Men's Soccer Homestand Features Start Of Pac-10 Play
Sept. 20, 2006
Friday, Sept. 22- 7:30 p.m.
San Diego State Aztecs (4-2-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10) vs.
Stanford Cardinal (2-4-2, 0-0-0 Pac-10)
Sunday, Sept. 24- 2:30 p.m.
UCLA Bruins (4-2-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10) vs.
The Opening Kick-Off
The opening weekend of Pac-10 competition kicks off this weekend, with Stanford (2-4-2) entertaining a pair of conference foes in a two-game homestand at Maloney Field. On Friday night, the Cardinal hosts San Diego State (4-2-1) in the Pac-10 opener for both clubs. Two days later, UCLA (4-2-1) arrives on The Farm. The Cardinal is coming off a third-place finish at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic.
Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State's 2-1 overtime victory over Long Island last Sunday afternoon translated into a second-place finish in the USD/SDSU Soccer Classic. That win stretched the Aztecs' unbeaten streak to three games. Included in that stretch was a 4-2 win over UNLV back on Sept. 9, representing San Diego State's best offensive output of the year. San Diego State, which enters its second year as a Pac-10 affiliate, owns a 5-2-5 all-time record against Stanford. The teams played to two ties last year (1-1 in San Diego and 0-0 at Stanford).
UCLA, which plays at California on Friday night before taking on Stanford, is surging with momentum after notching back-to-back wins over top-10 opponents. UCLA has won four straight games overall, including a 2-0 shutout at home over No. 8 San Francisco in its most recent contest. The Bruins have played four of their first seven games on the road, posting a 2-2 mark. UCLA was the 2005 Pac-10 champion and looks to defend its title again this year. The all-time series has been lopsided, with UCLA owning a 27-3-2 all-time record.
Cardinal in Pac-10 Openers
Stanford is 1-3-2 all-time in Pac-10 openers. The lone triumph came during the 2002 campaign, when the Cardinal blanked Washington 2-0 on Oct. 11 at Maloney Field. Since that match, Stanford has gone 0-1-2 and that includes a 1-1 draw at San Diego State last year. The last time the Cardinal opened Pac-10 play at home was Oct. 1, 2004 (1-1 tie vs. California).
Offense Heating Up
Stanford's 1-0 loss to Dartmouth at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic last week represented the first time in five matches the Cardinal had been held scoreless. Aside from that defeat, the offense has come to life. Evan Morgan found the net in back-to-back games at the Stanford Nike Invitational while Michael Strickland and Kyle Hency were involved in both goals during Stanford's 2-0 win over Sacramento State at the adidas Cal Legacy Clasic last weekend.
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 52-42-15 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.