Cardinal Travels to Fullerton for SoccerTown Classic

Sept. 14, 2004

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Stanford at SoccerTown Classic

vs. UC Irvine * Friday, Sept. 17 * 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
Titan Stadium * Fullerton, CA

at Cal State Fullerton * Sunday, Sept. 19 * 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
Titan Stadium * Fullerton, CA


Upcoming Games: Stanford heads to the Cal State Fullerton SoccerTown Classic this week where they will meet UC Irvine on Friday and the host Titans on Sunday. The Cardinal faced both teams last season, recording wins over the two Big West squads. Stanford has never lost to UC Irvine, posting a perfect 4-0-0 mark against the Anteaters including last year's 4-1 win at the Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal opened the 2003 campaign against Cal State Fullerton at the Cal-Legacy Classic in Berkeley and the two teams dueled into double-overtime, where a Darren Fernandez header gave Stanford a 1-0 victory. The Cardinal has posted a 6-3-2 all-time record against the Titans.

Last Week: Stanford shared the title of the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic with the host Bears after posting victories over San Jose State and San Diego. Sophomore Galen Thompson scored his first collegiate goal in the waning minutes of Friday's contest with the Spartans, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 victory in the 2004 home opener at Maloney Field. On Sunday, a pair of second half goals from seniors Darren Fernandez and Todd Leber lifted Stanford to a 2-0 win over San Diego in Berkeley. With the two wins, the Cardinal remain undefeated and improve to 3-0-1 for the season.

Kartunen Named Pac-10 Player of the Week: After earning the goalkeeper spot on both the Soccer America and the College Soccer News National Teams of the Week last week, sophomore Andrew Kartunen added the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor to his list of accolades for the 2004 season. Kartunen posted two more shutouts over the weekend, collecting five saves in the wins over San Jose State and San Diego, and was tabbed as the Co-MVP of the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic along with Cal defender Noah Merle. Kartunen has recorded four shutouts this season and has made 16 saves.

Second Half Surge: As a team, the Cardinal have netted five goals so far this season, and all of the Stanford scores have come during the second half of Cardinal matches. In fact, three of the five goals have come with less than 11 minutes left in regulation. Evan Morgan (vs. SMU), Galen Thompson (vs. San Jose State), and Todd Leber (vs. San Diego) have all scored in the 79th minute or later. The Cardinal have also out-shot their opponents by a 25-18 margin in the second half.

Dazza Delivers: Senior Darren 'Dazza' Fernandez notched his second game-winning goal of the season, tallying Stanford's first score in Sunday's win over San Diego. The goal gives Fernandez 19 career goals, and moves him into a tie with teammate Matt Janusz as the teams active career goals scored leader. Fernandez paced the team with a pair of game-winning goals last season.

Cardinal Rise in the National Polls: The Cardinal continue to rise in the national polls, ascending to season-high No. 8 ranking in the Soccer America poll. Stanford debuted at No. 18 in the Soccer Times poll, and rose to No. 20 in the College Soccer News poll. The Cardinal have not been ranked in the NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll, but moved into a tie at No. 6 with New Mexico in the NSCAA Far West regional rankings.

Consistently Good: Head coach Bret Simon has fielded a consistent starting lineup through four games this season. 10 players have started all four matches, while defenders Jason Griffiths and Mark Bartlett have each made two starts on the Cardinal backline.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

Scouting the Anteaters: UC Irvine is coming off of a solid weekend, as the Anteaters picked up wins over DePaul and Wisconsin-Green Bay at the DePaul Tournament in Evanston, Ill. UC Irvine has posted a 2-2-0 mark thus far and has out-shot its opponents by a 53-44 margin heading into the weekend. Four different players have scored goals for the Anteaters, and the attack is led by sophomore forward Brad Evans who has netted a goal and attempted a team-high 15 shots.

Scouting the Titans: Cal State Fullerton enters the SoccerTown Classic looking for its first win of the 2004 campaign. The Titans are 0-3-1, but are coming off of a stellar showing at the Notre Dame Tournament where they dropped an overtime heartbreaker to No.1 ranked Indiana and played the No. 4 ranked Irish to a scoreless tie. The Titans have been led by goalkeeper Sam Reynolds and sophomore Taylor Sheldrick, who has netted three goals through four games.™

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