Cardinal Returns To The Farm To Take On UC Davis And UCLA

Oct. 12, 2004

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vs. UC Davis * Friday, Oct. 15 * 5:00 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA

vs. UCLA * Sunday, Oct. 17 * 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA

Upcoming Games: Stanford returns to The Farm and takes a quick break from Pac-10 play to host UC Davis at Maloney Field on Friday. The Cardinal resumes conference action on Sunday, playing host to UCLA at 12:00 pm. Friday's match will mark the first time that Stanford and UC Davis have squared off since 1990, when the Aggies handed the Cardinal a 2-1 overtime defeat. Stanford leads the all-time series, having posted a 9-3-2 mark against UC Davis. UCLA comes to The Farm on Sunday to renew one of the region's top soccer rivalries. The Bruins and Cardinal have met 28 times since 1973, with UCLA dominating the all-time series with a 23-3-2 record against Stanford. The Bruins have won five straight against the Cardinal, and Stanford will be looking for its first win over UCLA since the 2000 season.

Last Week: The Cardinal continued Pac-10 play with a northwest swing last weekend, handing Oregon State a 2-1 defeat and playing to a 2-2 tie at Washington. Darren Fernandez provided the fireworks on Friday, producing his second two-goal game of the season in leading Stanford to the win over the Beavers. The senior tallied his fourth game-winning goal of the season with less than four minutes left in regulation to secure the victory. On Sunday, the Cardinal traveled to Seattle to face a Washington team fresh off of a 3-0 win over Cal. Stanford took the lead with second half goals from Todd Leber and Cooper McKee, but the Huskies tallied near the end of regulation to salvage the tie. The Cardinal improved to 6-1-4 and 1-0-2 in conference play.

Fantastic Fernandez: Senior Darren Fernandez continued his torrid scoring pace last weekend, scoring a pair of goals against Oregon State and assisting on a Todd Leber goal against Washington on Sunday. Fernandez brought his Pac-10 leading goal total to seven, and is Stanford's active career leader in goals (24) and points (56). With two more scores, Fernandez will move into a tie for 10th on the Stanford career goals chart with former Cardinal standout Bob Geiger.

Team Effort: Although Fernandez has accounted for nearly half of the Cardinal goals this season, almost everyone on the squad has contributed to the Stanford attack with 13 different players scoring at least one point this season. Eight different players have registered goals, while 10 different players have assisted on Cardinal scores.

Cardinal in the National Polls: The Cardinal continues to move in the national polls, checking in at No. 10 in the Soccer America poll after a win over Oregon State and a tie with Washington. Stanford remained at No. 13 in the Soccer Times poll, and maintained a No. 12 ranking in the College Soccer News poll. Stanford moved up in the NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll this week, checking in at a season-high No. 18. The Cardinal moved up a spot to No. 4 in the NSCAA Far West regional rankings.

Cardinal Clips: Stanford is 6-0 when leading at the half ... Cooper McKee scored his first goal in a Cardinal uniform in Sunday's 2-2 tie with Washington. A transfer from St. Louis, McKee scored three goals in two seasons with the Billikens ... Four of Stanford's eleven matches have gone into overtime this season, and all four have ended in a tie. The four draws are the most for a Cardinal squad since the four posted by the 1996 squad ... Stanford plays four of its final seven regular season games at home, and will not travel outside of the state of California for the remainder of the regular season.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS

Scouting the Aggies: UC Davis enters Friday's match with a 4-6-1 record, including a 1-0 loss to Cal State Fullerton last Saturday. The Aggies have posted a 3-1-0 mark at home but have mustered just one road victory this season, a 2-1 win over UC Riverside. The UC Davis attack is led by senior Ryan Shaw and freshman Nicholas Lind, who have each scored four goals this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Charles Warne has seen the majority of time in net, starting all 11 contests and collecting 53 saves.

Scouting the Bruins: UCLA went 1-1-0 on the first weekend of conference play, then took last week off to prepare for upcoming conference clashes against Cal and Stanford. Senior Mike Enfield has shouldered most of the scoring load for the 5-2-2 Bruins, scoring five goals including three game-winners. The potent UCLA attack is averaging 16.6 shot attempts per game, while the defense is anchored by goalkeepers Eric Reed and Nate Pena, who have split time in net this season.

On the Horizon: Stanford will face a familiar foe on October 22, as the Cardinal travel to face UCLA just five days after hosting the Bruins at Maloney Field. Stanford will return home the following weekend to host Washington and Oregon State. Three of the next six Cardinal opponents are ranked in the NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll this week, including Washington (No. 25), UC Santa Barbara (No.1), and California (No. 19).™

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