Stanford Travels To San Jose State On Thursday

Nov. 4, 2003

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Thursday, November 6 (2 pm, PT) - Stanford (2-14-2) at San Jose State (10-4-2)


  • Upcoming Games ...
  • After returning from a two-game swing through the Pacific Northwest, the Cardinal return to the Bay Area to play at San Jose State on Thursday. Stanford's contest versus the Spartans will be played at Spartan Stadium with kickoff schedule for 2:00 pm.

  • Last Week ... The Cardinal began its road trip, playing first at Washington last Friday night before traveling to Oregon State on Sunday. Stanford would be denied its first conference win versus the host Huskies as Washington defeated the Cardinal, 3-1 at Husky Soccer Stadium. Junior Darren Fernandez scored Stanford's lone goal with junior James Twellman assisting on the play ... Versus Oregon State, Stanford battled back late in the second half to tie the score at 2-2 and send the game into overtime. However, the Beavers would net the game-winning goal midway through the first overtime period. The Cardinal received goals from senior Abe Geiger and Twellman.

  • Cardinal Get Offensive ... Despite falling this past weekend at Washington and Oregon State, the Cardinal offense got back on track, scoring three goals and snapping a six-game shutout streak ... This past weekend, the Cardinal attempted a combined 29 shots compared to only 16 in the earlier season meetings with the Huskies and the Beavers ... In its last three contests, the Cardinal have pressed the attack, averaging 14 shots per game as opposed to just 4.3 shot attempts in its three games prior to that ... The Cardinal's two scores versus Oregon State marked the most goals by the Cardinal this season since tallying four against UC Irvine on September 28.

  • Pac-10 Standings ... A quick check of the Pac-10 standings show the Cardinal at 0-9-0 in conference play. At the top of the standings is UCLA who enters the week with a 7-0-0 record, followed by Oregon State at 6-1-0, California at 4-4-1, Washington at 3-3-1 and Fresno State at 2-5-0.

  • Team Leaders ... Junior James Twellman leads the Cardinal in points (9) and assists (3) and is tied for the team lead in goals scored (3). Tied with him for the team lead in goals scored is juniors Matt Janusz and Darren Fernandez. Junior goalkeeper Robby Fulton has registered a team-high 53 saves.

  • This and That ... Stanford's 3-2 overtime loss to Oregon State was its fourth overtime contest this season. The Cardinal are 1-1-2 in overtime games this season ... The Cardinal have had many close calls this season suffering seven losses by one goal, the second most in program history.


  • Scouting The Spartans ...
  • The San Jose State Spartans enter the game with a 10-4-2 overall record. The Spartans have been nearly perfect at Spartan Stadium, posting a 7-0-2 record at home this season. San Jose State has won four of its last five contests and is coming off of a 2-1 win over San Diego State, which sealed the regular season Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship for the Spartans. San Jose State is averaging a little over two goals per contest, scoring 34 goals in its first 16 games. The Spartans defense has been solid, allowing just 16 goals on the season. The Spartans' offense is led by a pair of sophomores in forwards Randy Poggio (12g, 3a) and Johnny Gonzalez (8g, 2a), while junior Eddie Dominguez and freshman Tyler Tratten have split time at goalkeeper.

  • Series vs. The Spartans ... The Cardinal and the Spartans have met 31 times on the pitch with Stanford leading the all-time series 17-11-3. Stanford has taken the last two versus San Jose State, including a 2-1 double-overtime thriller at Maloney Field in 2002. The Cardinal will be seeking its first win at Spartan Stadium since the 1997 season, when they defeated the Spartans, 2-1 in the season-opener.

    After their short trip to San Jose State, the Cardinal return to The Farm to face rival California in the last home game of the season on November 15. The game, which is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm (PT), marks the last game in a Stanford uniform for senior co-captains Abe Geiger and Mike Wilson.


  • Seyi Abolaji ...
  • Has played in one game off the bench.

