Tourney Begins With Gaels
The Cardinal open the 2009 NCAA tourney with a first round matchup versus Saint Mary's. The Cardinal are 20-5-1 all-time versus Saint Mary's and both teams are familiar with each other having played in preseason. The Gaels finished the season with a record of 10-4-5 and finished second in the West Coast Conference, a league that received four berths to the NCAA tourney. It is the first-ever NCAA tournament appearance for Saint Mary's. The winner of the first round matchup will travel south to take on 16th-seeded UC-Irvine in the second round.
Back In The NCAA's
Stanford men's soccer returns to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002. The 2002 team made it all the way to the NCAA final before losing to Pac-10 rival, UCLA. Overall the men are making their 11th trip to the tournament and own a record of 13-10 with three College Cup appearances (1998, `01, `02). The last time Stanford played a first round match and did not receive a by through to the second round was 2000, when they defeated Cal State Fullerton, 4-0.
Leading the Stanford turnaround in 2009 was head coach Bret Simon, who was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for his efforts. It was the third such honor for Simon in his nine years at Stanford. In addition to the coaching honors senior Michael Strickland and junior Bobby Warshaw were named first team All-Pac-10, both for the second consecutive season. Also honored were freshman Adam Jahn and senior Evan Morgan, who were selected to the second team and seniors John Moore and T.J. Novak and junior Ryan Thomas who were named honorable mention.
The match this on Thursday will be available via a webcast on gostanford.com. The link will be available on the front page of the website in the schedule section. Because this is an NCAA event, the normal monthly fee for the webcast will not apply and the game will be available for free. In addition to the webcast, a link to Gametracker live stats will be available.
The loss to Cal last weekend dropped Stanford out of the NSCAA top-25 for the first time since early in the season. However, Stanford remains ranked No. 22 by both Soccer America and Soccer Times.
Goals Equal Wins For Stanford
After struggling to a 4-11-3 record last season where the Cardinal scored just 14 goals in 17 games, things have turned around in 2009. This season Stanford scored 24 goals in 17 regular season games. The Cardinal is averaging 1.41 goals per game after averaging just 0.82 in 2008. Bobby Warshaw leads Stanford with six goals, but ten different players have found the back of the net for Stanford.
D In Defense
The Cardinal has played its traditional strong defense this season, carding seven shutouts and limiting their opponents to just 16 goals in 17 games. Their seven shutouts led the Pac-10 in 2009. Stanford is allowing just 0.94 goals per game, which also is second in the Pac-10. The Cardinal has a streak of 35 consecutive matches by of allowing two goals or less, dating back to 2007. Hunter Gorskie, Ryan Thomas and Bobby Warshaw have started at every game in defense, while T.J. Novak started the first 13 games, before being moved to an attacking role. Since then, Shaun Culver has stepped in to the defense and helped Stanford to a 2-1-1 record and shutouts of UCLA and Washington.
Defending The Net
Stanford keeper John Moore has been a four year starter, but he may be having his best year in 2009. He already has a career high seven shutouts and finished second in the Pac-10 in goals against average at 0.91. He earned the Stanford/Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week honor after carding a shutout versus UCLA, making nine saves.
The success of the 2009 team has led to several national honors this year. For the week of September 21-27, Bobby Warshaw was named to the TopDrawer.com national team of the week. Warshaw was also honored by College Soccer News as a member of the national team of the week for October, 5-11, when he scored the only Stanford goal in a 1-0 win over Oregon State and a 1-1 tie with Washington. Ryan Thomas also earned a spot on the College Soccer News national team of the week for October 12-18. Thomas was honored after scoring a golden goal in a 2-1 overtime win over San Diego State.
Stanford Drops Season Finale To Cal
Stanford suffered a tough loss at the hands of arch rival California on senior night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. On the night when John Moore, Evan Morgan, T.J. Novak and Michael Strickland were honored, the Cardinal fell to Cal, 1-0.
Stanford Finishes Road Season In Style
The Cardinal went a long way to securing a spot in the NCAA tourney by earning a pair of road results on their final trip of the season. First, Stanford earned a 3-2 road win against Oregon State with an offensive outburst. Next, they earned a 0-0 draw at Washington to total four points for the trip and improve their road record to 4-3-1.
