Jayhawks Meet #3 Stanford In NCAA Tournament Sunday

Nov. 15, 2008

PALO ALTO, Calif. –

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NCAA Tournament Central

Fresh off its first NCAA Tournament win in four years, the Kansas soccer team will face No. 3 Stanford in the second round of the tournament Sunday at 3 p.m. CST at Cagan Stadium.

The Jayhawks advanced to face the Cardinal with a 2-1 victory over Denver in the first round of the tournament Friday. Stanford knocked off UC-Santa Barbara, 2-0 in their first round match.

KU’s second round match will be featured on Gametracker by CBS College Sports. A link for Gametracker can be found at the Jayhawks’ official website, www.kuathletics.com. Friday’s match will also be webcast by Stanford Athletics. A link to the streaming video is available at www.gostanford.com.

About the Jayhawks

Kansas enters the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 13-7-2, marking the first time since 2004 that the team has recorded 13 wins or more. KU started the season with five straight victories, including an opening day triumph over then-No. 20 Purdue. The Jayhawks have four wins and a tie against ranked opponents this season, including two wins against teams ranked in the top 10 (Texas A&M, Oct. 17 and Nov. 5).

The Jayhawks are led offensively by All-Big 12 First Team selection Monica Dolinsky’s nine goals and 28 points. Big 12 Rookie of the Year Emily Cressy has eight goals and three assists, while junior Shannon McCabe has nine goals and 23 points. In goal, junior Julie Hanley has a 1.42 goals against average and five shutouts.

Scouting the Cardinal

Stanford enters its second round showdown with the Jayhawks at 19-1-1 and ranked third in the latest Soccer America poll. The Cardinal downed UC Santa Barbara, 2-0 in the first round of the tournament Friday, and will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season. Stanford has outscored its opponents 64-7 this season.

The Cardinal is led offensively by sophomore Christen Press, who had a goal and an assist against UC Santa Barbara. Press leads the Pac-10 with 38 points, while freshman Lindsay Taylor is tops in the conference with 16 goals. Junior Kelley O’Hara also has 11 goals and 33 points, giving the Cardinal a dangerous three-headed attack. Sophomore goalkeeper Kira Maker has an 0.35 goals against average and 11 shutouts this season. She has made 42 saves in 49 chances for an .857 save percentage.

Head coach Paul Ratcliffe is in his sixth season at Stanford and has a record of 82-32-16 at the school. In 10-plus seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, Ratcliffe has a record of 137-66-22, which includes four seasons at St. Mary’s. He has led the Cardinal to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16 the last two years.

Jayhawk-Cardinal Connections

– Kansas assistant coach Antoinette Marjanovic and Stanford assistant Theresa Wagner both played collegiately in the Pac 10, and likely played against each other a few times. Marjanovic was a midfielder at Arizona State from 1997-2000, while Wagner played at Washington during the same time period.

– Kansas defender Lauren Jackson and Stanford forward Christen Press were teammates on the Slammers FC in southern California. Stanford’s Cami Levin is also a product of the Slammers, but played on the ’90 team, while Jackson and Press played on the ’89 squad.

– Kansas goalkeeper Julie Hanley and Stanford midfielder Morgan Redman were teammates at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind.

Record Book Watch

Senior Jessica Bush and juniors Monica Dolinsky and Shannon McCabe have all enjoyed successful campaigns this season. They have all made their marks on the single-season record books at KU, and will be looking to move up on the career lists during the NCAA Tournament.

Bush’s seven assists this season are tied for the seventh-most in school history, while Dolinsky’s 28 points (fourth), nine goals (tied-fifth) and 10 assists (third) all rank in the top 10 for season totals in Jayhawk history. McCabe’s nine goals (tied-fifth) and 23 points (seventh) are rank among the top 10 totals at Kansas.

Shannon McClutch

Junior Shannon McCabe was a deciding factor in the Jayhawks’ win Friday. The 5-foot-6 forward scored the game-winning goal just 15 seconds before the end of the first half in KU’s 2-1 triumph over Denver.

Coming through in the clutch is nothing new for the Kansas junior as her six career game-winning goals are the fifth-most in school history. McCabe has had a spectacular run down the stretch, scoring seven goals over KU’s last eight matches, helping the team reach its first NCAA Tournament in four years and win in first postseason contests since 2004.

Corner Katie

Sophomore Katie Williams proved to still be a dangerous weapon on set plays in Friday’s win over Denver. The second-year forward has scored six goals over the last two years with five of them coming on corner kicks.

Williams’ six goals rank as the most by a KU defender during that time period. Her total is also the most by a Jayhawk backfield player over a two-year span since Holly Gault registered eight goals during the 2004-05 seasons.

Three Jayhawks Selected to All-Big 12 Tournament Team

Kansas juniors Monica Dolinsky, Shannon McCabe and Estelle Johnson were named to the Big 12 Soccer Championship’s All-Tournament team. The three Jayhawks on the squad, which is voted on by members of the media, sets a team record.

Quick Kicks

– Kansas faces No. 3 Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. KU is 1-4 all-time against Pac-10 teams, while the Cardinal are 15-5 all-time against the Big 12.

– The match in Palo Alto, Calif., will be a homecoming of sorts for three members of the Jayhawk roster. Sophomore Lauren Jackson (Long Beach), and freshmen Emily Cressy (Ventura) and Jeannette Francia (Burbank) are all natives of the Golden State and will be playing their second collegiate matches in California.

– With the win over Denver Friday, Kansas improved to 11-2-2 this season when leading at the half. Both of KU’s losses (at Nebraska, at Oklahoma State) when leading after 45 minutes went to overtime.

– Senior Jessica Bush will make her 83rd appearance in a Kansas uniform Sunday against the Cardinal. Her 83 matches played tie her for eighth all-time with Afton Sauer and Jessica Smith.

– Junior Monica Dolinsky collected an assist on KU’s first goal Friday, giving her at least one point in three straight matches. The Jayhawks are 10-2-1 in matches where Dolinsky records at least one point.

– KU’s 45 goals this season tie for the second-most in school history. The Jayhawks also collected 45 goals during the 2001 and 2004 seasons.

– Head coach Mark Francis earned his 150th career victory Friday against Denver. The veteran head coach has 117 wins at KU, and 33 at South Alabama. He has averaged over 12 wins per year since 2001.

Up Next
A Jayhawk win Sunday would move the team in the NCAA Third Round for the first time since 2003, and match the team’s deepest run in the tournament. Kansas would match up with the winner of the Rutgers-Oklahoma State match at a site to be determined.