Cardinal To Host Stanford/Nike Invitational Friday And Sunday

Sept. 24, 2003

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD MATCHES
Stanford/Nike Invitational Presented by the Creekside Inn
Friday, September 26
5:00 pm - UC Irvine (2-5-0, 0-0-0 Big West) vs. California (3-3-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10)
7:30 pm - No. 24 Fairleigh Dickinson (3-1-1, 0-0-1 Northeast) at Stanford (1-4-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10)

Sunday, September 28
12:00 pm - Fairleigh Dickinson vs. California
2:30 pm - UC Irvine at Stanford
Broadcast Information: An audio broadcast of both Stanford games will available on the air at KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com ... Tom Hurlbutt and Jordi Mata-Fink will be on the microphones
Ticket Information: Call 1-800-STANFORD or click on the ticket page at gostanford.comfor tickets to all men's soccer match ... Tickets will also be available at the front gate of Maloney Stadium on gameday

STANFORD MEN'S SOCCER TEAM NOTES

  • Stanford finally opens its 2003 home season by hosting the Stanford/Nike Invitational this Friday and Sunday ... Stanford will host No. 24 Fairleigh Dickinson in its tournament opener Friday night (7:30 pm, PT) before squaring off with UC Irvine on Sunday (2:30 pm, PT) ... Stanford has never met Fairleigh Dickinson and holds a 4-0-0 advantage over UC Irvine in the all-time series, most recently recording a 3-1 victory over the Anteaters on November 6, 1998
  • Stanford has an all-time record of 18-13-2 in tournaments the Cardinal has hosted since 1974, including an 8-2-0 record in Stanford/Nike Invitational over the past five years
  • Stanford played No. 8 SMU to a scoreless tie in its most recent game at the Tulsa Tournament last Friday ... The Cardinal also dropped a 2-0 decision to the host Hurricanes in the event
  • Stanford has opened the season with a 1-4-1 record in its first six games, equaling the team's worst start since the 1994 team also opened 1-4-1 ... The 1994 team actually opened with a 1-8-1 mark before picking up its second victory in its 11th game of the year
  • Stanford's tie versus SMU snapped a three-game losing streak, which had been the team's longest since 1997 when Stanford ended the season with five straight losses
  • Stanford has had difficulty scoring goals in its first six games, finding the back of the net just three times and being shutout in each of its last two contests ... Stanford has not scored more than a single goal in a contest yet this season ... The Cardinal has been outshot, 97-49, while opponents hold a slim 30-26 advantage in corner kicks
  • Stanford has yet to outshoot its opponents in a game this season
  • Stanford's defensive has limited opponents to seven goals in its first six games
  • Stanford is 1-0-1 in a pair of overtime games
  • Stanford finished as the NCAA runner-up to national champion UCLA in 2002, posting an 18-5-2 overall record ... The Cardinal finished third in the Pac-10 with a 5-3-2 conference record
  • Stanford has won at least 18 games in each of the past three seasons and has had five straight winning seasons

    THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS NOTES

  • Fairleigh Dickinson moved into the national rankings this past Monday after sweeping Yale (1-0) and Brown (2-1, O2) at the Yale Soccer Classic last Friday and Sunday
  • UC Irvine has dropped five straight contests, including a pair of one-goal losses at New Mexico (3-2) and versus Western Illinois (2-1) during New Mexico's Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational last Friday and Sunday

