No. 2 Men's Soccer On Five-Game Winning Streak
Oct. 24, 2000
This Week's Action
No. 2 Stanford (13-1-1, 4-1-0) has just one game on the slate, as the Cardinal will take a five-game winning streak to Berkeley on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. contest with California (4-9-1, 1-2-1).
The Clark File
Head coach Bobby Clark, in his fifth season at the helm of the Cardinal, has posted a 66-19-12 (.742) record on The Farm. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year has a 148-61-25 (.686) mark in 13-plus years overall, the first nine as the head man at Dartmouth. With Stanford's 5-0 win at Saint Mary's on Sept. 26, Clark passed Sam Koch and moved into fourth place on the Cardinal's all-time victory list. Stanford's 5-0 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 29 gave Clark his 60th career victory, making him only the fourth coach to record 60 victories on The Farm. On the international level, Clark was the head coach of the New Zealand National Team from 1994-96, compiling a 21-12-3 record while working with the Senior, Olympic, Under-20 and Under-17 squads. For his efforts, Clark was awarded the 1995 Jim McCullen Trophy, given by the New Zealand national media to the person who contributed the most to New Zealand soccer. Clark also served as head coach of the Bulawayo Highlanders of the Zimababwe (Africa) super league for the 1983-84 season and previously was a staff coach for the Scottish Football Association. As a player, Clark enjoyed a distinguished professional career as a goalie for the Aberdeen F.C. (Dons) in the Scottish League from 1965-1982. Clark was also a member of the Scottish National Team that advanced to the finals of the 1978 World Cup Tournament in Argentina.
Stanford in the Polls
Stanford remains in the top ten in all four polls this week, peaking with a No. 2 ranking in both the Soccer America and College Soccer Online media polls. The Cardinal occupies the No. 4 spot in the SoccerTimes.com rankings and the No. 6 spot in the NSCAA poll. All of the four different No. 1's from last week remained in the top spot of their respective polls: Southern Methodist (Soccer America), Indiana (College Soccer Online media), North Carolina (SoccerTimes.com) and San Jose State (NSCAA).
Hounding the Huskies
Stanford blanked Washington 2-0 in Seattle on Sunday, avenging its only loss of the year and pulling into a first-place tie in the Pacific-10 Conference with the Huskies. Senior midfielder Sean Sylvis, who also scored the game-winner Friday at Oregon State, broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 25:29 mark. Sylvis took a feed from Corey Woolfolk on the left side and drilled a low shot from 12 yards out. The match remained 1-0 until 89:29, when Woolfolk sealed the outcome by scoring an unassisted goal. The Cardinal defense, anchored by senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala (one save), posted its 12th shutout of the year in just 15 matches.
Beating the Beavers
Sean Sylvis snapped a 1-1 tie with a header at the 86:12 mark as Stanford survived a late Oregon State rally and defeated the Beavers 2-1 in Corvallis, Ore. Sylvis' goal came just a minute after Oregon State had tied the match at 1-1. Sophomore defender Todd Dunivant, streaking down the left sideline, sent a cross to Sylvis, who headed it in for the game-winner. Senior Luke Rust scored the first Cardinal goal, taking a cross from Matt Moses and converting on his career-high ninth goal of the year.
View From the Top
With just three conference games remaining in the inaugural Pac-10 men's soccer season, Stanford is tied with Washington for first place in the league with 12 points (4-1-0). The Cardinal plays at California and at UCLA before hosting Oregon State in the regular season finale. The Huskies, on the other hand, host UCLA before traveling to Oregon State and Cal. Since an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament is not awarded to the conference champion, the two teams will be declared co-champions if they end the season in a tie.
A Cardinal Tint to the National Leaders
Of the four major team statistical categories kept by the NCAA - scoring offense, scoring defense, shutout percentage and winning percentage - Stanford ranks in the top three in each of them. The Cardinal scores the third-most goals in the country per game at 3.27 and is tied with San Jose State for the lowest GAA (0.26). Stanford leads the NCAA with an .800 shutout percentage, and its .900 winning percentage is second-best.
A Dozen Doughnuts
In just 15 matches, Stanford's defense has posted 12 shutouts - just three shy of the school record set during the 25-game 1998 season. The Cardinal has allowed just four goals in 1380:53 minutes - a 0.26 GAA - and has yet to give up goals in consecutive games. The Adam Zapala-led unit pitched shutouts in its first six matches and has blanked a pair of ranked opponents in then-No. 1 UCLA and then-No. 4 Washington.
With wins last weekend at Oregon State and Washington, Stanford is now 7-0-1 away from New Maloney Field, including a 4-0-1 mark in 'road' games. The Cardinal is also a perfect 3-0-0 in its neutral site contests, posting victories over Xavier and Western Kentucky in the Nike Goal Rush Classic at Fresno State along with a defeat of Harvard at the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic. The Cardinal has also won at Dartmouth and Saint Mary's while playing to a draw at San Jose State. Stanford's all-time best road mark was 7-2-1, achieved by the 1979 squad that finished 14-5-2 overall.
