Stanford Heads to UC Santa Barbara for Final Non-Conference Match

Nov. 2, 2004

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at UC Santa Barbara* Saturday, November 6 * 7:00 pm (PST)
Harder Stadium * Santa Barbara, CA

Upcoming Game: Stanford travels to face UC Santa Barbara in the final non-conference match of the regular season on Saturday. It will be the first time that the Cardinal have faced the Gauchos since 1999, and the first Stanford trip to Harder Stadium since the 1998 season. The Cardinal hold an 11-4-1 advantage in the all-time series against UCSB, having won the last four matches between the two programs. The Gauchos spent a number of weeks as the top-ranked team in the nation earlier this season, and sit atop the Big West Conference standings with a 13-2-1 mark.

Last Week: The Cardinal split a pair of games in the final home stand of the regular season, falling to Washington on Friday night and posting a 2-0 shutout of Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. Stanford played the Huskies to a 0-0 draw through much of Friday's contest, but Washington's Jeff Hoover broke through and scored with under two minutes remaining in the match to record the win. On Sunday, the Cardinal welcomed Oregon State to Maloney Field and snapped a season-high three game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Beavers on senior day. Matt Janusz provided the fireworks with a pair of goals, and Robby Fulton was excellent in net en route to recording his second shutout of the season. Janusz tallied on a header midway through the first half, and added a penalty kick following an Oregon State hand ball to seal the victory in the 74th minute. It was Stanford's second victory over the Beavers this season.

Fulton's Assist: Goalkeeper Robby Fulton posted his second shutout of the season in Sunday's win, but also contributed to the result with an assist on the game-winning goal. In the first half, a booming goal kick from Fulton found senior Matt Janusz inside the Oregon State penalty area. Janusz headed the ball in over the Beaver goalkeeper to put the Cardinal up 1-0. It was the first career assist for the senior.

Janusz Tallies Twice: Senior Matt Janusz scored two goals on Sunday to bring his career goal total to 23, which is the second highest career amount among active Cardinal players. Senior forward Darren Fernandez is tops among active players with 24 career tallies. Janusz' first goal was the game-winner, and was his first game winning goal since scoring against Denver on September 13, 2002.

Perfect from the Spot: Janusz was good from the penalty spot in Sunday's win over Oregon State, marking the third straight conversion for the Cardinal this season. James Twellman scored on a penalty kick against Cal State Fullerton on September 19, while Janusz scored on his first attempt of the season against California on October 1.

Cardinal in the Polls: The Cardinal moved to No. 18 in the Soccer America rankings, and dropped to No. 25 in the Soccer Times poll this week. The Cardinal remained at No. 9 in the NSCAA Far West rankings.

Cardinal Clips: Sunday's win over Oregon State snapped a season-high three game losing streak for the Cardinal ... Three of Stanford's four losses this season have come at Maloney Field ... The Cardinal have posted a 7-1-0 record in matches when they score first ... Stanford has recorded a 4-1-2 mark in Sunday matches, and a 3-3-3 record in Friday games. Both of Stanford's remaining contests are scheduled for Saturdays ... Michael Brown, Darren Fernandez, Bronson McDonald and Cooper McKee are the only Cardinal players to have started all 16 matches ... Robby Fulton became the 12th different player to assist on a goal this season ... Fulton and Andrew Kartunen both saw action in net for Stanford last weekend. The pair have combined to collect 59 saves and currently rank No.19 in the nation with a 0.82 team goals against average.

This Week's Opponent

Scouting the Gauchos: Head coach Tim Vom Steeg and his UC Santa Barbara squad enter Saturday's match against Stanford with a 13-2-1 overall mark and a 6-2-0 record in Big West Conference play. The Gauchos went undefeated through September and much of October, and spent several weeks as the nation's top-ranked team. Following back-to-back losses in mid-October, the Gauchos have rebounded to post shutouts over Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton in their last two matches. Senior forward Drew McAthy shoulders most of the scoring load for UCSB, having netted 12 goals so far this season. McAthy became the program's all-time leading goal-scorer with his 47th career tally against Cal State Fullerton last Saturday. Dan Kennedy has posted 8.5 shutouts in goal for the Gauchos and has collected 51 saves.

On the Horizon: Stanford heads back to the Bay Area to take on California in Berkeley in the regular season finale on November 13. The Cardinal and the Bears played to a 2-2 draw at Maloney Field earlier this season. In that contest, California built a 2-0 lead in the first half, and Stanford rallied for a pair of scores in the contest's waning moments to pull even and record the tie. The Cardinal hold a 23-10-7 advantage in the all-time series with the Bears.