No. 3 Men's Soccer Will Square Off Against No. 1 SMU This Weekend
Sept. 10, 2001
This Week's Action
(SMU Nike Classic)
Fri., Sept. 14 vs. Florida International 3 p.m.- Dallas, Tex.
Sat.,Sept. 15 vs. No. 1 SMU 5:30 p.m.- Dallas, Tex.
The Cardinal finished 2-0 this past weekend in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, claiming the tournament title. Stanford blanked Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Friday afternoon in their first tournament match, then bested Cal State Fullerton 3-1 on Sunday. The men will be on the road for a third consecutive weekend beginning Friday, when they compete in the SMU Nike Classic. The Cardinal are slated to open with Florida International on Friday evening before a showdown with No. 1 SMU on Saturday night.
Stanford in the Polls
After dropping eight spots in last week's NSCAA poll following two victories, the Cardinal have climbed to No. 3 in the latest edition of the NSCAA national poll. SMU, who Stanford will face this weekend, tops the list and is follows by St. John's, Stanford, St. Louis and Connecticut. The Cardinal moved up five spots to No. 9 in the latest Soccer America poll.
Scouting the Panthers
Florida International will be gunning for its first victory of the season when it brings an 0-3 record into the SMU Nike Classic this weekend. The Panthers are certainly used to playing against tough competition, having lost 7-1 to Clemson and 3-0 to Furman in their two matches at the Umbro/Spinx Invitational in Greensboro, S.C. Allen Handy and Landy Mattison were FIU's lone representatives on the all-tournament team. Florida International finished 11-7-1 in 2000, and posted a 7-1-0 mark in Atlantic Soccer Conference competition. The Panthers are led by head coach Karl Kremser, who has a 262-131-33 career mark in 21 seasons with the program. Stanford and Florida International have met only once before, with the Panthers claiming a 1-0 victory back in 1991.
Scouting the Mustangs
The Cardinal will get an early season look at No. 1 SMU, who has enough talent and depth to make a serious run at the national title. SMU brings an unblemished 4-0 mark into tournament play this weekend, which will also be the first home games of the season for the Mustangs. SMU went 20-5 last year, won the Missouri Valley Conference and finished with a final ranking of No. 3. The Mustangs upset Stanford 2-1 at Maloney Field in the 2000 NCAA Quarterfinals before falling to Connecticut 2-0 in the national championship. The Mustangs are led by senior forward Luchi Gonzalez, who already has tallied six goals in SMU's first four contests. SMU is coached by Schellas Hyndman, who has a 261-71-22 career record in 17 seasons with the Mustangs. The overall series record is even at 1-1, courtesy of SMU's playoff upset from last season.
The Simon File
Head Coach Bret Simon begins his first season as head coach of the Stanford men. Simon, a 1980 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, came to The Farm in February of 2001 after serving as the men's head coach at Creighton University for the past six seasons. Simon guided Creighton to its most successful season in school history last year, as the Bluejays (22-4-0) earned a trip to the College Cup for the second time in five years before falling to Connecticut in the championship match. A four-time Coach of the Year honoree, Simon compiled a 96-26-9 overall record in six seasons at Creighton. Simon's 96 wins are the most victories ever by a Bluejay soccer head coach. Simon also led the Bluejays to four Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships, a pair of MVC regular-season titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances.
Simon Reaches Century Mark
Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic last Sunday was also the 100th career win for head coach Bret Simon. Simon, who is in his first year with the Cardinal, compiled a 96-26-9 overall record in six seasons at Creighton. The 96 wins are the most victories ever by a Bluejay soccer head coach.
Cardinal claims adidas Cal Legacy Classic title
Stanford used a stout defense and a timely offensive attack en route to capturing the title of the adidas Cal Legacy Classic last week in Berkeley. In the opening match of the tournament, senior Derek Shanahan's penalty kick in the 60th minute gave the Cardinal a hard-fought 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount. The Cardinal outshot the Lions 15-7, while goalkeeper Andrew Terris notched four saves. In the second game, three different players scored in the 3-1 defeat of Cal State Fullerton. Matt Janusz, Lee Morrison, and Todd Dunivant each found the net for the Cardinal, who outshot the Titans 19-8 in the contest. Terris recorded five saves on the day in the victory. For the tournament, Stanford outscored its opponents 4-1, while outshooting them 34-15.
Four Cardinal players on All-Tournament Team
Four Stanford players were named to the All-Tournament Team of the adidas Cal Legacy Classic following the Cardinal's championship weekend. Senior Derek Shanahan, who scored the lone goal in Stanford's first round victory, was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Senior Lee Morrison and juniors Todd Dunivant and Andrew Terris were also honored. Morrison had a goal in Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton, while Dunivant tallied a goal and an assist. Terris was solid in goal, recording nine saves overall.
Let's Get Even
This weekend's SMU Nike Classic will feature a rematch between the Cardinal and the Mustangs. SMU upset the Cardinal 2-1 last year in an 2001 NCAA quarterfinal contest played at Maloney Field, ultimately ending Stanford's impressive season. The Mustangs went on to reach the NCAA championship, but dropped a 2-0 decision to Connecticut. In that game, Derek Shanahan gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead entering the second half of play. SMU countered with a goal in the 65th minute to tie the score, and then took the lead for good when Mohamed Fahim found the net at the 80:06 mark. SMU outshot Stanford 16-12, which marked onlythe fourth time- and first time at home- that the Cardinal had been outshot in 2000. This season's contest could provide much of the same drama as last year, with SMU returning ten starters and the Cardinal playing well with several new players adjusting to starting roles. The overall series is 1-1, and both teams will likely enter Saturday night's game undefeated.
