Stanford Returns Home for Crucial Pac-10 Matches Against Washington and Oregon State
Oct. 26, 2004
vs. Washington * Friday, Oct. 29 * 7:30 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA
vs. Oregon State * Sunday, Oct. 31 * 2:30 p.m. (PDT)
Maloney Field * Stanford, CA
Upcoming Games: Stanford returns to The Farm for a pair of important Pac-10 conference clashes with Washington and Oregon State this weekend. It will mark the second meeting between the Cardinal and the two northwest squads, with Stanford registering a win over the Beavers and a tie against the Huskies earlier this month. The Cardinal are the only team to have scored against Washington in Pac-10 play, as the Huskies have out-scored conference opponents 8-2. Stanford holds a 15-3-2 advantage in the all-time series with Oregon State, winning eight of the last 10 contests with the Beavers. The tie with Washington on October 10 marked the first time that the two programs had ever played to a draw. The Huskies hold a 16-14-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinal, and bring an undefeated conference mark into Sunday's match. Stanford sits in third place in the Pac-10 standings, just ahead of California and Oregon State.
Last Week: The Cardinal matched up with UCLA for the second time in five days last Friday, and fell to the Bruins for the seventh straight time. Stanford got on board first when UCLA was whistled for a foul outside of their own box in the 31st minute. Matt Janusz converted on the free kick, tallying his second goal of the season and putting the Cardinal ahead, 1-0. The score snapped a seven game scoreless streak for Stanford against UCLA that dated back to the 2001 season. The Bruins came out attacking in the second half and it paid off in the 57th minute, as Jonathan Bornstein equalized after collecting a loose ball in the Stanford box and driving it home. Chad Barrett scored the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, scoring on a shot that was tipped by Robby Fulton.
Fulton Moving Towards Career Chart: Senior goalkeeper Robby Fulton has logged 800 minutes in goal for the Cardinal so far this season. With 106 more minutes in goal, Fulton will move ahead of former Cardinal standout Tom Austin (1984-86) into fifth place on the Stanford career minutes chart. Fulton ranks sixth on the career chart with 149 career saves and entered the season with the second lowest career GAA in program history (0.72). Fulton currently ranks first in the conference with a 4.75 saves per game average in Pac-10 matches.
Stanford in the National Polls: The Cardinal remained at No. 17 in the Soccer America rankings, and dropped to No. 23 in the Soccer Times poll this week. The Cardinal sit at No. 9 in the NSCAA Far West rankings.
Double Dips: Both of Stanford's matches this weekend will be part of doubleheaders with the Cardinal women's soccer team. The men will take on Washington following the women's match against Oregon on Friday night, and both teams will face Oregon State squads on Sunday afternoon.
Cardinal Clips: Friday's loss to UCLA was the first road loss of the season for the Cardinal ... Stanford has posted a 5-1-2 mark away from Maloney Field ... The Cardinal have out-scored opponents by a 17-13 margin, despite being out-shot 159-124 ... Stanford attempted just one shot against UCLA, marking a season-low ... Matt Janusz scored on the lone shot of the game for the visiting side ... Four different freshmen have seen significant playing time for the Cardinal this season. Mark Bartlett, Scott Bolkan, Evan Morgan, and Dan Shapiro have each played in at least eight matches ... The two losses to UCLA last week marked the first time that Stanford has suffered consecutive losses this season.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Scouting the Huskies: Washington enters Friday's match after taking last weekend off. The Huskies are sporting an undefeated 3-0-1 mark in conference play, and currently sit in second place in the Pac-10 standings. Sophomore Kevin Forrest has carried the scoring load for Washington, tallying four goals. He assisted on the game-tying score against Stanford on October 10. Junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander has played every minute in net for the Huskies, and has posted a miniscule 0.68 goals against average.
Scouting the Beavers: Oregon State also returns to action following a weeked off. Coach Dana Taylor counts on the forward tandem of Robby Findley and Ryan Johnson for goals, as the two have combined for nine scores. As a team, Oregon State has out-scored its opposition by a 26-17 margin so far this season. The Beavers will be looking for its first win of the conference season, and its first win since September 26.
On the Horizon: Stanford takes a break from Pac-10 play when it heads to UC Santa Barbara on November 6 to take on the Gauchos. UCSB spent several weeks as the top-ranked team in the nation earlier this month, and currently sits atop the Big West conference standings. The Cardinal concludes the regular season the following weekend, traveling to face California in Berkeley on November 13.