Stanford Set For Cal-Adidas Tournament
Sept. 7, 2004
Stanford at Cal-Adidas Classic
vs. San Jose State * Friday, Sept. 10 * 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA
vs. San Diego * Sunday, Sept. 12 * 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
Edwards Stadium * Berkeley, CA
Upcoming Games: The Cardinal are set to take part in the Cal-Adidas Tournament this weekend after a solid showing at the Mi Cocina Classic in Dallas, where Stanford registered a win and a tie against a pair of ranked opponents. San Jose State will come to Maloney Field on Friday evening in the first game of the tournament, slated for a 7:00 pm start. It will be the 33rd meeting between the two programs, with the Cardinal holding a 18-11-3 advantage in the all-time series. On Sunday, Stanford travels to Berkeley to take on San Diego at Edwards Stadium. It will be the first meeting between Stanford and USD since 1998, when the Cardinal knocked the Toreros out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Last Week: Stanford claimed the title of the Mi Cocina Classic at SMU, playing No. 19 ranked Tulsa to a scoreless draw on Friday before handing the host Mustangs a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. The Cardinal got goals from senior Darren Fernandez and freshman Evan Morgan in Sunday's match, while sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen posted a pair of shutouts over the weekend. Senior James Twellman helped the Cardinal post the clean sheet on Friday, then assisted on Morgan's first collegiate goal against SMU. Twellman was named as the tournament MVP for his performance.
Five Players Named to All-Tournament Team: Five Cardinal players were tabbed for All-Tournament honors at the Mi Cocina Classic in Dallas. Senior James Twellman was named as the tournament MVP after a stellar performance at the forward spot against Tulsa and SMU. Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen was named to the All-Tournament team following a pair of shutouts. Darren Fernandez tallied the game-winning goal against SMU was joined on the All-Tournament team by midfielder/defender Michael Brown and midfielder Cooper McKee.
Accolades for Kartunen: Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week following outstanding performances in the first two games of the 2004 season. In Friday's scoreless draw with No. 19 ranked Tulsa, Kartunen made five saves as the Stanford defense blanked a potent Golden Hurricane attack. Kartunen was excellent once again once again on Sunday, making six saves as the Cardinal posted a 2-0 victory over the host Mustangs. The two clean sheets give him three career shutouts, two of which have come against SMU.
Stanford Jumps into National Polls With a win and a tie against ranked opposition over the weekend, the Cardinal moved up to No. 10 from the No. 18 spot in the Soccer America poll, and debuted at No. 28 in the College Soccer News poll.
Fulton Named to Hermann Award Watch List: Senior Goalkeeper Robby Fulton was one of 25 players recently named to the watch list for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, collegiate soccer's top individual honor. Fulton enters the season with a 0.72 career goals against average, the second lowest career GAA in program history. He set a program record with a 0.42 GAA during the 2002 season. The 25 players named to the list are considered to be among the top players entering the 2004 season. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in November, with three finalists selected in early December. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 8, 2005.
Recruiting Class Ranked Among Nation's Elite: Stanford's group of freshmen and transfers was tabbed as the sixth best crop of newcomers in the nation by Soccer America. A seven-member freshman class highlights the incoming group, including defender Scott Bolkan and defender Mark Bartlett, a member of the New Zealand Under-20 National Team. Bolkan was rated as the eighth best incoming freshman by Soccer America while Bartlett was listed as 20th in the publication's individual rankings.
Three Cardinal Tabbed as 'Freshmen to Watch': Cardinal freshmen Mark Bartlett, Scott Bolkan and Luke Sager were named as three of the 100 'Freshmen to Watch' by College Soccer News. All defenders, the trio will compete for time on the Cardinal backline this season.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Scouting the Spartans: An NCAA Tournament team last year, San Jose State enters Friday's match after posting a 1-1 mark over the weekend. The Spartans fell 3-2 in an overtime contest to Notre Dame de Namur, but rebounded to register a 4-1 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay at home. Forward Randy Poggio leads the San Jose State attack, as the junior tallied two goals and added an assist in the Spartan win.
Scouting the Toreros: San Diego enters the Cal Tournament after registering a pair of wins at the UC Irvine Tournament. The Toreros blanked UNLV 3-0 on Saturday and defeated the host Anteaters 2-1 to claim the tournament title on Sunday. Senior Andrew Ehrlich accounted for two of the goals in the win over UNLV, and sophomore goalkeeper Lance Friesz earned his first shutout of the season. Junior defender Tommy Von Bromsen was named as the MVP of the tournament.™