Stanford Travels To No. 22 Santa Clara Thursday And California Sunday
Oct. 1, 2003
THIS WEEK'S STANFORD MATCHES
Thursday, October 2 (7 pm)
Stanford (2-5-1, 0-0-0) at No. 22 Santa Clara (7-2-2, 0-0-0)
Game Coverage: Stanford-Santa Clara Live Stats
Sunday, October 5 (2 pm)
Stanford at California (4-4-1, 0-0-0)*
STANFORD MEN'S SOCCER TEAM NOTES
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS NOTES
ON THE HORIZON
After its road games at Santa Clara and California this week, the Cardinal will return to Maloney Field for a pair of key Pac-10 games versus Oregon State (Friday, October 10, 7 pm) and No. 13 Washington (Sunday, October 12) next week.
STANFORD MEN'S SOCCER INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
Bret Simon is in his third year as Stanford's head coach and has compiled a 39-12-4 record for an .745 winning percentage, the second-best in school history. Simon has an overall record of 135-38-13 (.761) in his ninth season as a Division I head coach. Matt Stimson is in his third year as an assistant coach on The Farm while Tim Hanley is in his second season as the team's goalkeepers coach and Charlie Hatfield his first season as a volunteer assistant.
LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS
Fairleigh Dickinson 3, Stanford 1 (September 26, 2003)
Stanford/Nike Invitational at Stanford, CA
No. 24 Fairleigh Dickinson spoiled the home opener for Stanford with a 3-1 victory over the Cardinal in the first meeting ever between the teams on the opening day of the Stanford/Nike Invitational at Maloney Field. Stanford held a 14-3 advantage in shots, outshooting an opponent for the first time this season, but the Knights scored on all three of their attempts.
The Knights scored twice in the first half as Antonio Nunziata contributed a goal and an assist. Nunziata scored with a shot into the near post just 4:27 into the contest on an assist by Mirza Rusevic as Fairleigh Dickinson jumped out to a quick 1-0 advantage. Nunziata then assisted on a goal at 31:41 by Johnny David that nearly copied Nunziata's first score to put the Knights ahead at halftime, 2-0.
Fairleigh Dickinson added another goal when Nadav Gottesman scored at 56:57 the second assist of the game for Rusevic.
Stanford avoided being shutout for the third straight game when Sean Whalen scored his first goal of the season and the second of his career at 84:51 with Todd Leber assisting on a goal for the second time in his career.
Stanford had a couple other excellent opportunities in the game but Fairleigh Dickinson goalkeeper Andrew Nucifora left his feet on shots by Marcus Ryan at 16:32 and Darren Fernandez at 77:58 to deny the Cardinal.
Stanford 4, UC Irvine 1 (September 28, 2003)
Stanford/Nike Invitational at Stanford, CA
Matt Janusz' two goals and one assist lifted Stanford to a 4-1 victory over UC Irvine and the Stanford/Nike Invitational title. All four teams in the tournament finished with identical 1-1-1 records but Stanford won the tournament by virtue of scoring the most goals of any team in the event with five, which was the third tie breaking procedure after head-to-head results and goal differential. No. 18 California, a 2-0 winner over No. 24 Fairleigh Dickinson in the first game on Sunday, finished second. Fairleigh Dickinson was third and UC Irvine placed fourth.
The Cardinal had scored just four goals in its first seven games before matching its total for the year with a season-high four, snapping a season-long six-game winless streak (0-5-1).
UC Irvine scored the first goal of the contest at 31:24 when David Yemane picked up a rebound off a shot by Brad Evans and sneaked the ball by Cardinal goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen into the upper right corner of the goal.
The score remained tied until Abe Geiger put the Cardinal ahead, 2-1, when he picked up the eventual game-winning goal at 56:41 by taking a pass from Janusz on the left side of the goal and beating UC Irvine goalkeeper Ryan Mathy with a shot across the goal and into the upper right hand corner of the net.
Janusz then scored both of his goals to make the final score, 4-1, with the Cardinal needing both scores to win the tournament's tie breaking procedure. Bret Shimizu sent a cross into the penalty box that was tapped by James Twellman to Janusz near the left post for his first goal at 58:03. Janusz' second goal came when he beat Mathy one-on-one after an Anteater turnover near midfield. Janusz nearly completed the second hat trick of his collegiate career but Mathy stopped another one-on-one breakaway opportunity at 81:08.
Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen picked up his first collegiate victory in the net. Kartunen recorded four saves, including two athletic stops early in the game when UC Irvine went on a three-shot flurry in the seventh minute. UC Irvine goalkeeper Ryan Mathy suffered the loss despite nine saves.
The Cardinal outshot the Anteaters, 19-10, and held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
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