STANFORD, Calif. – Top-seeded Stanford continues its run in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at 7 p.m. PT when it hosts Auburn at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The Cardinal (19-1-0, 11-0-0 Pac-12) advanced to the second round of the tournament with a record-setting 9-1 win over Utah Valley on Saturday night. Stanford set program records in goals and goal difference, and Alison Jahansouz made a season-high five saves for her 10th win of the year.
The Tigers (8-6-5, 4-2-4 SEC) advanced with a 1-0 win over Hofstra in the opening round – this will be the second meeting between the two programs after Stanford bagged a 3-0 win on Sept. 5, 2008, as part of the Georgia/Nike Invitational in Athens, Georgia.
Prior to Stanford’s game, Arizona and Florida State face off at 4:30 p.m. at Cagan Stadium. The winners of each game will play each other at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for Friday’s matchups are available now at GoStanford.com. Reserved seats are $15, and general admission seats are $10 for adults and $8 for students, youth and seniors. Call 1-800-STANFORD for more information.
Stanford’s game on Friday night will broadcast live on the women’s soccer Facebook page, and Arizona and Florida State’s match will air on the GoStanford Facebook page.
Friday’s Opponent, Auburn
• Stanford defeated Auburn, 3-0, in its only previous matchup, which took place on Sept. 5, 2008, as part of the Georgia/Nike Invitational in Athens, Georgia. Christen Press, Lindsay Taylor and Morgan Redman scored, and Kira Maker earned one of her 28 career shutouts for the Cardinal.
• Auburn advanced to the second round via a 1-0 win over Hofstra in the opening round – Sarah Le Beau earned the shutout with five saves, and Bri Folds scored the only goal of the contest.
• The Tigers (8-6-5, 4-2-4 SEC) are led by Kristen Dodson with eight goals and 20 points, while Le Beau has played every minute in goal this season with a 1.09 goals-against average.
• This is Auburn’s 15th NCAA Tournament appearances – last season, the Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals with an upset of No. 9 Florida in the round of 16. They eventually lost, 1-0, at No. 3 USC, the eventual national champions.
Possible Opponent, Florida State
• Stanford holds a 2-1-0 all-time record against Florida State, with all matchups coming in postseason play – the most recent meeting came in the 2014 College Cup Semifinals. The Seminoles advanced to the College Cup final with a 2-0 win.
• Prior to 2014, Stanford defeated Florida State, 5-0, in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinal, and 3-0 in the 2011 College Cup semifinal.
• The Seminoles (12-6-1, 5-4-1 ACC) advanced to the second round with a 5-0 win over Ole Miss – Deyna Castellanos scored two of her team-leading 17 goals on the season, and Cassie Miller made two saves to earn the shutout.
• Castellanos ranks third in the nation in scoring, and third in points per game (2.06) behind only Hayley Younginer (Wofford, 2.42) and Stanford’s Catarina Macario (2.10).
• All-time, Florida State has won five ACC Championships and appeared in nine College Cups, including winning the 2014 College Cup.
Possible Opponent, Arizona
• Stanford has a 22-2-0 (0.917) all-time against Arizona, most recently defeating the Wildcats (11-4-4, 7-2-2) 1-0 on Sept. 28. Jordan DiBiasi‘s goal in the 68th minute was the difference, and Lauren Rood made two saves to earn one of her seven shutouts of the season.
• The Wildcats ride a four-game win streak into the weekend, most recently defeating TCU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, 2-1.
• Gabi Stoian leads Arizona with four goals, and Cali Crisler leads the team with 11 points. In goal, Lainey Burdett has played every minute of the season and owns a 0.75 goals-against average and seven shutouts.
Record-Setting Opening Round
• Stanford kicked off the NCAA Tournament with a 9-1 win over Utah Valley on Friday night. Madison Haley and Sam Tran scored twice, and Jaye Boissiere, Tierna Davidson, Civana Kuhlmann, Catarina Macario and Belle Briede pitched in one goal apiece.
