Men's Soccer Season Wrap-Up
Dec. 15, 2000
No. 6 Stanford concluded one of its most successful seasons ever at 18-3-1, matching the 1998 squad for the most wins in school history. The Cardinal earned the program's second berth in the National Quarterfinals, and its No. 6 ranking in the final NSCAA Coaches Poll was the second-best in school history. Stanford broke nine school single-season records and tied another, swept MVP honors at all three in-season tournaments, and was honored with 13 All-Pac-10 Conference members, including Player of the Year Ryan Nelsen and Coach of the Year Bobby Clark.
The Clark File
Head coach Bobby Clark concluded his fifth season as head coach of the Stanford men, and now has a 70-21-12 (.738) record on The Farm. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year and 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year has a 153-63-25 (.685) mark in 14 years overall, the first nine as the head man at Dartmouth. The 2000 campaign was one of milestones for Clark, as the former Scottish national team goalkeeper reached three career marks. 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. 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. On Nov. 4, Clark achieved his third milestone, winning his 150th career game with a 1-0 overtime triumph over Indiana.
A pair of Cardinal players were named to the NSCAA/adidas All-America teams, as senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen earned First Team honors while junior defender Lee Morrison was selected to the Second Team. In addition, four Cardinal players were placed on Far West Region All-America teams, as both Morrison and Nelsen were First Team honorees while senior forward Scott Leber and senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala were Second Team selections.
Morrison a National Player of the Year Finalist
Junior defender Lee Morrison, who scored three goals with four assists while anchoring the top defense in the nation, was a finalist for both the Missouri Athletic Club Award and the Hermann Award, both of which are given annually to the top player in men's and women's collegiate soccer. Morrison finished third in the voting for the Missouri Athletic Club award behind Connecticut's Chris Gbandi and Duke's Ali Curtis, respectively.
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.
Stanford excelled in the classroom as well, as 13 Cardinal players earned Pac-10 All-Academic accolades. Stanford led the conference with eight First Team selections. Four seniors - Ryan Nelsen, Luke Rust, Corey Woolfolk and Adam Zapala - were honored while juniors Taylor Graham and Matt Moses along with sophomores Todd Dunivant and Mike Murphy were selected to the First Team. The Cardinal placed seniors Chris Gores and Scott Leber on the Second Team, along with junior Derek Shanahan and sophomores Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza.
Regular Season Wrap-Up
Stanford's 2000 regular season was 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 second place finish (6-2-0) in a Pac-10 Conference that sent three teams to the postseason.
First Round Recap
Stanford opened the 2000 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 shutout over Cal State Fullerton at New Maloney Field. Senior forward Corey Woolfolk recorded his first career hat trick within the first 20:36, junior forward Derek Shanahan added a first-half goal and two assists, and the Cardinal scored on four of its first seven shots en route to the victory. Stanford's defense held the Titans to just nine shots while posting its 15th shutout of 2000, tying the school single-season record set during the 25-match1998 campaign. Senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala made four saves as the Cardinal handed the Titans their first shutout of the season.
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.
National Quarterfinal Recap
Stanford's dream of a national championship came to an end with a 2-1 loss to SMU in a National Quarterfinal match at New Maloney Field. Mohamed Fahim scored a pair of second-half goals, including the game-winner at 80:06, as the Mustangs rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The Cardinal scored the first goal of the game at the 18:34 mark. Aaron Biddle sent a cross to the right side that Corey Woolfolk headed to Derek Shanahan, who driled a one-time volley into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Fahim tied the score with a 35-yard strike to the near post at 65:22 and then put SMU ahead to stay with a rebound score in the 81st minute. The game was played before 2,854 fans, shattering the old New Maloney attendance record by 1,002.
Stanford in the National Rankings
In the final NSCAA Coaches Poll (released after the Men's College Cup), Stanford was ranked No. 6, the second-highest season-ending ranking in program history. This is the fourth straight year that the Cardinal has been ranked in the Top 25 at season's end, following a No. 25 mark in 1997, a program-best No. 2 finish in 1998 and a No. 21 ranking in 1999. National Champion Connecticut was No. 1 in 2000, followed by runner-up Creighton at No. 2, No. 3 SMU, No. 4 Indiana and No. 5 North Carolina. In final regular season polls, Stanford was ranked No. 3 by Soccer Times.com, No. 4 by Soccer America and No. 5 by the College Soccer Online Media Poll. Stanford posted a 4-3-1 record in 2000 against teams ranked in the final NSCAA Top 25 poll.
