Oct. 26, 1997
Stanford Concludes Home Season With 3-0 Win
Unbeaten Streak at 20 games, Showdown With Top-Ranked Hoosiers Set
STANFORD--The fourth-ranked and undefeated Stanford men's soccer team completed its 1997 regular season home schedule with a 3-0 victory over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at New Maloney Field. The '97 squad, which finished its home slate a near perfect 6-0-1, became just the second team in recorded school history (1973-present) to finish its home slate undefeated, joining the 1991 squad which posted an 8-0-1 mark. The shutout was Stanford's 12th in 14 games.
With the win, Stanford (13-0-2) extended its unbeaten streak to 20 games and set the stage for one of the most intriguing matches of the 1997 collegiate season - a showdown with top-ranked Indiana. It will be a meeting of not only two of the top four teams in the nation, but also a meeting between the only remaining undefeated Division I teams in the nation. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at Negeosco Stadium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. The game will open the 1997 Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic.
Stanford dominated much of the afternoon, constantly playing the game on the Cal Poly SLO side of the field. By the final whistle, the Cardinal had outshot the Mustangs 22-6. Junior co-captain A.J. Sauer (Spring, TX/Klein Oak HS) got the scoring underway in the 26th minute, taking a feed from junior midfielder Erik Morrison (Carmichael, CA/Jesuit HS) and sticking it into the far post for the 1-0 Cardinal lead. Sauer would connect again midway through the second half, taking a forward cross from junior midfielder Simon Elliott and shooting it straight past the Mustang goalkeeper. The goal was his ninth of the season, tying his career high (9 goals last season). Freshman midfielder Scott Leber (Tucson, AX/Salpointe HS) capped the day's scoring with the first collegiate goal of his career. In the 74th minute, a Cardinal corner kick was deflected out to the left side of the penalty box where Stanford freshman forward Corey Woolfolk (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer HS) used a bicycle kick to deliver the ball to Leber in the middle. Leber punched the ball straight in from 10 yards out.
1 2 T
Cal Poly SLO 0 0 0
#4 Stanford 1 2 3
Stanford: Sauer (Morrison) 26:59
Stanford: Sauer (Elliott) 63:54
Stanford: Leber (Woolfolk) 74:08
Shots: Stanford 22, Cal Poly SLO 6
Corner Kicks: Stanford 5, Cal Poly SLO 3
Saves: Cal Poly SLO (Connell) 6, Stanford (Zapala) 2
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