Men's Soccer To Host The Stanford Nike Classic
Sept. 22, 2009
Stanford Set To Host Stanford Nike Classic
This weekend the Cardinal will host Air Force and New Mexico in the Stanford Nike Classic. The Cardinal open with Air Force on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7:00 pm. The Falcons are off to a 3-1-1 start, including two straight victories. They are led by Kevin Rosser who has four assists and six total points on the season. Stanford holds the all-time series lead versus Air Force with a 4-1-2 record. Prior to the Stanford game on Friday, Cal will take on New Mexico at 4:30 pm. The Lobos then face Stanford on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 12:30 pm. New Mexico is led by Justin Davis who has scored four goals in his first six games. Stanford and New Mexico have played twice with the teams splitting the matches. Last season, New Mexico won 2-1 in Albuquerque.
On The Air
Both matches this weekend 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.
Goals Equal Wins
After struggling to a 4-11-3 record last season where the Cardinal scored just 14 goals in 17 games, things have turned around in 2009. Stanford has already scored nine goals in the first five games to equal their win total of a year ago. Last season, it took 13 games for Stanford to score nine goals, while this year it has taken just five. While the Stanford defense has remained stout, it has been the improved offense has led to the improved results so far in 2009.
Stanford Completes Undefeated Bay Area Classic
Stanford improved to 4-1-0 with a pair of wins over local rivals in the Bay Area Classic. The Cardinal began on the road where they got a 2-0 win over Santa Clara at Buckshaw Stadium. Bobby Warshaw and Daniel Leon scored goals and John Moore recorded the shutout in goal for Stanford. They then returned home to face San Francisco and after both teams went scoreless in regulation, Cameron Lamming won the game for Stanford with a golden goal just 1:45 into the first overtime period.
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 separate 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 To Fourth On Stanford Wins List
Head Coach Bret Simon recorded his 72nd win of his Stanford career with the 1-0 win over USF. The win improved his career mark to 72-64-26. The win moved Simon into fourth place on the Stanford all-time wins list, passing Bobby Clark.
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).