No. 1 Ranking
In a season of many milestones, perhaps the most special was Stanford attaining the first No. 1 ranking in program history. The Cardinal held the nation's top spot in the Soccer America poll for consecutive weeks, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.
Cardinal Record Breakers
The 2000 Stanford Cardinal established nine new school single-season records while matching another. Stanford set program marks for fewest losses (3), highest winning percentage (.841), most shutouts (16), fewest goals allowed (10), lowest GAA (0.44), most assists (71), most points (207) and most double-digit scorers (10). In addition, the Cardinal's 18 wins matched the 1998 National Finalists for the most victories in school history.
A Cardinal Tint to the National Rankings
Stanford ended the 2000 season ranked in the top ten in four major statistical categories: goals per game (3rd, 3.09), team GAA (1st, 0.44), shutout percentage (1st, .727) and winning percentage (5th, .841).
Inaugural Pac-10 Season
The 2000 campaign marked the first for the Pacific-10 Conference in men's soccer. Five Pac-10 institutions switched from the MPSF for 2000: California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington. The Huskies captured the inaugural Pac-10 Championship with a 7-1-0 league mark (14-6-0 overall). Stanford was second at 6-2-0 (18-3-1). Three Pac-10 teams were ranked in the Top 25, and all three advanced to the NCAA Tournament: No. 6 Stanford, No. 12 Washington and No. 24 UCLA.
Stanford continued to be a dominant home team in 2000, posting a 9-2-0 record at New Maloney Field. The Cardinal is now 32-3-4 (.872) at New Maloney since the Facility opened in 1997, outscoring opponents 91-22 during that span while recording 23 shutouts in 38 matches. In 2000, Stanford tallied home victories over San Francisco, Washington, UCLA, Santa Clara, California, Cal State Fullerton and Illinois-Chicago. The Cardinal also won its own Stanford/Nike Invitational with consecutive shutouts over Seton Hall and Cincinnati.
The Cardinal 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 belonged to Stanford, as the Cardinal backline held opponents to just 10 goals in 2065:12 minutes for a 0.44 GAA with 16 shutouts in 22 matches. In addition to setting school records for fewest goals, GAA and shutouts, Stanford allowed more than one goal just three times and did not allow goals in consecutive games until the final weekend of the regular season. Led by senior Adam Zapala in goal, Cardinal defenders were named the Defensive MVP at three tournaments: the Nike/Goal Rush Classic at Fresno State, the Dartmouth Soccer Classic and the Stanford/Nike Invitational.
In addition to its stellar defense, Stanford had arguably the most prolific offense in school history. The 1978 team scored 90 goals, however, assists were not recorded. The 2000 squad finished with 68 goals and 71 assists for 207 points, the only 200-point Cardinal team on record. Also, this year's balanced squad set a school record with 10 players reaching double-digits in points: Corey Woolfolk (32), Scott Leber (30), Roger Levesque (21), Luke Rust (20), Ryan Nelsen (16), Derek Shanahan (14), Johanes Maliza (13), Sean Sylvis (10), Lee Morrison (10) and Matt Moses (10).
Stanford played in three regular season tournaments in 2000 and won all three. The Cardinal opened the 2000 campaign with victories over Xavier and Western Kentucky to capture the Nike/Goal Rush Classic at Fresno State. Two weeks later, Stanford traveled to the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic and defeated Harvard and the host Big Green en route to the title. The Cardinal blanked both Seton Hall and Cincinnati to win its own Stanford/Nike Invitational at New Maloney Field. Stanford took home a total of 15 all-tournament honors and swept MVP awards at all three tourneys: Corey Woolfolk (Offensive MVP) and Lee Morrison (Defensive MVP) at the Nike/Goal Rush Classic, Scott Leber (Off.) and Ryan Nelsen (Def. MVP) at the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic, and Luke Rust (Off.) and Morrison (Def.) at the Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal also played in the Cal-adidas Legacy Classic, which did not crown a champion nor honor MVP's.
