Cardinal Kick Off Second Half Of League Play

Oct. 11, 2006

Cardinal Kick Off Second Half Of League Play
After an impressive two-match road trip that included wins over Washington and Oregon State, Stanford kicks off the second half of Pac-10 action, hosting the Huskies and Beavers in a rematch of last week's games. The Cardinal (5-4-3, 3-0-1 Pac-10) will host Washington (8-4-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. at Maloney Field. The game will be televised live by FOX Soccer Channel. On Sunday, Stanford takes on OSU (5-7-1, 0-5-0 Pac-10) at Noon.

Scouting Washington/Oregon State
Washington is looking to rebound from a 0-4 stretch over the last two weeks of conference action. Last week the Huskies dropped two consecutive home matches to Stanford (0-2) and California (0-2). Kevin Forrest leads the team with 10 goals and one assist while teammate Ely Allen has chipped in six goals and two assists. Oregon State is still looking for its first conference win heading into this weekend. OSU dropped two last week, falling 5-0 to California and 2-0 to Stanford. Robbie Findley leads the team with five goals and four assists. Teammate Bryan Jordan has chipped in four goals as well. Goalie Packy Deenihan has a 1.41 GGA in 10 games. The Beavers are 1-3-1 on the road this season.

Stanford All-Time vs. Washington/Oregon State
The Huskies are 20-14-1 all-time versus Stanford. Washington is 5-1-1 against the Cardinal since 2003, however fell to Stanford, 2-0, last week in Seattle. Stanford is 7-8-1 vs. UW at home. The Cardinal's last win over the Huskies in Palo Alto was in 2002. OSU is 4-18-2 all-time against Stanford. The Cardinal have won four of the last five meetings, including a 2-0 win last week in Corvallis. Stanford is 9-2 lifetime at home against Oregon State.

Cardinal Notes
After starting off the season with just one win in five games, Stanford is unbeaten in six of its last seven games ... The Cardinal is also on a two-game win streak as it picked up identical 2-0 road shutouts of Washington and Oregon State on Friday and Sunday, respectively ... It was Stanford's first road sweep of the season ... The Cardinal sit atop the league in sole possession of first place with a 3-0-1 Conference record, 5-4-3 overall, a big improvement for a team picked to finish last in the preseason coaches' poll ... Stanford's back-to-back shutouts improved its goals against average to 0.79, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10

Cardinal Getting Moore Help In Goal
Freshman goalkeeper John Moore who has played in nine games, ranks third in the Pac-10 in saves with 33 and third in GAA at 0.74. He notched his first career shutout in a 2-0 win over Sacramento State and picked up two more last weekend against UW and OSU. Nationally, Moore ranks 24th in GGA and tied for 28th in Save percentage (0.825).

Thompson Tabbed Pac-10 Player of the Week
Galen Thompson, from Denver, Colo., helped the Cardinal to a road sweep over Conference opponents this weekend, shutting out both No. 9 Washington and Oregon State, 2-0, pushing Stanford's record to an impressive 3-0-1 in Conference play. This marked Stanford's first road sweep of the season. Over the weekend, Thompson scored two goals and two assists. Against the Huskies, he provided an assist to Dan Shapiro's goal in the first half, then added an unassisted goal of his own during the second half. Thompson followed up that performance with another goal and assist against the Beavers on Sunday. During the 28th minute of play, he went on to score the go-ahead goal to notch his third goal of the season. Thompson later added an assist in the second half on Bret Shimizu's goal. Thompson leads the Cardinal in shots (21) and shots on goal (12) as well as total points (9).

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 56-43-16 record on The Farm and ranks sixth in the Stanford history books in career wins (56). Simon piloted the Cardinal to consecutive College Cup appearances in his first two seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2002.

Looking Ahead
Stanford will head across the Bay to face California, October 20, at 3:30 p.m. for a match that was postponed earlier this season.

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