• The Cardinal set postseason program records in goals scored and goal difference, surpassing Stanford’s 7-0 win over Sacramento State in 2007.
Home Field Advantage
• Stanford improved to 11-0-0 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium after Saturday’s opening-round win.
• The goal scored by Utah Valley was the first Stanford has conceded at home this season. The Cardinal had gone 908:42 minutes without allowing a goal at home until the Wolverines scored in the ninth minute.
• Stanford’s goal difference at home stands at 54-1, with the Cardinal outshooting visiting opponents 342-53.
• With 10 wins coming via shutout, Stanford has scored four or more goals eight times and six or more goals six times at Cagan in 2017.
• The Cardinal completed its four-game home stand on Sept. 1-10 with 26 goals scored and none conceded.
• Over its three matches against Navy, San Francisco and Yale, the Cardinal set a program record with 22 goals – previously, Stanford had scored 19 in a three-game stretch in 1991.
• Over that three-game stretch, 14 players earned multiple points while eight players scored multiple goals.
• Since its 3-2 loss at No. 8 Florida on Aug. 25, Stanford has won 17 in a row with 13 of those wins coming via shutout.
• During the streak, Stanford is outscoring opponents 68-4 – the Cardinal is averaging 4.00 goals per game with a goals-against average of 0.240.
• During the streak, all four goals conceded have come from a penalty kick, set piece or corner kick.
• Six players have registered 20 or more points since Stanford’s last loss – Catarina Macario (34), Kyra Carusa (22), Michelle Xiao (21), Jaye Boissiere (20), Jordan DiBiasi (20) and Civana Kuhlmann (20).
• Stanford is unbeaten in its last 31 regular-season home games, dating back to Sept. 11, 2015 when the Cardinal lost against Penn State – Stanford’s record is 29-0-2 in that span.
• Stanford’s win streak in Pac-12 play stands at 18 after wins over ranked opponents UCLA, USC and California to end the regular season. Stanford’s last loss in Pac-12 play came on Oct. 6, 2016 at USC.
Dominant Defensive Duo
• Stanford’s center back pairing of Alana Cook and Tierna Davidson were named first-team All-Pac-12, with the latter picking up Pac-12 Defender of the Year honors.
• The duo has helped Stanford rank sixth in goals-against average (0.350), second in shutout percentage (0.750) while allowing the fewest goals (7) of any Pac-12 team.
• Davidson was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in the regular season – she has three goals and five assists on the season.
Number One Offense in the Nation
• Stanford’s 79 goals scored is the most since Mississippi Valley State scored 85 in 2015 – previously, Virginia scored 88 in 2014.
• The Cardinal leads the nation in goals per game (3.95), assists (78), shots per game (25.45), shots on goal per game (11.75) and total points (236) – no other school has more than 167 total points.
• Six Cardinal have registered 22 or more points this season – Catarina Macario (42), Kyra Carusa (27), Jaye Boissiere (23), Jordan DiBiasi (22), Civana Kuhlmann (22) and Michelle Xiao (22).
• Among Pac-12 players, six Cardinal rank in the top seven in points, and four rank tied for fifth or better.
Macario’s Masterful Season
• Catarina Macario ranks second in the nation in points (42), eighth in goals (15) and second in assists (12) – she is the only player in Division I with 10 or more assists and 15 or more goals.
• Macario leads the Pac-12 in virtually every offensive category, including points, goals, assists, shots per game (5.40) and shots on goal per game (2.65).
• Macario’s four game-winning goals ranks 47th in the nation and ties with Jordan DiBiasi and Civana Kuhlmann for the team lead.
• Macario’s point total passes Lindsay Taylor (35) for Stanford’s all-time freshman record.
• She was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year after finishing the regular season with Pac-12-highs in goals (14), assists (10) and points (38).
Bossing the Midfield
• Stanford’s trio of Jordan DiBiasi, Andi Sullivan and Jaye Boissiere have started a majority of games this season in midfield.
