Nov. 13, 2007
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Cardinal Face Cal In Regular Season Finale
Stanford (6-6-5, 3-4-2 Pac-10) plays host to No. 20 California in the final regular season game of the year. The Cardinal will square off against the Golden Bears on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. A ceremony to honor the Stanford senior class will be conducted before the beginning of the match. Stanford dropped both matches last weekend as Oregon State won a 1-0 contest on Friday, while Washington defeated the Cardinal by a score of 4-2 on Sunday.
The No. 20 California Golden Bears (11-4-2, 6-2-1 Pac-10) captured their second consecutive Pac-10 title last weekend as they defeated Washington 1-0, before earning a 0-0 tie against Oregon State on Sunday. The Golden Bear attack is led by freshman forward Andrew Wiedeman and senior forward Javier Ayala-Hil. Wiedeman has recorded team highs in goals (6) and points (16), to go along with four assists so far this season. Ayala-Hil leads the team with five assists, while recording three goals and 11 points. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Frei has recorded a conference leading nine shutouts and also leads the Pac-10 in saves (77), save percentage (.875), and saves per game (4.53). The Cardinal holds an overall record of 24-15-7 all-time against California heading into Saturday's contest. Stanford dropped a 1-0 contest to California earlier this season in Berkeley, CA.
The Cardinal defense has been stingy this season, ranking second in the Pac-10 in goals against average (.87) and goals allowed (16) ... Freshman defender Shaun Culver scored the first goal of his collegiate career against Washington last Sunday ... Freshman Bobby Warshaw leads the team with 12 points on the year as he has scored five goals to go along with two assists ... RS senior midfielder Kyle Hency earned the Pac-10 Player of the Week award for the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5.
Head Coach Bret Simon
Head coach Bret Simon enters his seventh year at the helm of the Cardinal program in 2007. Simon has accumulated a 64-52-22 record on The Farm and moved into fifth place in the Stanford history books for career wins (64) after the Cardinal's victory over Penn on Sept. 9, passing Sam Koch (1984-89). Simon piloted the Cardinal to consecutive College Cup appearances in his first two seasons, including a trip to the championship game in 2002.