Stanford Opens Pac-10 Season

Sept. 29, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. -

Cardinal Faces Two of Pac-10s Hottest Teams

Stanford hopes to reverse its recent fortunes as it begins Pacific-10 Conference play with aNorthwest road trip. The Cardinal, which finished tied for second last season, faces Washingtonand Oregon State. Washington is in the midst of a three-game winning streak and Oregon Statehasn't lost since Sept. 19. In each of its past three matches, Stanford has surrendered tiebreakinggoals in the 83rd minute or later, losing in each. Most recently, Stanford fell on a 95th-minutegolden goal to Santa Clara (1-0) on Saturday.

On the Air

The Stanford-Washington match can be seen live on streaming video at gohuskies.com. Click onthe Dawg Channel All-Access icon. The live video is free, but fans must sign up for an account.Live stats of the match also can be followed on Gametracker. The icon can be found at gostanford.com and gohuskies.com on the schedule pages.There is no live video or Gametracker of the Stanford-Oregon State match.

Scoring Chances, but Few Goals

Despite a lack of results, Stanford has played its strongest offensive games of the season in itspast two matches, accounting for a season-high 18 shots in each. In a 2-1 loss to Drake on Sept.21, Ryan Thomas hit the woodwork on back-to-back shots, and the Cardinal forced the Drakegoalkeeper into making seven saves. In a 1-0 loss to Santa Clara on Saturday, Bobby Warshaw hitthe post and crossbar during a match in which he had a collegiate career high of eight shots. Withthe exception of the SMU match, Stanford has not been clearly outplayed in any loss, but has been unableto reflect that on the scoresheets.

Snakebitten

Stanford's three consecutive one-goal losses mark its longest such streak since 2003. TheCardinal was coming off a 2002 NCAA final appearance when it lost to Old Dominion, Brown andYale in early September. However, only one of those matches -- won by Yale on an 87th-minutepenalty kick -- could compare with the heartbreaking nature of any Stanford's current streak.

Scouting Washington

Washington's three-game winning streak (CS Fullerton, New Mexico, Gonzaga) is the longest inthe Pac-10. The Huskies are coached by Dean Wurzberger who, during a two-year stint coachingthe San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the old American Professional Soccer Legue (1989-90),played some home matches at Stanford's Maloney Field. Now, in his 17th season at Washington,Wurzberger has led the Huskies to 12 NCAA tournament berths, reaching the second round thepast two years. Senior midfielder Raphael Cox and freshman forward Brent Richards are tied forsecond in the Pac-10 in scoring with four goals and two assists apiece, for 12 points). Cox was arecent Pac-10 player of the week and has scored three goals in his past two matches. Washington is2-0 at home and Stanford is 1-0-1 on the road.

The Stanford-Washington Series

In a series that began in 1974, the Huskies lead, 22-14-2. Stanford is 0-2-1 over their past threemeetings, earning its most recent victory in the series on Oct. 6, 2006, by a 2-0 score in Seattle.The teams have played each year since 1984 and have been conference rivals since 1992, first inthe Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and then in the Pac-10.

Scouting Oregon State

Beavers senior forward Robby Christner is the conference scoring leaderwith six goals, equaling his career total entering the season. His goal totalranks him No. 35 in the country in goals per game (0.67). Christner's pointtotal of 13 ranks him No. 48 in points per game. The Beavers are comingoff a 1-1 draw against Loyola Marymount. On Sept. 21, the Beaversearned a 5-1 victory over Missouri-Kansas City, the team that handed No.7 Creighton (6-1) its only loss. Oregon State has scored five goals twicethis season, having earlier beaten Howard, 5-0.

The Stanford-Oregon State Series

Stanford suffered a big disappointment last season by suffering a 1-0loss in Corvallis on Nov. 9 in a match Stanford felt it must win to earn atleast sole possession of second in the conference and an almost certainNCAA berth that would go with it. However, Stanford was swept on itsNorthwest trip and finished in a three-way tie in the Pac-10 standings, theonly one among the top four finishers not to receive a bid. The loss camea few weeks after Stanford's biggest rout of the season, a 4-0 victory overthe Beavers at home. The Cardinal holds a 20-5-2 lead over Oregon Statein a series that began in 1988. The programs have shared a conferenceaffiliation since 1992, when the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation wasestablished. The Pac-10 began men's soccer play in 2000.

Moore Among Conference Leaders

Goalkeeper John Moore, a recent Pac-10 Player of the Week, ranksamong the Pac-10 leaders in several categories. He is tied for second inshutouts (two), third in save percentage (.774), saves (24) and shutouts pergame (0.29). He also is fourth in goals against average (0.96) and savesper game (3.43).Nationally, the junior from Chino Hills, Calif., is 69th in goals againstaverage and 84th in save percentage.

Quick Strikes

• With an injury to T.J. Novak, Tom Montgomery moved up from midfieldto forward, starting his third match at that position this season. He hadthree shots against Santa Clara, with one on goal.

• Bobby Warshaw took eight shots against Santa Clara, nearly half of his19 total this season. Last season, he was second in the Pac-10, with 50.

• Senior defender Tim Jones extended his streak of consecutive starts to53.

• Central defender Ryan Imamura's hard-nosed play was illustrated by thecut he suffered to his face against Creighton, requiring several stitchesduring the match. On Saturday, he played much of the first half with hisjersey ripped nearly in half.

• Sophomore midfielder Cameron Lamming received his first collegiatestart, against Santa Clara, and played a career-high 70 minutes.

• Redshirt freshman midfielder Garrett Gunther has provided qualityminutes off the bench in Stanford's past two games.

• Coach Bret Simon career victory total stands at 245, which places him atNo. 21 among active Division I coaches, and No. 52 all-time.

• Men's soccer is in its 95th season as a varsity sport at Stanford. The teamhas reached the NCAA tournament 10 times and the NCAA final twice.

The Last Time ...

... a Stanford player registered a hat trick was Nov. 25, 2001 when MattJanusz scored every Cardinal goal in a 3-1 victory over Santa Clara.

... Stanford won in Seattle was Oct. 6, 2006 in a 2-0 victory.

... Stanford won in Corvallis was Oct. 8, 2006, in a 2-0 victory.

... Stanford won a conference title was 2001 when the Cardinal went 6-1-1to capture the Pac-10 under first-year coach Bret Simon.

... Stanford lost its Pac-10 opener was Oct. 5, 2003, when the Cardinal lostat Cal, 3-1. Stanford has gone 2-0-2 in conference openers since, includinga 4-0 triumph against visiting Oregon State last season.

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