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Sunday September 22, 2002No. 2 Stanford Defeats No. 16 Florida Soccer 4-0

PALO ALTO, Calif.

The Stanford soccer team (6-0) lived up to its No. 2 ranking, defeating Florida (3-4-1) 4-0 Sunday afternoon in front of a Maloney Stadium crowd of 978.

Stanford jumped on a 3-0 lead in the first half, outshooting the Gators 12-0. SU Marcie Ward turned in a goal and an assist in the first half. She put the Cardinal on the board early in the match, beating her defender to hit a 10-yard shot at the 2:45 mark. She contributed the assist on SUís next goal, as she took the corner kick at 16:15 that Marcia Wallis headed in for the score. Wallis played a part in the Cardinalís final goal of the half, as she sent the ball to Callie Withers near the top of the box. Withers spun and let go a 14-yard shot that found the net at the upper left corner.

The Cardinal finished off their scoring at 72:48, when Allyson Marquand took the pass from Leah Tapscott and fired a 25-yard shot to the far post. For the match, the Cardinal outshot the Gators 19-2. Florida goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren turned in season-high seven saves, while SUís Nicole Barnhart had one save.

Florida Head Coach Becky Burleigh was impressed with the play of the Stanford team.

"It was a clinic. They are a very, very good team. Stanford is by far the best team weíve faced so far. They are athletic, very technical, very, very smart, and a well-coached team. They are the best team Iíve seen in awhile," Burleigh said.

"It is a good game for us because it really shows us where we fall short," Burleigh said. "Again, this is the whole point of having a challenging schedule. I think a team like this shows us what the next level is and it gives us something to aspire to."

Next up, Florida heads to Tallahassee, Fla., to meet Florida State on Friday, Sept. 27. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. and the match will air live on Sunshine.

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