Cardinal Men Host California This Weekend

Oct. 6, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's soccer team (3-5-2, 0-1-1 Pac-10) hosts No. 18 California (7-2-1, 0-2-0 Pac-10) this Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m. at Maloney Field in continued conference action. This game will be televised live on Comcast Sportsnet.

Stanford opened the Pac-10 season with a 1-1 tie against San Diego State at the SDSU Sports Deck last Friday. It was the second draw of the season for the Cardinal and it also ended its two game winning streak. Last Sunday, Stanford was shutout by UCLA, 2-0, in Los Angeles.

Sophomore midfielder Marcus Ryan currently leads the Cardinal in scoring with four goals for the season, two of which were game-winners. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen ranks seventh in the conference in saves and save percentage, with numbers of 13 and .765, respectively. Stanford ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in goals against average, at 0.76.

The Cardinal lead the all-time series against the Bears, 19-11-7. In their most recent match up (11/13/04), Cal defeated Stanford, 3-2, in Berkeley in double overtime. The two teams last meeting at Maloney Field (10/1/04) ended in a 2-2 tie (2OT). Stanford's last victory over the Golden Bears came in 2001 (a 2-0 win in Berkeley). Senior forward Calen Carr currently leads the Bears in scoring with six goals for this season, four of which have been game-winners.

Although Stanford and California will be meeting for the first time this season, the two squads have played in two of the same tournaments. The Cardinal traveled to Berkeley for the Cal addidas Legacy Classic early this season and two weeks ago, the Golden Bears came to Palo Alto for the Stanford Nike Classic.

Each year, Cal and Stanford compete against one another for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy. Competition between the two schools in selected sports count towards a point total (high point total is the winner). In the event of a tie in the season series in a particular sport, both universities will split the point total for the sport equally. For those sports that do not compete head-to-head, Pac-10 and/or NCAA competition will be used to determine the season series winner. For sports with multiple events, such as men's and women's track and women's swimming, the dual meet finish of the teams will be used to award the points in each to the winner. Five points are up for grabs in the two men's soccer meetings this year (2 1/2 pts for each for tie) to the series winner. Last year, Stanford won the inagural Lexus Gauntlet trophy.

Stanford continues league play hosting Washington on October 14 at 1 p.m. and Oregon State on October 16 at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Maloney Field.

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