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#5 Nora Soza
Position: Defender
Height: 5'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: Archbishop Mitty
Major: Human Biology

  • Soza Says Blog

    2009: NorPac All-Tournament Team selection ... one of five players to start all 22 games ... led team with 17 assists, a total that tied for fourth-best in the nation ... chipped in with three shot attempts, all of which were on target ... dished out three assists in a win over Pacific on Sept. 25 ... passed out three assists in a victory over UC Davis on Oct. 17 ... also provided an assist in Stanford's victory over Cal on Nov. 7 in the NorPac Tournament final.

    2008: NorPac Tournament MVP ... one of eight players to appear in all 20 games, making 18 starts ... recorded four of the team's five defensive saves ... her first career shot resulted in her first career goal, a game-winner in overtime against California on Nov. 1 on Senior Day ... tough-minded competitor regarded as one of the premier defenders in the conference.

    2007: Played in eight games, making two starts after battling injury earlier in the year ... standout defender who helped anchor the Cardinal backline when healthy.

    2006: NorPac Rookie of the Year ... started 18 games ... made her collegiate debut against Massachusetts on Aug. 26 when she was penciled into the starting lineup.

    High School: The 2004 and 2005 Central Coast Section (CCS) Player of the Year ... First Team All-League selection ... Archbishop Mitty High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... team captain and MVP ... two-time San Jose Mercury-News Player of the Year ... also played soccer and hockey.

    Other Field Hockey: Participated in Futures for four years ... selected for the Regional team (2004, 2005, 2006).

    Personal: Parents are Harry and Jan Soza.

    Career Statistics


    Nickname: Ro, No, NoNo... those are the ones that rhyme
    Do you have any superstitions/pre-game rituals?: The hair always has to work and a significant hair item is always clutch in making that happen. Glitter and sparkles usually do the trick
    If I played another sport at Stanford it would be: Softball
    If I could bring anything to Stanford from my hometown, it would be: Tobey, my puppy, but he comes to all the home games anyway
    People would be surprised to know that our team: Practices yoga. I've gotten as far as the yoga gnome but everyone else seems to be yoga experts
    The biggest thrill of my life to date: Scoring my first career goal against Cal on Senior Day in the pouring rain
    Favorite Food: Steak, mashed potatoes and a garden salad with tomatoes picked from the backyard
    My favorite class at Stanford has been: Human Physiology taught by Dr. Garza