• The trio has combined 25 assists on the season, which is more than 222 Division I teams have this season combined.
• Boissiere and DiBiasi are the only Pac-12 players with double-digit assists.
• Boissiere’s 23 points ranks fourth in the conference, and DiBiasi ranks fifth with 22 points.
• Sullivan had assists in five straight games from Sept. 1-17, typically dictating play from the midfield. Sullivan was named Midfielder of the Year after winning Player of the Year honors in 2016.
• Five Cardinal rank in the top 120, nationally, in assists – Catarina Macario (12), DiBiasi (10), Boissiere (9), Sullivan (6) and Michelle Xiao (6).
Carusa’s Career Year
• Kyra Carusa has scored a career-high 12 goals in 2017 after netting five goals in each of her first two seasons.
• Her goal and point totals (28) rank third in the conference behind teammate Catarina Macario and Hailie Mace.
• Nationally, Carusa ranks 26th in goals and 34th in points.
• Starting all 19 games in the regular season, Caursa was named to the All-Pac-12 second team.
Tran in the Postseason
• With two goals against Utah Valley, Sam Tran is Stanford’s active leader in postseason goals with three.
• She ranks tied for eighth, all-time, on the postseason scoring list – Christen Press leads Stanford with 14 career postseason goals.
• Three of Tran’s five career goals have come in postseason play.
Freshmen in the Mix
• Led by Catarina Macario and Civana Kuhlmann, Stanford’s freshman class has accounted for 30 goals, 27 assists and 87 points in 2017 – 87 points are more than 225 Division I teams have this season.
• The class has 38 percent of the team’s goals, 35 percent of assists and 37 percent of points.
• Nationally, Macario leads freshman in goals and points, and Kuhlmann ranks tied for eighth in goals.
• Kiki Pickett has started 19 of 20 games at right back, establishing herself as first choice in the position – with four assists and one goal, Pickett has shown the ability to attack and defend the right flank.
• Madison Haley scored twice in her first career start against Utah Valley, totaling four goals and three assists on the year. Haley’s hold-up play off the bench adds a different dimension to Stanford’s attack.
• Belle Briede scored her first career goal in Stanford’s win over Utah Valley, and she is one of nine Cardinal with four or more assists.
• Other freshmen to appear in 2017 are Sophia Serafin (eight appearances, one assist) and Jojo Harber (12 appearances, one start).
Number One Overall Seed
• Stanford was awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season after going 18-1-0 (11-0-0 Pac-12) in the regular season.
• Ten of Stanford’s 2017 opponents made the postseason tournament – Arizona, Georgetown, Washington State, Florida, Santa Clara, California, Wisconsin, USC, UCLA and Colorado.
• Stanford clinched its third consecutive Pac-12 championship with a 3-1 win at #5 USC on Oct. 29.
• It was Stanford’s 12th Pac-12 championship and seventh under head coach Paul Ratcliffe, who is in his 15th season in charge of the program.
• Entering the NCAA second round, Ratcliffe’s record on The Farm stands at 270-50-27, with a 325-84-34 overall clip.
• Stanford’s 11-0-0 record in the Pac-12 was the first undefeated Pac-12 season since the Cardinal accomplished that feat in 2012.
Cardinal Cleans Up
• Stanford claimed five of six individual awards and had 11 players named to the Pac-12 All-Conference teams, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
• Tierna Davidson earned Defensive Player of the Year, Andi Sullivan was named Midfielder of the Year, Catarina Macario claimed Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors and Paul Ratcliffe was named Coach of the Year.
• It is the eighth time Ratcliffe has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and third year in a row – no other coach has ever won the award more than twice.
• This is Sullivan’s second Pac-12 Player of the Year award after winning Player of the Year in 2016 – Sullivan has missed just two games this season, both while she was on duty with the United States National Team.
• Davidson earned two Defensive Player of the Week honors on her way to winning Defensive Player of the Year – she helped Stanford achieve the lowest goals-against average (0.32) and most shutouts (15) in the league during the regular season.
