Men's Soccer Set For NCAA Quarterfinal Match Against Southern Methodist
Nov. 28, 2000
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal
Stanford (18-2-1), the No. 3 seed in the 2000 NCAA Men's College Cup, will host No. 6 seed Southern Methodist (19-4-0) in a National Quarterfinal match on Saturday, Dec. 2 at New Maloney Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The winner of this match will advance to the Semifinals of the College Cup, to take place on Friday, Dec. 8 at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
Scouting The Mustangs
Southern Methodist, which captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, enters its ninth NCAA quarterfinal since 1985. The Mustangs are 0-5-3 in those matches, with each of the draws resulting in penalty kick losses. SMU's road to the quarterfinal included home wins over IUPUI (2-0) and Kentucky (3-1). Junior forward Mohamed Fahim leads the nation's most potent offensive attack with 23 goals and seven assists for 53 points. Fahim has also recorded four hat tricks, including scoring all three goals in the Mustangs' 3-1 victory over Kentucky in the Second Round of the tournament. Five other SMU players have tallied 20 or more points: Luchi Gonzalez (12 g, 14 a, 38 pts), MVC Player of the Year Diego Walsh (10 g, 14 a, 34 pts), Matt Whiteley (10 g, 6 a, 26 pts), Bret Corbin (8 g, 5 a, 21 pts) and Carl Bussey (9 g, 2 a, 20 pts). Junior goalkeeper Byron Foss has started 22 matches, logging 1856:49 minutes between the posts with 80 saves and a 0.97 GAA. SMU is 20-15-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, but just 6-8-2 in road games. Head coach Schellas Hyndman has posted a 256-70-2 (.784) mark in 17 years at SMU and is 354-94-33 (.749) in 24 years overall.
The Series With the Mustangs
Stanford and Southern Methodist have met just once before, with the Cardinal capturing a 1-0 victory in Dallas, TX as part of the 1989 SMU Invitational.
Offense vs. Defense
Saturday's matchup will pit the nation's most explosive offense against its stingiest defense. Southern Methodist has scored 79 goals for an NCAA-best 3.43 per game, while the Stanford defense has allowed just eight goals for an 0.36 GAA. On the other hand, the Cardinal scores 3.19 goals per match while the Mustangs have a 0.96 GAA.
2000 NCAA Men's College Cup
The 2000 NCAA Tournament featured 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 were 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. Only eight teams remain: No. 1 North Carolina, Indiana, No. 5 Virginia, Creighton, No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 Southern Methodist, Brown and Connecticut.
Stanford is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and eighth overall. Following its Second Round win over Cal State Fullerton, the Cardinal has a 6-6-1 mark in tournament action, with four of those wins coming in its march to the 1998 National Championship game. This is only the second time in program history that Stanford has advanced to the National Quarterfinals (1998). During the regular season, Stanford posted a 4-2-1 record against the five tournament opponents it faced, splitting two games each against Washington and UCLA, drawing against San Jose State while defeating Indiana and Dartmouth.
Second Round Recap
Stanford broke a scoreless tie with a six-goal, second-half explosion en route to a 6-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. After the Cardinal failed to score on eight first-half shots, Corey Woolfolk ignited the onslaught with a goal just 1:25 into the second period. Woolfolk would later add another score to complement goals by Lee Morrison, Roger Levesque, Mike Murphy and Ryan Nelsen. Derek Shanahan had two assists for the second consecutive game, while Matt Moses notched his team-leading 10th assist of the year. The Stanford defense posted its 16th shutout of the year to set a new school single-season record, while the team's 18th win tied the 1998 National Finalists for the most victories in program history.
The Clark File
Head coach Bobby Clark, in his fifth season at the helm of the Cardinal, has posted a 71-20-12 (.748) record on The Farm. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year and 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year has a 153-62-25 (.690) 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.
* Stanford is making its second appearance in the National Quarterfinals ... In 1998, the Cardinal won 3-0 at Virginia en route to the National Championship match.
* The Cardinal has won three in a row and 10 of its last 11 ... The lone loss in that stretch was a 1-0, double-overtime setback at UCLA.
* At 18-2-1, Stanford has tied the school record for most victories in one season ... The 1998 National Finalists finished 18-5-2 ... The Cardinal posted a 16-2-1 mark in the regular season to tie the 1978 squad for the most successful regular season in school history.
* Stanford is 6-6-1 all-time in eight NCAA Tournament apperances ... The Cardinal is 4-0-1 in postseason action at New Maloney Field.
* Stanford posted a 4-2-1 record in seven regular season games against Tournament opponents.
* In the final regular season polls, Stanford was ranked No. 3 by Soccer Times, No. 4 by Soccer America, No. 5 by the College Soccer Online Media Poll, and No. 6 by the NSCAA ... Entering Saturday's contest with No. 11 Southern Methodist, the Cardinal has a 4-2-1 record against teams ranked in the Soccer America Top 20.
* After the six-goal, second-half outburst against UIC, Stanford has outscored its opponents 42-4 after halftime and has been held scoreless after intermission just four times (at San Jose State, vs. Washington, at UCLA and vs. Cal State Fullerton).
* Senior forward Corey Woolfolk has seven goals in his last three games, all of which were multi-goal contests ... Woolfolk ended the regular season with two goals against Oregon State, had a hat trick against Cal State Fullerton in the First Round of the tournament and netted a pair against UIC in the Second Round ... He now leads the team in points (31) and game-winning goals (4).
* Junior midfielder Derek Shanahan has four assists thus far in the tournament, tallying two in each game ... He also scored Stanford's final goal in a 4-0, First Round win over Cal State Fullerton ... Counting his assist on Corey Woolfolk's double-overtime goal against Oregon State, Shanahan now has assisted on two of the last three Cardinal game-winners.