  • Michael Brown ... Has played in 16 games with 11 starts.
  • K.C. Coyne ... Has played in 11 games off the bench.
  • Darren Fernandez ... Third on the team with six points and tied for first with three goals ... Is tied for first on the team in shot attempts with 26 ... Has one of the team's two game-winning goals ... Scored two of his goals in Berkeley (9/5 vs. Cal State Fullerton; 10/5 at California) ... Has played in 18 games with 13 starts.
  • Robby Fulton ... Currently ranks sixth on the Cardinal career saves list with 115 ... Leads the team in goals against average (1.46) and saves (53) ... Recorded 13 saves (tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in the nation this year) and picked up his 11th career shutout in the season-opening 1-0 win over then No. 18 Cal State Fullerton ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in saves per game (5.30) ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic ... Has played 860:27 minutes in 10 games, all starts.
  • Abe Geiger ... Has scored two goals and ranks fourth on the team in points (4) ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory over UC Irvine (9/28) ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic ... Has started all 18 games.
  • Luis Gonzales ... Has played in one game off the bench.
  • Kyle Hency ... Has not played due to a broken leg.
  • Ashvin Kumar ... Has played in seven games with two starts.
  • Matt Janusz ... Is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and is second on the team in points (7) ... Scored a season-high five points on a pair of goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory over UC Irvine (9/28) ... Is tied for the team-lead with 26 shots, including a team-best 17 on goal ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Adidas-Brown Classic ... Stanford's active career leader in goals (17), assists (9) and points (43) ... Has played in 14 games this season, starting 11 of them.
  • Andrew Kartunen ... Is second on the team with 39 saves ... Has posted a 1.86 GAA ... Recorded a career-high 14 saves versus SMU (9/19) (tied for the fourth-highest single-game save total in the nation this season) ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Microtel Inn & Suites/Hurricane Classic ... Has played 824:41 minutes in 10 games and eight starts.
  • Todd Leber ... Has contributed one assist in 11 games and seven starts.
  • Aaron Maines ... Has started 17 games ... Has attempted five shots, one on goal.
  • Chad Marshall ... Picked up his first goal of the season versus UC Irvine (9/28) and contributed an assist at California (10/5) ... Tied for fifth on the team with three points ... Named to the All-Tournament teams at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic and the Microtel Inn & Suites/Hurricane Classic ... Has started 17 games.
  • Bronson McDonald ... Has played in 17 games with 12 starts.
  • David Oleson ... Has played in four games off the bench.
  • Spencer Porter ... Has not played.
  • Stephen Ringer ... Has played in 14 games off the bench.
  • Marcus Ryan ... Has seen action in all 18 games, starting 16 of them ... Second on the team with 22 shots, including nine on goal.
  • Bret Shimizu ... Is second on the team with a pair of assists ... Has played in 16 games with nine starts ... Has attempted 11 shots, three of them on goal.
  • Galen Thompson ... Has one assist ... Has played in 18 games with 10 starts.
  • James Twellman ... Tied for first on the team in goals with three ... Leads the team in points (9) and assists (3) ... Tallied goals versus Brown (9/12), Santa Clara (10/2), and Oregon State (11/2) ... Has played in 17 games, starting all of them.
  • Sean Whalen ... Tied for fifth on the team with three points on one goal and one assist ... Two of his three shot attempts have been on goal ... Scored a goal versus Fairleigh Dickinson (9/26) ... Has played in 15 games with four starts.
  • Mike Wilson ... Picked up an assist versus UC Irvine (9/28) ... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Adidas-Brown Classic ... Has played in 16 games, starting all of them.