Defense Holding Steady
Most teams would require an adjustment period following the loss of seven letterwinners and a new coaching staff in place, but the 2001 Cardinal squad is making the transition look rather easy. The Cardinal defense, which led the nation with a 0.44 goals against average last season, opened the 2001 campaign with three straight shutouts before allowing their first goal of the season in a 3-1 win against Cal State Fullerton. Stanford has allowed only nine shots on goal and held opponents to a 0.25 goals against average thus far. A repeat performance of last season will be a tall order, however, as the Cardinal recorded shutouts in eight of its first nine games.
Stanford's 3-0 season-opening win against Gonzaga was the fifth consecutive season-opening victory for the Cardinal. The team has won six of their last seven openers dating back to the 1995 season and its last three openers on the road. In fact, Stanford has finished with at least a .500 record or better for the season 16 times in the last 21 years when they win their opener.
Cardinal Take Care of Business In Portland
Stanford enjoyed their first road trip of the season, posting back-to-back shutouts against Gonzaga and Portland last week. In the opener against Gonzaga, three different Cardinal players scored en route to the 3-0 victory. Matt Moses, Derek Shanahan, and Roger Levesque each found the net in the victory, while Andrew Terris was solid between the posts notching two saves on the afternoon. The Cardinal held a 12-5 advantage in shots, while Gonzaga owned the edge in goalie saves, 5-2. The Cardinal followed that performance with a 1-0 blanking of host school Portland two days later. Todd Dunivant's goal in the 22nd minute off a Aaron Biddle cross was all the offense the Cardinal needed to secure the victory. Stanford outshot the Pilots by a 16-10 margin, and held an 11-3 advantage in shots in the first half. Terris turned in his second consecutive strong outing, recording three saves.
Scoring with a Quickness
When senior Matt Moses found the net at the 1:53 mark and gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead in the season-opener against Gonzaga, it was something Stanford fans had seen before. Last season, to be exact. Stanford netted its first goal of last season at the 8:19 mark in their season-opening contest against Xavier. In 2000, it certainly helped when the Cardinal got on the board first- they posted a 17-2-0 record in such games.
Meet Me at Maloney
The Cardinal has been simply dominant in games played at Maloney Field. Since the 1997 season, the Cardinal men have posted a 31-3-3 record in the facility, and finished 9-2 at home last season. Stanford has been dominant at home against conference opponents (which includes three years in the MPSF, and one season in the Pac-10), posting an 11-1-1 mark in such contests. Maloney Field has also been the site for NCAA Tournament matches in 1998-2000, with the Cardinal holding a 4-2 record in home playoff games.
Hermann Watch is in Effect
Senior Lee Morrison was announced as a men's candidate for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer's oldest and most prestigious player of the year award. Morrison, who was tabbed by collegesoccer.com as a Preseason First Team All-American earlier this month, was a finalist for the Hermann award last season and finished third in the voting for the Missouri Athletic Club in 2000. The 2000 All Pac-10 First Team selection started all 22 matches for the Cardinal men last season and helped anchor the nation's stingiest defense. Morrison, a Second Team NSCAA/adidas All-American, tallied three goals and four assists last year.
9/7 vs. Loyola Marymount: The senior defender started and took one shot in Stanford's 1-0 victory over the Lions.
9/9 vs. Cal State Fullerton: Morrison started and scored the go-ahead goal for the Cardinal, connecting on a header at the 29:44 mark.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak remains in tact and is now at 70 games...Morrison made the All-Tournament Team at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic...Morrison has recorded a goal and an assist for the Cardinal this year.
Tourney-Tested Road Warriors
It shouldn't take the Cardinal very long to become acquainted with the format of tournament play or the rigors of traveling this season. That's because Stanford will be competing in three consecutive tournaments in the month of September, with the first two away from Maloney Field. The Cardinal men opened the season in Oregon against Gonzaga and Portland and competed at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley last weekend. This week's appearance in the SMU Nike Classic, which features a rematch of last season's NCAA quarterfinal contest against SMU, concludes the stretch. Stanford's first home match is scheduled for Sept. 28, when they host Dartmouth in the opening round of the 5th annual Stanford/Nike Tournament. Traditional powers San Jose State, UCLA and Washington highlight this year's schedule in addition to the matchup with SMU.
Middle of the Pac
Stanford was picked to finish third in this year's presesaon Pac-10 coaches' poll, tallying 17 points and one first place vote. Defending champion Washington edged UCLA by one point (22-21) to claim the top spot in the poll.
2000 Pacific-10 Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll
(Points 5-4-3-2-1, first place votes in parantheses)
1. Washington (2) 22
2. UCLA (2) 21
3. Stanford (1) 17
4. Oregon State 8
5. California 7
Trends, Streaks, Notes
*****The last time the Cardinal traveled to Texas for a tournament was in 1989, when Stanford was invited to compete in the SMU Invitational- also held in Dallas. Stanford had little trouble with its opponents that weekend, defeating host SMU and North Texas State by identical 1-0 scores.
*****Last year's Stanford squad featured only one freshman, Mike Wilson, who appeared in a game. This season has been different, with 11 freshman having already played at least one game.