No. 2 Men's Soccer Continues To Surge In Non-Conference Play
Oct. 1, 2001
This Week's Action
Thu., Oct. 4 vs. San Jose State (5-3-0)-7:30 p.m.-Stanford, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 7 vs. Saint Mary's (5-2-1)-2:30 p.m.-Stanford, Calif.
The Cardinal captured their fifth straight Stanford/Nike Invitational championship title last weekend, recording two 4-0 shutouts in each tournament game. Stanford blanked Dartmouth in the opening round Friday, and followed that strong performance with another shutout Sunday against Fresno State. The tournament matches were the first played at Maloney Field this season, and the Cardinal has held its opponents scoreless in five of six contests so far. Stanford will return to Maloney Field this week to square off against two non-conference opponents: San Jose State on Thursday night and Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon.
Stanford in the Polls
This week's NSCAA national poll has the Cardinal ranked No.2, one move up from last week's No. 3 ranking. SMU continues to hold down the top spot in the poll, followed by Stanford, St. John's, Virginia and St. Louis- respectively. The Cardinal remain at the No. 9 spot in the latest Soccer America for the third consecutive week.
Scouting the Spartans
San Jose State brings a 5-3 overall record into Thursday night's contest, which represents one of the remaining two non-conference games on its schedule. The Spartans are coming off a hard-fought 2-1 victory against UC Irvine, in which Richard Halvorsen netted the game-winning goal in the 79th minute to secure the win. Senior midfielder Lars Lyssand is not only the leading scorer for San Jose State but also the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference, having already scored eight goals along with five assists. San Jose State's starting goaltender, Eddie Dominguez, left Sunday's game against UC Irvine after 22 minutes after aggravating a facial injury and was replaced by backup Daniel Benton, who notched three saves in the win.The Spartans are led by head coach Gary St. Clair, in his 12th season with the team. The teams battled to a 1-1 (2OT) tie in 2000, but the Cardinal hold a 15-11-3 edge in the overall series.
Scouting the Gaels
The Gaels have won four of their last five contests heading into Sunday's tilt against the Cardinal. Saint Mary's easily dispatched of the College of Notre Dame 5-0 last Sunday for their fourth consecutive shutout. The Gaels (5-2-1) received two goals from junior Brian Voltattorni and Diego Rovira and Brian Rhodes each scored their first goals of the 2001 season in the win. Freshman Juan Lopez scored his fourth goal of the season in the match and leads the Gaels in that category. Saint Mary's has been exceptional in the goalkeeping department this year, with Kellan Wilson (0.74 GAA) and Dan McElhinney (1.18 GAA) splitting time. Head coach Steve Rammel is in his first season at the helm of the Gaels following a three-year stint as the top assistant coach at UCLA. The series has been particulary one-sided, as Stanford owns an 18-5-1 edge, including a 5-0 road win 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 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.
At First Glance
While Stanford's upcoming non-conference contests may not seem to tough on the surface, picking up back-to-back wins may not be so easy. The Cardinal's opponent on Thursday night, San Jose State, battled Stanford to a 1-1 tie and was one of only three teams in 2000 to score first against the Cardinal. Stanford's record entering that matchup was 6-0, the same mark they will bring into this season's game against the Spartans. Saint Mary's has recorded four consecutive shutouts leading up to Sunday's tilt and knows it can win at Maloney Field. The Gaels are the last team to defeat Stanford in a home season opener, edging the Cardinal 3-1 in 1995.
It's Their Hardware Once Again
The Cardinal has been dominant in Stanford/Nike Invitational competition, and this season was no exception. Stanford posted back-to-back 4-0 shutouts against this year's opponents, Dartmouth and Fresno State. The Cardinal outshot its opponents 34-18 over the weekend and only six shots on goal. Since 1997 , the Cardinal is now 9-0-1 in Stanford/Nike Invitational competition and has yet to allow a goal in ten matches.
Giving Out Minutes
One of first-year head coach Bret Simon's trademarks early in the season has been a willingness to get everyone involved in the game. 28 of the 29 players on this year's roster have played in at least one game, and 24 different Cardinal men saw action in at least one of last weekend's tournament games. Five freshmen- Seyi Abolaji, Darren Fernandez, Aaron Maines, Matt Janusz and James Twellman- have appeared in at least four of the six games so far. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
Rust Not a Factor
Leading up to last Friday's game against Dartmouth, the Cardinal had not played a game since defeating Cal State Fullerton 3-1 on Sept. 9 due to the terrorist attacks on East Coast and a bye week on the schedule. The 19-day layoff, which was the longest the Cardinal had experienced during the regular season since the 1999 campaign, didn't seem to affect the team in posting consecutive shutouts in tournament play.
Welcome to the Club
Last weekend was one to remember for sophomore Mike Wilson and freshman Matt Janusz. Wilson, who played in eight matches last year, tallied his first goal and assist in a Cardinal uniform in Friday's 4-0 win against Dartmouth. Janusz, who redshirted last season, recorded his first multiple-goal game, finding the net twice in Sunday's win over Fresno State. Janusz scored his first Cardinal goal earlier this season against Cal State Fullerton and is tied for second on the team with three.
Junior Roger Levesque turned in a spectacular performance in the home opener against Dartmouth on Sept. 28, scoring three goals and notching the first hat-trick of his Cardinal career. Levesque, who was fourth on the team in goals scored last season with seven, is leading the team in that category this season with four.
Noteworthy In The Net
The goalkeeping department has been extremely solid for the Cardinal so far this season. Junior Andrew Terris has been solid as the starter, recording 19 saves in 472:36 (0.19 GAA). Freshman Robby Fulton has seen time between the posts in three games and has one save in 60:38. Senior Alan Resnikoff has even appeared in goal for Stanford, playing nearly seven minutes in the 4-0 rout of Dartmouth. The numbers are a contrast to last season, when standout Adam Zapala played all but 71 minutes in goal.
Fans Get To Finally See What Simon Says
Friday's 4-0 win against Dartmouth in the opening round of the Stanford/Nike Invitational also marked the first home victory for first-year head coach Bret Simon. Earlier this season, Simon notched his 100th career victory in Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Sept. 9.
They Came, They Saw, They...
Maloney Field has been known to attract large crowds for night games, and the Cardinal matchup against Dartmouth in the first round of the Stanford/Nike Invitational was no exception. 1,773 fans were in attendance for this year's home opener, compared to the 412 that witnessed last year's opener against San Francisco. This year's crowd was larger than both of last year's home NCAA Tournament matches (1,150 vs. Cal State Fullerton in the 1st Round) and (1,553 vs. Illinois-Chicago in the 2nd Round). However that number still remains a far cry compared to last season's NCAA Quarterfinal contest against SMU, which was played before 2,854 fans on a cool, damp evening in December.
Cardinal claims adidas Cal Legacy Classic title
Stanford captured 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 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount in the opening contest. In the next game, Matt Janusz, Lee Morrison, and Todd Dunivant each found the net for the Cardinal in a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton. Junior Andrew Terris notched nine saves overall.
Four Cardinal players on All-Tournament Team
Four 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
Since the 1997 season, the Cardinal has posted a 33-3-3 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, has recorded shutouts in five of the six games played thus far. Stanford has allowed only 15 shots on goal and held opponents to a 0.17 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.
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.
9/30 vs. Fresno State: Morrison started the game at defender and scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
9/28 vs. Dartmouth: Morrison started the game at defender and helped hold the Big Green to just two shots on goal for the game.
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 is now at 72 games...Morrison made the All-Tournament Team at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic...Morrison has recorded two goals and an assist for the Cardinal this year, and is fourth on the team with five points.
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
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