• Macario leads the Pac-12 in goals (15), assists (12), points (42) and shots (108).
• Joining Davidson, Macario and Sullivan on the All-Pac-12 first team is Alana Cook. Cook has played nearly every minute at center back this season.
• Jaye Boissiere, Kyra Carusa, Jordan DiBiasi, Tegan McGrady and Michelle Xiao were each named to the All-Pac-12 secont team.
• Civana Kuhlmann and Kiki Pickett joined Macario on the all-freshman team.
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• This is Stanford’s 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, dating back to 1990.
• Stanford’s streak of NCAA tournament appearances stretches to 20 – Stanford has not missed the postseason tournament since 1997.
• Stanford has made seven appearances in the College Cup, most recently in 2014 – from 2008-2012, Stanford appeared in five consecutive final fours.
• Stanford’s lone national championship came in 2011 after finishing as national runners-up in 2009 and 2010.
• Paul Ratcliffe has guided Stanford to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 15 seasons at Stanford – the other five head coaches in school history have a combined 11 appearances.
• Ratcliffe’s postseason record stands at 38-11-4.
• Last season, top-seeded Stanford was eliminated in the second round with a 1-0 overtime loss against Santa Clara – the loss snapped a 30-game NCAA Tournament home unbeaten run from 2008-16.
Shutout Streak Snapped
• Stanford recently snapped a streak of 788:28 minutes without allowing a goal between Sept. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 29 – the longest shutout streak in program history stands at 893:58 minutes (2013-14).
• Prior to allowing a goal at #5 USC on Sunday, Oct. 29, the Cardinal went 1,284:07 minutes between conceding goals from the run of play – the last time Stanford allowed a goal from open play had been at No. 8 Florida on Aug. 25. Stanford allowed goals against Santa Clara and Washington – one came via a deflected free kick and the other was a penalty kick.
For Card and Country
• Sullivan was called up for a fourth time on Oct. 31 for the United States’ games against Canada on Nov. 9 in Vancouver and on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. She missed Stanford’s opening-round matchup against Utah Valley on Saturday, Nov. 11.
• Sullivan earned her third call-up to the United States Women’s National Team on Oct. 11. – as a result, Sullivan was absent for Stanford’s wins over Oregon (Oct. 19) and Oregon State (Oct. 22).
• Sullivan earned four caps during the 2016 prior to a season-ending injury in the NCAA Tournament – she started all four matches, and was named Player of the Match after her first senior cap, a 4-0 win against Switzerland on Oct. 19, 2016.
• Sullivan recorded assists in a 5-1 win over Switzerland and a 7-1 win over Romania.
• Sophomore Tierna Davidson earned her second call-up to the United States Women’s National Team on Sept. 7, joining the squad following Stanford’s 7-0 win against Yale.
• Jill Ellis previously called on Davidson for a training camp on Jan. 13-23, but Davidson has yet to earn her first senior team cap.
• Both players were the only current NCAA student-athletes on the roster during their call-ups.
• Former Cardinal Chioma Ubogagu joined Sullivan in the Oct. 31 call-ups. It is the first call-up to the full National Team for Ubogagu, who starred for Stanford from 2011-14.
Top of the CLASS
• Senior Andi Sullivan was named one of 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award on Oct. 12.
• The award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, focuses on four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
• A two-time Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention, Sullivan is set to graduate following the 2017 season with a degree in symbolic systems. She is an active participant in soccer clinics for Female Footballers and the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, and has worked with the Cupertino and Hillsborough AYSO programs.
• On the field, Sullivan has starred for the Cardinal since her freshman season in 2014. The 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Sullivan is a three-time All-Pac-12 first teamer, a two-time United Soccer Coaches first-team All-American and a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region selection.
MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
• Central midfielders Sullivan and Davidson were named to the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in collegiate soccer.
• Sullivan, a three-time United Coaches’ All-Pacific Region selection and the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, makes the list for the third consecutive season.
