2004-05 Honor Roll: Nicole Barnhart

The first two winners of The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll were found in the water and on the hardcourt. We move to a different surface for our third honoree and find Stanford soccer standout Nicole Barnhart. The newly graduated goalkeeper has written her name all over the Cardinal record books, and now she is making her mark in the net for the U.S.A.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2004/2005 school-year.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational.  While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.  Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized Tony Azevedo and Alice Barnes amongst this year's winners.  Our third announced member of the The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll is women's soccer performer Nicole Barnhart.

At the most important position on the soccer pitch, Nicole Barnhart provided Stanford with consistently excellent play during her years on The Farm.  The 2004 season was no exception for the recently graduated goalkeeper, providing the swan song to a magnificent college career.

In 22 contests her senior year, Barnhart yielded only 10 goals, producing a 0.44 goals against-average that becomes even more spectacular upon further examination.  Barnhart allowed no regulation goals over her last eight games as Stanford's goalie, six of which were away and two of which were pressure-packed single-elimination playoff contests.  Three of those 10 goals allowed came in double overtime after Barnhart had pioneered the Cardinal squad through 100+ scoreless minutes.  Hard to fault the keeper for allowing a solitary goal nearly two hours into play, as occurred in the 1-0 double overtime loss at Santa Clara that ended the Cardinal's season.  A 2-1 loss at SMU in early September marked the only game in which the Boyerstown, Pa. native allowed more than one goal.

Barnhart's play spearheaded the Cardinal to 13 wins and a bid to the NCAA Tournament this season.  For her efforts both on and off the field, the 2004 season saw Barnhart receive her second First-Team All-American honor and her third straight Academic All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.

Barnhart leaves the Farm ranked No. 1 in Stanford history with a 0.452 goals against-average, No. 2 all-time with 39 shutouts and No. 3 in the Cardinal record-books with 210 saves.  The 0.189 goals against-average she notched in 2002 not only topped the nation that year, but also stands as the finest in Stanford history.

Now that she is no longer eligible to don a Stanford uniform, Barnhart has shifted her focus to U.S. National teams.  The former Cardinal keeper was named to the United States' Under-21 Women's National Soccer Team's Nordic Cup roster as one of the two older players allowed on the squad. Just weeks ago in Nordic Cup competition, Barnhart and Stanford redshirt sophomore Rachel Buehler led the U.S. to a seventh-straight championship in the world's premier competition for U-21 women.

Similarly, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal this March, Barnhart became the first Stanford goalie to start for the U.S. Senior National Team.  For the first time in the tournament's 10-year history, the U.S. allowed nary a goal over their four games en route to the title.

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