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Stanford duo earns top honors on Pac-12 All-Century soccer team

 

Stanford women's soccer alumna Julie Foudy ('93) and head coach Paul Ratcliffe were named the Pac-12 Player and Coach of the Century, as announced by the conference Monday.

The Cardinal is well-represented on the all-century list with five players named to the starting 11, three reserves and the head coach.

Also on the list as a starting defender is former Sacred Heart Prep standout Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA (2011-14).

Stanford's starting 11 representatives include: Christen Press (forward, 2007-10), Kelley O'Hara (forward, 2006-09), Julie Foudy (midfield, 1989-92), Teresa Noyola (midfield, 2008-11) and Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke (defense, 2003, 2005-07).

Jessica Fischer (defense, 1992-95), Alina Garciamendez (defense, 2009-12) and Nicole Barnhart (goalkeeper, 2000, 2002, 2004) were named as reserves.

Foudy is one of the most accomplished American soccer players in history, earning 272 caps for the U.S. national team. She competed in four World Cups, winning twice, and earned two Olympic gold medals. She was a U.S. team captain and named the 1999 Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year.

At Stanford, Foudy was a three-time NSCAA first-team All-American and graduated with school career records in points (137), goals (52) and assists (33). She was inducted into the Stanford Hall of Fame and the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Ratcliffe is the most successful men's or women's coach in more than 100 years of Stanford soccer with a 223-47-24 record. He is in his 13th season as the Cardinal head coach and has led his teams to a NCAA Championship, three NCAA finals, four Pac-12 titles, six NCAA Women's College Cups and advanced to at least the NCAA third round in each of the past nine seasons.

The list, compiled as part of the Pac-12's centennial celebration, includes 24 players with a wealth of accolades including World Cup titles, All-America honors and Olympic appearances. Voting was conducted by a panel of 37 former and current coaches, players and members of the media.

The next All-Century team to be released is men's water polo on Oct. 12.

— Stanford Athletics

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