Men's Soccer Hosts NCAA Tournament Third Round Match Against Portland
Nov. 27, 2001
This Week's Action
NCAA Tournament Third Round (Friday, Nov. 30):
Portland (13-5-1, 4-1-1 WCC) vs. No. 3 STANFORD (17-1-1, 6-1-1 Pac-10)- 7 p.m.
Stanford advanced to the round of 16 with its 3-1 victory over Santa Clara last Sunday at home in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, earned a first-round bye and are the host school for the second consecutive week. Stanford (17-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 Pac-10) is one of seven seeded teams still remaining in the draw and along with UCLA, the final two Pac-10 representatives. Should the Cardinal win its third round match Friday against Portland, it would face the winner of Loyola (Md.) and St. Louis in the quarterfinals on Dec. 7. Friday's contest against the Pilots (13-5-1 overall, 4-1-1 WCC) is a 7 p.m. start.
The expanded 48-team field has been whittled down to 16 teams fighting for the right to compete at the Men's College Cup on December 14 and 16 in Columbus, Ohio. Seven of the top eight seeds remain, including the No.3 Cardinal, who defeated Santa Clara 3-1 in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Third round matches scheduled for this weekend include:
Friday, Nov. 30
Portland vs. No. 3 STANFORD- 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Penn State vs. No. 8 St. John's- 9 a.m.
UCLA vs. No. 1 SMU- 4:30 p.m.
Loyola (Md.) vs. No. 6 St. Louis- 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Seton Hall- 9 a.m.
UAB vs. No. 5 Clemson- 11 a.m.
Rutgers vs. No. 4 Indiana- 11 a.m.
American vs. No. 7 North Carolina- 11 a.m.
Scouting the Pilots
Portland (13-5-1 overall, 4-1-1 WCC) caught fire at the end of the season, winning six of their final seven matches to garner an at-large entry into the NCAA Tournament. After being placed in a regional with Gonzaga and Washington, the Pilots used a stout defense and a timely offensive attack to edge conference rival Gonzaga 1-0 and upset Washington two days later 1-0 in front of the Husky faithful. Sophomore Nate Jaqua scored the only goal in both victories, and is the leader on offense for the Pilots. Jaqua has played in all 19 matches for Portland this season and is tied for the team lead in goals scored (10) and leads the squad in assists (8), total points (28), shots on goal (31) and game-winning goals (5). He is joined on the roster by his older brother Josh. Portland has posted some impressive victories this season, defeating Indiana 1-0 at home and edging UNLV 3-2 in overtime in the NIKE Husky Classic. Additionally, the Pilots faced a tough schedule throughout the year, playing in the West Coast Conference- which placed five teams in the tournament. Head coach Clive Charles is in his 13th year at the helm and has posted a 200-85-30 overall mark with the men's team.
Stanford and Portland will be facing each other for the second time this season when they square off Friday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal clipped the Pilots 1-0 on Sept. 3 in Portland, Ore., on junior Todd Dunivant's goal in the 21st minute. Stanford controlled play for much of the game, but managed only five shots on goal. Dunivant got the Cardinal on the board at 21:20 when he took senior Aaron Biddle's cross behind the box and sent a 25-yard bullet past the defense. Sophomore Abe Geiger also assisted on the play. Netminder Andrew Terris made three saves in the match, which was second of the season for both teams.
Keeping the Pilots at Bay
Friday's meeting will be just the 12th all-time between the two schools. With the 1-0 win back on Sept. 3, the Cardinal now holds a 5-4-2 advantage in the series. Prior to that triumph earlier in the season, the programs had not matched up since the Pilots claimed a 4-1 win in 1991.
The Simon File
Head Coach Bret Simon has enjoyed a fine first season as head coach of the Stanford men, earning 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. 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 in Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Sept. 9.
And Then There Were Two...
Four of the five Pac-10 schools were awarded berths in this season's NCAA Tournament, but only two remain. The Cardinal are still in the mix, along with UCLA- which finished second in the regular season but was the only team to defeat Stanford this year. The Cardinal earned a first-round bye and then defeated Santa Clara 3-1 in the second round. UCLA squeaked out a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Loyola Marymount in the first round and then upset host school San Diego 4-0 in the second round of the draw. UCLA's reward is a third round contest against SMU, which is the top seed in this year's tournament and has yet to lose a game.
