Stanford men's soccer prepares for a full weekend at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, hosting College of Charleston and Colgate as it aims to extend its modest two-match winning streak.
Friday's matchup against College of Charleston is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff while Sunday's clash with Colgate kicks off at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Bay Area.
This weekend's matches also provide fans with some fun opportunities to meet the team and other local personalities. Friday night is "Heroes Night" in which all military, police, fire, EMS and health care professionals can get $2 off general admission tickets by showing their service ID at the Cagan Stadium ticket window. Stanford Police and Fire will have police car, fire truck and representatives in the parking area outside Cagan Stadium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to interact with fans.
Sunday is also a "Football y Futbol" day at Cagan Stadium as fans can show their ticket stubs from Saturday's Stanford-Arizona State football game to get $2 off a soccer general admission ticket. Fans that attend Friday night's women's volleyball match can bring their ticket stubs from that match to the Cagan Stadium ticket window and receive a free general admission ticket to Sunday's soccer match.
At 11 a.m. Sunday men's soccer coaches will host a free pregame coaching clinic for youth soccer coaches and parents at Kissick Auditorium, located on the lobby level of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. Interested coaches and parents can contact Stanford soccer marketing associate Christin Carlile at email@example.com to register.
Sunday is also Autograph Day as the men's squad will be available to sign autographs for fans following the match.
The Cardinal (2-1-1) picked up its second straight win last Friday with a 2-1 triumph over visiting Grand Canyon. Senior midfielder and captain JJ Koval netted both goals for Stanford, heading home in the 32nd minute before firing home from the spot four minutes later to overcome an early 1-0 deficit.
Stanford controlled the match throughout, outshooting Grand Canyon 25-2 and earning nine corner kicks while conceding none. The only slip in the Cardinal's performance came in the 11th minute when Antelope midfielder Gerrit Thomes hit a piledriver from 30 yards that gave Grand Canyon a shock 1-0 lead.
The Cardinal defense recovered well, allowing just one more shot minutes later then holding the Antelopes without an effort over the final 75 minutes. Goalkeeper Drew Hutchins lowered his goals-against average to 1.42 while capably directing the back line.
A win Friday night would lift the Cardinal's winning streak to three matches for the first time since a similar run from Oct. 10-17, 2010. Should Stanford sweep the weekend it would mark the Cardinal's first four-match winning streak since Sept. 16-26, 2010.
Friday's opponent, College of Charleston, comes into Cagan Stadium with a 1-3-0 mark and has dropped its past two matches. The Cougars have struggled on offense, scoring just one goal this campaign, that coming from Xavier Rajpaul in a 1-0 win over Xavier on Sept. 1.
Colgate, meanwhile, captured its first win of the season on its sixth try last Sunday, defeating Cal State Fullerton 3-1. The Raiders (1-5-0) have gotten two goals apiece from Geinda Smith and Zach Pagani, and will come to Cagan Sunday following a Friday afternoon match at California.
Christian Miles and Cobi Jones will be on the call for Sunday's match with Colgate.