I finally caught my first Stanford game of the season, and am pleased to report that the Cardinal aren't nearly as bad as their record. But they lost again -- 1-0 -- and are now a jaw-dropping 2-8-2. They simply don't have a goal-scoring threat, and if you can't score, you obviously can't win. Even with the lack of scoring (or even scoring attempts), this was a fun game to watch. Stanford and Washington both play good soccer, and that's reflected in the way that so many of their alumni reach the pros. (I wonder how many recruits keep this factor in mind ...) Washington's goal came from a short corner kick late in the first half. A player was left alone at the edge of the box, and he was given enough time to glance up before shooting the ball through a crowd of bodies, past an unsighted keeper. Apart from that, the Huskies didn't really threaten. Team captain C.J. Klaas was a non-factor, and he left the game holding his lower back. Speaking of injuries, Husky center back Kevin Murray took the worst of a nasty head-to-head collision with a teammate, and he also apparently injured his leg in the fall. I hope he's ok. As for Stanford, the headliner is Chad Marshall, and he played an exemplary game -- won every ball, both in the air and on the ground. I thought his best moment was a slide tackle where he popped immediately to his feet and sent a clean pass forward. If he doesn't go pro after this season, Stanford should expel him for being stupid. To Marshall's left, Todd Dunivant's old position is filled by junior James Twellman. He looks good there, having gotten a lot stronger (and adopted his brother's haircut). It was nice to see Dunny in the stands applauding him at one point. As for Stanford's freshmen, they didn't show too much, although it's clear that center mid Marcus Ryan has a lot of potential. Kyle Shimizu is another interesting one -- he's quick and evasive on the wing, but he needs to provide better service to his teammates. Considering that Stanford's juniors and sophomores (minus Marshall) are not so impressive, several of the current freshman really need to come through.