Cardinal vs. Tourney Teams
Among the 16 teams remaining in the draw, Stanford is 1-1-1. The Cardinal has defeated its next opponent Portland 1-0, and faced conference rival UCLA twice (2-1 loss on Oct. 14 and 0-0 (2OT) tie on Nov. 2). Stanford had faced seven opponents and posed an 8-1-1 record against teams in the original 48-team field. The Cardinal swept the season series with Pac-10 foes California (4-0, 2-0) and Washington (4-1, 1-0 in 2OT), and blanked Gonzaga 3-0, Portland 1-0, Loyola Marymount 1-0 and Santa Clara 1-0.
Quest For The Cup
Stanford is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and eighth overall. The Cardinal has a 6-6-1 mark in previous tournaments, with four of the wins coming in its march to the 1998 National Championship game. The Cardinal advanced to the quarterfinal round in 2000, blanking Cal State Fullerton 4-0 and Illinois-Chicago 6-0 along the way before dropping a 2-1 decision to SMU in the third round. In 1978, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1999, Stanford was eliminated in the first round, with the '91 and '97 teams falling in overtime.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MEN'S SECOND ROUND:
STANFORD 3, SANTA CLARA 1
Cardinal freshman Matt Janusz registered his first career hat-trick and Stanford's defense took care of the rest in a 3-1 win against Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 25 at Maloney Field. The No. 3 seeded Cardinal, which earned a first-round bye, outshot the Broncos 8-5. Janusz, starting in place of junior Roger Levesque who missed the game with a red card, scored four minutes into the contest and added goals in the 43rd and 52nd minute in the win. Derek Shanahan, Todd Dunivant, Matt Moses, Taylor Graham, and Johanes Maliza all recorded assists in the victory. Goalkeeper Andrew Terris made two saves while playing the complete 90:00 for the Cardinal.
Ace In The Hole
With leading scorer and Pac-10 Player of the Year Roger Levesque unavailable to compete in Stanford's second round match against Santa Clara, head coach Bret Simon was forced to look elsewhere for offense. Enter freshman Matt Janusz- who turned out to be the perfect solution, as the forward responded with his first collegiate hat-trick. Janusz has been a solid weapon for the Cardinal this season, playing in 17 matches and starting 14. He is tied for second on the club in goals scored (8) and shots (41), and is third in total points with 19 in his first complete season.
Fernandez Flourishing In Starting Role
Freshman Darren Fernandez continues to make his mark on the Cardinal offense, as he has started the last four games at forward. During that stretch, Fernandez has taken 10 shots (five on goal) and scored goals. His score in the 110th minute gave Stanford a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Washington on Nov. 16, and he found the net in a 2-0 win at California on Nov. 11. Overall, he has played in 16 games, and has scored four goals and recorded three assists for a total of 11 points in his rookie campaign. He has been stellar in conference matches, with four goals scored and 10 points.
Leaders of the Pac
Stanford captured the 2001 Pac-10 Championship in its second year of conference play, finishing with a 6-1-1 conference mark and 19 total points. The Cardinal outscored its opponents 19-4 in Pac-10 play and had several players earn conference honors. Roger Levesque was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was awarded First Team All-Pac-10 honors along with Todd Dunivant, Lee Morrison and Derek Shanahan. All-Pac-10- Second Team selections included Abe Geiger and Johanes Maliza. Three men were tabbed Honorable Mention candidates: Aaron Biddle, Taylor Graham and Andrew Terris.
Regular Season Wrap-Up
Stanford matched its best regular season in program history, finishing with 16 victories in 2001. Last year's squad and the 1978 team also tallied 16 wins. The Cardinal began the season with a nine-game winning streak before its only loss at UCLA, and finished 14-0 when scoring first.
Meet Me At Maloney
Just how good has the Cardinal been on its home turf? Since 1997, Stanford has posted a 39-3-4 mark in the facility, and finished 9-2 at home last year. Stanford has been dominant at home against conference opponents (three years in the MPSF and two seasons in the Pac-10), posting a 14-1-2 record in such contests. Maloney Field has also been the site for NCAA Tournament matches in 1998-2001, with the Cardinal holding a 5-2 record in home playoff games.
