Stanford Renews South Bay Rivalry
Sept. 23, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -
Cardinal Takes Aim at Bay Area Classic Title
Stanford can claim the title of the four-team Bay Area Classic with a victory over its Santa ClaraCounty rival, Santa Clara. This would be a first for Stanford, in its fourth try in an event, whichalso includes California and San Francisco. Earlier, Stanford beat USF, 1-0, and Cal tied SantaClara, 1-1. Cal and host USF close out the event on Friday night. Until the USF victory Sept. 14,Stanford had yet to win a match in the tournament, going 0-5-1 since 2005.
On the Air
The Stanford-Santa Clara match can be seen live on streaming video at: http://gostanford.cstv.com/allaccess. In addition, the match can be followed on Gametracker, which provides live statsand can be accessed by clicking on the Gametracker icon at http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/msoccer/sched/stan-m-soccer-sched.html.
The Stanford-Santa Clara Series
Saturday's match will mark the 42nd consecutive season these teams have played, making itStanford's longest uninterrupted rivalry with any team except Cal. The series has continued overthe years even though Stanford and Santa Clara haven't played in the same conference since theirPacific Soccer Conference days in 1989. Three of the contests have come in the NCAA playoffs(2001, 1999, 1991). The series is as even as it can get, with the teams deadlocked at 19-19-8.Santa Clara holds a 3-0-2 edge over the past five years, tying the Cardinal in the final minute ofregulation on a goal by current Major League Soccer rookie Peter Lowry in 2007. Stanford is 6-1-2at home in the series since 1989, with the Santa Clara victory coming in their most recent match atCagan Stadium, by a 2-0 score in 2004.
Scouting Santa Clara
The Broncos were a national preseason No. 5 by the NSCAA, but are off to their worst sixmatchstart since 1985. Going into a Wednesday home match against San Jose State, Santa Clarahas outshot opponents, 166-160, but been outscored 11-7, allowing 1.83 goals per match. Juniormidfielder Jeff Cosgriff and senior forward Brian Martin lead the team with two goals each.Sophomore defender Jalil Anibaba is a returning All-West Coast Conference first-team selectionand was the WCC's 2007 Freshman of the Year. The Broncos are 0-4 on the road.
Stanford Looking to Rebound
Stanford was beaten twice last weekend on late goals against ranked teams. During a Fridaynight match televised nationally live on Fox Soccer Channel, Stanford lost to current NSCAA No.8 Creighton, 1-0, on an 83rd-minute strike at the back post. On Sunday, against current NSCAANo. 25 Drake, the Cardinal equalized in the 84th minute, only to lose on a 90th-minute owngoal. The Santa Clara match marks the final nonconference contest before the start of Pacific-10Conference play for Stanford, though the Cardinal will play one other nonconference match,against New Mexico, on Oct. 24.
Stanford hoped to gain respect on a national level with strong results against ranked teamsCreighton and Drake in the Stanford/Nike Classic. The Cardinal played well in both matches, evenaccumulating a season-high 18 shots against Drake. But Stanford was unable to produce whengiven opportunities in the penalty area. Senior midfielder Tom Montgomery provided the loneexception, with a hard-struck equalizer against Drake in a match that seemed destined for overtimebefore the Bulldogs tallied the winner with 21 seconds left.
Check out Montgomery's goal
Tom Montgomery's volley against Drake was perhaps the Cardinal's most spectacular goal of the year. Stanford freshman defender Tommy Ryan sent aball to the edge of the box that Bobby Warshaw chested into Montgomery's path. His first-time right-footed strike from the top ripped into the upper leftcorner of the net. It was Montgomery's second goal of the season, tying him with Warshaw for the team lead.Montgomery is a former walk-on, who has become a two-year starter at midfield and forward. His aggressive play and work ethic have been invaluableto the team his season.
Montgomery's goal can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7bjQqN1po
Taking Advantage of Opportunities
After sitting out last season as a true freshman because of injury and seeing spot duty in three earlier matches, Garrett Gunther ignited the Stanfordoffense with his play as an outside midfielder against Drake. Gunther's 39 minutes off the bench were a career high and coincided with a 13-shot shootingbarrage by the Cardinal in the second half. Gunther's work rate and inability to give up on any play were crucial to Stanford's ability to attack.
Tommy Ryan, a true freshman defender from Marin County, earned his second assist of the season by sending the ball to Warshaw that turned intoMontgomery's goal against Drake. Ryan has started one match and played in five of the six matches. Ryan is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in assists, withtwo. In addition, freshman Adoni Levine, from San Jose, got his first game action, playing 10 first-half minutes at forward against Drake.
Moore Among Conference Leaders
Goalkeeper John Moore, a recent Pac-10 Player of the Week, leads the conference in saves per game (3.67), is second in saves (22), third in shutouts(two) and goals-against average (0.96).
Senior defender Tim Jones extended his streak of consecutive starts to 52.
Sophomore forward Bobby Warshaw leads the Pac-10 in game-winning goals (two) and has four in his collegiate career.
Coach Bret Simon career victory total stands at 245, which places him at No. 21 among active Division I coaches, and No. 52 all-time.
Men's soccer is in its 95th season as a varsity sport at Stanford, earning 10 NCAA tournament berths and six conference titles.