Cardinal women's soccer ready for important East Coast trip


The Stanford women's soccer team proved it could still win at home. The next challenge comes Friday when the second-ranked Cardinal (2-0) meets fifth-ranked Maryland (2-0) in College Park.

The match begins a string of six games, out of seven, against nationally-ranked opponents, including three schools ranked in the top 5.

"It's a very demanding schedule," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "We may take some hits and it might be good for us."

The Cardinal will be without All-Americans Mariah Nogueira and Courtney Verloo, who are out with injuries.

Nogueira is expected to miss a month after suffering a sprain ion the AC joint of her left shoulder during Sunday's 5-2 victory over Pacific. Stanford beat Penn State, 4-0, in its season opener last Friday.

Verloo has yet to play due to a left knee injury sustained during a scrimmage less than a week before the season opener.

Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver missed the first two games with an injury but is expected to make her season debut this weekend.

"It's nice to get back to the team," Oliver said. "There's such a high level here."

Maryland finished 18-2-3 last year, losing to Georgetown in penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Terrapins and Stanford meet for the second time, and the first time in 11 years.

Nina Watkins replaced Nogueira and could get her first start this weekend.


Quarterback Andrew Luck and cornerback Michael Thomas were voted co-captains for the season by their teammates.

The two Texas natives entered Stanford together four years ago, after competing against each other in the Houston area as quarterbacks.

Luck has started 25 games for the Cardinal in 2010 and 2011, producing a 20-5 record and a Stanford-record 158.5 passing rating.

Thomas has played three seasons, playing in 38 games with all 11 of his starts this past season, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors with 61 tackles.

Stanford opens its season on Sept. 3 when it hosts San Jose State at 2 p.m in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game.


tanford's Stephen Piscotty was named a summer All-American by Perfect and an all-star in the Cape Cod League on Thursday, adding to his top-20 rating along with two Cardinal teammates, earlier this summer.

Piscotty led the Cape Cod League in batting at .349 and joins an impressive list of former batting champions in: Bobby Kielty (1998, .384), Lance Berkman (1996, .352), Jason Varitek (1993, .371), Chuck Knoblauch (1988, .361), Terry Steinbach (1982, .431), Paul O'Neil (1975, .358), Thurman Munson (1967, .420)

Piscotty was one of three Stanford players who were rated in the top-20 in the Cape by

Righthander Mark Appel, who pitched for Team USA and in the Cape this past summer, with a 2.48 ERA over game games, was rated the No. 1 prospect for both teams. He was rated as the No. 1 prospect for Team USA by Baseball America and No. 1 in the Cape by said of Appel, "He has easy late life on his fastball and his slider and changeup have the potential to be plus pitches. His mechanics are pretty consistent and he does the little things... extremely well."

Piscotty was rated No. 6 for the Cape, and was noted for his versatility and said "He's solid defensively at any corner position whether infield or outfield... he sprays the ball all over the field." For rightfielder Austin Wilson, who was rated No. 13, noted "at the end of the summer he did a better job of putting bat-to-ball and letting his athleticism work for him."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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