Men's Soccer Faces Big Weekend At Home
Oct. 20, 2009
Stanford Returns Home To Continue Pac-10 Play
No. 21 Stanford will play a pair of rematches this weekend when they take on San Diego State and No. 2 UCLA. The teams should be familiar, since the Cardinal played both teams last weekend on the road. This time Stanford will get its SoCal rivals at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal will open the week on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 pm, when they take on the Aztecs. Stanford is fresh off a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory in San Diego. Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 pm, the Cardinal will get a rematch with UCLA. No. 2 UCLA is also atop the Pac-10 standings with 11 points. Stanford, currently tied for second with Washington for second with seven points, will be looking avenge their loss to UCLA and gain ground on the Bruins in the Pac-10 standings.
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.
After a win and a tie in their first home Pac-10 weekend the Cardinal moved up to No. 21 in the NSCAA poll. The Cardinal is joined by UCLA (No. 2) and California (No. 20) as ranked Pac-10 teams. Stanford is also ranked No. 17 by Soccer Times, No. 21 by Soccer America and No. 26 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
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 scored 18 goals in just 12 games. The Cardinal is averaging 1.50 goals per game after averaging just 0.82 in 2008. Bobby Warshaw leads Stanford with five goals, but nine players have found the back of the net already for Stanford.
D In Defense
The Cardinal have played their traditional strong defense this season, carding five shutouts and limiting their opponents to just 11 goals in 12 games. Their 0.42 shutout percentage is second in the Pac-10. Stanford is allowing just 0.92 goals per game, which also is second in the Pac-10. The Cardinal has a streak of 30 consecutive matches by of allowing two goals or less, dating back to 2007. The back line of Hunter Gorskie, T.J. Novak, Ryan Thomas and Bobby Warshaw as well as goalkeeper John Moore has all started every game this season.
Defending The Net
Stanford keeper John Moore has been a four year starter, but he may be having his best year in 2009. He already has a career high five shutouts and is currently second in the Pac-10 in goals against average at 0.89.
Golden Goal Helps Stanford To Road Split
A Ryan Thomas golden goal helped Stanford complete a 2-1, overtime comeback win over San Diego State. Thomas bent a free kick from 24 yards over the wall and into the top corner for the game-winning goal. After falling to UCLA, 2-0, also on the road, the Cardinal evened their Pac-10 record at 2-2-1.
Stanford Remains Unbeaten At Home
The Cardinal opened their home Pac-10 schedule with a win over Oregon State, before tying Washington. With the results, Stanford remained unbeaten at home, compiling a 5-0-1 record. Bobby Warshaw scored the only Stanford goal in both games. The Cardinal beat the Beavers 1-0 as John Moore recorded his fifth shutout of the year. The Warshaw goal against Washington put the Cardinal up 1-0, but the Huskies responded with a goal, ending the game in a 1-1 tie.
Stanford Falls At Cal In Pac-10 Opener
Stanford fell to California 1-0 in the Pac-10 opener. The Cardinal outshot Cal 12-7, but could not find the back of the net.
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.
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 Stanford Wins List
With a 8-3-1 record so far this season, Bret Simon now has a career record of 76-66-27 at Stanford. He has passed Bobby Clark for fourth all-time on the Stanford win list. Simon also reached the 250 win barrier this season with a win at Santa Clara. His career record now stands at 255-135-51.
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.
Morgan And Novak Return From Injury
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 has provided leadership for a fairly young team that is looking to get back to the NCAA's for the first time since 2002.