Men's soccer hosts Stanford in season opener

Junior midfielder Patrick Scheufler will be in
action for the Spartans Thursday against Stanford.
San Jose, Calif.---Coming off an exhibition win over UC Santa Cruz Friday, August 26, the Spartan men's soccer team opens the 2005 season against Stanford, Thursday, September 1, at Spartan Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

"This is the first game of the season, but it will be very, very difficult," head coach Gary St. Clair said.

The Cardinal holds an edge over the Spartans in the all-time series, with a record of 18-11-3. The Spartans begin the season trying to improve on last year's 5-13-1 record, while Stanford will attempt to better its 7-6-5 record of a year ago.

"With their ability to recruit, they may be a top-20, top-10 team," St. Clair said of the Cardinal. "They may end up being something even better than that."

After beating UC Santa Cruz, 2-1, on a last-minute goal by junior forward Ismael Ibarra, the Spartans go into the match with confidence.

"That game was a good game to get under our belts," St. Clair said. "Stanford is a very structured team and they may be the toughest opponent we see all year."

The September 1 game is the regular-season opener for both squads. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.