No. 15 California Up Next For Men's Soccer
Sept. 26, 2006
Saturday, Sept. 30 - 2:30 p.m.
Stanford Cardinal (3-4-3, 1-0-1 Pac-10)
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No. 15 California Golden Bears (6-3-1, 1-1-0 Pac-10)
The Opening Kick-Off
Fresh off an impressive two-match homestand that included a 1-1 draw against then-No. 9 UCLA, Stanford resumes Pac-10 play this week on the road at No. 15 California. The result, Stanford enters the week atop the Pac-10 standings. The Cardinal now stands at 3-4-3 overall and 1-0-1 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears check in at 6-3-1 and 1-1-0 in league action. Saturday's 2:30 p.m. contest represents the only competition for both schools this week.
Scouting No. 15 California
A recent five-game winning streak helped California climb up the national rankings. Then, after upsetting UCLA 3-1 in their Pac-10 opener, the Golden Bears were stunned 2-0 on their home turf just two days later against San Diego State, which was coming off a loss at Stanford. The loss to the Aztecs dropped California from all but one national poll- Soccer Times- where they check in at No. 15 this week. The Golden Bears have outscored (14-7) and outshot (57-36) their opponents and own a 3-2 record in Berkeley this year.
Stanford All-Time vs. California
Stanford holds a 23-13-7 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1973. However, California has won six of the last eight meetings, with the other two games resulting in a tie. In 2005, the Golden Bears won 1-0 at Stanford and 4-1 in Berkeley. The last time Stanford defeated California was Nov. 11, 2001, when the Cardinal posted a 2-0 shutout in Berkeley.
Impressive Homestand Gets Card On Track
Stanford looked impressive in last weekend's homestand, notching its first home win of the year and first overall since Sept. 25, 2005 with a 2-1 triumph over San Diego State in the Pac-10 opener. Two days later, the Cardinal battled then-No. 9 UCLA to a 1-1 tie. The draw snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Bruins in the series. Galen Thompson chipped in with a goal and an assist against the Aztecs while Evan Morgan's third goal of the year served as the game-winner. Against UCLA, Kyle Hency's first scored of the season put the Card up 1-0 early.
Cardinal Getting Moore Help In Goal
Freshman goalkeeper John Moore has emerged as the starting goalkeeper for the Cardinal through the first 10 games. Moore, who has played in seven games, ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in saves with 19 and fifth in GAA at 0.94. He notched his first career shutout in a 2-0 win over Sacramento State and owns a 3-2-2 mark between the posts.
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 54-43-16 record on The Farm and ranks sixth in the Stanford history books in career wins (54). Simon piloted the Cardinal to consecutive College Cup appearances in his first two seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2002.
Stanford continues Pac-10 play next week with road matches at Washington (Oct. 6- 7 p.m.) and Oregon State (Oct. 8- 1 p.m.).