    Bret Simon is in his third year as Stanford's head coach and has compiled a 39-21-5 record for a .638 winning percentage, fourth-best in school history. Simon has an overall record of 135-47-14 (.724) 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 is in his first season as a volunteer assistant.

    at Washington 3, Stanford 1 (October 31, 2003)

    The Stanford Cardinal fell to the Washington Huskies, 3-1, Friday night in Seattle, WA. Stanford snapped a six-game scoreless streak with its goal versus Washington. Things looked good for Stanford early on, as the Cardinal jumped on the board in the ninth minute of the game. Darren Fernandez scored his third goal of the season, taking a pass from James Twellman at the 8:23 mark, and slipping a shot past Washington goalkeeper Danny Waltman. Washington wasted little time, retaliating with a goal of their own less than a minute later. Ty Harden headed the ball past Cardinal goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen off of a corner kick C.J. Klaas. The Huskies added one more goal in the first half when Troy Ready received a cross from Brett Wiesner to make it 2-1, Washington. Washington capped the scoring midway through the second half when Ready scored an unassisted goal in the 70th minute. Stanford tallied 13 shots compared to 17 by the Huskies. Fernandez and Matt Janusz paced the Cardinal with four shots, while Marcus Ryan added three. Kartunen recorded six saves in the loss.

    at Oregon State 3, Stanford 2 - OT (November 2, 2003)
    The Stanford Cardinal lost an overtime thriller versus Oregon State, 3-2, Sunday afternoon in Corvallis, OR. The loss dropped the Cardinal to 2-14-2 and 0-9-0 in Pac-10 games. The Cardinal have now lost a season-high nine straight games. The Beavers improved to 12-4-0 overall and 6-1-0 in conference play. For the second consecutive game, the Cardinal struck first scoring at the 25:18 mark. James Twellman's third goal of the season gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. From 20 yards out, Twellman blasted a shot past Oregon State goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer. The Beavers would knot the score at 1-1 in the 35th minute. On a corner kick from OSU's Ross Duncan, Evan Findley scored on a header, slipping the ball past Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen. The two teams went into the looker room tied at 1-1. The Cardinal were aggressive in the first half, out-shooting the Beavers 11-7 in the opening stanza. Oregon State grabbed a 2-1 lead just three minutes into the second half on Ryan Johnson's second goal of the season. Oregon State's Nick Donaldson crossed to the far post to Johnson, who fired a shot back across the net past Kartunen. The Cardinal fought back, netting the tying goal in the 84th minute. Abe Geiger scored an unassisted on a loose ball in front of the OSU net. The goal was the second on the season for Geiger. Midway through the first overtime period, the Beavers' Robbie Findley scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute. Duncan served a long ball up the right side to Findley who beat Kartunen on a one-on-one breakaway. The overtime contest was the Cardinal's fourth of the season. Stanford is now 1-1-2 in overtime matches this season.


  • September 5 ... Darren Fernandez' game-winning header on assist from Bret Shimizu to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 1-0 in double overtime, in the season-opener (9/5) as Robby Fulton also recorded a career-high 13 saves
  • September 20 ... Andrew Kartunen's first career shutout and career-high 14 saves in a 0-0 tie versus SMU (9/19)
  • September 28 ... Matt Janusz' five points on a pair of goals and an assist to help Stanford turn an early 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 win over UC Irvine to snap a six-game winless streak
  • October 2 ... James Twellman's goal on a free kick to give Stanford an early 1-0 lead in an eventual 1-1 tie at No. 22 Santa Clara

    2003 HONORS
    Matt Janusz, Mike Wilson

    Robby Fulton, Abe Geiger, Chad Marshall

    Andrew Kartunen, Chad Marshall

    2003 GAME HIGHS
    TEAMGoals: 4, vs. UC Irvine (9/28)
    Assists: 4, vs. UC Irvine (9/28)
    Shots: 19, vs. UC Irvine (9/28)
    Saves: 14, vs. SMU (9/19)

    Points: 5, Matt Janusz (9/28)
    Goals: 2, Matt Janusz (9/28)
    Assists: 1, 10 times
    Shots: 4, Matt Janusz (9/28), James Twellman (9/28)
    Saves: 14, Andrew Kartunen (9/19)

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