Nationally-Ranked Stanford Opens 2002 Season against Sacramento State
Aug. 28, 2002
Stanford, Ca - The Stanford men's soccer program begins its 89th season of collegiate competition on August 31 (7:00 p.m.) when the Cardinal hosts Sacramento State at Harry Maloney Field ... The Cardinal, ranked second in the NSCAA/adidas pre-season poll, is hoping to win its sixth straight season opener since the 1997 season ... The 2002 edition of Stanford men's soccer bears a resemblance to last year's squad that chalked up a school record 19 wins (19-2-1), captured its first Pacific-10 Conference title, and advanced to the NCAA College Cup ... Five seniors will serve as the backbone of this year's team ... The list includes goalkeeper Andrew Terris (6-2, 185, Senior, Newton, Ma), foward Roger Levesque (6-2, 175, Senior, Portland, Me), defender Todd Dunivant (6-0, 175, Senior, Wheat Ridge, Co), defender Taylor Graham (6-4, 190, Senior, Fair Oaks, Ca) and midfielder Johanes Maliza (5-8, 160, Senior, Chicago, Il) ... Terris started 21 games last year, allowed only 12 goals and collected five shutouts ... Levesque, a second team All-American, attacked the net for 14 goals in 21 starts last year, and added nine assists for a team-leading 37 points ... Maliza tallied 19 points last year, third-best on the Cardinal ... Dunivant and Graham helped a Stanford defense that gave up only 13 goals in 22 games last season ... In all, Stanford returns 18 letterwinners, seven starters and have added four talented freshmen to its roster ... Other top scorers returning include forwards Matt Janusz (6-2, 175, Sophomore, Littleton, Co) and Darren Fernandez (6-0, 195, Sophomore, Benoni, South Africa) ... Janusz was second on the team in scoring last year with 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists) while Fernandez added eleven points (4 goals, 3 assists).
Conference ChatterStanford, which won its first Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2001 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, has been picked by the Pac-10 men's soccer coaches to repeat as conference champions ... The Cardinal received 34 points, edging out second place UCLA (31 points) by three points ... Stanford received four of the first place votes, while the Bruins garnered the other two ... Rounding out the poll was Washington in third place (24 points), followed by California (18 points), Oregon State (10 points) and Pac-10 newcomer Fresno State (9 points) ... Stanford won the 2001 Pac-10 Conference championship with a 6-1-1 ledger ... Finshing second was UCLA with a 3-2-1 conference mark ... Washington was third with a record of 4-4-0 in Pac-10 play ... Stanford, UCLA, Washington and California all entered the NCAA Tournament with both Stanford and UCLA advancing to the third round, and only the Cardinal reaching the semifinals.
Rankings ReportStanford starts the 2002 season as the #2 ranked team in the country, according to the NSCAA/adidas pre-season poll ... Indiana is #1 followed by Stanford, St. John's, North Carolina and Virginia in the Top 5 ... Three Cardinal opponents have been ranked in the pre-season Top 25 ... SMU, which plays at Stanford on Sept. 6 (7:30 p.m. at the Bay Area Classic at Harry Maloney Field), is ranked eighth, while Washington is rated 12th and UCLA is 13th ... Stanford faces the Huskies twice this year in Pac-10 play (Oct. 11 at Harry Maloney Field at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 at Washington at 2:00 p.m.) ... The Cardinal also faces the UCLA Bruins twice (Oct. 18 at UCLA at 7:00 p.m.; Nov. 10 at Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net) ... Soccer America tabs Stanford as the fourth-best team in its pre-season poll behind Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina ... Stanford opponents are ranked in the following order by Soccer America; Washington (7th), UCLA (12th), Portland (15th), SMU (16th), California (22nd) and Santa Clara (24th).
Television TimeStanford will appear on national television once during the 2002 regular season ... The November 10th (3:30 p.m.) game against UCLA will be tape-delayed on Fox Sports Net.
Schedule StoryStanford will host eleven homes at Harry Maloney Field ... Completed in 1997, the field has played host to numerous collegiate, professional and international events ... Since the 1997 season, the Cardinal men's soccer program has posted a 42-3-4 record in the facility ... The Cardinal is unbeaten in its last eleven games at Harry Maloney Field.
