Cardinal Prepare For Bay Area Classic

Sept. 13, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's soccer team (1-2-1) close out their five-game road stretch this Friday, September 16 against No. 4 Santa Clara (3-1-0) at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in the Bay Area Classic. The Cardinal then prepare for their regular season home opener on Sunday, September 18 versus San Francisco (1-1-1) at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field on the Stanford campus.

The Bay Area Challenge is a unique concept where two Bay Area soccer powers from the WCC, Santa Clara and USF face the two Bay Area Pac10 powers, Stanford and California each year on the same weekend.

Stanford split its two games last weekend at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, falling to CS Northridge, 0-1, and defeating Vanderbilt, 2-0. Marcus Ryan (Littleton, CO) tallied a goal and an assist in the victory over the Commodores while teammate Galen Thompson (Denver, CO) chipped in the second goal. Freshman keeper Josh Nesbit (Waterford, VA) was credited with his first collegiate shutout and notched eight saves in the win.

Stanford leads the all-time series with Santa Clara 15-14-6 with the Broncos winning last year's meeting, 2-0. Last week, SCU split their two games, notching a 4-0 win over Georgetown and falling to Maryland, 3-1. Junior Keith DeVey was selected as the West Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week after scoring twice for the Broncos last weekend.

The Cardinal and Dons will meet for the first time since 2001 when Stanford won 3-1 in San Francisco. USF holds a slim 12-11-5 edge in the all-time series with the Cardinal. The Dons are coming off a 0-0 tie with New Hampshire and a 2-1 loss to #19 Vermont in the Vermont Soccer Classic.

The Cardinal host the Stanford Nike Classic next weekend in continued non-conference action. Stanford takes on Alabama-Birmingham on Friday Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. while Cal will face Army in the 5 p.m. match-up. On Sunday, September 25, the Cardinal will be paired with Army at 2:30 p.m. and the Golden Bears will take on UAB at noon.

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