Cardinal Begin Critical Road Trip At No. 10 UCLA

Oct. 25, 2006

Friday, Oct. 27 - 8 p.m. - Los Angeles, Calif.
Stanford Cardinal (6-6-3, 4-2-1 Pac-10)
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No. 10 UCLA Bruins (9-4-2, 4-2-1 Pac-10)

Sunday, Oct. 29 - 1 p.m. - San Diego, Calif.
Stanford Cardinal
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San Diego State Aztecs (7-5-3, 3-2-2 Pac-10)

The Opening Kick-Off
A critical two-game road trip is on tap for Stanford (6-6-3, 4-2-1 Pac-10) this weekend, as the Cardinal travels to Southern California to face No. 10 UCLA (9-4-2, 4-2-1 Pac-10) and San Diego State (7-5-3, 3-2-2 Pac-10). Stanford and UCLA enter the week tied for second place in the conference with 13 points, trailing California by five points. San Diego State currently sits in fourth overall with 11 points. The Cardinal close out the regular season by hosting the Golden Bears on Nov. 3.

Scouting No. 10 UCLA
UCLA had won five matches in a row before being stunned 2-0 by Washington last week in Seattle. The only other loss for the Bruins in conference play was a 3-1 defeat at California in the Pac-10 opener. UCLA is ranked in the top-20 of all four national polls and as high as No. 10 in Soccer Times. The Bruins have played a tough schedule, facing 10 nationally-ranked foes in 15 matches. Players to watch include: Jason Leopoldo (five goals, 31 shots, 11 points), Maxwell Griffin (eight games, five goals, 11 points) and Eric Reed (41 saves, 1.25 GAA, three shutouts). The all-time series has been lopsided, with UCLA owning a 27-3-3 record. Stanford and UCLA played to a 1-1 tie back on Sept. 24 at Maloney Field.

Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State will host California on Friday afternoon before matching up with Stanford two days later. The Aztecs can finish no worse than fourth in the Pac-10 with a win in either of their final three matches, but could still win the league with three victories and some help in other games. San Diego State has played in three consecutive double-overtime matches and owns a 2-1-3 record in overtime games this year. Keep an eye on: Andrew DiCicco (five goals, four assists, 14 points), Kraig Chiles (four goals, 12 points, 38 shots) and Tally Hall (60 saves, 1.07 GAA) San Diego State owns a 5-3-5 all-time record against Stanford, but the Cardinal notched a 2-1 home win back on Sept. 22.

Quite A Turnaround
Stanford enters this week with six victories- the team's highest win total since finishing the 2004 campaign at 7-6-5 overall. The Cardinal has already surpassed last year's win total of four. In addition, Stanford's four Pac-10 victories are more than the prior three seasons combined and represent the club's best effort since compiling a 5-3-2 league mark in 2002.

Cardinal Getting Moore Help In Goal
Freshman goalkeeper John Moore, who has played in 12 games, ranks second in the Pac-10 in saves (50) and third in GAA (0.88). Moore has notched four shutouts on the season, including the first of his career on Sept. 15 in a 2-0 win over Sacramento State. His other three shutouts have come against Pac-10 competition. Moore has played 1120 minutes between the posts.

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