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Stanford women continue long soccer homestand against Badgers

 

The second-ranked Stanford women's soccer team continues its nine-game homestand playing host to a pair of nonconference opponents this weekend.

The Cardinal (3-0) opens the weekend against Wisconsin on Thursday at 7 p.m., then takes on Marquette on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Kyra Carusa
Stanford is coming off an impressive 1-0 overtime victory against No. 6 Florida in its home opener this past weekend. Jordan DiBiasi scored her second goal of the season in the 96th minute to propel the Cardinal past the Gators.

Five of DiBiasi's seven career goals have been game-winners and four of those five winning goals have come against teams ranked 16th or higher.

Stanford shut out a potent Florida attack and held its leading goal-scorer, Savannah Jordan, to one shot during the game. Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook anchored the defense and did well to limit offensive opportunities for the Gators. It was the first time Florida had been shut out since Aug. 23, 2015, a 1-0 overtime loss at Ohio State.

Jane Campbell earned her first shutout of the season and 31st of her career, tying her for third in Stanford program history. She is four shutouts shy of tying Nicole Barnhart (2000-04) for the all-time program record. Campbell was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for her performance.

Stanford returns four of its top-five goal-scorers from a year ago, including DiBiasi, Kyra Carusa, Michelle Xiao and Andi Sullivan.

Men's soccer

No. 15 Stanford makes its first road trip of 2016 this weekend when it heads to Bloomington, Ind. for the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. The Cardinal faces No. 4 Notre Dame on Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT and meets the No. 5 Hoosiers on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. PT

Friday will be the first meeting between Stanford and Notre Dame. The Cardinal is 1-4-2 all-time against the Hoosiers, but the two programs have not met since Nov. 4, 2000. In that last match, Todd Dunivant found Scott Leber in overtime and Stanford won 1-0 at the Cal/adidas Legacy Classic in Berkeley.

The Cardinal's one previous game at Indiana was a 2-2 draw to start the season on Sept. 6, 1991 in the adidas MetLife Classic. Stanford (2015), Notre Dame (2013) and Indiana (2012) have won three of the past four national championships.

The Hoosiers' fourth national championship in 1998 came at the Cardinal's expense in its first College Cup Final appearance in Richmond, Va. A Simon Elliott penalty was all Stanford mustered in the 3-1 loss. That team, which went 18-5-2, was led by third-year Stanford coach Bobby Clark, now the head man at Notre Dame.

Clark was 71-21-12 (.713) in five years on The Farm (1996-2000) and guided Stanford to four playoff appearances, including that 1998 College Cup run. Clark's son Jamie, a 1999 graduate of Stanford, played for his father from 1996-98.

A two-time NSCAA All-American, he was the first player in program history to receive first team honors as a senior in 1998. The younger Clark is now the head coach at Washington.

Indiana's Tanner Thompson is the younger brother of former Stanford midfielder Ty Thompson, who co-captained the Cardinal to the program's first national championship in December.

Women's volleyball

Ninth-ranked Stanford (1-1) travels to Boulder this week for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. The Cardinal faces No. 17 Illinois on Saturday and No. 13 Penn State on Sunday. Both matches are slated for 2 p.m. PT.

Illinois opened the season at home last weekend, picking up wins over Xavier (3-1) and Arkansas (3-0), but faltered against Missouri State (2-3). A familiar face will be on the sideline for the Illini as former Cardinal assistant coach Jason Mansfield, who spent 14 seasons on The Farm, is an assistant for Illinois.

Freshman outside hitter Jacqueline Quade led the Illini during the opening weekend with 3.58 kills and 2.25 digs per set. Senior outside hitter Michelle Strizak added 3.08 kills and 1.58 digs, while senior middle blocker Katie Stadick turned in 2.74 kills and 1.17 blocks per set. Sophomore setter Jordyn Poulter controlled the offense with 11.17 assists per set.

The Nittany Lions enter the weekend with a 2-1 record, owning wins over West Virginia and Georgia Southern. Penn State dropped a five-set match at home to then-No. 19 North Carolina last weekend.

As a team, the Nittany Lions are hitting .319 and averaging 2.09 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Simone Lee led the squad with 3.73 kills per set on .372 hitting last week. Junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington recorded 2.55 kills and a team-best 1.18 blocks per set, while junior outside hitter Ali Frantti added 2.36 kills and 1.73 digs per set. Freshman libero Kendall White anchored the defense with 3.45 digs per set.

One of the greatest rivalries in collegiate volleyball, Penn State holds a 10-8 advantage over Stanford in the all-time series. The Nittany Lions, who hosted the 2015 Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, swept the Cardinal last season. Stanford's most recent win came at home in the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in 2014, a five-set win in Maples Pavilion.

Not one Cardinal player this season is playing the same position as a year ago. Sophomore Hayley Hodson has moved over to the left after playing opposite during her rookie campaign.

Merete Lutz and Ivana Vanjak, who both played middle last season, are now playing on the right and left, respectively.

Senior Kelsey Humphreys, who was utilized as a serving specialist last season, is now one of two setters in Stanford's system in 2016, while sophomore Halland McKenna has relinquished her libero duties to freshman Morgan Hentz and is playing in the back row as a DS.

— Stanford Athletics

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