No. 5 Men's Soccer Faces California In Pac-10 Home Opener
Oct. 15, 2001
This Week's Action
Fri., Oct. 19 vs. California (6-4-1).....7:30 p.m.....Stanford, Calif.
Sun., Oct. 21 at Santa Clara (5-6-0).....6 p.m.....Santa Clara, Calif.
The Cardinal will bring a 9-1-0 overall mark into this week's matchups against California and Santa Clara. Last week was one of mixed results for Stanford, which will begin its week with a home contest against California Friday evening. Stanford defeated San Francisco 3-1 last Friday, as the Cardinal scored three unanswered goals to win the game after the Dons tallied an early score. The Cardinal then suffered its first loss of the season two days later in Los Angeles, losing 2-1 to UCLA in their Pac-10 opener. The men will look to rebound Friday when they host the Golden Bears, as well as Sunday when they travel to Santa Clara for their final non-conference tilt of the 2001 season.
Stanford in the Polls
The Cardinal fell three spots in this week's NSCAA national poll to No. 5, after holding down the No. 2 spot for two consecutive weeks. SMU continues to hold down the top spot in the poll, followed by Virginia, St. Louis, St. John's and the Cardinal. Stanford also dropped one spot to No. 8 in the latest Soccer America poll, after previously holding down the No. 7 spot.
Scouting the Golden Bears
California (6-4-1, 0-1-0) opened Pac-10 play with a 2-0 loss to UCLA in Los Angeles last Friday. The Bruins' Adolfo Gregorio came off the bench to score a 39th minute goal from 18-yards out that gave UCLA the early advantage. The Bruins increased their lead in the 71st minute with its second goal of the match. Cal's best scoring chance came at the 81:14 mark when senior forward Austin Ripmaster headed a shot towards the goal area, but Bruin goalkeeper Zach Wells made a one-handed grab to stop the shot. The Golden Bears, who have won five of their last seven contests, and the Cardinal have participated in two different tournaments this season but will be matching up for the first time against one another Friday. California is led by head coach Kevin Grimes, in his second season at the helm. Stanford holds a 21-7-5 advantage in the overall series, including two 3-0 shutouts of the Golden Bears in 2000. The Cardinal has not lost at home to Cal since 1981.
Scouting the Broncos
The Broncos are coming off a huge victory, defeating then-No. 8 San Diego last Friday night at home. The contest was billed to be a battle of preseason No. 1 and No. 2 picks by the coaches in the West Coast Conference, and the game lived up to its hype. Santa Clara (5-6-0, 1-0-0 WCC) got goals from freshmen Eric Irvine and Steve Cronin late in each half to pull out the 2-1 victory over the defending WCC Champion. The Broncos, who were picked to finish second in the WCC, scored their first goal with only :02 remaining in the first half . The Toreros got the equalizer at the 59:55 mark and the score remained tied at 1-1 until Cronin scored his first collegiate goal with only :28 left in regulation. 1,338 fans were in attendance to witness the upset for the Broncos, who snapped a two-match losing streak with the win. Santa Clara is scheduled to travel to San Francisco to battle the Dons Friday before taking on Stanford two days later at home. The Broncos hold a slight edge in the overall series, clinging to a 13-12-5 mark despite dropping a 2-0 loss to the Cardinal last year.
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.
Dumping The Dons
Finding themselves tied at the half for just the second time this season, Stanford scored two unanswered goals in the final 11 minutes to defeat San Francisco 3-1 at Negoesco Stadium. The Cardinal, which outshot the Dons 16-5 in the contest, received goals from Aaron Biddle, Johanes Maliza and Roger Levesque. Junior Andrew Terris played the entire game in goal for the Cardinal, who are now 5-0 against West Coast Conference opponents.
Bruins Bruise The Cardinal
Stanford suffered its first loss of the 2001 season against UCLA, dropping a 2-1 hard-fought defeat to the Bruins in front of 3,466 fans in Los Angeles. The Cardinal lost their Pac-10 opener for the second consecutive season, missing an opportunity to take a 10-0-0 record into Friday's home match. UCLA grabbed the lead for good at the 87:48 mark of the contest after junior Todd Dunivant had knotted the game at 1-1 with a score in the 71st minute. Andrew Terris was solid in goal, notching four saves in the loss.
A Case of Amnesia
While the 2-1 loss to UCLA last Sunday may sting for a while, the Cardinal have usually been able to bounce back after a tough loss. Excluding season-ending playoff losses, Stanford has followed a loss up with a victory in nine of the last ten instances. The last time the Cardinal lost back-to-back games was during the 1997 season, when it lost five straight matches in the last five games of the season.
For the second consecutive season, the Cardinal dropped its Pac-10 opener. Last season, Washington bested the Cardinal at home as the Huskies won a 2-1 OT contest at Maloney Field. This season, UCLA claimed a 2-1 victory over Stanford in Los Angeles. Stanford, currently in its second season as a member of the Pac-10, will play seven of its final eight games against conference opponents.
Second Place Sounds Good...For Now
Senior Lee Morrison continues to inch closer to becoming Stanford's all-time leader in career games started. The defender has now started in 76 consecutive career games since his freshman season, and is all alone in second place on the all-time list behind goalkeeper Adam Zapala.
CAREER GAMES STARTED:
1- Adam Zapala (1997-2000).....86
2- Lee Morrison (1998- ).....76
3- Ricky Goad (1990-1993).....74
4- Kyle Krpata (1989-1992).....72
Morrison is also currently in fourth place on the all-time career games played list (76). He would need to appear in the Cardinal's final eight regular season games, as well as three postseason matches to claim either record.
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 now been six 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
10-12-01 at San Francisco: Aaron Biddle, Johanes Maliza, Roger Levesque.
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. Four freshmen- Darren Fernandez, Aaron Maines, Matt Janusz and James Twellman- have appeared in at least seven of the ten games so far. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
Levesque Leading The Charge
Junior Roger Levesque turned in a spectacular performance in the home opener against Dartmouth on Sept. 28, 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 seven. He also is the team-leader in assists (5), points (19), shots (30) and shots on goal (14).
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 nine of its first ten games this season, while last year's team which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals was 8-1-1 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.
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 25 saves in 787:36 (0.57 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.
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.
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.
10/14 at UCLA: Morrison started the game at defender, but failed to register any statistics.
10/12 at San Francisco: Morrison started the game at defender and while he didn't register any statistics, helped hold the Dons to one goal.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak is now at 76 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 fifth 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