* Stanford has outscored its first two postseason opponents 10-0 while outshooting them 33-14 ... On the year, the Cardinal holds a 67-8 advantage in goals and a 371-143 margin in shots.* Stanford's 6-0 shutout of UIC was the Cardinal's 16th blanking of the season, establishing a new school single-season record.
* Stanford is getting widespread contributions, as six different Cardinal players have scored goals thus far in the tournament while seven have registered at least one point ... Senior midfielder Scott Leber, who led the team during the regular season with 49 shots, 13 goals and 30 points, has just one postseason shot.
* At 18-2-1, Stanford has reached double-digits in victories for the fifth time in five seasons under head coach Bobby Clark ... The streak, which also includes four 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.
* The Cardinal has a school-record 10 players in double-digit scoring.
* Stanford has played five overtime matches and is 2-2-1 in those contests. Five of the Cardinal's 13 postseason matches have required extra time.
* The Cardinal finished the inaugural season of Pac-10 play in second place with a 6-2-0 record, one game behind Washington.
* Stanford's No. 1 ranking, achieved in the Soccer America polls on both Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, was the first top ranking in program history.
* Stanford has been outshot just twice all year (at San Jose State, vs. Indiana), and is 1-0-1 in those contests.
* Junior defender Lee Morrison is 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.
Regular Season Wrap-Up
Stanford enjoyed 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.
A Cardinal Tint to the National Rankings
After the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, Stanford remains in the top ten in four major statistical categories: goals per game (3rd, 3.19), team GAA (1st, 0.36), shutout percentage (1st, .762) and winning percentage (3rd, .881).
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 and Sean Sylvis earned honorable mention accolades.
Following the 6-0 blanking of Illinois-Chicago last Saturday, Stanford is 9-1-0 at home in 2000 and is 31-2-4 (.892) at New Maloney Field since the facility opened in 1997. The Cardinal has outscored opponents 90-20 at home during that span and has 23 shutouts in 37 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 has held opponents to just eight goals in 1903:53 minutes for an 0.36 GAA. Stanford has posted a school-record 16 shutouts, 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.
With its 10 goals and 12 assists thus far in the NCAA Tournament, the 2000 Cardinal is the highest scoring Stanford team since 1978. That `78 team scored 90 goals, however, assists were not recorded. The 2000 squad has 67 goals and 69 assists for 203 points, the only 200-point Cardinal team on record. Also, this year's balanced squad has set a school record with 10 players reaching double-digits in points: Corey Woolfolk (31), Scott Leber (30), Roger Levesque (21), Luke Rust (20), Ryan Nelsen (16), Johanes Maliza (13), Derek Shanahan (12), Sean Sylvis (10), Lee Morrison (10) and Matt Moses (10).
Seniors Corey Woolfolk and Scott Leber have combined to give the Cardinal one of the nation's best one-two punches. Both are enjoying the most prolific scoring seasons by a Stanford player in 18 years, as before Woolfolk's 31 points and Leber's 30, the last Cardinal to reach the 30-point plateau was Jorge Titinger in 1982 (13 goals, 12 assists, 38 points). The two have also scored the game-winning goal in seven of Stanford's 18 victories, while Woolfolk has given Stanford wins in each of the last three matches. The two are tied for the team lead with three multi-goal games apiece. Leber, a First Team All-Conference selection, twice was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Woolfolk, who garnered Second Team All-Conference accolades, has played in each of Stanford's 85 matches since 1997, tying teammate Adam Zapala for the school record. For his career, Woolfolk ranks in Stanford's all-time top ten in goals (10th with 25), assists (6th with 20) and points (6th with 70).
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 43 goals and 32 assists for 118 points, not only have the seniors produced 58.1 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 14 of Stanford's 18 game-winning goals. Defensively, Zapala owns eight school career and single-season records to lead a unit that boasts a nation-best 0.36 GAA. Thus far in the NCAA Tournament, the seniors have scored six goals - including both game-winners - with six assists.
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 third and sixth on the team in scoring, respectively. Levesque had a one-goal, one-assist effort against Illinois-Chicago in the Second Round, lifting his season totals to seven goals and seven assists. Maliza, who earlier this year scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over then-No. 1 UCLA, has six goals and an assist. Another sub, Sean Sylvis, has four goals, two assists and is tied for second on the team with three game-winning strikes. Defender Abe Geiger has also seen action in 19 of 21 games while Taylor Graham has appeared in 18 contests.
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 21 matches, and the quartet has combined for 20 goals and 28 assists. Through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the midfielders have played a role in eight of the ten Stanford goals with two scores and six assists.
An Offensively Minded Defense
When junior defender Lee Morrison scored Stanford's second goal against Illinois-Chicago, he continued an offensive trend by the Cardinal defense. Stanford's four starting defenders - Aaron Biddle, Todd Dunivant, Chris Gores and Morrison - have combined for four goals (including a game-winner) and 19 assists (27 points).
Between the Posts
As the 2000 NCAA Tournament enters its Second Round, 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 (8,021:34), career shutouts (52), career GAA (0.62), career games played (85, tied with Corey Woolfolk), career games started (85), single-season minutes (2,377 in 1998), single-season shutouts (16 in 2000) and single-season GAA (0.57 in 1998). He also ranks second in career saves with 227, and his career GAA is currently tied for the 13th-best in NCAA Division I history.
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. Stanford won the Nike/Goal Rush Classic, the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic and the Stanford/Nike Invitational, while the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic did not recognize a champion nor MVP's.
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.