Former Cardinal soccer player Rachel Buehler ’07 earned her 100th cap in an American uniform on Wednesday, scoring the game-winning goal for the U.S. in a 3-0 win against Iceland. It was just her fourth international tally and came on the same field where she played in her first game for the U.S. women’s national team in 2008.
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Last Friday, senior midfielder Mariah Nogueira was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and joined fellow seniors defender Alina Garciamendez and defender Rachel Quon on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) All-America teams.
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.
The Cardinal (20-1-1) rode two goals from redshirt junior Courtney Verloo to defeat No. 17 Santa Clara 2-1 in Friday’s second round match and then kept up its dominance with a 3-0 win over upstart Denver on Sunday. Stanford will face No. 6 UCLA in the quarterfinals.
With their fourth consecutive Pac-12 conference title and fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA national tournament, the defending NCAA champion women’s soccer team is poised to make yet another title run. After easily advancing into the Round of 16, No. 1 Stanford’s path is blocked by the 17th-ranked Santa Clara Broncos. Stanford faces off against the Broncos in a second round matchup tonight at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 7 p.m.
After a tight victory over rival Cal in Berkeley last weekend granted the No. 1 Cardinal (17-1-1 Pac-12) its fourth consecutive undefeated Pac-12 season, Stanford must now refocus as it turns its eyes toward the real prize, an NCAA title. On Friday the defending national champions and overall No. 1 seed welcome Idaho State (11-5-3) for the first round of the NCAA tournament.
It didn’t take long for the No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer team to ruin Cal’s Senior Day. Less than four minutes into the game, the Cardinal (17-1-1, 11-0-0 Pac-12) took the lead and then held on the rest of the way to finish the regular season with a 1-0 victory over the Bears.