Men's Soccer Earns No. 3 Seed For NCAA Tournament
Nov. 14, 2000
NCAA Tournament First Round
Stanford (16-2-1), the No. 3 seed in the 2000 NCAA Men's College Cup, will host Cal State Fullerton (15-5-1) in a First Round match on Saturday, Nov. 18 at New Maloney Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The winner of this match will advance to the Second Round, where it will face the winner of the Illinois-Chicago at Bradley First Round contest.
Scouting The Titans
Cal State Fullerton, which won the Pacific Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, enters the tournament at 15-5-1 overall (6-0-1 MPSF). The Titans had won eight straight before dropping a 3-2 decision to San Jose State in the championship match of the MPSF Tournament. Seven Fullerton players are in double-digit scoring, led by senior forward Duncan Oughton, who has 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points. Art Ramirez (18 points), Ricky Melendez (17), David Dischner (15), Brent Whitfield (12), Hector Orellana (11) and Kris Hulgreen (10) round out the top scorers. Head coach Al Mistri, now in his 20th year at the helm, has used two goalies: junior Sean Rockwell (1.11 GAA in 12 starts) and sophomore Josh Saunders (1.73 GAA in nine starts). Fullerton has played six NCAA Tournament teams, posting a 2-4-0 record in those games.
The Series With the Titans
Stanford and Cal State Fullerton have met eight times since 1978, and the all-time series is tied 3-3-2. The teams last played in 1998, battling to a 1-1 tie at New Maloney Field.
2000 NCAA Men's College Cup
The 2000 NCAA Tournament features a 32-team field as announced by the NCAA Men's Soccer Selection Committee. 16 teams received automatic bids while 16 were chosen at-large. Eight teams are seeded: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 San Diego, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Southern Methodist, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 8 San Jose State. In addition to the Cardinal, the Pac-10 has two other representatives: conference champion Washington and UCLA. The first three rounds are held at host sites, with the final four teams advancing to the 2000 Men's College Cup at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 8 and 10.
Stanford is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh overall. The Cardinal has a 4-5-1 mark in previous tournaments, with all four wins coming in its march to the 1998 National Championship game. In 1978, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1999, Stanford was eliminated in the first round, with the `91 and `97 losses coming in overtime. Last year, the Cardinal lost to Santa Clara in penalty kicks following a 2-2, four-overtime tie. Stanford is 4-2-1 against the five tournament opponents it has faced in 2000, splitting two games each against Washington and UCLA, drawing against San Jose State while defeating Indiana and Dartmouth.
The Clark File
Head coach Bobby Clark, in his fifth season at the helm of the Cardinal, has posted a 69-20-12 (.743) record on The Farm. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year has a 151-62-25 (.687) mark in 13-plus years overall, the first nine as the head man at Dartmouth. On Nov. 4, Clark achieved his third milestone of the season, winning his 150th career game with a 1-0, overtime triumph over Indiana. On Sept. 26, Stanford defeated Saint Mary's, a win which moved Clark past Sam Koch and into fourth place on the Cardinal's all-time victory list. The Cardinal's 5-0 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 29 gave Clark his 60th Stanford victory, making him only the fourth coach to record 60 victories on The Farm.
Regular Season Wrap-Up
Stanford is coming off one of the most successful regular seasons in program history. At 16-2-1, the Cardinal tied the 1978 squad for the most regular season wins in school history. Stanford began the season with a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1). Then, after dropping an overtime decision to Washington, it rattled off seven straight wins. Head coach Bobby Clark guided his team to a 3-2-1 mark against ranked teams and a 6-2-0, second place finish in a Pac-10 Conference that sent three teams to the postseason.
Stanford had a strong showing in postseason honors following the inaugural season of Pac-10 play. Senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen was named Player of the Year while Bobby Clark earned Coach of the Year honors. Todd Dunivant, Scott Leber, Lee Morrison and Adam Zapala joined Nelsen on the All-Conference First Team. Aaron Biddle and Corey Woolfolk were selected to the Second Team, while Roger Levesque, Johanes Maliza, Luke Rust, Derek Shanahan, Sean Sylvis earned honorable mention accolades.