Junior Johanes Maliza has emerged as a team leader and offensive threat. The 2001 Second Team All-Pac-10 selection has tallied either a goal or an assist in six of the last seven games. He has played in 16 tilts for the Cardinal, and is tied for third on the team with seven goals and four assists. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week for matches played during Oct. 23-Oct. 29 and leads the team in goals scored (5) among conference opponents.
Cardinal D is Grade A
Stanford's defense this season has been just as impressive as the offense. The Cardinal is limiting opponents to a 0.46 GAA (goals against average) and has allowed just nine goals in 19 matches. The men have recorded 11 shutouts to date, and have not allowed more than two goals in one game. If Stanford has the lead at halftime, forget it...the Cardinal has allowed just three goals in the second half.
Getting In On The Action
Stanford is 17-1-1 mainly due to its offensive depth. There have now been four different instances in 2001 when at least four different Stanford men recorded at least one goal:
10-4-01 vs. San Jose State: Mike Wilson, Derek Shanahan, Aaron Maines, Lee Morrison
10-19-01 vs. California: Darren Fernandez, Todd Dunivant, Matt Janusz, Johanes Maliza
10-26-01 vs. Oregon State: Johanes Maliza, Taylor Graham, Derek Shanahan, Todd Dunivant
10-28-01 vs. Washignton: Derek Shanahan, Darren Fernandez, Roger Levesque, Johanes Maliza
In addition, three different players have found the net on at least six separate occasions this year.
Four Score and...
...the Cardinal are likely to win the match. Stanford's offense has been explosive in seven of the nine home games at Maloney Field this year, as the Cardinal has scored four goals in each match except for a 0-0 (2OT) draw against UCLA anda 3-1 win over Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Four of the seven victories have been 4-0 shutouts, while the other three wins have been by 4-1 scores.
Giving Out Minutes
One of first-year head coach Bret Simon's trademarks this season has been a willingness to get everyone involved in the game. 27 of the original 29 players on the roster have played in at least one game, and a season-high 24 Cardinal men saw action in a game twice this year. Four freshmen- Darren Fernandez, Aaron Maines, Matt Janusz and James Twellman- have appeared in at least 14 of the 19 games. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
Tough To Squeak One Through
With the loss of Adam Zapala last year to graduation, the goalkeeping department seemed like a question mark. However, Stanford has posted 11 shutouts. Junior Andrew Terris has started 18 matches and played 1376:35 in goal. The 2001 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection has recorded 46 saves and is limiting opponents to a 0.52 GAA (goals against average). Freshman Robby Fulton has also been impressive, notching 12 saves in 377:12 over nine games. The numbers are a contrast to last season, when Zapala played all but 71 minutes in goal.
Roger This- Levesque Leads The Cardinal
Junior Roger Levesque is the second consecutive Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. He leads the conference and team with in goals scored (10), points (29) and assists (9), and is first on the team in shots (55) and shots on goal (21). He notched the first hat-trick of his career on Sept. 28 against Dartmouth. 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.
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 85 consecutive career games since his freshman season, and is all alone in second place on the all-time list behind goalkeeper Adam Zapala.
1- Adam Zapala (1997-2000).....86
2- Lee Morrison (1998- ).....85
Morrison is also currently in second place on the all-time career games played list with 85. He must play in two more games to break either record.
Hermann Watch is in Effect
Senior Lee Morrison has been announced as a men's candidate for both the 2001 Hermann Trophy and 2001 Missouri Athletic Club 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. He has been named to the 2001 All Pac-10 First Team and started all 22 matches for the Cardinal men last season as part of the nation's stingiest defense. Morrison, a Second Team NSCAA/adidas All-American, tallied three goals and four assists last year.
11/25 vs. Santa Clara: Morrison started the game at defender and took one shot in Stanford's 3-1 win over the Broncos.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak is now at 85 games...2001 All Pac-10 First Team Selection...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, totaling seven points.
They Came, They Saw, They...
The Cardinal continue to rewrite home attendance records, as the crowd of 2,212 against California on Oct. 19 was the largest of the season to watch a game at Maloney Field, inlcuding women's matches. 1,380 attended the second round NCAA Tournament match against Santa Clara. 2,115 braved the elements for a Nov. 2 showdown with UCLA, and 1,773 fans were in attendance for this year's home opener on Sept. 28 against Dartmouth. All three crowds were 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, last season's NCAA Quarterfinal contest against SMU played before 2,854 fans on a cool, damp evening in December remains the top draw in Cardinal soccer history.
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