Men's Soccer Begins Pac-10 Action With Oregon State, Washington

Oct. 3, 2007

Friday, Oct. 5 - 5:00 p.m.
- vs. - Oregon State
Sunday, Oct. 7 - 1:00 p.m.
- vs. - Washington

Cardinal Open Pac-10 Play At Home
Stanford battled College of Charleston (6-1-1) to a 0-0 tie on Friday as both teams played solid defense and were the benefits of timely saves. Unbeaten in its last three matches, the Cardinal will begin Pac-10 action in the friendly confines of Laird Q. Cagan Stadium against Oregon State on Friday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. Stanford remains at home for the final game of its six game homestand to face Washington on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State (3-5-0) comes into the match having snapped a three game losing streak as they defeated Loyola (Md) by a score of 1-0 on September 22. The Beavers have also defeated Wright State (2-0) and Sacramento State (2-1) to earn their three victories. The Oregon State attack is led by senior forward Nick Webb and senior midfielder Brett Gardner. Webb has a team high two goals, and six points to go along with nine shots on goal, while Gardner is tied for the team high with two assists, while also recording one goal. Junior goalkeeper Packy Deenihan has been solid, recording two shutouts in eight games. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 19-4-2 all-time against the Beavers heading into Friday's contest. Stanford won both meetings last year between the two schools by a score of 2-0 in both matches.

Scouting Washington
Washington (5-3-1) enters the match tied for the lead in wins amongst Pac-10 teams with five. The Huskies dropped their last contest on Sept. 29 at No. 13 Creighton (1-2) in overtime. The previous week, Washington defeated No. 23 Furman by a score of 1-0 in overtime. The Washington offense is led by senior forwards Kevin Forrest and Ely Allen. Forrest has a team high six goals, three assists and 15 points on the year, while Ely is second in goals (3) and points (7). Freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung has recorded shutouts in half of his six games played. Overall, the Huskies have held five teams scoreless in their nine games. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 15-20-1 all-time against Washington heading into Sunday's contest. Stanford won the first match-up between the two teams last season (2-0), but the Huskies came back to take the second game by a score of 2-0.

Cardinal Notes
Stanford is unbeaten in their last three games after defeating Princeton (3-1), Davidson (2-0), and earning a tie against College of Charleston (0-0) ... Senior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen recorded his third shutout of the season in the scoreless draw on Sept. 28 ... The Cardinal lead the Pac-10 in total shots with 133 (16.62/game) and are second in points with 30 ... Senior forward Dan Shapiro has scored three goals in the last three games, recording the game winning goal in the last two victories; he leads the team with four goals on the year ... Freshman Bobby Warshaw continues to be a force as he is tied for first on the team in assists (2) and second in goals (3) after netting one in the 3-1 win over Princeton ... Stanford has earned ties against both ranked opponents they played this season (No. 1 UC Santa Barbara, No. 6 Santa Clara).

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 61-48-20 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 on Sept. 9, 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 take to the road next weekend to face UCLA on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. before heading to San Diego State on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m.

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