Stanford Seeks to Build Momentum
Sept. 9, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -
Stanford Looking to Create Winning Streak
The Cardinal follows a shutout victory by resuming a longstanding rivalry against USF, in a series that spans more than 60 years. After a season-opening draw with San Jose State and a loss to SMU (No. 4 NSCAA; No. 5 Soccer America), Stanford broke through with a 2-0 home-opening victory over Cornell on Sunday. Now, Stanford begins play in the Bay Area Classic, an annual four-team event that also includes Santa Clara and California.
The Dons dropped 1-0 decisions to Northwestern (No. 14 NSCAA; No. 18 Soccer America) and Northern Illinois at the season-opening Lakeside Classic at Northwestern. After a Wednesday match at San Jose State, USF will be playing its home opener against Stanford. The Dons were picked fourth in the West Coast Conference in a poll of conference coaches and is coming off a 7-11-1 season. The Dons, however, have reached the NCAA Tournament three of the past four years and return six starters and 12 letterwinners. Among them are 2007 scoring leader Conor Chinn, a junior forward who scored six goals and had five assists (17 points), and senior goalkeeper Eric Conner, who had a 1.28 goals against average and two shutouts last season.
The teams were longtime conference rivals before splitting off in 1990. After World War II, Stanford and USF were together in the old Northern California Conference and remained affiliated in the West Coast Intercollegiate Soccer Conference and Pacific Soccer Conference. Though overall records are incomplete, USF holds a 19-7-5 series edge since 1973. However, since 1985, the play has been nearly even, with USF holding a 9-7-3 advantage. USF has won the past three meetings, including a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Stanford last season. Stanford's last victory was 2001, by a 3-1 count at USF's Negoesco Field.
Tim Jones continues to make a case for All-America honors with his play as a wide defender. Jones, a senior, has been vital to the attack with his over-lapping runs and has been nearly impossible to beat one-on-one.
Jones will start his 50th consecutive match for the Cardinal, a streak that began in the ninth match of his freshman year, in 2005.
Junior goalkeeper John Moore has a streak of 176 scoreless minutes.
Moore leads the Pac-10 in saves (15), saves per game (5.0) and save percentage (.833). He is second in goals against average (0.93).
Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in goals allowed (3).
Stanford has allowed only one goal by an opponent during the run of play this season.
Cullen Wilson's 74th-minute goal against Cornell came five minutes into his first collegiate appearance.
Tommy Ryan, who assisted on Wilson's goal, is the only true freshman to have played in all three matches.
Bret Simon is closing in on 250 career coaching victories. Simon ranks No. 21 among active NCAA Division I coaches in victories. His career record, which includes six seasons at Creigton and six at Berry College, is 244-122-48. Simon also ranks No. 52 all-time.
This is the 95th season of Stanford men's soccer, which first began play as a varsity sport in 1911.
The Cardinal has reached the NCAA tournament 10 times, won six conference championships, made three College Cup Final Four appearances and reached the NCAA final twice.
Bobby Warshaw and Cullen Wilson scored on second-half headers to give Stanford its first victory of the season, 2-0 over Cornell, in the Cardinal's home opener Sunday. The match also was part of the four-team Cal Legacy Classic, which also involved California and SMU. Stanford had dangerous chances throughout the match before Warshaw scored on a cross by Ryan Thomas in the 48th minute. Wilson scored the first goal of his collegiate career on a long pass from defender Tommy Ryan, a fellow true freshman, in the 74th. Goalkeeper John Moore had three saves while earning his eighth career shutout.
Early Stumbles Cost Cardinal
Stanford surrendered an own goal and penalty kick in the first four minutes on the way to a 2-0 loss to No. 4 SMU at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium in the Cal Legacy Classic on Friday afternoon. Stanford goalkeeper John Moore was a bright spot, making two diving saves, among his four altogether. In all, Stanford was outshot 10-6. Though the Cardinal put together several nice passing combinations in the penalty area, it was unable to emerge with a goal.
Bay Area Classic
The USF match will mark Stanford's fourth consecutive appearance in the Bay Area Classic, a tournament that matches up two local Pacific-10 teams (Stanford and Cal) with two local West Coast Conference teams (USF and Santa Clara). Stanford's second leg of the event will be Sept. 27 against visiting Santa Clara.
Stanford's next home match is Sept. 19 (8 p.m.) against highly-ranked Creighton (No. 2 Soccer America; No. 3 NSCAA) in a match televised live nationally by Fox Soccer Channel. It is the nightcap to a Stanford Nike Challenge doubleheader that begins with Cal (No. 6 NSCAA, Soccer America) vs. Drake at 5.