September 5, 1998
STANFORD, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team opened it's home season in fine fashion Friday night with a 2-0 victory over Bay Area rival Santa Clara (1-1-0). The win, under the lights at New Maloney Field, was the first for Stanford's men soccer team at their new lighted-stadium.
The match was a close battle throughout the first half. Although Santa Clara outshot the Cardinal 6-1 in the first 45 minutes, they were never to put a ball in the net.
Stanford (2-0-0) was able to take advantage of the scoreless half and came out strong in the second half. The game remained tied for the first 17 minutes of the second half until Adam Siegman headed in the game-winner at the 62:24 mark. The goal came courtesy of a brilliant cross from Simon Elliott that brought the Stanford crowd to its feet. For the next 20 minutes the match remained close, but the Broncos were unable to tie it up. However, another magnificant assist from Elliott put the game away. With just over 14 minutes left, Elliott found A.J. Sauer streaking towards the goal. Sauer headed the ball past Bronco goalie David Alexander and soon the Cardinal was on the way to its second-straight win of the season.
Stanford next hosts the Spartans of San Jose State this Monday night, September 7, at New Maloney Field. Game time is 7:00 pm under the lights at Stanford's new soccer stadium.