Stanford Hosts USC and No. 4 UCLA

Oct. 27, 2005

Stanford vs. USC
Friday, October 28 * 7 p.m.
Maloney Field * Stanford, Calif.

Stanford vs. #4 UCLA
Sunday, October 30 * 1 p.m.
Maloney Field * Stanford, Calif.

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Weekend Preview: Stanford (8-5-2, 2-2-1) will host USC and No. 4 UCLA this weekend at Maloney Field ... A live webcast for both of this weekend's matches will be available at GoStanford.com ... UCLA and California sit atop the Pac-10 standings with identical 4-0-1 marks ... USC is in fourth place with a 3-1-1 record in conference play.

Last Week: Stanford fought to a 0-0 tie at Arizona State and then dropped a 2-1 match at Arizona last weekend ... The Cardinal fell out of the NSCAA top-25, but remain No. 17 in the Soccer America rankings and No. 22 in the Soccer Times poll.

Stanford vs. USC: Stanford is 9-2-1 against USC ... Last season, the Cardinal won a 1-0 decision in Los Angeles ... In 2001, the teams battled to a 1-1 draw, but the Cardinal has not lost to the Trojans since 1998, when USC posted a 2-1 victory in Palo Alto.

Scouting the Trojans: USC had its 10-game scoring streak snapped with a 0-0 tie at Oregon State on Oct. 14 ... The Trojans have scored 15 goals in their past five home victories ... 13 different Trojans have hit the back of the net this season, and nine have now done it at least twice ... USC is ranked No. 2 in the conference with 2.07 goals per game and 2.13 assists per game.

Stanford vs. UCLA: The Bruins hold a 6-5-2 advantage over the Cardinal ... Last year, Stanford fell, 1-0, in Los Angeles ... The Cardinal's last victory over UCLA was in 2002, when the Cardinal won a 1-0 match.

Scouting the Bruins: The fourth-ranked Bruins hosted the Washington schools last weekend, posting a 4-0 victory over winless Washington on Friday before playing to a 0-0 draw with Washington State on Sunday, as the Bruins picked up their 10th and 11th shutouts of the season ... UCLA remains unbeaten in its last 11 matches..

Buehler Bullets: Stanford sophomore Rachel Buehler was honored after netting the game winning goals against No. 5 Santa Clara and Colorado College to help the Cardinal to the 2005 Stanford Nike Invitational title on Sept. 30 & Oct. 2 ... The goal against the Broncos was the first one in Buehler's collegiate career ... She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz National Teams of the Week.

Hunt Hints: Senior co-captain Hayley Hunt was selected to the named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after helping the Cardinal to a pair of shutout victories over the Washington schools in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play ... The defender has helped Stanford to seven shutouts this season, while tacking on two assists ... Both assists were on game-winning goals, the first against Colorado College and the second against Washington State ... In the preseason, Hunt was named a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate.

Strong Schedule: Stanford has one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, having already faced three of the top-five teams with a fourth on tap this week (No. 4 UCLA on Oct. 30) ... Eight of the Cardinal's 2005 opponents are currently ranked in the top-25 by the NSCAA Poll.

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