No. 1 Men's Soccer Set For Showdown With No. 4 Indiana
Oct. 31, 2000
This Week's Action
For the second consecutive week, No. 1 Stanford has just one game, however, this week the Cardinal faces No. 4 Indiana in a rematch of the 1998 NCAA Championship match. The Cardinal and Hoosiers will meet on Saturday in Berkeley as part of the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic.
The Clark File
Head coach Bobby Clark, in his fifth season at the helm of the Cardinal, has posted a 67-19-12 (.745) record on The Farm. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year has a 149-61-25 (.687) 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.
No. 1 Ranking
For the first time ever, Stanford has achieved a No. 1 ranking, reaching the top spot in this week's Soccer America poll. The highest previous mark in program history was when the 1998 National Finalist squad finished the year ranked No. 2. Stanford also occupies a Top 5 ranking in each of the other three polls, as the Cardinal are No. 2 in the College Soccer Online Media Poll, No. 4 according to Soccer Times.com, and No. 5 in the NSCAA rankings. The other three No. 1's are Indiana (College Soccer Online Media Poll), North Carolina (Soccer Times.com) and San Jose State (NSCAA).
Blanking the Bears - Again
On Sunday, Stanford posted its second 3-0 win over Pac-10 foe California this season. On Oct. 15 at New Maloney, Luke Rust scored two goals, this time, Scott Leber twice found the back of the net in Berkeley. Leber gave Stanford a 1-0 lead with a goal just 11:55 into the match, converting off a double-assist from Lee Morrison and Matt Moses. The Moses-to-Leber combination struck again to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead at 47:57, as Leber headed in a Moses corner kick for his team-high 11th goal of the season. Stanford's final score came at 61:19, when Corey Woolfolk led a two-on-one breakaway that ended with a Roger Levesque goal.
A Pair of 6's
With its victory at California on Sunday, Stanford has its second six-game winning streak of the season. The Cardinal opened the 2000 campaign with six straight wins before playing to a 1-1 tie at San Jose State. Following a 2-1, overtime home loss to Washington that dropped its record to 8-1-1, Stanford has rattled off another six wins - five via shutout. Stanford has outscored its opponents 13-1 during the current binge and has five Pac-10 wins. The Cardinal has also dropped a pair of ranked opponents, beating then-No. 1 UCLA 1-0 and winning 2-0 in Seattle over then-No. 4 Washington.
The Victory March
At 14-1-1, the 2000 Cardinal are only the fourth Stanford team since 1973 to win at least 14 games in the regular season. The 1978 squad, Stanford's first NCAA Tournament team, went 16-5-0 before losing in the first round of the playoffs. The 1979 squad finished 14-5-2, while the 1998 National Finalists were 14-4-2 in the regular season. That `98 Cardinal team also set the school record for most wins in a season with 18.
View From the Top
Stanford's 3-0 victory at California gave the Cardinal a slim half-game lead over Washington in the Pac-10 race. At 5-1-0, Stanford moved ahead of the Huskies, who at 4-1-0 were idle in conference play. The Cardinal has two Pac-10 games remaining: at UCLA and home against Oregon State in the regular season finale. Washington, on the other hand, hosts 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.
Stanford has done an excellent job against teams in its own region in 2000, posting an 8-1-1 record against West region opponents thus far. The Cardinal have victories over San Francisco, Saint Mary's, 1999 national finalist Santa Clara, No. 13 UCLA, Cal (twice), Oregon State and No. 16 Washington, while it played No. 5 San Jose State to a 1-1 tie. Stanford is 6-0-0 against the other three regions.
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 five in each. The Cardinal scores the fifth-most goals in the country per game at 3.25 while boasting the nation's stingiest defense (0.26 GAA). Stanford also leads the NCAA with an .813 shutout percentage, and its .906 winning percentage is second-best. Individually, senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala is third in the country with an 0.26 GAA.
