After opening the season with an East Coast road trip against four 2009 NCAA Tournament teams, including two in the Top 10, the Stanford women's soccer team (2-0-2) plays its home opener Friday against Georgia (4-1) to highlight opening-night play in the Stanford Nike Invitational.
The four-team tournament features three ranked teams -- No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Santa Clara, and No. 23 Georgia -- as well as Pacific. The matches will be part of tripleheaders involving the Stanford men's team, Friday and Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The Stanford women are 19-9-2 in the 15 years of the Stanford Nike Invitational. However, since 2000, the Cardinal has gone 16-3-1. Last year, Stanford beat Colorado, 4-0, and Wisconsin, 6-0.
The tournament is decided by best overall record, with three points for a win and one for a draw. If teams are tied for best record, the tiebreakers are head-to-head, goal differential, and goals scored, in that order.
The following is the complete schedule for soccer this weekend:
2 p.m. -- Stanford men vs. UNLV (nonconference)
4:30 p.m. -- Santa Clara women vs. Pacific (Stanford Nike Invitational)
7 p.m. -- Stanford women vs. Georgia (Stanford Nike Invitational)
(One ticket is good for all three games)
11 a.m. -- Santa Clara women vs. Georgia (Stanford Nike Invitational)
2 p.m. -- Stanford women vs. Pacific (Stanford Nike Invitational)
6 p.m. -- Stanford men vs. Sacramento State (nonconference)
(The stadium will be cleared after the Stanford women's match, and a separate ticket must be purchased for the Stanford men's match.)