Stanford is 7-1-0 at home in 2000 and is 29-2-4 (.886) at New Maloney Field since the facility opened in 1997. The Cardinal has outscored opponents 80-20 at home and has 21 shutouts in 35 matches. Stanford has twice gone undefeated at home, posting a 6-0-1 mark in 1997 and a 7-0-1 record in 1999.
The Cardinal has also experienced success on the road in 2000, compiling a 9-1-1 record away from home. Stanford was 5-1-1 in official road games, including wins at Dartmouth and Washington and a tie at San Jose State. In neutral site matches, the Cardinal was a perfect 4-0-0, defeating Xavier, Western Kentucky, Harvard and Indiana.
No Goals For You
The nation's stingiest defense in 2000 belongs to Stanford, as the Cardinal backline held opponents to just eight goals in 1795:12 minutes for an 0.40 GAA. Stanford has posted 14 shutouts thus far, just one shy of the school record set in the 25-game 1998 season. It has allowed more than one goal just twice, and had not allowed goals in consecutive games until the final weekend of the regular season. Led by senior All-America candidate Adam Zapala in goal, Cardinal defenders have been named the Defensive MVP at three tournaments: the Nike/Goal Rush Classic at Fresno State, the Dartmouth Soccer Classic and the Stanford/Nike Invitational.
Stanford has played three consecutive overtime games and five overall, posting a 2-2-1 mark in those contests. Three of those matches have gone to double overtime, including each of the last two. Five of Stanford's 10 NCAA Tournament matches have required extra time.
A total of 15 Stanford players garnered All-Tournament honors in the four tournaments in which the Cardinal competed, including a sweep of Offensive and Defensive MVP honors. At the Nike/Goal Rush Classic hosted by Fresno State, Scott Leber and Ryan Nelsen joined Offensive MVP Corey Woolfolk and Defensive MVP Lee Morrison. Leber (Offensive) and Nelsen (Defensive) took home MVP honors at the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic, while Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza were named to the All-Tourney team. At the Stanford/Nike Invitational, Luke Rust was the Offensive MVP and Morrsion the Defensive MVP, joining Maliza and Nelsen on the All-Tournament team. Finally, at the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic, Leber, Nelsen and Adam Zapala were recognized. Stanford won the first three tournaments, while the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic did not recognize a champion nor MVP's.
Stanford's outstanding 2000 season has been the product of a total team effort, as evidenced by the number of players who have established career highs. (nine players have set 20 different career bests). Scott Leber has led the charge, as the senior midfielder has 13 goals, 4 assists and 30 points. Luke Rust and Corey Woolfolk, both forwards, have also enjoyed banner senior campaigns. Rust has netted a career-best nine goals with 19 points, while Woolfolk has acheived high marks with seven goals, six assists and 20 points. Senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen, in his second season on The Farm, bettered his first-year Stanford totals with four goals, four assists and 12 points. Matt Moses and Todd Dunivant are tied for the team lead with eight assists, career highs for both players, while Aaron Biddle (5 assists), Derek Shanahan (4) and Lee Morrison (4) have also set career bests. Finally, two sophomores - Abe Geiger and Johanes Maliza - have recorded their first career points.
The 2000 senior class is making its mark as one of the best in Stanford history. The eight-man class, consisting of defender Chris Gores, midfielder Scott Leber, midfielder Matt Moses, midfielder Ryan Nelsen, forward Luke Rust, midfielder Sean Sylvis, forward Corey Woolfolk and goalkeeper Adam Zapala, has contributed largely on both ends of the field. With 37 goals and 26 assists for 92 points, not only have the seniors produced 58.5 percent of the team's points, they have also established themselves as the highest-scoring class in Stanford history. Proving its penchant for the clutch, the senior class has also netted 12 of Stanford's 16 game-winning goals. Defensively, Zapala owns eight school career and single-season records to lead a unit that boasts a nation-best 0.40 GAA. On Sunday's Senior Day, the class took the term to heart, scoring all four goals in a 4-3, double overtime victory over Oregon State. Woolfolk capped off the day with his second score, the game-winner at the 109:26 mark.
