Men's Soccer Kicks Off 2006 Season Against Santa Clara

Aug. 22, 2006

Cardinal Open 2006 Season: The Stanford men's soccer team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) open the 2006 season, Friday, August 25, against Santa Clara, at 7 p.m. at Maloney Field. On Sunday, the Cardinal head to the city to take on San Francisco at 7 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium.

Stanford Eager To Start Challenging and Exciting Season: Head Coach Bret Simon welcomes six newcomers to the 26-man squad that looks to build great team chemistry to help them down the road to success. This year's team will have much more experience than the 2005 squad as 17 letterwinners return as well as nine starters. The Cardinal will look to seniors Galen Thompson, Michael Brown, Bret Shimizu and Andrew Kartunen for leadership on and off the field.

About The Broncos: Santa Clara leads the all-time series 16-14-6 including a 2-1 win in overtime last year at the Bay Area Classic ... Santa Clara earned a No. 26 preseason national ranking by College Soccer News ... They return 13 letterwinners, including six starters from a team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2005.

About The Dons: The all-time series is tied at 12-12-5 ... Last season, the two teams met at the Bay Area Classic with San Francisco claiming a 1-0 victory ... USF is the two-time defending WCC Champions ... The Dons return seven starters including the team's top four goal scorers from the 2005 campaign ... San Francisco earned a No. 22 preseason national ranking by College Soccer News.

Up Next: The Cardinal head East to face Princeton, Friday, September 1 in Princeton, N.J. then travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army on Sunday, September 3.

Head Coach Bret Simon: Stanford men's soccer head coach Bret Simon enters his fifth year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2006. Simon has accumulated a 51-39-13 record on The Farm and ranks sixth in the Stanford history books in career wins (51). Simon piloted the Cardinal to consecutive College Cup appearances in his first two seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2002.