Stanford Concludes Home Schedule
Nov. 4, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -
Stanford was eliminated from any postseason possibilities last weekend, but its seniors hope tocomplete their home careers on a winning note. Stanford plays Washington on Friday and OregonState on Sunday in the final homestand of the season. The Cardinal will then close with the BigMatch at Cal on Nov. 15.
The Oregon State match will mark Stanford's home finale and each of the seniors will behonored before the 12:30 p.m. game. While some may play again for Stanford by exercising a fifthyear of eligibility or by being granted medical redshirt seasons, these are the 10 seniors that couldbe participating in their final match at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium:
Michael Alexander, D/M, Sarasota, Fla. Super sub in the midfield.
Enrique Allen, D, Hayward, Calif. Has started the past five matches.
Ryan Imamura, D, Eugene, Ore. Sixth-year player is the anchor in the central defense.
Tim Jones, D, Lawrenceville, Ga. Four-year starter as a rightside defender.
Alex Kozachenko, M/F, Fremont, Calif. Cardinal soccer legacy has been injured this season.
Tom Montgomery, M/F, Bakersfield, Calif. Former walk-on is co-leader with three goals.
Evan Morgan, F, Littleton, Colo. Co-captain was team's leading goal-scorer in 2006.
Josh Nesbit, GK, Waterford, Va. One of team's most respected players, on and off the field.
T.J. Novak, D/M/F, Fenton, Mo. Co-captain has been the team's most versatile player.
On the Air
There will be live streaming video for both matches this weekend. The free webcasts can befound on gostanford.com. Click on All-Access.
In addition, live stats can be found via Gametracker, on gostanford.com.
A 2-0 loss at UCLA on Sunday was Stanford's fourth consecutive and enabled the Bruins toclinch at least a share of the Pac-10 Conference title. Until then, Stanford had been unbeatenagainst UCLA over a six-match stretch dating back to 2005.
Stanford opened the weekend with a 2-1 loss Friday at San Diego State. Sophomore reservemidfielder Dominique Yahyavi scored Stanford's only goal, in the 78th minute, to slice the deficitto one. But the Cardinal was unable to complete the rally.
Bobby Warshaw could repeat as team scoring leader. Warshaw and senior midfielder/forwardTom Montgomery are tied for the team lead in goals, with three apiece. But Warshaw has the teampoints lead (eight) on the basis of his two assists. Last year, Warshaw had five goals and 12 points.
Stanford has totaled only 10 goals this season. Stanford's game-by-game records go back to 1971and, in that time, the fewest Stanford has scored in a season is 12 (2005).
With scoring records going back to 1977, the fewest goals to lead the team has been four. It hashappened four times, most recently by Marcus Ryan in 2005.
Stanford has allowed only 18 goals, the second fewest in the Pac-10. The Cardinal remainsthe only conference team to have allowed two goals or fewer in every match and is allowing anaverage of only 1.16.
The Huskies remain in contention for a share of the Pac-10 title if theywin their final three matches, beginning with Friday's contest at Stanford.Washington (3-2-2, 11 points) could tie UCLA (6-1-2, 20 points), but musthope for a Bruin loss at San Diego State on Nov. 15. However, even with aco-title, UCLA would earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAAtournament by having swept the Huskies this season.
Washington has won only one of its past four matches, and hasn't won inregulation since Oct. 10.
Freshman forward Brent Richards is second in the Pac-10 in scoring(eight goals, 18 points) and senior midfielder Raphael Cox is fourth (sixgoals, 17 points).
Longtime Bay Area soccer fans may remember Washington coach DeanWurzberger from his days coaching the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks ofthe old American Professional Soccer League in 1989-90.
The Stanford-Washington Series
On Oct. 3, Washington beat the Cardinal during a steady rain in Seattleon a 77th-minute goal by freshman midfielder Casey McCool in theconference opener for both teams.
The Huskies lead the series, 23-14-2, and are 3-0-1 against theirCardinal in their most recent meetings. Stanford's last home victory overthe Huskies was Oct. 11, 2002, by a 2-0 score.
Scouting Oregon State
In fifth place, the Beavers are one spot above Stanford in the Pac-10standings. Among their most impressive results are a 5-1 victory overMissouri-Kansas City, the only team to have beaten national No. 2Creighton, and a season sweep of San Diego State, currently second in thePac-10. Senior forward Robby Christner leads the team in scoring, withseven goals, and 16 points.
The Stanford-Oregon State Series
Bobby Warshaw's 34th-minute penalty kick allowed Stanford to pullinto a 1-1 tie with the Beavers in Corvallis on Oct. 5.The Cardinal holds a 20-5-3 lead in a series that began in 1988, andearned a 4-0 victory last year at Stanford on goals by Warshaw, KyleHency, Daniel Leon and Alex Kozachenko.
The Washington match will be Stanford's first at home in three weeks.Stanford's home record this season is 2-5, including 1-2 in conferenceplay.
Senior defender Tim Jones has started 61 consecutive matches, datingback to midway through his freshman year. However, Jones should fallone short of cracking the school's top-10 list in consecutive starts. AdamSiegman (1995-98) is No. 10 with 65.
Goalkeeper John Moore has played every minute for the Cardinal thisseason, a total of 1,397. Moore's consecutive-minutes streak dating backto last season is 1,487. The last to man the Stanford nets besides Moorewas Josh Nesbit, who played the final 11 minutes at Washington on Nov.11, 2007.
Because of injuries, Warshaw started in defense against San DiegoState, a position he had previously played with his club and in U.S. youthnational team camps.
Sophomore reserve midfielder Dominique Yahyavi scored his firstcollegiate goal against San Diego State. While at Santa Barbara High,Yahyavi once scored four goals in eight minutes in a 4-0 victory.