Coaches CornerBret Simon is entering his second season as head coach of the Cardinal men's soccer program ... Simon, last year, coached the Cardinal to a school record 19 wins (19-2-1), won the Pac-10 title and advanced to the NCAA College Cup ... For his efforts, Simon was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and the NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional Coach of the Year ... Stanford finished the 2001 season ranked third in the nation ... Simon has posted a 115-28-10 overall record in his seven seasons as a Division I head coach ... Simon was the head coach at Creighton University for six seasons ... Simon coached the Bluejays to the 2000 College Cup ... Simon will be assisted by coaches Matt Stimson, Paul Sapsford and Richard Mulrooney ... Stimson and Mulrooney are in their second seasons at Stanford, while Sapsford is in his first season on The Farm ... Mulrooney will join the Cardinal coaching staff later in the season ... Mulrooney, an MLS All-Star, is currently playing for the San Jose Earthquakes.
Number NotesThe Cardinal lost several key players from last year championship team, including Lee Morrison (3 goals, 7 assists) and Derek Shanahan (7 goals, 8 assists), but Stanford returns 18 letterwinners and seven starters ... Five of Stanford's top six scorers return from a year ago ... Those five scorers accounted for 38 of Stanford's 56 goals ... The return of such key players has vaulted the Cardinal to #2 in the pre-season national rankings.
Frosh FactsFour talented newcomers will also contribute to Stanford's success in 2002 ... The list includes defenders Chad Marshall (6-3, 185, freshman, Riverside, Ca) and David Oleson (6-0, 175, Freshman, Nevada City), and midfielders Bronson McDonald (6-0, 175, Freshman, Kingston, Jamaica) and Kevin Coyne (5-7, 150, Freshman, Wayne, NJ).
Hometown HeroStanford hosts Sacramento State on August 31, and seniorTaylor Graham (6-4, 190, defender) is pretty familiar with the Hornets ... Graham hails from Fair Oaks, a suburb near Sacramento ... Graham was a 1998 graduate of Rio Americano High School.
Foreign FactsFour members on the 24-man Cardinal roster hail from foreign countries ... Freshman midfielder/defender Bronson McDonald hails from Kingston, Jamaica, junior midfielder Mike Wilson attended school in Plimmerton, New Zealand, sophomore forward/midfielder Darren Fernandez is from Beloni, South Africa, while defender George Michalopoulos attended high school in Laguno, Switzerland.
Captains CatalogueTodd Dunivant (D, 6-0, 174, Senior, Wheat Ridge, Co), Roger Levesque (F, 6-2, 174, Senior, Portland, Maine) and Abe Geiger (MF/D, 6-0, 175, Junior, East Lansing, Mi) will serve as tri-captains for the Cardinal in 2002 ... Dunivant and Levesque are seniors, while Geiger is a junior.
Professional PotpourriFormer Stanford soccer stars have certainly made their marks in the professional ranks ... There are currently six former Cardinal players who are playing professionally, including four players in the MLS (Major League Soccer) ... They are Jamie Clark with San Jose Earthquakes, Simon Elliott with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Lee Morrison with the Dallas Burn and Ryan Nelsen with D.C. United.
Fast FactsNine of Stanford's opponents enjoyed winning seasons last year ... The list includes SMU (21-1), Washington (13-6), Portland (13-6-1), Richmond (13-6-2) and UCLA (12-7-4).
Hornet HooplaSacramento State is hoping to reverse its overall record of 5-9-4 last year ... The Hornets, however, captured the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) league title with a 4-1-2 mark ... Eight starters are among 12 lettermen who will compete for Sacramento State this year ... Junior midfielder David Fraser is the team's leading returning scorer (7 goals, 3 assists in 2001) ... The Hornets participated in a pair of exhibition games in recent weeks, scoring a 2-1 victory over Cal State Stanislaus, but losing a 1-0 decision to UC Davis.
Series StoryStanford holds a sizable 16-4-2 record against Sacramento State ... The Cardinal has won four straight games against the Hornets dating back to the 1996 season ... Sacramento State last beat Stanford, a 1-0 verdict during the 1995 season at Stanford.