This Week In Pac-10 Men's Soccer
Dec. 11, 2001
PAC-10 CHAMPION STANFORD ADVANCES TO COLLEGE CUP
Cardinal Faces Tarheels in NCAA Semifinals
The No. 3 seed STANFORD Cardinal (19-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 Pac-10) continues its quest for the program's first national championship when it faces No. 7 seed North Carolina (19-4-0, 4-2-0 ACC) Friday night in NCAA semifinal action. The matchup marks the first ever meeting between the two programs, and Stanford looks to record the Pac-10's first victory against an Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2001. Pac-10 teams have posted a combined 0-2-1 record against teams from the ACC this season, despite compiling a formidable 37-16-3 (.688) overall mark against non-league foes.
The last Pac-10 team to capture the national championship was UCLA in 1997. Since the formation of the Pacific-10 Conference in 1978-79, the league has produced three national champions in men's soccer -- all from UCLA. The Bruins claimed the NCAA title in 1985 (20-1-4), 1990 (19-1-4) and 1997 (22-2-0).
The Cardinal is making its second ever appearance in the NCAA College Cup and first since 1998. Stanford reached the NCAA Quarterfinals last season, falling to SMU, 2-1.
COLLEGE CUP SCHEDULE
Fri., Dec. 14
No. 3 STANFORD vs. No. 7 North Carolina, 5 p.m.
(ESPN2-tape delayed Sat., Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST)
No. 8 St. John's vs. No. 4 Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 16, 1 p.m.
All times are local to site.
NCAA Third Round
Fri., Nov. 30
STANFORD 3, Portland 1
Sat., Dec. 1
SMU 1, UCLA 0
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- ROGER LEVESQUE, JR, F, STANFORD
Levesque, a junior from Portland, Maine, has helped guide Stanford to the 2001 Pac-10 Championship and the program's second appearance in the NCAA College Cup and first since 1998. Levesque is currently ranked either first or second in all nine statistical categories. He leads the Pac-10 in points (35), points per game (1.75 avg.), assists (9), assists per game (0.45 avg.), goals (13), game-winning goals (4) and goals per game (0.65). Levesque ranks second in shots (59) and shots per game (2.95 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 COACH OF THE YEAR -- BRET SIMON, STANFORD
In his first season on The Farm, Simon has guided the Cardinal to the 2001 Pac-10 Championship and just the second NCAA College Cup appearance in program history. Simon led Stanford to a school record-tying 16 regular-season victories in 2001. 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 115-30-10 (.774). 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 (161), goals (54), assists (53), goals allowed (10) and shutouts (12).
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 fourth 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 VS. OTHER CONFERENCESACC 0-2-1 (.167)Big Ten 0-1-0 (.000)Big East 1-0-0 (1.000)Big Sky 1-0-0 (1.000)Big West 5-2-1 (.688)Colonial 1-0-0 (1.000)Conference USA 1-0-0 (1.000)Ivy 2-0-0 (1.000)MAAC 1-0-0 (.000)Mid-Continent 0-1-0 (.000)Missouri Valley 0-2-0 (.000)Mountain West 4-0-0 (1.000)Western Athletic 3-1-1 (.700)West Coast 18-7-0 (.720)Non-Division I 3-0-0 (1.000)Div. I Totals 37-16-3 (.688)
Lee Morrison, Sr., D, STAN
Roger Levesque, Sr., F, STAN
Bryn Ritchie, Sr., D, WASH
Alex Yi, So., D, UCLA
2001 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Sept. 4 Bryn Ritchie, Sr D, WASH
Sept. 11 Tim Pierce, Jr F, UCLA
Sept. 18 none selected
Sept. 25 Austin Ripmaster, Sr F, CAL
Oct. 2 Roger Levesque, Jr F, STAN
Oct. 9 C.J. Klaas, WASH
Oct. 16 Tim Pierce, UCLA
Oct. 23 Aaron McHardy, OSU
Oct. 29 Johanes Maliza, STAN
Nov. 6 Zach Wells, UCLA
Nov. 13 Matt Taylor, UCLA
Nov. 20 Angel Quintero, CAL
HOME/ROAD COMPARISONNCAA Division IHome 29-12-2 (.698)Road 18-19-3 (.488)Neutral 11-4-1 (. 719)Total 58-35-6 (.616)