Cardinal Set to Host Stanford Nike Invitational This Weekend

Sept. 21, 2004

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Stanford Nike Invitational

Brown vs. California * Friday, Sept. 24 * 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA

Stanford vs. Santa Clara * Friday, Sept. 24 * 7:30 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA

Stanford vs. Brown * Sunday, Sept. 26 * 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA

California at Santa Clara * Sunday, Sept. 26 * 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
Buck Shaw Stadium * Santa Clara, CA

Upcoming Games: Stanford returns to The Farm to host the Stanford Nike Invitational this weekend. Santa Clara, Brown, and California will all participate, with Brown and Cal kicking off the tournament at 5:00 pm on Friday. The Stanford-Santa Clara soccer rivalry will be renewed on Friday evening, as the Broncos and Cardinal lock horns for the 35th time in a series that dates back to 1973. Stanford holds a slim 15-13-6 advantage in the all-time series with SCU. The Cardinal meet Brown for a 1:00 pm match at Maloney Field on Sunday, while California will take on the Broncos at Buck Shaw Stadium in the tournament finale at 7:00 pm. Stanford will be looking for its first win over the Bears, as the Cardinal have gone 0-2-2 in the all-time series with Brown.

Last Week: Stanford claimed the title of the SoccerTown Classic in Fullerton with wins over UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton at Titan Stadium last weekend. Senior Darren Fernandez provided the fireworks in Friday's 2-0 win over the Anteaters, tallying both goals including a score just 27 seconds into the match. On Sunday, the Cardinal registered a 2-1 win over the host Titans to earn the tournament title. Freshman Dan Shapiro scored his first collegiate goal to put Stanford up 1-0, and James Twellman capped the win by burying a second half penalty kick. California also registered two wins in the tournament, but Stanford earned the title by virtue of goal differential.

Pre-Tournament Tidbits: Stanford (5-0-1), California (6-0-0), and Santa Clara (6-0-0) each enter the tournament with undefeated records ... Eight different Cardinal players have assisted on goals so far this season ... Stanford will leave California only one more time for the remainder of the regular season. The Cardinal travel to Oregon State and Washington on the weekend of October 8-10 ... Senior captain Robby Fulton made his first appearance of the season against Cal State Fullerton, making the start in goal.

Dazza Delivers Again: Senior Darren 'Dazza' Fernandez scored Stanford's two goals against UC Irvine, giving him a team-high four scores and nine points on the season. The goals were the 20th and 21st of his collegiate career, making him the team's active career goals scored leader. Three of Fernandez' four goals have been game-winners, including his first strike against the Anteaters last Friday.

Cardinal Rise in the National Polls: The Cardinal continue to clime in all four national polls, ascending to season-high No. 5 ranking in the Soccer America poll. It's the highest ranking for a Stanford squad since the 2003 squad garnered a No. 6 preseason ranking. Stanford moved up to No. 11 in the Soccer Times poll, and rose to No. 15 in the College Soccer News poll. The Cardinal checked in at No. 22 in the NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll, and moved up a spot to No. 5 in the NSCAA Far West regional rankings.

First-Time's the Charm: Six different players have scored goals for the Cardinal so far this season, and for four of the six goal scorers it was the first score in their respective careers. Freshmen Evan Morgan and Dan Shapiro have each scored goals in their first year on The Farm, and sophomore Galen Thompson's first career strike was a game-winner against San Jose State. Senior Todd Leber notched his first goal in a Stanford uniform against San Diego.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

Scouting the Broncos: A College Cup participant last season, Santa Clara has picked up where they left off by posting a perfect 6-0-0 record so far this year. The Broncos are currently ranked as high as No. 3 in the national polls, and are coming off of a pair of wins over San Jose State and Davidson in the Santa Clara Tournament last weekend. Sophomore Medhi Ballouchy leads the team with eight points (2 g, 4 a) and freshman Peter Lowry has scored a team-high three goals. SCU will be seeking its 400th program win this weekend.

Scouting the Bears: Ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA preseason coaches poll, Brown enters the Stanford Nike Invitational on a three-match winning streak. Following losses to Boston College and Clemson to begin the campaign, the Bears have rebounded to record wins over San Francisco, Hartwick, and Duquesne in their last three matches. Brown is led by junior Ibrahim Diane (1 g, 1 a) and junior Keith Caldwell's three goals. The defense features senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez and senior defender Jeff Larentowicz.

On the Horizon: The Cardinal will begin Pac-10 play when California comes to Maloney Field on October 1. The Bears took both matches against Stanford last season, handing the Cardinal 3-1 defeat in Berkeley and a 1-0 loss at Maloney Field. Stanford holds a 23-10-6 lead in the all-time series with California.™™

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