Against Ranked Opponents
Saturday's match against No. 4 Indiana will be Stanford's fifth this season against opponents ranked in the Soccer America Top 25 poll, with the Cardinal posting a 2-1-1 mark in those matches. Stanford tied then-No. 19 San Jose State 1-1 at Spartan Stadium, suffered a 2-1, home overtime loss to then-No. 7 Washington, defeated then-No. 1 UCLA 1-0 at home, and beat the then-No. 4 Huskies 2-0 in Seattle.
Clark Looking for No. 150
Stanford head coach Bobby Clark, in his fifth season on The Farm and in his 14th year as a head man overall, will attempt to win his 150th career game when the Cardinal plays Indiana on Saturday. Clark is 149-61-25 (.687) overall after compiling a 82-42-13 (.646) record in nine years at Dartmouth and a 67-19-12 (.745) mark while with the Cardinal. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year, Clark is the fourth-winningest coach in the history of Stanford men's soccer.
Woolfolk Ascending the Career Charts
Senior forward Corey Woolfolk is making a steady climb up the all-time Stanford top ten charts. With five goals and six assists thus far in 2000, Woolfolk now has 18 goals and 19 assists for his career. His 55 total points is tied for the tenth-highest total in Cardinal history, while his 19 assists are tied for the sixth-best mark in Stanford annals. Woolfolk has also played in 80 games in his four years, second in school history and only two behind Ricky Goad, who owns the record with 82 games between 1989-1992. In fact, Woolfolk has played in all 80 matches since coming to The Farm in 1997, during which time Stanford has compiled an impressive 57-15-8 (.763) mark.
The Ten Spot
With his two goals on Sunday, senior midfielder Scott Leber now has a career-high 11 on the year, making him the first Cardinal to reach double-digits in goals since Jamie Clark netted 10 in 1996. The Stanford record is 28, set by Ted Rafalovich in 1978, however, no Cardinal has reached a dozen since Ricky Goad in 1993.
Sylvis' Big Week
Senior midfielder Sean Sylvis garnered two personal honors last week, being named Pac-10 Player of the Week and earning a spot on the Soccer America Team of the Week for October 17-23. Sylvis, who came off the bench to score game-winners in a 2-1 Stanford win at Oregon State and a 2-0 win over then-No. 4 Washington in Seattle, became the first Cardinal player ever to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Stanford has had three additional players honored by Soccer America: Luke Rust (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), Roger Levesque (Oct. 9-15) and Lee Morrison (Sept. 11-17).
In just 16 matches, Stanford's defense has posted 13 shutouts - just two shy of the school record set during the 25-game 1998 season. The Cardinal has allowed just four goals in 1470:53 minutes - a 0.24 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.
At 14-1-1, 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 ... With 52 goals, the 2000 Cardinal is the highest-scoring Stanford team since 1983 ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 32-2 after halftime (including overtime) and has been held scoreless in the second half just twice this season (at San Jose State and vs. Washington) ... Stanford has nearly tripled its opponents' shot total (288-100) and has more than doubled its corner kicks (105-48) ... At 8-0-1, the Cardinal has yet to lose away from home this season ... Stanford is 5-0-1 in road games and is undefeated in three neutral site matches ... Senior midfielder Matt Moses, who redshirted the 1999 campaign and entered 2000 with only two career assists, has a team-high eight assists ... 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 Hoosiers
Two-time defending National Champion Indiana (13-3-0) has won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since losing its first two games of the season. The Hoosiers have three players with at least 20 points: senior forward Matt Fundenberger (10 goals, 2 assists, 22 points), sophomore forward Pat Noonan (8 goals, 4 assists, 20 points) and junior midfielder Ryan Mack (5 goals, 10 assists, 20 points). Between the posts, senior goalkeeper T.J. Hannig has a 1.21 GAA in nine games and 821:33 minutes, while junior Colin Rogers has posted a 0.58 GAA in seven games and 616:02 minutes. Legendary coach Jerry Yeagley, who has won five NCAA titles in his 27 years at the helm, has a 491-86-37 career record. Stanford is 0-4-2 all-time against Indiana and, in the last meeting, the Hoosiers won 3-1 in the 1998 NCAA Championship match.
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.