The nationally No. 4-ranked Stanford women's soccer team, which opened its season with three consecutive shutout victories on the road against ranked teams, opens its home season and begins a six-match homestand when it takes on UC Santa Barbara (2-1-1) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Stanford returned nine starters and 70 percent of its goals from a team that went 15-6-1 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the eighth consecutive season. However, Stanford's 37 goals represented its lowest season total since 2006.
After three matches, Chioma Ubogagu has scored two goals -- matching her total of last season -- with both being the difference in 1-0 results. Her goal at 99:00 beat North Carolina in the opener and her first-half goal beat Portland Saturday. Stanford has opened with three consecutive road shutouts over ranked teams: No. 4 UNC, No. 18 Duke at UNC, and No. 14 Portland.
The victory over North Carolina was Stanford's first in 13 matches against the Tar Heels. Sophomore goalkeeper Jane Campbell has earned all three shutouts.
UC Santa Barbara is seeking its first victory away from home at the end of a three-match road trip. After opening with home shutout victories against Cleveland State and Southern Utah, UCSB (2-1-1) lost at Dayton and tied at Cincinnati.
Stanford represents the first ranked team on the Gauchos' schedule. Freshman forward Amanda Ball and senior Madison Beckley lead the team with two goals apiece. UCSB finished 9-9-1 last season, including 3-5 in the Big West Conference.
Other than three schools that have won national championships -- North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Santa Clara -- no other opponent has a winning record against Stanford in a series of at least 11 meetings than UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos lead the all-time series 6-5-1, and went undefeated through their first seven (6-0-1) from 1985-90.
Stanford has won the past five, including their most recent, 2-0, in the first round of the 2008 NCAA playoffs. The teams played annually from 1985-94 and this is their first regular-season matchup since the Cardinal's 6-0 victory in 1994. Stanford leads UCSB, 3-2-1, at home.
Four swimmers with Stanford ties were named to the 2014-15 U.S. National Team, USA Swimming announced Wednesday. Seniors from the 2013-14 squad Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee, as well as current freshman Simone Manuel and sophomore Lia Neal each earned spots on the roster.
The top six athletes, in Olympic Events only, were considered for the team. Times from the 2014 Phillips 66/USA Swimming National Champions and 2014 Pan Pacific Championships were used to determine the squad. Prelim, semifinal and final times qualified, while relay lead offs, time trials, intermediate splits and swim-offs were not included.
DiRado qualified in the 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM; Lee made the team in the 100 fly; Manuel earned recognition in the 50 free and 100 free while Neal made it in the 100 free.