Oct. 8, 1997
Stanford Opens Conference Play at Home
Up Next: Stanford (4-5) opens Pac-10 play with a pair of
home matches this weekend ... The Cardinal will face USC
(9-1-1)on Friday, Oct. 10 at 4 pm ... USC has not defeated the
Cardinal in five meetings ... Last season, Stanford defeated
the Trojans, 1-0 in Southern California ... On Sunday,
Stanford will face No. 18 UCLA (8-2-0) at 1 pm ... Stanford
leads the series, 3-1-1 ... The Cardinal clinched the Pac-10
title last season with a 2-1 overtime win over host UCLA.
Senior Emily Burt has emerged as one of the top forwards in the Pac-10.
Last Time Out: Stanford's 6-0 win over Colorado College
snapped a four-game losing streak ... Freshman Karin Brett led
the offensive attack for the Cardinal with two second half
goals ... Seniors Emily Burt and Tracye Lawyer along with
freshman Katherine Horney each recorded a goal and an assist
... Freshman Celina De Leon added a goal while junior Christy
Stoffel notched an assist ... Freshman goalkeeper Carly Smolak
made her first start in the net .. Smolak recorded the shutout
and one save.
About Stanford: The Cardinal is 0-5 when scoring one
goal or less ... Stanford is 4-0 when scoring two or more goals
... In eight outings this season, the Cardinal is outshooting
opponents, 130-68 while Santa Clara is the only opponent to
Leading the Cardinal: Senior captain Emily Burt is one
of the top forwards in the conference ... She ranks 7th in the
Pac-10 in total scoring (13) and seventh in goals scored (5)
... Burt leads the squad in total points and goals while tying
for the lead in assists (3).
Pac-10 Play: Stanford will look to capture its third-straight conference crown ... The Cardinal has dominated Pac-10 play over the past two seasons, compiling an impressive 13-1 record ... Stanford has outscored opponents 34-10 in conference play over the past two seasons ... For the first time in conference history, all 10 schools will field a women's soccer team in 1997.
Head Coach Steve Swanson: Swanson is entering his second season at the helm of the Stanford women's soccer program ... He previously served as the head women's soccer coach and assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth College from 1990-95 ... In his first season on The Farm, Swanson led the Cardinal to a first place finish in the Pac-10 and a berth in the 1996 NCAA tournament ... The Cardinal finished the season with a 12-9-0 record, including a 6-1-0 mark in conference play ... Four members of Swanson's 1996 squad earned All-Pac-10 recognition while Erin Martin earned Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-American honors.
Up Next: Stanford will host California on October 17 at 4 pm ... On October 19,the Cardinal will travel down the road to face USF in the final non-conference match of the season ... Kickoff is slated for 7 pm.