Men's Soccer Returns Home To Battle UCLA, San Diego State

Oct. 30, 2007

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Friday, Nov. 2 - 7:30 p.m.
- vs - UCLA
Sunday, Nov. 4 - 2:30 p.m.
- vs - San Diego State

Cardinal Return Home To Face Southern California Teams
Stanford will play host to UCLA on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m., before facing off against San Diego State on Sunday, November 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal dropped a 1-0 decision to California in their last contest on October 20, before having a bye week.

Scouting UCLA
UCLA (8-6-2, 4-2-1) heads into the match after going 1-1 last week and are atop the Pac-10 standings with 13 points. The Bruins defeated Oregon State by a score of 2-1 on October 26, but then dropped their first home match of the season to Washington (1-0). The UCLA attack is led by junior forward Maxwell Griffin and senior defender Mike Zaher. Griffin leads the team with seven goals and 14 points, while Zaher has scored three goals and recorded three assists on the season for a total of nine points. Sophomore goalkeeper Brian Perk has played every minute in goal for UCLA and has posted five shutouts in his 16 games. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 3-27-5 all-time against the Bruins heading into Friday's contest. The two teams have now tied their previous three meetings, dating back to last season.

Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State (8-4-2, 4-2-0) enters the weekend sitting in second place in the Pac-10 with 12 points after their 3-0 victory over Oregon State last Sunday. The Aztecs face off against California on Friday before coming to The Farm on Sunday. The San Diego State offense is led by redshirt senior midfielder Kraig Chiles and freshman forward Khadim Diouf. Chiles leads the team with seven goals and 17 points, while Diouf has scored five goals for ten points on the season. Freshman goalkeeper Brad Byrns has posted five shutouts in his nine games, while junior Jorge Rosales has started four games and recorded two shutouts of his own. The Cardinal holds an overall record of 3-7-5 all-time against San Diego State heading into Sunday's contest. Stanford dropped a 2-0 decision to the Aztecs earlier this season.

Cardinal Notes
The Cardinal defense has been stingy this season, ranking first in the Pac-10 in goals against average (.70) and tied for first in goals allowed (10) ... Freshman Bobby Warshaw leads the team with ten points on the year as he has scored four goals to go along with two assists ... Senior goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen ranks first in the Pac-10 with a .56 goals against average and second in save percentage (.833) ... Senior forward Dan Shapiro is tied for the team lead with four goals, including two game winners.

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 62-50-22 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.

Looking Ahead
Stanford travel Northwest next weekend as they first do battle against Oregon State on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., before heading to Washington on Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. to take on the Huskies.

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