Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 8, 2013

Stanford women line up another top recruiting class

Stanford women's soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe has announced that eight players have signed letters of intent to play for the Cardinal next fall, including 17-year-old goalkeeper Jane Campbell, currently in camp with the full U.S. national team.

The class also features seven Californians, five Bay Area products, three members of the U.S. under-18 player pool, and the reigning California player of the year.

The Stanford women's soccer class of 2017: Stephanie Amack (Pleasanton), Maddie Bauer (Newport Beach), Jane Campbell (Kennesaw, Ga.), Siobhan Cox (Los Altos Hills), Nathalie Marie (Berkeley), Carly Olszewski (Upland), Megan Turner (Danville), and Ryan Walker-Hartshorn (Oakland).

The class will strengthen a program coming off its fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance and fourth consecutive Pac-12 Conference championship.

"We are very excited to announce the addition of eight exceptional student-athletes to our program," Ratcliffe said. "They all have unique qualities which will help rebuild our team after graduating a strong senior class in 2012."

The Cardinal returns six starters and 19 players from a team that went 21-2-1, extended its conference winning streak to 42 and its home unbeaten streak to 67. Stanford loses senior All-Americans Alina Garciadmendez, Mariah Nogueira, and Rachel Quon, but returns 2011 All-America goalkeeper Emily Oliver, as well as regulars in defense, midfield, and all of its starting forwards.

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