For 45 minutes, it looked like the Stanford women’s soccer team might meekly take a bow out of the NCAA tournament in just its first game when the No. 1 seed Cardinal took on Cal State Fullerton on Friday night at Cagan Stadium. Instead, it did something that it had not needed to do all season: It confronted the real possibility of catastrophe straight in the face and didn’t flinch.
The stakes are raised tonight for the No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer team, as head coach Paul Ratcliffe’s squad hosts a first-round match in the NCAA tournament. A cracking run of form during the regular season saw the Cardinal (17-1-2) finish second in the Pac-12 table to top-ranked UCLA, yet still impress the selection committee…
The man making his journey back to The Farm this year — eleven years removed from his senior season — is Ryan Garko ‘03. After getting a call about the job from departing associate head coach Dean Stotz, who retired in September after 37 seasons at Stanford, and speaking to Marquess, Garko had an easy decision to make.
While the backcourt duo of Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright has received plenty of attention this offseason as keys to the future of Cardinal basketball, the rest of the Stanford team clearly wants to make sure that we don’t forget about them. Thanks to a balanced effort, the Cardinal pulled away from Cal State-Fullerton in the second half Monday night’s home opener to win 81-68.