This update includes Thursday and Friday's games (Oct. 29-30), involving most of the teams on the below list. Stanford – which has won all 18 of its games this season – beat Arizona State on Friday (3-1), joining North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA and Portland as teams that have compiled 70-plus wins over the past four seasons (70-11-8; .832). The USC senior class remains one shy of 60 career victories for its seniors class (there are 14 current senior classes with 60-plus career wins).
(Note that a CS360 tribute to the UNC seniors – including video interview clips – is in the works and will be posted on the site soon.)
Five of the teams on this list will be in action on Haloween day: William & Mary at Old Dominion (1 ET), Navy at American (1 ET), Wyoming at BYU (1 MT), and North Texas at Denver (12 MT).
Stanford entered the season seventh on the below list with 52 wins from 2006-08 (one win behind Florida State and Texas A&M) – but the Cardinal has gained separation from both those teams, as FSU now has 66 wins from '06-'09 while A&M has 65. It's possible that Stanford could finish the season fourth on this list, a spot currently occupied by Portland's seniors (who are 71-11-3 in their career and entered the season with three more career wins than Stanford's seniors).
The Cardinal also own an impressive record of 40-2-1 (.942) spanning the past two seasons, tops in the nation for that two-year period (Stanford reached the NCAA semifinals in 2008). Other curent two-year records of note (2008-09) include: Notre Dame (40-4-1), North Carolina (38-4-3), UCLA (37-3-3) and Portland (36-3-0).
Stanford's senior class includes six players, led by three starters – forward Kelley O'Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.), outside back Ali Riley (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and central defender Alicia Jenkins (Diamond Springs, Calif.) – along with midfielder Kristin Stannard (Midlothian, Va.), fifth-year senior M/F Hillary Heath (Seattle, Wash.) and defender Katie Riley (Manteca, Calif.), who has two years of eligibility remaining after the '09 season.
O'Hara is a leading candidate for 2009 national player-of-the-year honors, after racking up 19 goals and 8 assists (46 points) this season. Much of O'Hara's offensive production has come in clutch situations – as she is a five-time selection to CS360's Primetime Performers of the Week (including each of the past four weeks). O'Hara has either scored (7) or assisted (3) on 10 of Stanford's 18 gamewinning goals this season, with her career stats including 50 goals, 27 assists (127 pts) and 19 GWGs in 79 games played (73 starts).
Ali Riley – a member of the New Zealand National Team and an all-Pac-10 selection in 2007 – is considered one of the nation's elite outside backs. She has started all 18 games this season (1G-1A), with her career stats now including 7G-10A in 59 games played (56 GS).
Riley and Jenkins (18 GS; career: 1G-1A, 87 GP/74 GS) have combined to anchor Stanford's 2009 back line that has limited its opponents to 11 goals this season (0.61 GAA). The tough Cardinal defense also has allowed only 124 shots (6.9 per game), 42 shots on goal (2.3/gm) and 29 corner kicks (1.6) all season.
Stannard – a part-time starter in each of the past three seasons – has been one of the Cardinal's top reserve midfielders this season (14 GP) and registered a hat trick in the early-season win over Virginia Tech (which has emerged as one of the top teams in the ACC). She has totaled 38 career points in her Stanford career (16G-6A) while appearing in 81 games (35 starts).
The fifth-year player Heath also has been a valuable reserve offensive player this season, appearing in all 18 games with a pair of starts (1A). Heath missed the 2007 season due to injury but has appeared in 75 games during her four healthy seasons (5G-11A; 28 GS).
Katie Riley – who also missed the '07 season due to injury – has played in eight games this season and 28 in her career, including 12 starts as a freshman in 2006.
Here's the complete updated list of the nation's winningest senior classes (note: when referencing this list, please credit CollegeSoccer360.com with the research and – if possible – provide a link to this blog post ... click on post headline for direct URL).
Current Four-Year Records in D-I Women's Soccer (top senior classes; '06-'09)
(research compiled by CollegeSoccer360.com)
84-10-4 (.878) ... Notre Dame (25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 14-3-1)
78-9-5 (.875) ... UCLA (21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 15-2-1)
71-11-3 (.853) ... Portland (17-4-3 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-0 ... 16-1-0)
70-11-8 (.832) ... Stanford (15-6-2 ... 15-3-5 ... 22-2-1 ... 18-0-0)
65-20-6 (.747) ... Texas A&M (17-6-1 ... 18-4-2 ... 18-5-1 ... 12-5-2)