The 2000 senior class will long be remembered on The Farm, as it left 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, posted a four-year record of 61-17-8 (.756). The seniors guided the Cardinal to four consecutive NCAA Tournament apperances, the 1997 MPSF championship, and a berth in the 1998 National Championship match. In 2000, their contribution was unparalleled on both ends of the field. With 43 goals and 33 assists for 119 points, not only did the seniors produce 57.5 percent of the team's points, they also established themselves as the highest-scoring class in Stanford history. Proving its penchant for the clutch, the senior class 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 boasted a nation-best 0.44 GAA. In the three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the seniors scored six goals - including both game-winners - with seven assists. Moses will return as a fifth-year senior in 2001, as he redshirted the 1999 campaign with a torn ACL.
Seniors Corey Woolfolk and Scott Leber combined to give the Cardinal one of the nation's best one-two punches. Both fashioned the most prolific scoring seasons by a Stanford player in 18 years, as before Woolfolk's 32 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 also scored the game-winning goal in seven of Stanford's 18 victories, while Woolfolk gave Stanford wins in each of its first two postseason matches. The two 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, played in each of Stanford's 86 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, 25), assists (6th, 21) and points (6th, 71).
Stanford's six-man junior class also played a large role in the superb 2000 campaign, tallying 11 goals and 19 assists for 41 points. Three juniors - defenders Aaron Biddle and Lee Morrison along with midfielder Derek Shanahan - started all 22 matches - while defender Taylor Graham, defender Travis James and forward Mike Murphy were all significant contributors off the bench.
Not to be outdone, the five Cardinal sophomores also left their mark on the 2000 season. Defender Todd Dunivant dished out nine assists from the back line, midfielder Abe Geiger had an assist in 20 matches off the bench, while forwards Roger Levesque (21 points) and Johanes Maliza (13) finished third and seventh, respectively, in scoring. Backup goalkeeper Andrew Terris did not allow a goal in 71:19 minutes of action while finishing five Stanford shutouts.
The only member of Stanford's seven-man freshman class to see playing time was midfielder Mike Wilson, who appeared in eight matches off the bench. However, Wilson will look to make an impact in 2001 along with goalkeeper Robby Fulton, forward Matt Janusz, midfielder Todd Leber, midfielder Aaron Maines, defender Clayton Peters and midfielder Sean Whalen.
The Benchmark for Success
The 2000 Cardinal club was perhaps the deepest during Bobby Clark's tenure on The Farm, as the bench played a key role in Stanford's road to the National Quarterfinals. A pair of reserves - Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza - ranked third and seventh on the team in scoring, respectively. Another sub, Sean Sylvis, had four goals, two assists and was tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals. Defender Abe Geiger also saw action in 20 of 22 games while Taylor Graham appeared in 18 contests.
Solid in the Middle
Any good structure must be solid in the middle, and the 2000 Stanford Cardinal was no different with its midfield corps of Scott Leber, Matt Moses, Ryan Nelsen and Derek Shanahan. All four players started in each of the Cardinal's 22 matches, and the quartet combined for 21 goals and 28 assists. The midfielders played a role in nine of Stanford's 11 goals in the NCAA Tournament with three scores and six assists.
An Offensively Minded Defense
Stanford's explosive 2000 offense was not just fueled by the forwards, as the Cardinal defense also provided fireworks of their own. Stanford's four starting defenders - Aaron Biddle, Todd Dunivant, Chris Gores and Lee Morrison - combined for four goals (including a game-winner) and 20 assists (28 points).
Between the Posts
Goalkeeper Adam Zapala enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign, finishing a stellar four-year career in which he etched his claim as the most prolific netminder in school history. In 2000, he posted 16 shutouts while leading the country with an 0.45 GAA (10 goals allowed in 1993:53 minutes). Zapala owns or shares eight school career and single-season records: career minutes (8,111:34), career shutouts (52), career GAA (0.63), career games played (86, tied with Corey Woolfolk), career games started (86), single-season minutes (2,377 in 1998), single-season shutouts (16 in 2000) and single-season GAA (0.45 in 2000). He also ranks second in career saves with 234, and his career GAA is currently tied for the 13th-best in NCAA Division I history.
The Kiwi Connection
The 2000 Stanford team continued 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.