Men's Soccer To Host Stanford Nike Invitational

Sept. 18, 2007

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Friday, Sept. 21 - 7:30 p.m. (Stanford Nike Invitational)
- vs. - Princeton Tigers (0-4-0)
Sunday, Sept. 23 - 2:30 p.m. (Stanford Nike Invitational)
- vs. - Davidson Wildcats (1-4-0)

Cardinal Continue Homestand With Stanford Nike Invitational
Stanford played well against No. 8 Santa Clara on Friday to earn a 1-1 tie, but suffered a tough loss to the University of San Francisco in double overtime (2-1) on Sunday. The Cardinal look to rebound as they continue their six game homestand with the Stanford Nike Invitational. Stanford will play host to the Princeton Tigers (0-4-0) on Friday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal remaiin at home as they take on Davidson (1-4-0) on Sunday, September 23 at 2:30 p.m. for the final game of the invitational.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton men's soccer (0-4-0) will then travel to the West Coast for the first time in program history to compete in the Stanford Nike Invitational. So far this year, Princeton has dropped matches to Loyola (2-1), American (2-0), Colgate (1-0), and Seton Hall (4-3). The Tiger attack is led by senior forward Kyle McHugh, who has one goal on the season and has attempted a team leading 11 shots with four of the on frame. Freshman midfielder Brandon Busch and senior defender Dan Cummins have also recorded goals for the Tigers this season. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 0-0-1 all-time against the Tigers heading into Friday's contest. Last season the two teams met for the first time in history, as they played to a scoreless tie when the Cardinal visited Lourie-Love field on September 1.

Scouting Davidson
Davidson brings a 1-4-0 record into Sunday's game against the Cardinal. The Wildcats stumbled out of the gate to begin their 2007 season, losing its first three matches. They were able to tally one in the win column in their next game as they defeated Dayton by a score of 2-1 in overtime. Davidson then suffered their most lobsided defeat at the hands of cross-country rival Charlotte by a score of 5-1. The Wildcats are led by senior forwards Robby Hoak and Tom Lavan. Hoak has scored a team-leading two goals on the season and has attempted 19 shots, while Lavan has recorded a team leading three assists and is second in shots on goal with four. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 1-0-0 all-time against the Wildcats heading into Sunday's contest. Stanford claimed a 1-0 victory in the two teams' only meeting on September 2, 1995.

Cardinal Notes
The Cardinal have now tied both ranked opponents they played this season (No. 1 UC Santa Barbara, No. 6 Santa Clara) by a score of 1-1 ... Senior Scott Bolkan netted his team leading third goal of the season off an assist from freshman Bobby Warshaw in Stanford's 1-1 vs. Santa Clara on Friday ... Warshaw is second on the team in points (5) and goals (2) after evening the score at 1-1 in Sunday's match against USF ... Goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen has now recorded 20 saves in his four games, which ranks him second in the Pac-10 in saves per game (5) ... The Stanford attack is relentless, evident by the fact that they have attempted 77 shots in five games, ranking second in the Pac-10 (Oregon State leads with 95, but has played six games), and are tied for third in goals (6).

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 59-48-19 record on The Farm and moved into fifth place in the Stanford history books for career wins (59) after the Cardinal's victory over Penn, 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 as they take on College of Charleston on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

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