Men's Soccer Stays In the Bay This Weekend
Sept. 4, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Flush with confidence following last Friday night's comeback from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the top-ranked and defending national champion UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, the Stanford men's soccer team will participate in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic this weekend. The Cardinal (0-0-1) opens the tournament with a 1:30 p.m. contest in Berkeley against Wisconsin (1-1-0) before returning home to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium to host the Penn Quakers (0-1-0) Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Widconsin opened its 2007 season with a pair of contests last weekend. The Badgers dropped their opener, 3-1, to Tulsa, before rebounding for a 1-0 win over Western Michigan on Sunday. The Badgers were led offensively over the weekend by sophmore forward Brian Bultman, who scored a goal in each contest, including the game-winner against Western Michigan. Goalkeeper Alex Horwath also earned his first shutout of the year Sunday. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 1-0-0 all-time against the Badgers heading into Friday's contest. Stanford won the first and only meeting between the two schools, 2-0, in Moraga, Calif. on Sept. 19, 1997.
Penn got its 2007 season to a start Sunday with a 6-2 loss to Seton Hall. Junior midfielder Alex Grendi notched a goal and an assist for the Quakers, while fellow midfielder Kevin Unger also tallied a goal. The Quakers also used a pair of goalkeepers Sunday afternoon in sophomore Kevin Sweetland and freshman Ben Berg. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 0-0-1 all-time against the Quakers heading into Sunday's contest. The teams played to a scoreless draw in Berkeley on Oct. 18, 1987.
Stanford's draw with UC Santa Barbara brought it closer to the NSCAA Top 25, garnering them 65.5 points in the poll, only 10 points behind No. 25 Creighton ... Scott Bolkan and Dan Shapiro each scored their third career goal Friday ... Brant Bishop earned his second career assist ... redshirt senior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen played his first regular-season game since 2005, making six saves ... Michael Strickland led the Cardinal with three shots on goal Friday.
Head Coach Bret Simon
Head coach Bret Simon enters his seventh year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2007. Simon has accumulated a 58-46-18 record on The Farm and ranks tied for fifth in the Stanford history books in career wins (56). With one more win, Simon will surpass Sam Koch (1984-89) for fifth place. Simon piloted the Cardinal to consecutive College Cup appearances in his first two seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2002.
Stanford will stay local next week as well, facing No. 5 Santa Clara on the road Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., before returning home to host San Francisco in a 7 p.m. contest Sunday, Sept. 16 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.