Stanford Women's Soccer 2012 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Stanford Cardinal


The beat goes on in Palo Alto for the Stanford Cardinal women’s soccer program in 2012. They most likely will earn a number one overall national seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As defending national champion, this team has been tested repeatedly this season getting everyone’s best shot but has come through the regular season in pretty good shape. They completed another clean sheet in the Pac-12 by knocking off Cal 1-0 securing an 11-0-0 run through the Pac-12 Conference.  They also have now gone unbeaten in 15 straight contests heading into the NCAA Tournament.

2012 Record: 17-1-1, 11-0-0
Coach: Paul Ratcliffe

Good Results: 8/17 Santa Clara (6-1), 8/24 at Penn State (3-2), 10/28 at UCLA (2-1)
Bad Results: 8/26 vs West Virginia (0-1), 8/31 Boston College (1-1)

Why They Can Surprise:
The senior class and their ability to lead and the consistency they have shown over the past four years on the farm is a huge asset. Stanford’s 2012 senior class will be graduating with an overall record in conference play of 40 wins 0 losses and 0 ties. That is unheard of in this day and age of increasing parity in women’s college soccer. Senior captain Alina Garciamendez, along with Rachel Quon, anchors the defense for the Cardinal.  Garciamendez has knocked in six goals so far in 2012. Mariah Nogueira, another senior, has scored seven goals. Redshirt junior Courtney Verloo leads the balanced attack for Stanford with seven goals and nine assists. In the end, the overall balance of this Cardinal side is what makes them so dangerous across the board for opposing teams to deal with each match.

Why They Can Disappoint:
There are not many weaknesses on this Stanford side but they don’t have that one game-breaking, dominating player like they had previously with Christen Press and in 2011 with Lindsey Taylor, who scored 20 goals. Thus, if they were to run into a situation against an ACC opponent or Penn State again in the NCAA Tournament, the question is will the Cardinal be able to get into a high scoring affair and have a Courtney Verloo take over and help Stanford win a 3-2 match? The Penn State match from August is a good example of the Cardinal winning a high-scoring match in a hostile environment. It will be vital for Stanford to be able to handle this type of adversity if it were to arise late in the tournament when they face teams that will be able to battle them athletically and physically for 90 minutes.

Key Strikers:
Courtney Verloo, Junior, 7 goals, 9 assists
Natalie Griffen, Junior, 5 goals, 3 assists
Chioma Ubogagu, Sophomore, 4 goals, 7 assists
Alex Doll, Sophomore, 4 goals, 3 assists

Key Midfielders:
Lo’eau LaBonta, Sophomore, 3 goals, 1 assist
Mariah Nogueira, Senior, 7 goals, 1 assist

Key Defenders:
Alina Garciamendez, Senior, 6 goals, 1 assist
Rachel Quon, Senior, 2 goals, 7 assists
Laura Liedle, Freshman, 0 goals, 4 assists

Key Goalkeepers:
Emily Oliver, Junior, 0.50 goals against average, .875 save percentage, 4 shutouts
Aly Gleason, Junior, 0.76 goals against average, .806 save percentage, 2 shutouts

By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 2.67 (7th in nation, 1st in conference)
Goals-Against Average: 0.654 (22, 2)
Shutout Percentage: 0.444 (58, 2)
Save Percentage: 0.840 (35, 2)

Recent Postseason Appearances:
Stanford    2011    First Round        Defeated Montana
Stanford    2011    Second Round    Defeated South Carolina
Stanford    2011    Third Round        Defeated Boston College
Stanford    2011    Quarterfinals        Defeated Oklahoma State
Stanford    2011    National Semifinals    Defeated Florida State
Stanford    2011    National Finals    Defeated Duke
Stanford    2010    First Round        Defeated Sacramento State
Stanford    2010    Second Round    Defeated Santa Clara
Stanford    2010    Third Round        Defeated UCLA
Stanford    2010    Quarterfinals        Defeated Florida State
Stanford    2010    National Semifinals    Defeated Boston College
Stanford    2010    National Finals    Lost to Notre Dame
Stanford    2009    First Round        Defeated Northern Arizona
Stanford    2009    Second Round    Defeated BYU
Stanford    2009    Third Round        Defeated Santa Clara
Stanford    2009    Quarterfinals        Defeated Boston College
Stanford    2009    National Semifinals    Defeated UCLA
Stanford    2009    National Finals    Lost to North Carolina
Stanford    2008    First Round        Defeated UC Santa Barbara
Stanford    2008    Second Round    Defeated Kansas
Stanford    2008    Third Round        Defeated Rutgers
Stanford    2008    Quarterfinals        Defeated Portland
Stanford    2008    National Semifinals    Lost to Notre Dame
Stanford    2007    First Round        Defeated Sacramento State
Stanford    2007    Second Round    Defeated California
Stanford    2007    Third Round        Lost to Connecticut

*all team stats through 10/28


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