Junior defender Jordan Falcusan also earned a most valuable player plaque, this one for defense as she helped UT shut out UNC-Greensboro and limit Middle Tennessee to just three shots in the match. Falcusan has started all five matches this season for the Lady Vols after transferring from 2005 First Tennessee Classic champs Texas A&M.
The host Cardinal come into the tournament with a 4-2 record, dropping both matches on the opening weekend of the season to currently ranked squads Wake Forest and Utah.
Stanford is led by junior midfielder Lizzy George, who has tallied two goals and an assist on the year. Sophomore defender Rachel Buehler also has played well, picking up Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week accolades for her work last weekend in wins over Rutgers and Long Island. Thirteen different Cardinal have scored a goal or notched a helper on the year.
Santa Clara enters Friday's match against Boston University with a 5-1 record, with the only blemish coming against top-ranked Notre Dame.
Ten starters return for head coach Jerry Smith from a team that advanced into the NCAA Tournament regional finals. Junior forward Meagan Snell is one of the top performers for the Broncos, scoring four goals on the year, including two last weekend as Santa Clara toppled two top-10 teams, Connecticut and Texas A&M.
The Orange and White have never beaten either opponent this weekend, dropping the only contest against Santa Clara while falling twice to the Cardinal. This is Tennessee 's first trip to Maloney Field, as the previous outings in the Bay Area were in the Santa Clara adidas Classic in 2002.
Sunday's match-up will be just the fifth in UT history between two top-10 teams. The Lady Vols are 0-3-1 in those encounters, with the tie coming earlier this year against No. 3 Penn State.
Free live video for the Stanford match is provided via the link on gostanford.com. Gametracker live stats will also be available at utladyvols.com.