Men's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Play At San Diego State

Sept. 28, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's soccer team (3-4-1) will kick off Pac-10 Conference play on Friday, Sept. 30, against San Diego State (6-0-1) at 4 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego, Calif. Two days later, on Sunday, Oct. 2, Stanford visits No. 23 UCLA (4-2-0) for a 1 p.m. contest in Westwood, Calif.

Stanford picked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, posting a 2-0 win over Army on Sat., Sept. 24 and a 1-0 victory over UAB the following day in its own Stanford/Nike Invitational. Junior midfielder/defender Galen Thompson picked up the lone goal against UAB, while sophomore midfielder Marcus Ryan and sophomoremidfielder/defender Kyle Hency each picked up scores in the Army contest.

Marcus Ryan leads the Cardinal with three goals and seven points this season. Andrew Kartunen has recorded a 0.24 goals against average in four games to rank third in the nation, while Josh Nesbit has earned a 0.98 goals against average in four games. Kartunen was a teammate of UCLA's Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Stanford has only given up five goals all season, good enough for a 0.62 average, tying for third in the conference.

UCLA leads the all-time series against Stanford, 32-2-4, and has won the last seven meetings. Stanford's last victory came in 2000 when the Cardinal claimed a 1-0 win in Palo Alto. The Bruins won both matchups last season, 2-0 on the road and 2-1 at home in back-to-back games.

San Diego State leads the series against Stanford 5-1-3. The teams' first meeting came in 1976 and they have not faced each other since the 1996 season. SDSU is 1-0-2 against the Cardinal in three meetings in San Diego. The Aztecs remained undefeated on the year, notching a pair of victories against Alabama A&M (1-0) and Duquesne (3-0) last week.

Stanford continues league play hosting California on Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at Maloney Field.

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