Stanford Travels to Face Familiar Foe on Friday
Oct. 19, 2004
at UCLA * Friday, Oct. 22 * 6:00 p.m. (PDT)
Marshall Soccer Field at Drake Stadium * Los Angeles, CA
Upcoming Game: Stanford heads to southern California to meet UCLA for the second time in five days on Friday. The Bruins handed the Cardinal a 2-0 defeat at Maloney Field on Sunday. The Bruins and Cardinal have met 29 times since 1973, with UCLA holding an advantage in the all-time series having posted a 24-3-2 record. The Bruins have won six straight against the Cardinal, and Stanford will be looking for its first win over UCLA since the 2000 season. The Cardinal will also be looking for their first goal in seven matches against the Bruins, a streak that dates back to the 2001 campaign. The two squads have provided fans with some epic matches in recent years, including the 2002 College Cup Finals where UCLA edged the Cardinal, 1-0, to claim the national championship.
Last Week: The Cardinal took a quick break from Pac-10 play to host UC Davis on Friday night, and came away with a 1-1 draw. Stanford resumed conference play on Sunday, falling to UCLA, 2-0. The loss was the first for the Cardinal since dropping a 2-0 decision to Santa Clara on September 24, and the first defeat in Pac-10 action for the squad. On Friday, UC Davis took a 1-0 lead on a header in the 76th minute. Senior Jason Griffiths equalized on a 25-yard free kick following a foul on Matt Janusz just outside of the Aggie box in the 85th minute. The match was extremely physical, with each team being whistled for 25 fouls and seven yellow card cautions being issued. On Sunday, the Bruins scored twice in the second half to hand Stanford its second loss of the season.
Griffiths Tallies: Senior Jason Griffiths scored his first goal in a Stanford uniform on Friday, tallying on a free kick from 25 yards out to pull the Cardinal even against UC Davis. With the goal, Griffiths became the ninth different Stanford player to score a goal so far this season. Seven different players have scored a single goal in 2004, while senior Todd Leber has accounted for two goals and senior Darren Fernandez has tallied seven. Griffiths, a senior transfer, scored four goals during his career at Middlebury College.
Tough Road Ahead: The Cardinal have already faced an extremely challenging schedule so far this season, but the road only looks to get tougher. Following Friday's tilt against UCLA, Stanford will head back to The Farm for conference matches against Washington and Oregon State. Of the five remaining opponents on the Cardinal regular season schedule, four are ranked in the Soccer America top-25 poll and three are ranked in the top-seven. UCLA moved up to No. 7 after a successful weekend in the Bay Area, while Washington sits at the No. 5 spot. UC Santa Barbara, Stanford's lone remaining non-conference opponent, fell to No. 3 in the rankings following a three-week stay as the top ranked team in the nation. The Cardinal also face No. 18 ranked California in the regular season finale for both squads on November 13.
Stanford in the National Polls: The Cardinal slipped a little in the national polls following a tie and loss last weekend. Coach Simon's squad checked in at No. 17 in the Soccer America rankings, while falling to No. 22 in the Soccer Times poll. The Cardinal also dipped in the College Soccer News rankings, falling 10 spots to No. 22. Stanford dropped out of the NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll this week, and moved to No. 7 in the NSCAA Far West regional rankings.
Cardinal Clips: With Friday's tie against UC Davis, the Cardinal have played to five draws so far this season. The total is the most for a Stanford squad since the 1991 team tied five contests ... Four of the last six matches have ended in ties for the Stanford side ... Both of the Cardinal losses this season have come at Maloney Field. Stanford is 3-0-1 on the road, and 2-0-1 at neutral sites ... The seven yellow card cautions issued in Friday's match marked a season high ... Five different players (Abolaji, Brown, Fernandez, McDonald, and McKee) have started all 13 matches so far this season ... Goalkeepers Robby Fulton and Andrew Kartunen have combined to post a 0.78 goals against average, which ranks 24th in the nation for team GAA.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
Scouting the Bruins: UCLA moved up to No. 7 in the Soccer America rankings following a productive weekend that saw the Bruins register wins over California and Stanford on the road. The Cardinal defense will be charged with the task of containing senior Mike Enfield, who was named as the National Player of the Week after scoring two goals against Cal and one against Stanford. Enfield brought his season goals total up to a Pac-10 leading eight scores. Bruin goalkeeper Eric Reed recorded the shutout in Sunday's match, and has posted five clean sheets so far this season.
On the Horizon: Stanford hits the home stretch of the 2004 schedule, as the the Cardinal heads back to The Farm for conference matches against Washington on October 29 and Oregon State on October 31. Stanford will be facing the two Pac-10 foes for the second time this season, having defeated the Beavers in Corvallis and tied Washington in Seattle earlier this month. Stanford will travel to UC Santa Barbara on November 6.™