Men's Soccer Gears Up For Bay Area Classic

Sept. 11, 2007

Friday, Sept. 14 - 7:00 p.m.- at - No. 8 Santa Clara Broncos (3-1-0)Sunday, Sept. 16 - 7:00 p.m.- vs. - San Francisco Dons (2-1-0)

STANFORD, Calif. - Following their first victory of the season over Penn by a score of 2-0, Stanford looks to keep the momentum going at the Bay Area Classic this weekend. The Cardinal will head to Santa Clara Friday night to take on the No. 8 Broncos (3-1-0) at 7:00 p.m. before returning to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium Sunday afternoon to host the San Francisco Dons (2-1-0) for another 7:00 p.m. match.

Scouting Santa Clara
Santa Clara currently sits at No. 8 in the NSCCA/adidas Senior College Rankings, sporting a 3-1-0 record. The Broncos opened the season with victories over Alabama A&M (3-2) and Vermont (2-0), before dropping their third game of the season to Brown (2-1). Santa Clara was able to get back on the winning track, defeating Boston University by a score of 3-0 as junior Jide Ogunbiyi scored for the third straight game. Junior goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta recorded his first shutout of the season in the team's last victory over Boston University. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 15-16-6 all-time against the Broncos heading into Friday's contest. Santa Clara won last years meeting between the two schools, 1-0, at Stanford on Aug. 25.

Scouting San Francisco
San Francisco brings a 2-1-0 record into Sunday's game against the Cardinal. The Dons began their 2007 with a home loss to Vermont (1-0), but was able to bounce right back as they defeated Alabama A&M (3-2) and San Jose State (3-2) in their next two contests. Senior midfielder Daniel Degeer has tallied two goals and two assists in his three starts, while freshman forward Jeff Penna has netted two goals in his three games as a sub. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 11-13-5 all-time against the Dons heading into Sunday's contest. San Francisco claimed a 2-0 victory in last seasons meeting in San Francisco, Calif. on Aug. 27.

Cardinal Notes
Thiago Sa Freire recorded Stanford's only shot on goal in their 1-0 loss to Wisconsin last Friday ... Goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen earned his first shutout on the year, helping Stanford to its first victory of the season by a score of 2-0 over Penn on Sunday ... Freshman Bobby Warshaw scored his first collegiate goal, while Scott Bolkan netted his team-leading second goal of the season in the Cardinal victory ... With the Cardinal victory, head coach Bret Simon moved past Sam Koch (1984-89) for fifth place in Stanford's record book for career wins (59).

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 59-47-18 record on The Farm and moved into fifth place in the Stanford history books for career wins (59) after the Cardinal's recent victory, passing Sam Koch (1984-89). 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 continue their six game homestand next week, facing Princeton as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., before playing host to Davidson on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.