No. 3 Men's Soccer Returns To Action This Weekend
Sept. 24, 2001
This Week's Action
(5th annual Stanford/Nike Invitational)
Fri., Sept. 28 vs. Dartmouth-7:30 p.m. Stanford, Calif.
Sun.,Sept. 30 vs. Fresno State-2 p.m. Stanford, Calif.
Stanford will look to continue its strong start Friday, when it hosts the 5th annual Stanford/Nike Invitational. The Cardinal (4-0) has been idle since Sunday, Sept. 9, when it defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-1 in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley. This weekend's tournament, which features California, Dartmouth and Fresno State, will also mark the first home appearance for the Cardinal this season. Stanford will open against Dartmouth on Friday and square off against Fresno State on Sunday afternoon. The complete tournament schedule is as follows:
Fri., Sept. 28-California vs. Fresno State- 5 p.m. Fri., Sept. 28-Dartmouth vs. Stanford- 7:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30-California vs. Dartmouth- 11:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 30-Fresno State vs. Stanford- 2 p.m.
Stanford in the Polls
Due to the fact that the Cardinal has been idle since their win against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 9 , their national rankings remain the same. Stanford is ranked No. 3 in the latest edition of the NSCAA national poll. SMU, St. John's, St. Louis and Connecticut round out the top five. The Cardinal also continue to hold down the No. 9 in the latest Soccer America poll.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth enters this weekend's tournament with a 2-1 overall record, despite dropping a 3-0 decision to Princeton in the Ivy League opener for both schools. The Big Green were shutout by the Tigers last Saturday at home, as Princeton's Mike Nugent scored two goals en route to the win. Dartmouth had previously posted victories against Wake Forest and Providence. Four different players have scored for the Big Green this season, and senior goalkeeper Ben Gebre-Medhin has been solid in the first three games. Dartmouth is led by head coach Jeff Cook, who is in his first year with the Big Green. The Cardinal will open against Dartmouth on Friday night, and blanked the Big Green 6-0 last season when the schools met at the Dartmouth Tournament in Hanover, N.H. Stanford owns a 3-1-1 series edge.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Fresno State, Stanford's opponent on Sunday afternoon, is coming off a Las Vegas road trip which saw the Bulldogs capture the 2001 UNLV/Fila Classic Championship. The Bulldogs (3-1-2) took defending champion and No. 5-ranked Connecticut into overtime on Friday, finishing the match in a 2-2 tie with the Huskies. On Sunday afternoon, Fresno State routed Western Kentucky 6-0and outshot the Hilltoppers 23-3 in the contest. Senior Noah Delgadohas been the Bulldog's top scoring threat in the early going, scoring five goals and recording 23 shots on goal through six games. Fresno State head coach Dave Chesler is in his fifth year with the club, and has amassed a 43-31-12 mark during that stretch. Stanford is 4-11-3 against Fresno State in the overall series, with the Bulldogs defeating the Cardinal 2-1 in the last meeting between the teams in 1995.
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 and his 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. The Cardinal head coach notched his 100th career victory earlier this season in Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Sept. 9.
The Cardinal blanked Seton Hall 5-0 and Cincinnati 4-0 last season en route to claiming the championship of the 2000 Stanford/Nike Invitational at Maloney Field. Stanford outscored its opponents 9-0 and held a 34-7 advantage in shots. Luke Rust was named Offensive MVP, while senior Lee Morrison was named the Defensive MVP as four Cardinal players made the all tournament team. Ryan Nelsen and junior Johanes Maliza were the other Cardinal seletions. Since the 1997 season, the Cardinal is 7-0-1 in Stanford/Nike Invitational competition and has yet to allow a goal in eight matches. One of this year's opponents, Dartmouth, will be making its third appearance in the tournament and battled the Cardinal to a 0-0 tie in 1997.
Stanford in Home Openers
The Cardinal has won five straight home openers dating back to the 1996 season, outscoring their opponents 14-2 in such games. The last team to defeat Stanford in a season opener was Saint Mary's, which edged the Cardinal 3-1 in 1995.
Shaking off the Rust
One factor that may come into play when the Cardinal takes the field Friday against Dartmouth is the long layoff the team has experienced due to the tragic events that occurred two weeks ago. Stanford was slated to compete in the SMU Nike Classic on Sept. 14-15 before the tournament was cancelled. The Cardinal has been idle since Sept. 9, when it defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-1 in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic. The 19-day layoff is the longest the Cardinal has experienced during the regular season since the 1999 season, when Stanford was idle from Sept. 12-22.
Rematch Will Have to Wait
Due to the tragic events that occurred in New York and Washington D.C., the SMU Nike Classic scheduled for Sept. 14-15 was cancelled. The Cardinal was slated to face Florida International on Sept. 14 before a rematch against host school SMU the following evening. 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.
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 earlier this season in Berkeley. Senior Derek Shanahan's penalty kick in the 60th minute gave the Cardinal a hard-fought 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount in the opening contest. The Cardinal outshot the Lions 15-7, while goalkeeper Andrew Terris notched four saves. In the second game, Matt Janusz, Lee Morrison, and Todd Dunivant each found the net for the Cardinal in a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton. Terris recorded five saves on the day for the Cardinal, who outshot the Titans 19-8. 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. 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.
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.
Defense Holding Steady
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.
Cardinal Take Care of Business In Portland
Stanford enjoyed its first road trip of the season, posting back-to-back shutouts against Gonzaga and Portland. In the opener against Gonzaga, three different Cardinal players scored in the 3-0 victory. Matt Moses, Derek Shanahan, and Roger Levesque each found the net in the victory, while Andrew Terris notched two saves. The Cardinal held a 12-5 advantage in shots, while Gonzaga owned the edge in goalie saves, 5-2. The Cardinal followed that up with a 1-0 shutout of Portland two days later. Todd Dunivant's goal in the 22nd minute off an 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.
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.
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.
9/14 vs. Florida International: Game was cancelled.
9/15 vs. SMU: Game was cancelled.
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.
Middle of the Pac
Stanford was picked to finish third in this year's preseason 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
*****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.
*****The last time Stanford dropped a regular season contest against a non-conference opponent was in 1998, when visiting San Jose State nipped the Cardinal 2-1 at Maloney Field on Sept. 7.
*****Junior Andrew Terris has recorded three shutouts for the Cardinal this season and is leading the Pac-10 in that category.