No. 2 Men's Soccer Travels To UCLA For Pac-10 Opener This Weekend
Oct. 8, 2001
This Week's Action
Fri., Oct. 12 at San Francisco (6-3-1)-7 p.m......San Francisco, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 14 at UCLA (4-4-2)-3 p.m......Los Angeles, Calif.
Stanford continues to roll, collecting back-to-back home victories last week against Bay Area rivals San Jose State and Saint Mary's. The Cardinal, who have now won eight straight to open the season, defeated San Jose State 4-1 last Thursday as four different players found the net in the win. Three days later, the Cardinal earned another 4-1 victory at the expense of Saint Mary's in a game where Stanford outshot the Gaels by a 19-3 margin. The team will put its unblemished 8-0-0 record on the line again this weekend, traveling to San Francisco on Friday to battle the Dons before opening Pac-10 play against UCLA in Los Angeles.
Stanford in the Polls
The Cardinal is ranked No.2 for the second consecutive week in today's edition of the NSCAA national poll. SMU continues to hold down the top spot in the poll, followed by Stanford, St. John's, Virginia and St. Louis- respectively. The Cardinal jumped two slots in the latest Soccer America poll to No. 7, after previously holding down the No. 9 spot for three straight weeks despite their undefeated record.
Scouting the Dons
San Francisco is coming off a hard-fought 3-2 road win against Fresno State, in a match played before almost 7000 fans at Bulldog Stadium. Senior forward Gerard Hylkema scored three goals in the tilt, including two in the second half for the Dons (6-3-1). The victory came on the heels of a 2-1 loss to California two days earlier in San Francisco. Conor McNulty and Scott Spaulding have both been steady in goal this year, as each has seen equal time between the posts. The Dons are guided by head coach Erik Visser, who is in his first season with the team after replacing the legendary Stephen Negoesco. The Cardinal defeated their rivals 4-0 in 2000, but have been on the short end of the series as the Dons hold a 12-10-5 advantage. San Francisco will be looking to give the Cardinal all they can handle, as the Dons will not take the field again until Oct. 19.
Scouting the Bruins
The Bruins (4-4-2) will take on California in their Pac-10 opener Friday afternoon at home before playing host to the Cardinal on Sunday. UCLA recently wrapped up its San Diego road trip, where it faced San Diego and San Diego State. The Bruins dropped a 3-0 decision to the then-No. 10 San Diego, but rebounded two days later to defeat San Diego State 2-1. Sophomore forward Matt Taylor's goal in the 15th-minute was the go-ahead score for the Bruins, who also received an early score from freshman Aaron Lopez. Zach Walls played all 90:00 in goal for UCLA, which had lost its two previous contests. UCLA is led by head coach Todd Saldana, who is in his third season with the team. Stanford is 3-18-1 against the Bruins in the overall series, with one of those victories coming at home last season when the team's split the season series.
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 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.
Sinking The Spartans
San Jose State has been known toplay the Cardinal tough in recent years, and it looked like they would again as the Spartans became the first team this season to score first against Stanford. Leading scorer Lars Lyssand got San Jose State on the board first, but the Cardinal rallied back with four unanswered goals to take the contest 4-1. Four different players scored in the win as the Cardinal outshot their MPSF rivals 8-6 and goalkeeper Andrew Terris recorded two saves in 90 minutes of play.
Gliding Past The Gaels
The Cardinal scored early and often against Saint Mary's to conclude their homestand, defeating the Gaels 4-1 on Sunday. Stanford wasted little time in flexing its offensive muscle, scoring three times in the first half before adding a fourth in the second. Matt Janusz (one goal, two assists) and Roger Levesque (two goals, one assist) led the charge, as Stanford outshot Saint Mary's 19-3 in the contest. Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton combined on the shutout, each playing one half in goal for the Cardinal.
