Men's Soccer Heads South To Face Pac-10 Foes UCLA, San Diego State
Oct. 10, 2007
Friday, Oct. 12 - 7:30 p.m.
- at - UCLA
Sunday, Oct. 14 - 2:00 p.m.
- at - San Diego State
Cardinal Head Down South For More Pac-10 Action
Stanford will head down to Southern California on Friday, October 12 to take on UCLA at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinal stay down south as they square up against San Diego State on Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. Stanford is coming off its first two Pac-10 games of the season as they defeated Oregon State 4-0 and battled Washington to a 0-0 double overtime tie. The Cardinal remain unbeaten in its last five matches heading into this upcoming road trip, and is currently in second place in the Pac-10 with four points (three points for the win, and one for the tie).
UCLA (4-5-1, 0-1-0) heads into the match after going 1-1 last week. The Bruins defeated San Diego by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday, October 2, but then fell to San Diego State (1-0) on Saturday, October 6. The UCLA attack is led by junior forward Maxwell Griffin and senior defender Mike Zaher. Griffin leads the team with four goals and eight points, while Zaher has scored two goals and recorded two assists on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk has played every minute in goal for UCLA and has posted three shutouts in his ten games. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 3-27-4 all-time against the Bruins heading into Friday's contest. The two teams tied both matches last season by a score of 1-1 in double overtime.
Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State (5-2-2, 1-0-0) enters the weekend sitting in third place in the Pac-10 with three points after their 1-0 victory over UCLA last Saturday. The Aztecs are unbeaten in their last six matches, with a record of 5-0-1, as they prepare to face No. 16 California on Friday. The San Diego State offense is led by redshirt sophomore defender Jamel Wallace and redshirt senior midfielder Kraig Chiles. Wallace leads the team with three goals and six points, while Chiles has scored two goals and recorded two assists on the season. Freshman goalkeeper Brad Byrns has posted five shutouts in his eight games with a .58 goals against average. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 3-6-5 all-time against San Diego State heading into Sunday's contest. Stanford won the first match-up between the two teams last season (2-1), but the Aztecs came back to take the second game by a score of 1-0.
Stanford is unbeaten in its last five games with a record of 3-0-2, including four shutouts in those five contests ... The Cardinal attack has been potent as it leads the Pac-10 with 15 goals (1.5 goals per game) on the season ... Freshman Bobby Warshaw leads the team with ten points on the year as he has scored four goals to go along with two assists ... Three Cardinal players (Kyle Hency, Daniel Leon, and Alex Kozachenko) scored their first goals of the season in the 4-0 victory over Oregon State ... Senior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen recorded his fourth shutout of the season in the scoreless draw against Washington on October 7 and ranks first in the Pac-10 with a .56 goals against average ... Senior forward Dan Shapiro is tied for the team lead with four goals, including two game winners ... 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 62-48-21 record on The Farm and moved into fifth place in the Stanford history books for career wins (62) 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.
Stanford will play a single game next week as they travel to Berkeley to take on No. 16 California on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m.
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