Oct. 5, 2004
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at Oregon State * Friday, Oct. 8 * 3:00 p.m. (PDT)
Lonrenz Field at Valley Stadium * Corvallis, OR
at Washington * Sunday, Oct. 10 * 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Husky Soccer Field * Seattle, WA
Upcoming Games: Stanford continues Pacific-10 conference play this weekend, as the Cardinal heads to the Northwest to take on Oregon State on Friday and Washington on Sunday. The Beavers come into Friday's match with a 5-5-1 record, and an 0-1-0 mark in conference play. OSU fell 3-1 to UCLA in its Pac-10 opener last Friday, snapping a six-game unbeaten streak. Stanford has dominated the all-time series with the Beavers, posting a 14-3-2 record. Washington earned a victory over UC Riverside last Friday, before upsetting No. 12 ranked UCLA 1-0 on Sunday. The Huskies have recorded an 8-3-1 mark, and hold a slim 16-14-0 advantage in the all-time series with Stanford. Washington won both meetings last season, handing the Cardinal 1-0 and 3-1 defeats.
Last Week: The Cardinal came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with California in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both squads at Maloney Field last Friday. Cardinal goalkeeper Robby Fulton handled a ball outside the penalty area in the 16th minute, and Nick Hatzke scored on a free kick from 20-yards out to put the Golden Bears up 1-0. Cal scored again late in the first half, as a Bear corner kick was deflected into the Cardinal goal by a Stanford defender. The Cardinal attack came on strong in the second half, and finally broke through with a score in the 72nd minute. After Bret Shimizu was dragged down in the penalty box, Matt Janusz converted a penalty kick to put the Cardinal on the board. Stanford tied the contest with under two minutes remaining, as a Seyi Abolaji cross was deflected by the Cal goalkeeper and headed in by Darren Fernandez.
Perfect From The Spot: After not attempting a penalty kick for the duration of the 2003 season, the Cardinal have already attempted and converted a pair of chances from the spot so far this season. Senior James Twellman tallied on a penalty in a 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton on September 19, and Matt Janusz converted from the spot after Bret Shimizu was dragged down in the box against Cal.
Leading By Example: Stanford has been led by a solid core of seven seniors through the first half of the season. Four of the veterans have appeared in all nine matches, and seniors have accounted for eight of the team's 11 goals this season.
Cardinal in the National Polls: The Cardinal continues to move in the national polls, checking in at No. 7 in the Soccer America poll after earning the tie with California on Friday. Stanford moved to No. 13 in the Soccer Times poll, and jumped up four spots to No. 12 in the College Soccer News poll. Stanford got back into the NSCAA/Adidas coaches poll this week, checking in at a season-high No. 20. The Cardinal also held on to the No. 5 spot in the NSCAA Far West regional rankings.
Cardinal Clips: Nine of Stanford's 11 team goals have come in the second half ... Seven different players have scored goals for the Cardinal so far this season, and for four of the six goal scorers it was the first tally in their respective careers (Todd Leber, Evan Morgan, Dan Shapiro, and Galen Thompson) ... Nine different players have assisted on goals so far this season, with Bret Shimizu leading the team with two ... The Cardinal scored two goals against a California team that had surrendered just a pair of goals in eight games prior to last Friday's match ... Goalkeepers Robby Fulton and Andrew Kartunen have combined to post a miniscule 0.52 goals against average through nine games.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Scouting the Beavers: Oregon State had a five-game unbeaten streak snapped by UCLA last weekend, and brings a 5-5-1 record into the second weekend of Pac-10 Conference play. The Beaver attack is led by sophomore Robbie Findley, who is tied for the conference lead with five goals this season. Freshman goalkeeper James Mariner has seen the majority of time in net for the Beavers, collecting 42 saves in 11 games. OSU has not lost at home this season, posting a 4-0-1 mark at Lorenz Field.
Scouting the Huskies: Washington is coming off of a 1-0 win over UCLA in its Pac-10 opener, handing the Bruins their first conference loss since the 2002 season. Senior Brett Wiesner tallied a goal in the Huskies' win over UC Riverside last Friday, and netted the game-winner against UCLA on Sunday. Goalkeeper Chris Eylander has been in net for all 12 of the Washington matches, posting an 8-3-1 mark and collecting a conference-high 52 saves so far this season.