Sept. 30, 2008
Soza Says: School Starts, Pacific Blanked
Stanford Cardinal (3-7, 1-2 NorPac)
Northeastern Huskies (5-4, 0-2 CAA)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008
Site: Boston, MA
Time: 3 p.m. PT
Holy Cross Crusaders (3-5, 0-0 Patriot League)
Date: Monday, Oct. 6, 2008
Site: Worcester, MA
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Stanford (3-7, 1-2 NorPac) departs for its third East Coast road trip of the year later this week. This time around, the Cardinal squares off against Northeastern (5-4, 0-2 CAA) on Saturday afternoon and Holy Cross (3-5, 0-0 Patriot League) on Monday morning. Stanford blanked Pacific 7-0 last Saturday to snap a two-game losing skid.
Northeastern checks in with records of 5-4 overall and 0-2 in CAA action. After piecing together a four-game winning streak last month, the Huskies have dropped two in a row. Carolyn Malloy is the team leader in goals (5) and points (12) while Ashley Bascetta has fired off a team-high 30 shots.
Scouting Holy Cross
Holy Cross stands at 3-5 overall and will play its first Patriot League contest against American on Saturday before hosting Stanford. Holy Cross has scored only 11 goals so far this year while attempting just 81 shots. Kristin Schulz is the team leader in goals (4), points (10), shots (21) and shots on goal (17).
Hat Trick + 1 For Uehara
Midori Uehara scored a career-high four goals on four shot attempts in Stanford's 7-0 rout of Pacific last weekend. Entering the start of the week, only seven other players in NCAA Division 1 competition had also scored four goals in a game so far this year. Uehara is the first Stanford player to score four goals in a match since at least 1998. Individual game results were not kept prior to the 1998 campaign.
Second Half Surge
Stanford has fared much better in the second half of games so far this year in almost all categories. Stanford has outscored its opponents 13-6 in the second half while trailing 12-8 in that same category in the first half. Opposing teams own a 130-114 shot attempt advantage overall but the Cardinal has won the second half battle at 71-62. And opponents have held a 31-27 penalty corner advantage in the first period, only to see Stanford maintain a 46-31 edge over the final 35 minutes.
Player of the Week Presence
Despite entering the week at 3-7 and 1-2 in league play, Stanford continues to have a presence in NorPac Player of the Week voting. Four different Cardinal players (Stephanie Byrne, Beth Ridley, Midori Uehara and Alessandra Moss- twice) have already received recognition. For those who are counting, Stanford's five NorPac Player of the Week honors are the most of any team in the conference.