Oct. 11, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -
Fresh off of its season-long six-game homestand, Stanford Men's Soccer heads to the Pacific Northwest on its first Pac-12 trip of the season this weekend. The Cardinal visits Oregon State Friday night at 7 p.m. then wraps the weekend Sunday on Pac-12 Networks with a 12 p.m. kickoff at Washington.
Stanford (5-5-0, 2-1-0 Pac-12, six points) is third in the conference with six points and aims to poach key away points this weekend to move up the Pac-12 table. The Cardinal, following a 3-1 loss to UCLA in its Pac-12 opener Sept. 28, rebounded to earn maximum points from the final two matches of the homestand with 2-0 victories over San Diego State and California, respectively.
Sophomore forward Zach Batteer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors following his brace against the Golden Bears last Thursday. The Steel City native accounted for three goals over Stanford's last two wins, opening his 2012 account with an 89th-minute strike against the Aztecs on Sept. 30.
Batteer's three goals rank second on the team, behind Adam Jahn's five. Goalkeeper Drew Hutchins has played every second of action in the Cardinal net this year and enters this weekend's trip following two straight clean sheets from the wins over San Diego State and California.
Up first on the trip is Oregon State (6-4-1, 1-2-0 Pac-12, three points). The Beavers sit tied for fourth on the conference table with California after claiming their first Pac-12 win with a 1-0 victory at San Diego State last Sunday. Oregon State, unbeaten and untied through its first four home matches this season, is led by the goal-scoring of Emery Welshman (seven goals) and the goalkeeping of Matt Bersano (0.81 GAA).
Waiting in the wings in Sunday's Pac-12 Networks-televised game is Washington (7-3-2, 2-0-1, seven points), which continued its unbeaten Pac-12 run with a 2-1 win at No. 8 UCLA Monday night. The Huskies, unbeaten in its past four matches, are led by seven goals from Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and a 0.95 GAA from goalkeeper Spencer Richey.