Cardinal Wraps Up Regular Season on the Road Against California

Nov. 9, 2004

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at California* Saturday, November 13 * 2:00 pm (PST)
Edwards Stadium * Berkeley, CA

Upcoming Game: Stanford concludes regular season and Pac-10 conference play on the road, as the Cardinal heads across the bay to take on California. The Bears sit just ahead of Stanford in the Pac-10 standings, and the Cardinal have an opportunity to move into a tie for third place with a victory. The two squads met earlier in the season at Maloney Field, with Stanford scoring a pair of second half goals to secure a 2-2 draw. The Cardinal hold a 23-10-7 advantage in the all-time series against the Bears.

Last Week: The Cardinal fell on the road to No. 5 ranked UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, 1-0. Senior goalkeeper Robby Fulton was excellent in net for Stanford, collecting five saves to bring his team-high saves total to 39. The Gauchos out-shot the Cardinal 11-2, with senior Aaron Maines and freshman Evan Morgan recording the only Stanford shot attempts on the evening. It was the first Stanford loss to UC Santa Barbara since 1995, and it snapped a three-game Cardinal winning streak in the all-time series with the Gauchos.

James Twellman Earns Academic All-District Accolades: Senior James Twellman was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team, it was announced on Monday. It marks the second straight selection for Twellman, who has posted a 3.73 grade point average as an International Relations major at Stanford. The Chesterfield, Missouri native is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic First Team performer, and has earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors twice during his Cardinal career. The Academic All-District soccer team was voted on by CoSIDA members from within the District VIII states. The all-district selections advance to the national ballot, which will be released November 22.

Pac-10 Roundup: Pac-10 Conference play concludes this weekend, as Stanford visits California and Oregon State hosts Washington. UCLA has already clinched the conference title, and concluded league play with a 1-0 loss to Oregon State on Sunday. The Huskies stand in second place, followed by the Bears, Cardinal and Beavers. Three of the five Pac-10 squads are ranked in the top-10 according to the most recent Soccer America rankings.

Senior Stalwarts: Three Stanford seniors have moved onto the Cardinal career chart for games played this season. Aaron Maines has the most experience among current Stanford players, having played in 82 career matches in a Cardinal uniform. Maines is tied with former standout Ricky Goad for fifth on the program's career games played chart, while teammate Darren Fernandez is right behind him with 81 career games played. Matt Janusz has appeared in 75 Stanford matches, and needs just three more appearances to move into a tie for eighth on the career list.

Solid in Goal: The goalkeeping tandem of senior Robby Fulton and sophomore Andrew Kartunen has been a solid presence in net for the Cardinal defense. The pair have combined to post a 0.83 goals against average, which ranks as the 21st lowest GAA in the nation so far this season. Fulton leads the team with 39 saves, and Kartunen posted five shutouts while filling in for the injured senior earlier in the season.

Cardinal Clips: 12 different Cardinal players have assisted on goals this season, with Darren Fernandez and Bret Shimizu tied for the team lead with two apiece ... Stanford has narrowly out-scored it's opponents in the second half by a 14-12 margin, despite being out-shot 100-71 in the second frame this season ... The Cardinal are averaging 1.05 goals per game, while opponents are averaging 0.83 goals per game against the Stanford defense ... Of Stanford's 19 team goals, 15 of them have been scored by seniors. Fernandez, Matt Janusz, Todd Leber, James Twellman, and Jason Griffiths have all tallied in their final collegiate campaign.

This Week's Opponent:

Scouting the Golden Bears: Cal enters the weekend in third place in the Pac-10 standings, just ahead of Stanford. The Bears have posted a 3-3-1 mark in conference play, and an 11-3-3 overall record. California hosted Portland in a non-conference match last Saturday, battling to a scoreless draw despite out-shooting the Pilots, 22-7. The Bears feature a balanced attack with five different players scoring at least three goals so far this season. Calen Carr and Nick Hatzke are tied for the team lead with five goals apiece, while Carl Acosta has tallied four scores. Hatzke also paces the team with seven assists and 17 points. The Golden Bear defense is led by goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, who has started 16 games in net. A transfer from Fresno State, Kronberg has recorded eight shutouts and ranks second in the conference with 51 saves.