Men's Soccer To Host Saint Louis In NCAA Quarterfinals
Dec. 3, 2001
This Week's Action
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Round (Friday, Dec. 7)- 7 p.m.
No. 6 Saint Louis (18-1-0, 9-1-0 C-USA) vs. No. 3 STANFORD (18-1-1, 6-1-1 Pac-10)
Stanford advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round with its 3-1 victory over Portland last Friday at home in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, earned a first-round bye and and edged Santa Clara 3-1 in the second round. Stanford (18-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 Pac-10) is one of seven seeded teams still remaining and the second-highest after No. 1 SMU. Should the Cardinal defeat No. 6 Saint Louis in its quarterfinal round match Friday, it would earn a berth in the Men's College Cup scheduled for December 14 and 16 in Columbus, Ohio. Stanford would then face the winner of this weekend's North Carolina/Fairleigh Dickinson contest in a national semifinal. Friday's match with the Billikens (18-1-0 overall, 9-1-0 Conference USA) is a 7 p.m. start at Maloney Field.
The expanded 48-team field has been whittled down to eight 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 Portland 3-1 in the third round last weekend at home. Quarterfinal round matches scheduled for this weekend include:
Friday, Dec. 7........No. 6 Saint Louis vs. No. 3 STANFORD- 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 8.......Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 7 North Carolina- 10 a.m. No. 8 St. John's vs. No. 1 SMU- 5:30 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 9.........No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 4 Indiana- 11 a.m.
Scouting the Billikens
Saint Louis (18-1-0 overall, 9-1-0 Conference USA) enters Friday's match with the Cardinal on an eight-game winning streak. The Billikens were crowned Conference USA Champions after sweeping both the regular-season and postseason tournament titles for the second consecutive year. The Billikens, seeded sixth in the tournament and ranked among the top-5 nationally all season, have reached the quarterfinal round after blanking Loyola (Md.) 3-0 at home in the third round last weekend and edging the University of Missouri-Kansas City 2-1 in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Senior forward Dipsy Selolwane, the nation's leading goal scorer, is clearly the main attraction of the Saint Louis offense. In 19 matches, Selolwane has scored 25 goals and dished out four assists for a total of 54 points. The National Player of the Year candidate netted the game-winner in last weekend's 3-0 win over Loyola (Md.). Brad Davis has also been stellar for Saint Louis, adding 10 goals and 14 assists for a total of 34 points. Head coach Dan Donigan is in his first year as head coach of the program, after serving the past four years as an assistant.
Battles With The Billikens
Stanford and Saint Louis will be matching up for just the fourth time in the all-time series between the two programs. The Billikens hold the advantage, clinging to a 2-0-1 edge. The teams last met on Nov. 7, 1999, on the second day of the Cal Adidas Legacy Classic in Berkeley, Calif. Saint Louis recorded a 2-0 shutout on that day, the final match of the regular season for Stanford. The two schools played to a 1-1 tie in their first matchup in 1991, and the Billikens posted a 3-0 shutout in 1993.
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.
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.
This Seems Familiar
The setting for Friday's NCAA quarterfinal match against Saint Louis appears to be similiar to that of last season. Stanford, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, will be playing its third match of the postseason at Maloney Field against a highly-ranked opponent from the Midwest. Saint Louis, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, brings an 18-1-0 overall record into the game, as well as an eight-match winning streak. In 2000, the No. 3-seeded Cardinal played host to No. 6 SMU, which scored in the 80th minute of the match to upset Stanford 2-1 and advance to the College Cup in Charlotte, N.C. The Cardinal, undefeated at home this season, will be looking to avenge last year's loss.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MEN'S THIRD ROUND:
(NO. 3) STANFORD 3, PORTLAND 1
Junior Roger Levesque returned to the Cardinal lineup and contributed immediately, tallying two goals in Stanford's 3-1 win against Portland in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 30 at Maloney Field. Stanford, seeded No. 3, outshot the Pilots 13-11 in the match. Freshman Matt Janusz netted a goal and four other Cardinal men recorded assists in the win. Goalkeeper Andrew Terris made five saves in goal for Stanford, which had defeated Portland 1-0 on the road in the second game of the regular season.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MEN'S SECOND ROUND:
(NO. 3) 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 victory 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.
Cardinal vs. Tourney Teams
Stanford, the only Pac-10 squad still alive in the tournament, has yet to face any of the eight teams remaining in the draw so far this season. The Cardinal had faced seven of the original 48 teams selected and posted an 8-1-1 record against those clubs. 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. Stanford would later go on to defeat its first two tournament opponents (3-1 vs. Santa Clara and 3-1 vs. Portland) for the second time in 2001.
Coming Back In Style
Junior Roger Levesque's one-game hiatus from the Cardinal lineup came to an end last Friday, as the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year was back at the starting forward position in Stanford's 3-1 win over Portland. Levesque, who was forced to miss the Card's second round match against Santa Clara after receiving a red card in the regular season finale, returned to the lineup in style, netting two goals in the match as Stanford advanced to the third round.
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 followed that stellar performance up with a one goal, one assist effort in Stanford's 3-1 third round victory against Portland. He has been a solid weapon for the Cardinal this season, playing in 18 matches and starting 15. He is tied for second on the club in goals scored (9) and shots (43), and is tied for second in total points with 22 in his first complete season.
A Symbol of Durability
Senior Lee Morrison is now just one game shy of becoming Stanford's all-time leader in career games started and career games played. The defender has now started in 86 consecutive career games since his freshman season, and is currently tied for first on the all-time games started list with goalkeeper Adam Zapala. Morrison, Zapala and Corey Woolfolk are in a three-way tie for first in the games played category.
CAREER GAMES STARTED
1- Adam Zapala (1997-2000).....86
1- Lee Morrison (1998- ).....86
CAREER GAMES PLAYED
1- Corey Woolfolk (1997-200)....86
1- Adam Zapala (1997-2000).....86
1- Lee Morrison (1998- ).....86
He must play in Stanford's third round NCAA match to claim 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.
11/30 vs. Portland: Morrison started the game at defender and took two shots in Stanford's 3-1 NCAA third round win over the Pilots.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak is now at 86 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.
Meet Me At Maloney
Just how good has the Cardinal been on its home turf? Since 1997, Stanford has posted a 40-3-4 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 6-2 record in home playoff games.
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 in goals scored (12), points (33) and assists (9), and is first on the team in shots (57) and shots on goal (23). 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.
Fernandez Flourishing In Starting Role
Freshman Darren Fernandez continues to make his mark on the Cardinal offense, as he has started four of the last five 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. He has played in 16 games overall, and has scored four goals and recorded three assists for a total of 11 points in his rookie campaign.
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 seven of the last eight games. He has played in 17 tilts for the Cardinal, and is tied for third on the team with seven goals and is fourth on the club with five 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.
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 19 matches and played 1466:35 in goal. The 2001 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection has recorded 51 saves and is limiting opponents to a 0.55 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 for the Cardinal.
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 en route to matching its best regular season finish in program history. 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.
Getting In On The Action
There have 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. Washington: 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.
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 0.49 GAA (goals against average) and has allowed just 10 goals in 20 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 four goals in the second half and is 14-0 in such games.
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 15 of the 20 games. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
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. 1,795 were on hand for last weekend's NCAA third round victory against Portland, and 1,380 attended the NCAA second round 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. Stanford has failed to reach the 1,000 plateau in attendance at home matches only three times this season. 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.