Men's Soccer Set To Host Stanford Nike Invitational
Sept. 5, 2006
STANFORD NIKE INVITATIONAL Friday, Sept. 8
No. 23 California Golden Bears (1-2-1) vs. CS Fullerton Titans (2-1-0) - 5 p.m.
San Jose State Spartans (1-2-0) vs. Stanford Cardinal (1-2-1)- 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 8
Sunday, Sept. 10
CS Fullerton vs. Stanford- 1 p.m.
No. 23 California vs. San Jose State- 7 p.m.*
* game to be played at San Jose
The Opening Kick-Off
After three consecutive road games, Stanford (1-2-1) returns to The Farm this weekend and will host the Stanford Nike Invitational. The Cardinal open the four-team tournament against San Jose State (1-2-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by the 5 p.m. match of No. 23 California (1-2-1) and Cal State Fullerton (2-1-0). Two days later, Stanford hosts Cal State Fullerton in a Sunday afternoon matinee. Stanford will play four of its next six matches at Maloney Field.
Scouting San Jose State
San Jose State begins the week with a 1-2-0 overall mark. The Spartans, who will play six of their next eight games on the road, recorded their only win of the year in a 1-0 shutout of Saint Mary's. In its most recent action, San Jose State dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 10 San Francisco. Hiroki Akiyama, Jacob Morrison and Keven Azevedo have accounted for the Spartans' scoring in 2006. Stanford is 19-11-4 all-time against San Jose State. The teams played to a 0-0 tie in the 2005 season opener.
Scouting Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton posted back-to-back 3-2 victories to begin 2006, defeating San Jose State in overtime in the season opener before edging Oral Roberts the following weekend. The Titans were blanked 1-0 in their most recent contest, falling to Memphis on the road. Stanford owns a 7-3-2 edge in the all-time series, which first began back in 1976.
Unbeaten On The East Coast
Stanford returned from last weekend's East Coast swing with a 1-0-1 mark. On Sept. 1, the Cardinal played to a scoreless tie at Princeton, outshooting the Tigers 11-8 and relying on shutout play from goalie Brent Stewart. Two days later, Stanford clipped Army 2-1 thanks to Tunji Munabi's game-winning goal in the 70th minute. Michael Brown added a goal and John Moore made two saves between the posts as Stanford held a 14-5 shot advantage.
Head Coach Bret Simon
Head coach Bret Simon enters his sixth year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2006. Simon has accumulated a 52-41-14 record on The Farm and ranks sixth in the Stanford history books in career wins (52). Simon piloted the Cardinal to consecutive College Cup appearances in his first two seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2002.
Stanford participates in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic next weekend in Berkeley, squaring off against Sacramento State (Sept. 15) and Dartmouth (Sept. 17).