    STANFORD MEN'S SOCCER INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES

  • Seyi Abolaji ... Has played in one game off the bench
  • Michael Brown ... Has played in four games with one start
  • K.C. Coyne ... Has played in five games off the bench
  • Darren Fernandez ... Has scored one goal and two points to shares the team lead in both categories ... Leads the team with one game-winning goal
  • Robby Fulton ... Leads the team with a 1.07 GAA and 25 saves ... Recorded 13 saves and picked up his 11th career shutout in the season-opening 1-0 win over then No. 18 Cal State Fullerton with the 13 saves ranking as the sixth most saves in a single game this season ... Ranks 14th in the nation with 6.25 saves per game ... Last year, Fulton led the nation and broke Stanford's single-season record with an 0.43 GAA ... Fulton has a career 0.49 GAA and needs just 106:31 minutes to reach the minimum number of career minutes in goal and become Stanford's all-time leader in the category (Adam Zapala currently has the lowest career GAA of any goalkeeper in Stanford history with an 0.63 mark in 8,112 minutes from 1997-2000) ... Fulton's nine shutouts in 2002 ranked tied for fifth on Stanford's single-season list ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic
  • Abe Geiger ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic
  • Ashvin Kumar ... Has played in two games with one start
  • Matt Janusz ... Has scored one goal and two points to shares the team lead in both categories, while firing a team-high nine shots and a team-best six on goal ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Adidas-Brown Classic ... Stanford's active career leader in goals (15), assists (8) and points (38)
  • Andrew Kartunen ... Posted 14 saves versus SMU (9/19) are tied for the fourth-highest save total in the nation this season ... Ranks fourth in the nation with a 7.00 saves per game average with 21 saves in three games ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Microtel Inn & Suites/Hurricane Classic
  • Todd Leber ... Has played in one game off the bench
  • Aaron Maines ... Has started all six games
  • Chad Marshall ... Named to the All-Tournament teams at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic and the Microtel Inn & Suites/Hurricane Classic
  • Bronson McDonald ... Has played in all six games with four starts
  • David Oleson ... Has played in one game off the bench
  • Stephen Ringer ... Has played in all six games off the bench
  • Marcus Ryan ... Has started all six games
  • Bret Shimizu ... Has one assist (on Darren Fernandez' game-winning goal versus Cal State Fullerton) to share the team lead
  • Galen Thompson ... Has one assist to share the team lead
  • James Twellman ... Has scored one goal and two points to shares the team lead in both categories
  • Sean Whalen ... Has one assist to share the team lead
  • Mike Wilson ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Adidas-Brown Classic

    COACHING STAFF
    Bret Simon is in his third year as Stanford's head coach and has compiled a 38-11-4 record for an .755 winning percentage, the best in school history. Simon has an overall record of 134-37-13 (.764) in his ninth season as a Division I head coach. Matt Stimson is in his third year as an assistant coach on The Farm while Tim Hanley is in his second season as the team's goalkeepers coach and Charlie Hatfield his first season as a volunteer assistant.

    ON THE HORIZON
    After hosting the Stanford/Nike Invitational this Friday and Saturday, the Cardinal will return to the road next week. The Cardinal will travel to local Bay Area rival Santa Clara on Thursday, October 2 (7 pm, PT) before visiting California in its Pac-10 opener on Sunday, October 5 (2 pm, PT).

    LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS
    at Tulsa 2, Stanford 0 (September 18, 2003)
    Microtel Inn & Suites/Hurricane Classic, Tulsa, OK
    Stanford suffered a 2-0 loss to host and No. 20 Tulsa (6-1-0) in the opening round of the Microtel Inn & Suites/Golden Hurricane Classic. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Cardinal after opening the season with a victory over Cal State Fullerton. Tulsa won its third in a row and its second straight versus the Cardinal dating back to last season.

    Ryan Pore and Kyle Brown both picked up a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.

    Pore scored the game's first goal at 35:07 when he converted a three-yard shot by Cardinal goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen. Scott Kincaid set up the goal by playing a ball to Brown, who crossed the ball to Pore for the score.

    Brown gave the Hurricanes an insurance goal in the second half at 56:01 when he took a pass from Pore 10 yards from the goal in the middle of the penalty box and nailed a shot to the top shelf of the net. Pore and Bryan Rudd were both credited with an assist on the goal. Rudd beat a Stanford defender to the right side of the field and a slid a pass to Poor before he moved the ball on to Brown.

    Tulsa goalkeeper Terry Boss (6-1) picked up the victory and recorded his third shutout of the season. Kartunen (0-2) took the loss and also had five saves.

    Both teams attempted eight shots, while Stanford had two corner kicks to one for Tulsa.

    Pore and Stanford's Matt Janusz tied for a game-high three shots each.

    Stanford 0, SMU 0 (September 19, 2003)
    Microtel Inn & Suites/Hurricane Classic, Tulsa, OK
    Stanford ended a season-opening six-game road trip by playing No. 8 SMU to a 0-0 double overtime tie. The tie snapped Stanford's four-game losing skid and SMU's three-game win streak. Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen recorded a career-high 14 saves and his first collegiate shutout.

    The last time Stanford played a 0-0 tie was at Fresno State on September 20, 2002.

    SMU's Kellan Zindel took a game-high 10 shots, while Chad Marshall's three shots led the Cardinal. The Mustangs outshot Stanford, 31-7, and held a 14-8 advantage in corner kicks.

    SMU's tie gave the Mustangs a 1-0-1 mark in the two-game tournament and earned the Mustangs the tournament title, while Stanford finished fourth in the tournament with an 0-1-1 record. Host and No. 20 Tulsa had an opportunity to win the tournament but was upset by Denver, 3-2, on Friday. The Hurricanes (1-1-0 in the tournament) still finished second thanks to a goal differential tiebreaker, while Denver was third in the tournament with a 1-1-0 mark.

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