NCAA Soccer – And A Few Thoughts On Stanford-Georgetown

OK, this is a little later than expected since I was working on finishing the SEC preview, but…

-Honestly, I think this tells us more about Georgetown than it does the Card. The Hoyas were facing a Stanford team without Quon, Verloo, and Nogueira and weren’t even close. Georgetown’s a good team, but they’re clearly not a great team and have a definitive ceiling this year that ends well before Kennesaw. The Hoyas’ top three players, Ingrid Wells, Camille Trujillo, and Kelly D’Ambrisi combined for a paltry one shot on frame while the defense was sliced apart by the Card. The Hoyas can’t rest on their laurels after this defeat though. William & Mary’s much improved this year and could give an unfocused Georgetown team problems.

-Though some might disagree, this was a very good (long) weekend for Stanford. Obviously, this was a great win, but the draw with Maryland’s going to still look good come the end of the season. Stanford will probably be rueing their finishing in that match, especially in the first half, but given how some of the other top teams have fared in the first few weeks, it says something that the Card was able to come cross country without three of their top players and get a win and a draw against a couple of top twenty-five teams. As for this one, it just goes to show that if all of Stanford’s frontline gets rolling, look out. On her day, Lindsay Taylor is as good as any forward in America, and this might have been the breakout performance from Sydney Payne that Stanford has been waiting for. The goal the Card conceded sounded a little worrying and is proof that while Emily Oliver’s a great young keeper, she’s still not the finished product. There’s one final tune-up against Northwestern back at home before four massive non-conference matches.

One thought on “NCAA Soccer – And A Few Thoughts On Stanford-Georgetown

  1. StarCityFan

    Was wondering why there weren’t more familiar names in Stanford’s starting lineup for the Maryland game – thanks for the clarification. The Cardinal definitely had at least three “how did that not go in the net?” moments during the course of the match, but since I was rooting for the Terps, I was okay with that. 😉

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