Keeping Everyone Involved
One of the main reasons the Cardinal has been able to piece together a strong start has been the number of offensive weapons. There have been now been five different instances in 2001 when at least three different Cardinal men recorded at least one goal:
9-1-01 vs. Gonzaga: Matt Moses, Derek Shanahan, Roger Levesque
9-9-01 vs. Cal State Fullerton: Matt Janusz, Lee Morrison, Todd Dunivant
9-30-01 vs. Fresno State: Matt Janusz, Derek Shanahan, Lee Morrison
10-4-01 vs. San Jose State: Mike Wilson, Derek Shanahan, Aaron Maines, Lee Morrison
10-7-01 vs. Saint Mary's: Matt Janusz, Roger Levesque, Johanes Maliza
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 a season-high 24 Cardinal men saw action against Dartmouth on Sept. 28. Five freshmen- Seyi Abolaji, Darren Fernandez, Aaron Maines, Matt Janusz and James Twellman- have appeared in at least six of the eight games so far. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
Four Score and...
...the Cardinal are likely to pick up the victory. Stanford's offense has been explosive in the past four games, as the Cardinal has scored four goals in such contests. Stanford racked up consecutive 4-0 shutouts against Dartmouth and Fresno State in the Stanford/Nike Invitational, then defeated San Jose State and Saint Mary's by 4-1 margins last week.
Freshman midfielder Aaron Maines scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the team's 4-1 triumph over San Jose State. Maines, who has competed in all eight games so far this season, put away a rebound into the open net at the 65:52 mark for his first Cardinal score.
Levesque Leading The Charge
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. For his efforts, Levesque was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 24-Oct. 1 and was also selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week. The forward, who was fourth on the team in goals scored last season with seven, is leading the team in that category this season with six.
Repeat of Last Year?
The Cardinal continue to keep winning and while the makeup of the team is different compared to last season, the results have been similiar so far. Stanford has won its first eight games this season, while last year's team which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals was 7-0-1 at this point. The best start in Stanford history was back in 1997, when the Cardinal began the season 13-0-2 and won its first nine games.
The tenth game of the season will be the first conference matchup, as the Cardinal open Pac-10 competition at UCLA. Stanford will begin its second complete season of Pac-10 play after finishing 6-2-0 in its inaugural year last season. The Cardinal didn't fare well in their 2000 Pac-10 opener, dropping its first game of the season in a 2-1 OT loss to Washington at home. Stanford split the 2000 season series with UCLA, this Sunday's opponent, as each team won on its own turf.
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 21 saves in 607:36 (0.30 GAA). Freshman Robby Fulton has played in four games, notching three saves in 105:38. The numbers are a contrast to last season, when standout Adam Zapala played all but 71 minutes in goal.
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 allowed only six shots on goal. Since 1997 , the Cardinal is now 9-0-1 in Stanford/Nike nvitational competition and has yet to allow a goal in ten matches.
They Came, They Saw, They...
Maloney Field has been known to attract large crowds for night games, as evidenced by the Cardinal matchup against Dartmouth in the first round of the Stanford/Nike Invitational. 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.
Meet Me At Maloney
Just how good has the Cardinal been on its home turf ? Since the 1997 season, Stanford has posted a 35-3-3 record in the facility, and finished 9-2 at home last year. The Cardinal has been dominant at home against against conference opponents (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.
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, the tournament's Most Valuable Player, scored on a penalty kick in the 60th minute to give the Cardinal a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount in the opener. In the next game, Matt Janusz, Lee Morrison and Todd Dunivant each found the net in a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton. Morrison, Dunivant and junior Andrew Terris- who notched nine saves overall, were honored as All-Tournament selections.
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 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.
10/7 vs. Saint Mary's: Morrison started the game at defender took three shots in the contest, one of which was on goal.
10/4 vs. San Jose State: Morrison started the game at defender and scored Stanford's third goal of the first half at the 37:20 mark.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak is now at 74 games...Morrison made the All-Tournament Team at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic...2001 collegesoccer.com Preseason First Team All-American ... Morrison has recorded three goals and an assist for the Cardinal this year, and is tied for fourth on the team with seven 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