Top-Ranked Stanford Faces Denver, St. Mary's at Cal Classic
Sept. 11, 2002
Stanford StoryThe top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team hits the road for the first time in the 2002 season, destination Berkeley to compete in the Cal Legacy Tournament ... Stanford, however, will not play the Golden Bears ... Instead on Friday (9/13), the Cardinal will face the University of Denver in an 11:30 a.m. matchup at Cal's Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field ... Then on Sunday (9/15), Stanford travels to St. Mary's for the first official road game of the season although the game is a part of the Cal Legacy Classic ... The Cardinal has jumped to a 3-0-0 record this year, and for their efforts, the team is ranked #1 in the NSCAA/adidas, Soccer America and Soccer Times polls ... Stanford has dominated both sides of the field in three games thus far in 2002 ... The Cardinal has scored ten goals compared to only two for the opposition ... Stanford has recorded two shutouts, and has outshot the opposition, 33-23 ... Nine players have scored at least one point this year, with Roger Levesque and Mike Wilson leading the team in scoring with six points apiece ... Wilson has collected three goals, while Levesque has chalked up four assists ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have each started one game ... Fulton collected a shutout, 2-0, vs Portland (9/8) ... Terris and Fulton split time in Stanford's season opening victory against Sacramento State (8/31).
Levesque LedgerSenior All-American Roger Levesque is this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Levesque (Portland, Maine) notched five points in wins over SMU (9/6) and Portland (9/8) ... Levesque scored a goal and added two assists in the 3-2 Stanford win over SMU, including an assist on the game-winning goal ... Levesque, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, has now won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice, and the fifth all-time Player of the Week honor for Stanford.
Cardinal ClipsThe 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).
Stanford, 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 5-2-1 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.
Stanford is ranked #1 in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Soccer Times polls ... In the NSCAA/adidas poll, Clemson (2-0-1) is ranked second followed by St. John's (2-1), UCLA (3-0-0) and Notre Dame (2-0-1) in the Top 5 ... In the Soccer America poll, Clemson is ranked second behind top-ranked Stanford ... UCLA, St. John's and UConn (2-1-0) round out the Top 5 ... Future Stanford opponents, Tulsa (3-0-0) and Santa Clara (1-1-0) are ranked 24th and 25th, respectively ... In the Soccer Times poll, Stanford is ranked #1 followed in the Top 5 by Clemson, UCLA, St. John's and South Carolina (4-0-0) ... Washington (1-0-2), a Stanford opponent later this year, is ranked 19th ... Stanford started the 2002 season as the #2 ranked team in the country, according to the NSCAA/adidas pre-season poll ... Indiana was #1 followed by Stanford, St. John's, North Carolina and Virginia in the Top 5.
Stanford 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.
Stanford 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 45-3-4 record in the facility ... The Cardinal is unbeaten in its last 14 games at Harry Maloney Field.
Bret 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 118-28-10 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.
The 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 #1 in the latest national rankings.
Four 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).
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.
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.
Denver DialogueThe University of Denver Pioneers are 3-1-0 ... Chris Fagnant leads the team in scoring with six points (3 goals) followed by Nic Hartman, Nat Borchers and Travis Hendricks with five points each.
Series StoryStanford and Denver have met only once on the field ... That game took place during the 1999 season as the Cardinal posted a 5-2 victory at Denver.
St. Mary's StoryThe Gaels of St. Mary's are 1-2-1 ... Their lone win was a 4-3 victory at San Diego State (9/2) ... Six different players have scored goals for the Gaels this year.
Series StoryStanford has a 19-5-1 advantage over St. Mary's ... The Cardinal has won the last six games over the Gaels dating back to the 1996 season ... The last time the Cardinal visited St. Mary's was during the 2000 season, and Stanford was a winner, 5-0.
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