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Cardinal women earn a No. 1 seed in NCAA soccer tournament

 

Stanford, which won the national title three years ago, received one of four No. 1 seeds into the NCAA women's soccer tournament and will play host to Cal State Fullerton in the first round, on Friday at 7 p.m.

Stanford (17-1-2) is seeded to host the first four rounds -- all the way through the quarterfinals. This will be Stanford's 24th NCAA tournament appearance and 16th consecutive.

"I'm happy with the team's performance through the regular season, and I think we deserve to be one of the No. 1 seeds," said Cardinal coach Paul Ratcliffe, who has led Stanford to the NCAA tournament in each of his 12 seasons. "Now we've got to take advantage of this edge that we've been given. The edge is being at home."

If the Cardinal wins its first-round match, the second- and third-round matches will be played at Stanford, on Friday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 23.

The quarterfinal would be Nov. 28. Stanford has played host to the first four rounds five of the past six years, advancing to the College Cup each of those seasons.

Stanford is among a record nine Pac-12 schools to receive NCAA invitations. The Cardinal, which is 10-1-1 this season against teams in the 64-team NCAA tournament field, owns a 21-match home winning streak in NCAA play.

Stanford has won eight consecutive first-round matches – all but one at home.

"The key for us to get back to the College Cup and have a chance to win a national championship will be the health of the team," Ratcliffe said. "And that everyone's strong mentally for every match."

Last year, Stanford earned a 1-0 victory over Fullerton, with the goal scored on a first-half rebound by Taylor Uhl, who comes into the tournament with seven goals in her past six matches.

"Seeding helps, but everybody that makes the tournament is going to be solid," Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell said. "Last year, the game against Fullerton was a really solid game. We were fortunate to score. Anything can happen."

If the seeds hold, Stanford would face Oklahoma in the second round, Washington in the third, and Florida in the quarterfinal.

A semifinal is seeded to pit Stanford against Florida State, with UCLA in the opposite bracket for an NCAA final. The College Cup is Dec. 5-7 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Stanford is ranked No. 3 and has an RPI of No. 2. Stanford was second in the Pac-12 behind overall No. 1 seed UCLA, the defending champ.

Cal State Fullerton (10-7-4) won the Big West Conference regular-season and tournament titles, the latter with a 2-1 victory Sunday over Long Beach State. The Titans have a seven-match winning streak and 10-match unbeaten streak.

Stanford has won seven straight and has 15 shutouts on the year.

"The team has really improved since August," Ratcliffe said. "Every week, this team is getting better. They're jelling; the chemistry is very strong. I think they've found their roles."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

Joel is a registered user.

A deserved seeding and a fabulous,exciting team to watch
Go Stanford Women!!


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Posted by Sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm


What a great accomplishment!

Way to go STANFORD!


respectfully


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