• Davidson, who was named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Freshman Best XI, the All-Pac-12 second team and Pac-12 All-Freshman team, was one of five players to start all 21 matches in 2016.
• This is the third consecutive season in which Stanford has had multiple players selected to the watch list – goalkeeper Jane Campbell joined Sullivan in each of the past two seasons.
Cardinal Collecting Pac-12 Honors
• Tierna Davidson was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the second time on Nov. 7. She helped Stanford earn its 15th shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over No. 22 Cal the week prior.
• Catarina Macario was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 31 for the second straight time after wins at No. 6 UCLA and No. 5 USC. She scored a goal and assisted another in Stanford’s win against USC, which clinched the Pac-12 championship.
• Macario was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after a 4-0 win over Oregon (Oct. 19) and a 6-0 victory against Oregon State (Oct. 22).
• Macario registered 9 points on the week, scoring three spectacular goals and assisting three others.
• Davidson and Lauren Rood were named Pac-12 Players of the Week following Stanford’s 1-0 win against Washington (Oct. 13).
• Davidson earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after assisting the only goal of the match and contributing to Stanford’s fifth straight shutout.
• Rood earned Goalkeeper of the Week honors after her sixth shutout of the season against Washington.
Duo Named All-District
• Alison Jahansouz and Michelle Xiao were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team, as announced Nov. 9 by the organization.
• Jahansouz and Xiao become eligible for CoSida Academic All-America, which will be announced in December. Last season, Maddie Bauer became Stanford’s 11th academic All-American, garnering third-team honors as the only Pac-12 player to make the teams.
• Jahansouz is on track to graduate with a degree in computer science, and heavily involves herself in research and asset management off the pitch – she has worked as a research assistant at the Stanford Blood Center, studying immunology for breast cancer treatment.
• Xiao, who holds a 4.05 grade-point average in biomechanical engineering, is also involved in clinical research on Stanford’s campus. As a part of the Stanford Bio-X USRP program, she worked in the Stanford Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab (STBL) analyzing MRI of knee cartilage to detect early osteoarthritic changes.
• During the summer of 2016, Xiao spent time in the medicinal chemistry research lab at the University of Nebraska Medical Center working on synthesizing small molecules that could treat Alzheimer’s Disease. She also published a paper from this research in the Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters Journal titled “Design and Synthesis of New Piperidone Grafted Acetylcholinesterase”.
Team Academic Award
• Stanford earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 season, as announced on Oct. 4 by the organization.
• Stanford was one of 813 collegiate programs (282 men, 531 women) to receive the award – Stanford was one of 195 schools to have both its men’s and women’s team honored.
• The Cardinal posted a 3.42 team grade-point average, led by Pac-12 All-Academic first teamer Michelle Xiao. Maddie Bauer, Kyra Carusa, Averie Collings, Alana Cook, Jordan DiBiasi, Tegan McGrady, Andi Sullivan, Megan Turner and Ryan Walker-Hartshorn also earned honorable mentions.
2017 Season Highlights
• Top-seeded Stanford advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 9-1 win over Utah Valley on Nov. 11. The win set postseason program records in goals scored and goal difference.
• Thanks to Catarina Macario’s first-half goal, No. 1 Stanford beat No. 22 Cal 1-0 to wrap up the regular season. Alison Jahansouz earned the shutout, and Stanford its 16th in a row on Senior Day (Nov. 3).
• Stanford clinched the Pac-12 title with a 3-1 win at No. 5 USC (Oct. 29). Kiki Pickett scored her first career goal, and Michelle Xiao and Catarina Macario also scored.
• Jordan DiBiasi scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at No. 5 UCLA (Oct. 26). Alison Jahansouz made three saves, including a huge one late in the game to preserve the lead.
• The Cardinal scored six or more goals for the fifth time in a 6-0 win over Oregon State (Oct. 22). Civana Kuhlmann led Stanford with two goals, and Catarina Macario scored with two assists while Lauren Rood earned her seventh shutout in eight starts.
