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Versatile Taylor leads Stanford
by Paul Kennedy, December 1st, 2011 9:51PM
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[2011 WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP] Throw out its last three appearances at the Women's College Cup, Stanford has a record of 91-1-3 over the last four years. That's right: one loss and three ties during the regular season over four years. The Cardinal was ranked No. 1 and unbeaten heading into the championship game in 2009 and 2010 but lost both times. Will this year be different?

STAR: Kelley O'Hara was the Women's Player of the Year in 2009. Christen Press followed in 2010. Can a third Stanford striker win top honors? Senior Lindsay Taylor has quietly built a solid case for herself with 20 goals in 24 games and Pac-12 Player of the Year honors. Taylor scored 16 goals as a freshman, but health problems -- most notably, a bad hip -- then set her back. She's recovered and had a big season for the Cardinal. Says Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, "Technically, she's one of the most gifted players I've ever coached. Her goal scoring with both feet is the best I've ever coached. She can also head the ball very well. She's just an outstanding talent."

NOTABLE: The Cardinal has allowed one goal in the NCAA Tournament. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver is the national leader in goals-against average (0.26) this season. In the past 18 matches, Stanford has allowed only three goals in the run of play. Two others in that span were scored on penalty kicks.

STANFORD STARTERS:
Goalkeepers

19 Emily Oliver SO Flossmoor, Ill. (0.26 GAA)
Defenders
2 Camille Levin SR Newport Coast, Calif. (4-6-14)
4 Alina Garciamendez JR Fairview, Texas (0-3-3)
11 Rachel Quon JR Lake Forest, Ill. (1-3-5)
22 Kendall Romine FR Coto de Caza, Calif. (1-0-2)
Midfielders
20 Mariah Nogueira JR Westminster, Calif. (4-5-13)
7 Teresa Noyola SR Palo Alto, Calif. (8-14-30)
18 Kristy Zurmuhlen SR Walpole, N.H. (5-4-14)
Forwards
17 Lindsay Taylor SR Los Altos, Calif. (20-6-46)
9 Chioma Ubogagu FR Coppell, Texas (9-9-27)
27 Marjani Hing-Glover JR Scottsdale, Ariz. (6-5-17)



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