Sarah Rafanelli

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Sarah Rafanelli
Personal information
Full name Sarah Elizabeth Rafanelli
Date of birth (1972-07-06) July 6, 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Santa Clara, California, United States
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Youth career
Years Team
1990–1993 Stanford Cardinal
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 United States 34 (8)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2013

Sarah Elizabeth Rafanelli (born June 7, 1972) is an American retired soccer forward and former member of the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Rafanelli was born in Santa Clara, California to parents, Mark and Pam Rafanelli and is the second of four sisters. She began playing soccer at age eight and played volleyball and tennis at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, joining the school's soccer team late in high school.[1]

Stanford University[edit]

Rafanelli attended Stanford University from 1990–1993. During her senior year with the Stanford Cardinal, Rafanelli led the team to an 18–2–2 record and trip to the Final Four. She led Stanford in scoring during three of her four seasons with the team, scoring 59 career goals, providing 34 assists for a total of 152 points – all records at the school. In her four years with the Cardinal, the team went 67–9–4 and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs each season.[2]

Rafanelli earned All-American honors in 1992 and 1993 and set a new scoring record that would stand for 17 years until finally being beaten by Christen Press in 2010.[3] The previous scoring record had been set the preceding year by Rafanelli's teammate, Julie Foudy.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Rafanelli played for the United States women's national soccer team from 1992–1995. In 1995, she was part of the team that won bronze at the Women’s World Cup.[4][5][6]

Coaching career[edit]

Rafanelli was an assistant coach at her alma mater, Stanford University, in 1994.[2][7]


  1. ^ Chapin, Dwight (4 June 1995). "Recognition is their goal". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 226. 
  3. ^ "Stanford Star Christen Press". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Jones, Grahame L. (20 August 1994). "SOCCER : 10–0 Victory Helps U.S. Women Qualify". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "No Loss Of Effort For U.s. Women". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Vecsey, George (24 May 1995). "Sports of The Times; World Champions Older and Wiser?". New York Times. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ex-prep stars return for 'reunion'". Palo Alto Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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