This Week in Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Dec. 5, 2001
STANFORD continues to advance in the NCAA Tournament. The third-ranked Cardinal downed Portland 3-1 last Friday in the third round. The game marked the return of Pac-10 Player of the Year Roger Levesque to the Cardinal lineup. In dramatic fashion, he posted two goals in his comeback. Freshman Matt Janusz continued his impressive postseason by netting a goal of his own while four other Cardinal men tallied assists in the win. Goalkeeper Andrew Terris made five saves in goal for Stanford, which had defeated Portland earlier in the season, 1-0.
Stanford hosts the fourth-ranked Saint Louis Billikens in NCAA Quarterfinal action Friday night. It is the second consecutive year the Cardinal have advanced to the Quarterfinals. Since 1997, Stanford has posted a 40-3-4 mark at Maloney Field. This year, the Cardinal are 9-0-1.
THIS WEEK'S NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME
Fri., Dec. 7Saint Louis at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
NCAA Third Round
Fri., Nov. 30STANFORD 3, Portland 1
Sat., Dec. 1SMU 1, UCLA 0
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- ROGER LEVESQUE, JR, F, STANFORD
Levesque, a junior from Portland, Maine, has helped guide No. 3 Stanford to a 18-1-1 record (6-1-1 Pac-10), the 2001 Pac-10 Championship and the third round of NCAA Tournament. Levesque is currently ranked either first or second in all nine statistical categories. He leads the Pac-10 in points (33), points per game (1.74 avg.), assists (9), assists per game (0.47 avg.), goals (12) and goals per game (0.63). Levesque ranks second in the league in game-winning goals (3), shots (57) and shots per game (3.00 avg.). He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and was selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week following his play in the Stanford Nike Invitational Sept. 28-30. Levesque notched the first hat trick of his collegiate career Sept. 28 against Dartmouth, and followed that performance with two assists in the 4-0 blanking of Fresno State.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- C.J. KLAAS, MF, WASHINGTON
Klaas, a midfielder from Cherry Valley, Ill., helped lead Washington to a 13-6-0 overall record (4-4-0 Pac-10) and its 19th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Klaas, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Oct. 9, finished second on the team and third in the Pac-10 in shots (50). He ranks third in the Conference in shots per game (2.94 avg.), and finished second on the Husky squad in assists.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR -- BRET SIMON, STANFORD
In his first season on The Farm, Simon has guided the No. 3 Cardinal to a 18-1-1 overall record (6-1-1 Pac-10) and the 2001 Pac-10 Championship. Simon led Stanford, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, to a school record-tying 16 regular-season victories. The head coach at Creighton University for six seasons prior to beginning his post on The Farm, Simon guided the Bluejays to the most successful season in school history last year, with a 22-4-0 overall record and a second trip to the College Cup in five years. Simon posted a 96-26-9 overall record (.767) at Creighton, while his career record stands at 114-30-10 (.773). Simon achieved his 100th career victory with a 3-1 win over then-No. 11 Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 9, 2001. In 2001, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in several statistical categories, including: points (159), goals (53), assists (53), goals allowed (10) and shutouts (11).