STANFORD, Calif. -- After four straight road games to begin the season, Stanford returns home this week for a pair of games at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal will face San Jose State on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. and Santa Clara on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.
Stanford is coming off a huge 2-0 road win at No. 11 UC Irvine last Friday, evening its record at 2-2. Adam Jahn had a goal and an assist as the Cardinal earned its first win over a ranked team and did so in impressive fashion. Stanford outshot UC Irvine 20-6, controlling possession, and the pace of play throughout.
San Jose State is off to a 1-2 start as it comes to town for the home opener. The Spartans are coming off a 5-3 win at Santa Clara, but began the season with home losses to USF and Cal Poly. Stanford and San Jose State have not played each other since 2008 when the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in San Jose. Overall, Stanford holds the all-time edge with a 19-12-5 mark against the Spartans.
Jonathan Salceda leas San Jose State with two goals and two assists, while the Spartan defense has been less than stingy so far, having allowed eight goals in three games.
Stanford will look to take advantage as the offense came alive against UC Irvine. Jahn leads the Cardinal with two goals and two assists, while Dersu Abolfathi also got on the board in his return to his hometown of Irvine.
Sunday, Stanford will renew its rivalry with Santa Clara as part of the Bay Area Classic. The Broncos allowed five goals in its most recent loss to San Jose State and are just 1-4 on the season. Santa Clara's one win came at Duke, while it also has home losses to California, No. 3 Creighton and a road loss at North Carolina State.
Stanford will be looking to even the all-time series with Santa Clara, which currently stands at 17-18-7. The Broncos reclaimed the series lead last season, defeating Stanford, 1-0, in the season opener at Buck Shaw Stadium. This season, Santa Clara has allowed 11 goals in four games, while Erik Hurtado has led the Bronco offense with three goals and two assists.
This week's games will be the first of six straight at Cagan Stadium for the Cardinal. Stanford hopes to get on a roll with the offense coming together and the defense remaining stingy. Stanford has allowed just four goals on the season with Drew Hutchins
earning a pair of shutouts in front of a backline of Jimmy Callinan
, Tyler Conklin
, Hunter Gorskie
and Brandon Vincent
that has played every minute of the season thus far.
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