Men's Soccer Looks To Continue Strong Start In Bay Area Classic

Sept. 16, 2009

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    The Bay Area Classic
    The Cardinal continue their season on Thursday, Sept. 17 when they travel to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos at 7:00 pm as part of the Bay Area Classic. The Cardinal will then host San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 7:00 pm as part of the same tournament. Both West Coast Conference schools have strong men's soccer traditions and should be a tough test for Stanford. They are both also among the most familiair opponents in Stanford history having played them a combined 71 times. Santa Clara holds the all-time edge with a 17 wins to Stanford's 15 with seven ties. Last season the Broncos shutout Stanford 1-0. USF also owns the series lead with a 15-12-5 record against the Cardinal. However, last season Stanford topped the Dons 1-0.

    On The Air
    The match versus USF will be available via a webcast on gostanford.com. The link will be available on the front page of the website in the schedule section. As part of the new All-Access webstreaming coverage, Stanford soccer games along with several other sports can be seen at a monthly charge. In addition to the webcast a link to Gametracker live stats will be available. The Santa Clara game will be available via a webcast and gametracker from Santa Clara's website, www.santaclarabroncos.com.

    Stanford Defeats Cal Poly In Home Opener
    Stanford defeated Cal Poly in their home opener, 3-2. Stanford got out to a 2-0 first half lead with goals by Adam Jahn and Dominique Yahyavi. However, Cal Poly struck back in the second half and to get within a goal on two seperate occasions. Evan Morgan's goal in the 85th minute proved to be the game winner. The six goals in three games scored already this season by Stanford ranks them 30th in the nation with 2.0 goals per game. Last season in took nine game before the Cardinal scored their sixth goal. They ended the season with an average of just 0.78 goals per game after scoring 14 goals in 18 games.

    Stanford Splits East Coast Road Trip
    The Cardinal opened their season with a 1-1 road trip with games at Lehigh and Rutgers. After an opening 2-1 defeat to the Mountain Hawks, Stanford rebounded with a 2-0 win over the Scarlet Knights. Garrett Gunther led the Cardinal with goals in both games. He scored the lone goal early in the match against Lehigh and the game-winner in the second half at Rutgers. John Moore recorded the shutout against Rutgers, the tenth of his Stanford career.

    Bret Simon Climbs Stanford All-Time Win List
    Head Coach Bret Simon recorded his 70th win of his Stanford career with the 3-2 win over Cal Poly. The win improved his career mark to 70-64-26. Simon currently ranks fifth in school history in wins, trailing fourth-place Bobby Clark who had 71 wins between 1996-2000.

    Warshaw Named To Herman Trophy Watch List
    Junior Bobby Warshaw has been named to the Herman Trophy Watch List as selected by the Missouri Athletic Club. The Hermann Trophy is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer. Warshaw is coming off a sophomore season where he led the Cardinal in scoring and was named first team All-Pac-10. This season Warshaw has taken on a new role, playing in the central defense, as well as being the vocal leader of the team.

    Novak and Morgan Return
    2008 was supposed to be the year that seniors Evan Morgan and T.J. Novak led the Cardinal back to the NCAA's, but after both suffered season-ending injuries, they were forced to postpone until 2009. Morgan is in his sixth year at Stanford, but after suffering knee injuries to each knee he was granted a medical redshirt for the 2009 season. Novak played in the first six games in 2008, but after tearing his hamstring was granted a medical redshirt to come back for a fifth year. The duo will provide leadership for a fairly young team that will be looking to get back to the NCAA's for the first time since 2002.

    Stanford Picked Third In Pac-10 Preseason Poll
    Following a disappointing 2008 season, the Cardinal are expected to rebound according to the opposing coaches in the Pac-10. The Cardinal were picked third in the preseason poll, following Cal who was picked first with four first place votes and 24 points overall. UCLA was picked second with the remaining two first place votes and 22 points overall. The Cardinal received 15 points to rank above Washington (12), San Diego State (9) and Oregon State (8).

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