman, Wash.   
Storyline: Pullman traditionally has been a difficult place to play for Stanford.    
All-Time Series Record: Stanford leads, 19-2-1.
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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  Momentum swings:
  • Stanford is on a three-game winning streak after losing three straight, the first time that had happened since one bridged the 2005 and 2006 seasons. It was the first home three-match losing streak since one bridging the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
  • A 1-0 loss to Arizona State on Oct. 6 ended Stanford’s 73-match home unbeaten streak -- the second-longest in NCAA Div. I women’s soccer history -- and its 44-match conference winning streak, the third-longest in NCAA annals.
  • Stanford opened the season on a 10-match unbeaten streak, going 9-0-1 and 2-0 in the Pac-12 until the Arizona State loss.

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Season Individual Highlights:
  • Courtney Verloo’s dramatic hat trick allowed Stanford to beat Santa Clara, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 22. Verloo’s penalty kick in the final minute of regulation tied it, and she scored the winner on a 22-yard free kick in the 108th minute. It was her first collegiate hat trick and the first for Stanford since Christen Press in 2010.
  • Taylor Uhl scored two goals apiece during a stretch of three consecutive matches, from Sept. 8-19. Her goals helped the Cardinal to victories over Maryland, Iowa State, and Saint Mary’s.

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   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).

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   Current Stanford Road Streaks:
  • 41-match unbeaten streak (38-0-3) on opponents’ home fields (last loss, 2008).
  • 25-match conference road winning streak (last loss, 2008).

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   Thursday’s Opponent, Washington: The Huskies are coming off a pair of road draws at Arizona State (0-0) and Arizona (2-2). Washington got off to a 1-4 start, but as injuries healed, the Huskies have lost only two of 12 since and have gone undefeated on the road in Pac-12 play. In Washington’s most recent match, Kate Bennett and Havana McElwaine gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead, but Arizona rallied to salvage a draw. The Stanford match will be the first of three at home to close the regular season.

   The Washington Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 20-2-2, and has won the past eight meetings. Washington last beat Stanford, 1-0, in double overtime in Seattle in 2004. In its most recent trip to UW (2011), Stanford needed overtime to beat the Huskies, getting a far-post header from Teresa Noyola in the 94th minute. Last year, Stanford won, 3-0, with Courtney Verloo scoring twice in the first 22 minutes.

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   Sunday’s Opponent, Washington State: Going into Friday’s match against Cal, the Cougars are coming off a pair of shutout road victories over Arizona (4-0) and Arizona State (1-0). However, Washington State has lost its past two in Pullman, to Colorado and Utah. Micaela Castain leads the conference with 11 goals and the Cougars also lead the Pac-12 with 12 team shutouts.  

   The Washington State Series: Even with its great success in recent years, Stanford has had difficulty against the Cougars. The Cardinal leads the series, 19-2-1, and has won their past eight matchups. However, three of the past four have been decided by one goal. Last year, WSU rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the match -- it was the first time Stanford had blown a two-goal lead since 1999 -- only for Mariah Nogueira to head in the winner in the 62nd minute for a 3-2 Stanford victory. WSU’s last victory in the series was 2003, at Stanford, 1-0.
   Stanford’s past two matches in Pullman have been tight. In 2011, Lindsay Taylor scored on a diving header in the 86th minute to give Stanford a 1-0 victory. In 2009, Stanford trailed 1-0 until Christen Press tied the match in the 87th minute. In overtime, Kelley O’Hara headed in the winner in the 95th for a 2-1 victory.
 

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     Finding the Right Combination:
• Coach Paul Ratcliffe has used 12 different starting lineups in 16 matches.
• Six freshmen have started, with Maddie Bauer the most frequent (15).
• Three players have started every match: outside back Laura Liedle, midfielder Alex Doll, and forward Courtney Verloo.
• No lineup has been used more than three times.
• Twenty players have started at least once.

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   Most Recent Lineup: The following is Stanford’s lineup for the past two matches, a 2-1 victory at Oregon and 4-1 victory at Oregon State:
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: 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.

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   Set-Piece Goals: Stanford has scored 14 times either directly or indirectly off set pieces, resulting in 41 percent of the team’s 34 goals. Of those 14, six have been converted directly off spot kicks, all by Courtney Verloo, including two penalties.

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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.
    Press, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart (Stanford’s volunteer assistant coach), and defender Rachel Buehler are playing on the U.S. national team during a current tour. The U.S.  beat Riley’s New Zealand at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Sunday, 4-1,  The teams were to play again Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. Press has scored eight goals in 11 career appearances for the U.S. team.

 

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   Stanford’s Situational Records:
• When scoring first: 11-0
• When opponents score first: 1-3-1
• When scoring in the first 25 minutes: 6-0
• When leading at halftime: 8-0
• When tied at halftime: 4-2
• When trailing at halftime: 0-1-1
• When trailing in any game: 2-3-1
• At Home: 6-3-1
• At Opponent: 6-0

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   Stanford in Pac-12 Stats:

Team:
    1st, goals (34)
    1st, goals per game (2.12)
    1st, shots (302)
    1st, offsides (43)
Individual:
     1st, game-winning goals, Courtney Verloo (5)

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   One-Two Punch: Stanford is the only team in the Pac-12 to have two players with at least nine goals apiece. Taylor Uhl is tied for second in the conference with 10 goals and Courtney Verloo is tied for fourth with nine.
    

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   Ubogagu Pac-12 Player of the Week: Stanford junior forward Chioma Ubogagu is the reigning Pac-12 Offensive  Player of the Week for her efforts in Stanford’s road victories over Oregon and Oregon State last weekend.
   Ubogagu played a role in four of Stanford’s five total goals. She scored one goal, had two assists, and had a shot that led to another. Ubogagu assisted on the winning goal of a 2-1 victory over Oregon on Friday with a flick header to Courtney Verloo, who buried the shot in the 82nd minute.
   In a 4-1 victory over Oregon State on Sunday, Ubogagu had two hard shots that led to first-half goals. The first couldn’t be handled by the goalkeeper, and Sydney Payne took advantage with a header off the rebound.
   A few minutes later, Ubogagu took a 22-yard free kick that bounced off the woodwork and into the path of Alex Doll for a goal.
   In the final minute of play, Ubogagu took a centering pass from Ryan Walker-Hartshorn and struck a left-footed shot that snuck inside the right post to close the scoring.  


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