Men's Soccer Announces 2009 Schedule
July 2, 2009
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Stanford, Calif. - Stanford head men's soccer coach Bret Simon has officially announced the 2009 schedule. The season will feature nine home regular season matches and two of the exhibition variety at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
In all, Stanford will have three exhibition games before opening a seven game non-conference schedule and finishing will a ten match Pac-10 conference season.
The exhibition season will include home games against D-II power Sonoma State on Aug. 20 and Bay Area rival Saint Mary's of the West Coast Conference on Aug. 25. The Cardinal will then travel east to face Denver on Aug. 29 to complete the exhibition season.
To open the regular season Stanford will make its only eastern swing of the year when they face Lehigh (Bethlehem, Pa.) of the Patriot League on Sept. 1, followed by Rutgers (New Brunswick, N.J.) of the Big East on Sept. 4.
The Cardinal will then complete the rest of the non-conference in three Bay Area tournaments, culminating in the Stanford Nike Classic from Sept. 25-27 from Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Before hosting its own tournament, Stanford will take on Cal Poly of the Big West at the Cal Legacy Classic hosted by California on Sept. 11. The Cardinal will then make the short trip south to play a pair of WCC schools in the Bay Area Classic hosted by Santa Clara. The Cardinal will face the Broncos to open on Sept. 17, before taking on San Francisco on Sept. 20.
At the Stanford Nike Classic, play will open Sept. 25 when New Mexico takes on California at 4:30 pm, before the Cardinal will face Air Force at 7:00 pm. The tournament wraps up on Sept. 27, when California plays Air Force at a time to be determined, while Stanford takes on New Mexico at 12:30 pm.
The Pac-10 home and away season opens for Stanford in Berkeley when they take on Cal on Oct. 2, at 4:00 pm. They will also close the conference season versus Cal at home on Nov. 14, at 7:00 pm.
Also in Pac-10 play, Stanford will have weekend home and away games against their foes from up north, Oregon State and Washington, and down south, in UCLA and San Diego State. The home game versus OSU and UW come on Oct. 9 and 11, while they travel north on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The Cardinal will play SDSU and UCLA in back to back weeks, first on the road on Oct. 10 and 16, before facing them at home on Oct. 23 and 25.
The Cardinal will be looking to climb back to the top of the Pac-10 standings for the first time since 2001 and return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002, when they made it all the way to the NCAA Championship game.