The Benchmark for Success
Stanford has been a deep club in 2000, relying heavily on the efforts of its bench. A pair of reserves - Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza - ranks fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. Each has six goals, while Levesque has added six assists. Another sub, Sean Sylvis, has four goals, two assists and is tied for the team lead with three game-winning strikes. Defender Abe Geiger has also seen action in 17 of 19 games and has one assist to go along with solid play in the back.
The Legend of Leber
Senior midfielder Scott Leber is enjoying the most prolific scoring season by a Stanford player in 18 years. With 13 goals and four assists for 30 points, he has become the first Cardinal to reach the 30-point plateau since Jorge Titinger finished with 38 in 1982 (13 goals, 12 assists). His header against Indiana with just 1:41 remaining in overtime gave Stanford its first-ever victory over the Hoosiers, earning him his second consecutive Soccer America Team of the Week selection. He also became Stanford's second Pac-10 Player of the Week when he was honored following a two-goal performance at California on Oct. 29.
Cardinal's Iron Man Climbing the Career Charts
Senior forward Corey Woolfolk has played in each of Stanford's 83 matches since 1997, establishing a school record for career games played. One of the 2000 tri-captains, Woolfolk is ascending Stanford's all-time scoring charts. He now has 20 goals and 19 assists in his career for 59 points, the 10th-highest mark in school history. His 19 assists are tied for the sixth-best mark in Cardinal annals, while his 20 goals are just four shy of the top ten.
Solid in the Middle
Any good structure must be solid in the middle, and the Stanford men's soccer team is no different with its midfield corps of Scott Leber, Matt Moses, Ryan Nelsen and Derek Shanahan. All four players have started in each of the Cardinal's 19 matches, and the quartet has combined for 18 goals and 21 assists. On Sunday, Shanahan's cross into the box was converted for the game-winning goal in a 4-3, double-overtime defeat of Oregon State.
An Offensively Minded Defense
Sophomore defender Todd Dunivant had a pair of assists in the regular season finale, continuing an offensive trend by the Cardinal back line. Stanford's four starting defenders - Aaron Biddle, Lee Morrison, Chris Gores and Dunivant - have combined for three goals (including a game-winner) and 18 assists (24 points). With eight assists, Dunivant is tied for the team lead. Biddle also has five assists, while Morrison has a pair of goals. Gores made his one assist count, feeding Luke Rust for the game-winning strike against Cincinnati.
Between the Posts
Entering the 2000 NCAA Tournament, senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala has etched his claim as the most prolific netminder in school history. Zapala owns or shares eight school career and single-season records: career minutes (7,851), career shutouts (50), career GAA (0.63), career games played (83, tied with Corey Woolfolk), career games started (83), single-season minutes (2,377 in 1998), single-season shutouts (15 in 1998) and single-season GAA (0.57 in 1998). He also ranks fourth in career saves with 224, just two shy of second place.
At 16-2-1, 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 10 consecutive 10-win seasons fashioned by the Cardinal from 1976-1985 ... Stanford has 57 goals, making it the highest-scoring Cardinal team since the 1981 squad netted 66 ... The Cardinal has seven players in double-digit scoring: Scott Leber (30 points), Corey Woolfolk (20), Luke Rust (19), Roger Levesque (18), Johanes Maliza (13), Ryan Nelsen (12) and Sean Sylvis (10) ... Another two players - Lee Morrison and Matt Moses - have eight points apiece ... Stanford has outscored its opponents 36-4 after halftime and has been held scoreless following intermission just three times (at San Jose State, vs. Washington and at UCLA) ... Sunday marked only the second time that the Cardinal has not scored first during regulation (UCLA scored in double OT), and Stanford has staged comebacks in both games, winning against Oregon State (4-3, 2ot) and tying at San Jose State (1-1) ... Stanford has been outshot only twice all year (at San Jose State and vs. Indiana), and is 1-0-1 in those contests.
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.