Assisting from the Back
Stanford has been a generous team thus far in 2000, totaling 48 assists on the team's 49 goals. However, many of the assists have come from an aggressive backline. Matt Moses, a midfielder, leads the club with six assists while four players are tied with five each. Two of those - sophomore Aaron Biddle and junior Todd Dunivant - are starting defenders.
Super Subs Strike Again
Stanford's reserve corps, which has been exceptional all season, continued its stellar play last weekend when midfielder Sean Sylvis came off the bench to score both game-winning goals. In fact, during the Cardinal's current five-game winning streak, subs have scored all five game-winners. Through 15 games, the Cardinal's 'Super Subs' - Abe Geiger, Roger Levesque, Johanes Maliza and Sylvis - have combined for 15 goals and nine assists (39 total points). Those numbers equal 30.6 percent of Stanford's 2000 goals, 18.6 percent of its assists and 26.7 percent of its total points.
With 49 goals and 48 assists, Stanford already has 146 points in 2000 - the highest total by a Cardinal team since the 1983 version finished with 149. That 1983 squad was also the last to score 50 goals, netting 52. Stanford set a school record with 90 goals in 1978, however, assists were not kept for that team.
Stanford currently boasts seven players with 10 or more points, paced by senior midfielder Scott Leber, who has 22. Leber is followed by Luke Rust (19 points), Roger Levesque (15), Corey Woolfolk (15), Johanes Maliza (13), Ryan Nelsen (10) and Sean Sylvis (10).
Senior forward Corey Woolfolk snapped out of a six-game scoreless streak at an opportune time, assisting on one goal and scoring another in Stanford's 2-0 win at No. 4 Washington. Woolfolk, who had not tallied a point since the Sept. 29 game agianst Seton Hall, sent a cross to Sean Sylvis for the game-winning goal and then added his own score with just :30 seconds remaining. Woolfolk now has 18 goals and 18 assists in his career for 54 points, one shy of Stanford's all-time top ten.
At 13-1-1, Stanford has reached double-digits in victories for the fifth time in five seasons under head coach Bobby Clark ... The streak, which also includes three consecutive postseason appearances, is the second longest in school history, trailing only the ten consecutive 10-win seasons fashioned by the Cardinal from 1976-1985 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 30-2 after halftime (including overtime) and has been held scoreless in the second half just twice this season (at San Jose State and vs. Washington) ... When Stanford does not score after intermission, it is 0-1-1 ... Stanford has nearly tripled its opponents' shot total (296-96) and has more than doubled its corner kicks (96-44) ... Senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala holds seven Stanford career and single-season records ... Stanford has won three tournaments in 2000: the Nike Goal Rush Classic at Fresno State, the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic, and the Stanford/Nike Invitational.
Junior midfielder Lee Morrison and senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala were both honored as preseason First Team All-Americans by Soccer America. Morrison, a 1999 First Team All-America selection by Soccer America and College Soccer News, has also been named as one of 15 finalists for both the Hermann Award and the Missouri Athletic Club Award, both of which are given annually to the top player in both men's and women's collegiate soccer.
Scouting the Golden Bears
California (4-9-1, 1-2-1) enters the week following its most successful weekend of the season. The Bears stunned UCLA 1-0 last Friday before defeating Saint Mary's 1-0 in Moraga on Sunday. Both goals came late, as Austin Ripmaster knocked in the game-winner at 85:00 to beat the Bruins and Robbie Aylesworth scored at the 81:27 mark against Saint Mary's. Kendall Simmons and Chris Roner both have three goals and an assist to lead the team in scoring, while Ramiro Arredondo has a goal and three assists. Junior goalkeeper Marco Palmieri, who had a scoreless first half a week ago at New Maloney, has a 1.15 GAA. First-year head coach Kevin Grimes has Cal playing well at home, as the Bears are 3-1-0 at Berkeley. Cal hosts Oregon State in a Pac-10 match on Friday. Stanford holds a 20-7-5 advantage in the all-time series, including a 3-0 win on Oct. 15.
Runnin' with the Pac
The 2000 campaign is the first for men's soccer in the Pacific-10 Conference, as five schools make the transition from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation: California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
2000 Pacific-10 Conference Coaches' Poll(Points 5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses)
1. UCLA (4) 242t. Stanford 182t. Washington (1) 184. California 95. Oregon State 6
The Kiwi Connection
The 2000 Stanford team continues the recent tradition of a strong New Zealand connection on The Farm, with freshman Mike Wilson (Plimmerton, New Zealand) joining senior Ryan Nelsen (Christchurch, New Zealand) as Cardinal Kiwis.