• Stanford stretched its win streak to 12 with a 4-0 win over Oregon (Oct. 19) at Cagan Stadium. Catarina Macario scored two outstanding goals and assisted another, and Alison Jahansouz earned her sixth shutout of the season.
• No. 1 Stanford improved to 6-0-0 in Pac-12 play with a 1-0 win over Washington (Oct. 13). Lauren Rood made a key save late in the match following Kyra Carusa‘s goal in the 86th minute.
• Stanford completed its road trip with a 3-0 win at Colorado (Oct. 8) — freshman Civana Kuhlmann scored twice in front of her hometown fans, and Michelle Xiao scored a brilliant strike from the left edge of the area to help Stanford win its 10th in a row.
• The Cardinal started its rocky-mountain road trip with a 3-0 win at Utah (Oct. 5). Jordan DiBiasi, Michelle Xiao and Kyra Carusa each scored for the Cardinal, and Lauren Rood earned her fifth shutout in six starts.
• After a relatively pedestrian three games of offense (five goals in three games), Stanford erupted for a 6-0 win over Arizona State on Oct. 1. Michelle Xiao scored twice, and Catarina Macario, Jordan DiBiasi, Kyra Carusa and Mariah Lee pitched in one goal apiece.
• Stanford returned from a two-game road trip on Sept. 28, defeating Arizona, 1-0. Jordan DiBiasi scored her eighth career game winner for the game’s only goal.
• The Cardinal opened conference play with a 2-1 win at Washington State (Sept. 21). Stanford’s unbeaten run in conference openers extended to 17 seasons thanks to goals from Tierna Davidson and Jaye Boissiere, and a timely penalty-kick save by Alison Jahansouz in the 62nd minute.
• Stanford wrapped up nonconference play with a 2-1 win over Santa Clara (Sept. 17). Jaye Boissiere opened the scoring in the 49th minute, and Michelle Xiao scored the winner in the 75th after the Broncos equalized.
• The Cardinal kept its unbeaten run at home alive with a 7-0 win against Yale (Sept. 10). Seven Cardinal scored goals – Jordan DiBiasi, Catarina Macario, Sam Tran, Jaye Boissiere, Michelle Xiao, Averie Collins and Madison Haley. Alison Jahansouz improved to 3-1-0 as a starter with her third shutout.
• Stanford improved to 20-0-0 all-time against USF with an 8-0 win on Sept. 8. Kyra Carusa, Civana Kuhlmanna, Tierna Davidson, DiBiasi, Macario, Haley, Collins and Mariah Lee scored one goal apiece, while Lauren Rood ea rned her third shutout in as many starts.
• Stanford improved to 4-0-1 on Sept. 3 with a 7-0 win over Navy. Kyra Carusa scored a brace, and Jaye Boissiere, Catarina Macario, Mariah Lee, Civana Kuhlmann and Andi Sullivan pitched in a goal apiece. Alison Jahansouz improved to 2-1-0 with the shutout.
• The Cardinal opened its home schedule with a 4-0 win over No. 10 Georgetown (Sept. 1). Catarina Macario, Civana Kuhlmann, Jaye Boissiere and Kyra Carusa scored for Stanford. Lauren Rood got the shutout, her second one in as many career starts.
• Stanford suffered a setback at No. 8 Florida on Aug. 25, dropping a narrow 3-2 decision. Catarina Macario and Beattie Goad scored, but Florida got two goals in quick succession near the end of the second period to claim the win.
• Stanford improved to 2-0-0 with a 5-0 win over Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Catarina Macario scored twice, and Sam Hiatt, Kyra Carusa and Civana Kuhlmann added goals. Lauren Rood earned the shutout in her first career start.
• The Cardinal opened the season with a 4-0 win at Marquette. Alison Jahansouz saved an early penalty to keep the match at 0-0 before Catarina Macario, Kyra Carusa (2) and Mariah Lee scored. Jahansouz earned the shutout with three saves.