Stanford Men's Soccer Preview

Stanford

  

TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 9-8-1
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 3-6-1/6th

Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 19/4
Newcomers: 10

Head Coach: Bret Simon (10th year)
Alma Mater: Massachusetts '80
Record at Stanford: 80-69-28
Assistant Coaches: Rob Becerra, Gregg Olson

 

PREVIEW

Stanford is coming off its best season since 2002, having advanced all the way to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal will look to build upon its success in 2009 with an even better run in 2010. Stanford enters the season ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll. Head coach Bret Simon welcomes back seven starters, including senior defender Bobby Warshaw, who was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list for this season after being a 2009 semifinalist. Warshaw has led the Cardinal in scoring for three years, first as a forward and then as a defender last season. Sophomore forward Adam Jahn returns after a successful freshman campaign in which he started all 20 games for the Cardinal. Jahn earned All-Pac-10 second team and TopDrawerSoccer.com all-rookie honors after scoring four goals and tallying three assists. Sophomore defender Hunter Gorskie started all 20 games for the Stanford defense, which allowed just 18 goals all season. The Cardinal will have a new goalkeeper following the graduation of four-year starter John Moore. The roster features two redshirt freshmen in Galen Perkins and Jason Dodson and two two freshmen in Drew Hutchins and Preston Langholz.

KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 4 - Stanford at Harvard, 7 p.m. ET
Oct. 15 - UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Stanford at UCLA, 7 p.m.

Stanford travels to Cambridge, Mass., to meet the Crimson, ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll. The Cardinal split last year's series with UCLA, falling to the Bruins, 2-0, in Westwood before upsetting them on the Farm, 2-0. UCLA was ranked No. 2 entering the second meeting. UCLA and Stanford have been picked to finish 1-2 in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#14 Bobby Warshaw
Senior, Defender, Mechanicsburg, Penn.

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and NSCAA All-American, Bobby Warshaw will lead the Cardinal in 2010. A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Warshaw has led Stanford in scoring for three years. He played forward his first two years before moving to central defense. Warshaw led Stanford in goals (6) and points (13) and started all 20 games last season. He was honored with his second first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection last year and was also named a second team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Warshaw is a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this year. He was also named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list for 2010.

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