The Stanford women's soccer team begins training on Wednesday with two-a-day sessions.
The Cardinal returns nine starters from a team that finished 15-6-1 and made its eighth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
In the past five seasons, Stanford has a record of 109-10-6, and has produced 12 All-Americans under head coach Paul Ratcliffe.
The Cardinal will hold most of its conditioning in the morning sessions, and spend the afternoons on more soccer-specific activity.
Stanford opens its season Aug. 20 at North Carolina, as part of a demanding schedule. Seven of the Cardinal's 20 regular-season opponents were ranked in the final 2013 NSCAA Top 20.
Eleven are coming off NCAA tournament appearances, and eight of those advanced past the first round. Sixteen opponents were .500 or better last season, including all nine nonconference foes. Finally, six opponents won regular-season conference championships.
In related news, Nicole Barnhart, recently elected to the Stanford Hall of Fame, is leading the National Women's Soccer League in shutouts, with eight.
The goalkeeper plays for FC Kansas City (10-6-5) and is among the NWSL leaders in several categories. She is No. 1 in minutes played (1,890), No. 2 in wins for a goalie (10), No. 3 in saves (70), and No. 4 in games started (21).
Barnhart, a Stanford volunteer assistant coach, is among eight former Stanford players in the NWSL.
The others are: Mariah Nogueira of the first-place Seattle Reign, Christen Press and Rachel Quon of the Chicago Red Stars, Cami Levin, Kelley O'Hara, and Madeleine Thompson of New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC, and Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola of the expansion Houston Dash.
Three Stanford sailors were named Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association All-Academic selections Tu8esday in recognition for academic and athletic excellence.
Helena Scutt earned second-team recognition, while McKenzie Wilson and Katherine Walker were named to the All-Conference All-Academic team.
Scutt, a biomechanical engineering major, earned her second academic honor in as many years. She helped lead Stanford to the Coed PCCSC Championship with contributions in two divisions, and picking up victories at the Thompson Trophy and North #1 regattas.
Wilson claimed her second consecutive All-Conference All-Academic award. She recorded top-three finishes at the Navy Women's Spring Intersectional, McIntyre Team Race, Byron Women's Intersectional and PCCSC Women's Singlehanded Championships.
Walker was named to her first academic honor. She competed in five regattas this season, including a first-place finish at the South 5 regatta. Walker helped lead the Cardinal to the Bryson Women's Intersectional title and an 18-0 record at the McIntyre Team Race.
The USA Youth National Team picked up their second straight victory at the FINA Youth World Championship with an 18-3 defeat of Kazakhstan.
Bennett Williams and Kent Inoue each scored four goals for the Americans. Menlo School's Nick Bisconti also scored.
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