In what is sure to be a heated finale to an up-and-down regular season, No. 10 Stanford (13-4-1, 6-4-0 Pac-12) will face unranked rival Cal (10-4-5, 3-4-3 Pac-12) at home tonight. The game will be Senior Night for the Cardinal in honor of the seven women in their senior seasons on the team. It will also be a critical match in determining the Cardinal’s confidence and placement going into the postseason.
For most teams, an overtime loss in the NCAA semifinals to the eventual champions would make for a successful end to the season. Most teams, however, aren’t like Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal has appeared in five straight NCAA College Cups dating back to 2008, and after winning the national championship in 2011, falling short in 2012 was a tough pill to swallow.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday that Stanford senior goalkeeper and two-time All-Pac-12 first teamer Emily Oliver had been named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week after a successful opening weekend for the No. 2 Cardinal on the East Coast.
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While the football team booked a ticket to the Rose Bowl after a late field-goal miss from UCLA, the women’s soccer team’s season ended when North Carolina’s Kealia Ohai scored a breakaway in the 104th minute to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 win.
For most teams in the country, qualifying for the NCAA semifinals would make for a successful season. But for the defending national champions, anything but another title would be a disappointment.