No. 20 Stanford Heads To Berkeley To Face No. 7 Cal In The Pac-10 Opener

Sept. 29, 2009

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Stanford Opens Pac-10 Play At Cal
The No. 20 Cardinal will head back out on the road for this first time since Sept. 17, when they face California in the Pac-10 opener on Friday, Oct. 2, at 4 pm. Last season the Golden Bears won a pair of 1-0 games against Stanford. This year both teams enter with national rankings, looking to take the early advantage in the conference standings. Stanford holds the all-time edge in the series, 25-17-7.

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There will not be any live video available for the game. Stat tracker will be available at www.gobears.com.

Ranked Cardinal
With their wins over the weekend, Stanford entered the NSCAA rankings for the first time this season. Stanford is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation, joining UCLA (No. 4) and California (No. 7) as ranked Pac-10 teams. Stanford is also ranked No. 16 by Soccer Times, No. 17 by Soccer America and No. 25 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Stanford/Nike Classic Champs
Stanford Captured the Stanford/Nike Classic with wins over Air Force and New Mexico. In the opener Bobby Warshaw scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Air Force. The second goal came on a diving header after a perfectly played ball from Michael Strickland. The second game saw the Cardinal shutout a New Mexico team that was fresh off an upset win over Cal. John Moore anchored the Stanford defense in goal, posting his fourth shutout of the season.

Goals Equal Wins For Stanford
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. This season Stanford has already matched its goal total from all of last season with 14 goals in seven games thus far. Their 2.0 goals per game average ranks 24th in the nation.

D In Defense
The Cardinal have played their traditional strong defense this season, carding four shutouts and limiting their opponents to just six goals in 14 games. Their 0.57 shutout percentage leads the Pac-10 and ranks 14th in the nation. The Cardinal also have a streak of 25 consecutive matches by of allowing two goals or less, dating back to 2007.

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 moved Simon into fourth place on the Stanford all-time wins list, passing Bobby Clark. Since then, Simon has won twice more to leave his all-time record at Stanford at 74-64-26.

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.

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