No. 19 Stanford Takes on No. 11 California

Oct. 12, 2005

Stanford vs. California
Saturday, October 15 * 1 p.m.
Maloney Field * Stanford, Calif.

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Weekend Preview: No. 19 Stanford (8-3-1, 2-0-0) will host No. 11 California (9-2-1, 2-0-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Maloney Field ... Cal and Stanford enter the weekend atop the Pac-10 standings with identical 2-0 records in conference play ... Saturday's game counts towards the Lexus Gauntlet head-to-head sports competition between Cal and Stanford ... The match will be televised live by Comcast Sports Net ... Aimee Dombroski and Dave Cox will call the action for CSN.

Last Week: With a pair of shutouts against Washington and Washington State last week, Stanford remains in the top-20 in the NSCAA poll ... It is the first time that the Cardinal has jumped out to a 2-0-0 record in conference play since the 2002 season.

Stanford vs. Cal: Stanford owns a 12-8-3 record over California ... Last season, Cal and Stanford finished in a 1-1 draw at the end of two overtime periods, after the Cal keeper, Ashley Sulprizio, tied the game in the 88th minute by heading in a corner kick.

Scouting the Golden Bears: Cal jumped out to a 2-0-0 mark in the Pac-10 with wins over the Washington schools last week ... It is the first time since 1999 that Cal has started the conference season with a perfect 2-0 record ... The Bears rank No. 4 in the nation in goals-against average (0.39 GAA) ... Cal is also tied for seventh in the country for shutout percentage at 0.67 ... With a 9-2-1 record, the Bears are off to their best overall start since opening 2001 with the same record.

Buehler Bullets: Stanford sophomore Rachel Buehler picked up a slew of honors last week after netting the game winning goals against No. 5 Santa Clara and Colorado College to help the Cardinal to the 2005 Stanford Nike Invitational title on Oct. 2 ... The goal against the Broncos was the first one in Buehler's collegiate career ... She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz National Teams of the Week.

Hunt Hints: Senior co-captain Hayley Hunt was selected to the named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after helping the Cardinal to a pair of shutout victories over the Washington schools last week ... The defender has helped Stanford to seven shutouts this season, while tacking on two assists ... Both assists were on game-winning goals, the first against Colorado College and the second against Washington State last week ... In the preseason, Hunt was named a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate.

Strong Schedule: Stanford has one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, having already faced three of the top-five teams with a fourth on tap in two weeks (No. 4 UCLA on Oct. 30) ... Seven of the Cardinal's 2005 opponents are currently ranked in the top-25 by the NSCAA Poll and one other received votes.

Pac-10 Points: The Pacific-10 Conference coaches voted Stanford to finish fourth this season, with the Cardinal receiving one vote for first place ... The Cardinal has only given up 10 goals all season, good enough to rank third in the Conference ... Stanford has also posted seven shutouts, good for a 0.58 average and a tie for second in the league ... Cal, Stanford and Arizona all sit atop the conference standings with 2-0 records ... UCLA is close behind with a 1-0 mark after defeating USC last weekend.

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