[SOCCER AMERICA AWARDS]
In his sixth season at Stanford, Coach Paul Ratcliffe
has built the Cardinal program
into one of the best in the country.
Stanford earned a No. 1 regional seed and reached the final four for the first time since 1993 when Julie
was still playing. The Cardinal fell, 1-0, in the semifinals to Notre Dame but not before putting an impressive display.
Stanford set a school season record for wins (22) and
goals (71). Its only blemishes in its 22-2-1 season were to College Cup teams -- 1-0 losses to Notre Dame and UCLA and a 1-1 tie with North Carolina.
"It's been a spectacular
season," Ratcliffe said. "The team has played great soccer the entire year and I'm proud of every one of them."
Stanford should be very good again in 2009. The Cardinal will return Soccer
America Freshman of the Year Lindsay Taylor
and Teresa Noyola
, who also earned All-America honors. SOCCER AMERICA COACHES OF THE YEAR 2001 --
Smith (Santa Clara) 2002 --
Stephanie Erickson, Paul Sapsford (Stanford) 2003 --
Patrick Baker (Florida
State) 2004 --
Dan Tobias (Arizona) 2005 --
Mark Krikorian (Florida State) 2006 --
Anson Dorrance (North Carolina) 2007 --
Ali Khosroshahin (USC) 2008 --