Stanford Upsets No. 2 UCLA As Part Of Home Split
Stanford suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to San Diego State when the Aztecs scored a golden goal just 2:13 into the first overtime. Dersu Abolfathi had got the Cardinal back to level after his second half goal tied the game at one. The Cardinal responded in a big way, however, defeating then No. 2 UCLA, 2-0. Bobby Warshaw got the scoring started with a header goal off a corner. Evan Morgan scored a second goal and John Moore made nine saves between the pipes as Stanford pulled off the upset.
Golden Goal Helps Stanford To Road Split
A Ryan Thomas golden goal helped Stanford complete a 2-1, overtime comeback win over San Diego State. Thomas bent a free kick from 24 yards over the wall and into the top corner for the game-winning goal. After falling to UCLA, 2-0, also on the road, the Cardinal evened their Pac-10 record at 2-2-1.
Stanford Remains Stays Strong At Home
The Cardinal opened their home Pac-10 schedule with a win over Oregon State, before tying Washington. With the results, Stanford remained unbeaten at home, compiling a 5-0-1 record. Bobby Warshaw scored the only Stanford goal in both games. The Cardinal beat the Beavers 1-0 as John Moore recorded his fifth shutout of the year. The Warshaw goal against Washington put the Cardinal up 1-0, but the Huskies responded with a goal, ending the game in a 1-1 tie.
Stanford Falls At Cal In Pac-10 Opener
Stanford fell to California 1-0 in the Pac-10 opener. The Cardinal outshot Cal 12-7, but could not find the back of the net.
Stanford/Nike Classic Champs
Stanford Captured the Stanford/Nike Classic with wins over Air Force and New Mexico. In the opener Bobby Warshaw scored two goals in a 3-2 win over Air Force. The second goal came on a diving header after a perfectly played ball from Michael Strickland. The second game saw the Cardinal shutout a New Mexico team that was fresh off an upset win over Cal. John Moore anchored the Stanford defense in goal, posting his fourth shutout of the season.
Stanford Completes Undefeated Bay Area Classic
Stanford improved to 4-1-0 with a pair of wins over local rivals in the Bay Area Classic. The Cardinal began on the road where they got a 2-0 win over Santa Clara at Buckshaw Stadium. Bobby Warshaw and Daniel Leon scored goals and John Moore recorded the shutout in goal for Stanford. They then returned home to face San Francisco and after both teams went scoreless in regulation, Cameron Lamming won the game for Stanford with a golden goal just 1:45 into the first overtime period.
Stanford Defeats Cal Poly In Home Opener
Stanford defeated Cal Poly in their home opener, 3-2. Stanford got out to a 2-0 first half lead with goals by Adam Jahn and Dominique Yahyavi. However, Cal Poly struck back in the second half and to get within a goal on two separate occasions. Evan Morgan's goal in the 85th minute proved to be the game winner.
Stanford Splits East Coast Road Trip
The Cardinal opened their season with a 1-1 road trip with games at Lehigh and Rutgers. After an opening 2-1 defeat to the Mountain Hawks, Stanford rebounded with a 2-0 win over the Scarlet Knights. Garrett Gunther led the Cardinal with goals in both games. He scored the lone goal early in the match against Lehigh and the game-winner in the second half at Rutgers. John Moore recorded the shutout against Rutgers, the tenth of his Stanford career.
Bret Simon Climbs Stanford Wins List
With a 10-5-2 record so far this season, Bret Simon now has a career record of 78-68-28 at Stanford. He has passed Bobby Clark for fourth all-time on the Stanford win list. Simon also reached the 250 win barrier this season with a win at Santa Clara. His career record now stands at 257-137-52.
Warshaw Named To Herman Trophy Watch List
Junior Bobby Warshaw has been named to the Herman Trophy Watch List as selected by the Missouri Athletic Club. The Hermann Trophy is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer. Warshaw is coming off a sophomore season where he led the Cardinal in scoring and was named first team All-Pac-10. This season Warshaw has taken on a new role, playing in the central defense, as well as being the vocal leader of the team.
Morgan And Novak Return From Injury
2008 was supposed to be the year that seniors Evan Morgan and T.J. Novak led the Cardinal back to the NCAA's, but after both suffered season-ending injuries, they were forced to postpone until 2009. Morgan is in his sixth year at Stanford, but after suffering knee injuries to each knee he was granted a medical redshirt for the 2009 season. Novak played in the first six games in 2008, but after tearing his hamstring was granted a medical redshirt to come back for a fifth year. The duo has provided leadership for a fairly young team that is looking to get back to the NCAA's for the first time since 2002.