Top-Ranked Stanford hosts Nike Invitational
Sept. 25, 2002
The top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team returns to Harry Maloney Field to host the Stanford Nike Invitational (Sept. 27-29) ... The Cardinal will face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Friday (7:30 p.m.) followed by a Sunday (2:30 p.m.) contest against South Bay rival Santa Clara ... On noon on Sunday, California will face Tulsa at Harry Maloney Field ... Cal will kickoff the tournament with a Thursday (Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.) game at Santa Clara ... The Cardinal has jumped to a 7-0-0 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 seven games thus far in 2002 ... The Cardinal has scored 23 goals compared to only four for the opposition ... Stanford has recorded five shutouts, and has outshot the opposition, 90-50 ... Fourteen players have scored at least one point this year, with Roger Levesque leading the team in scoring with 18 points (4 goals, 10 assists) ... Johanes Maliza is second in scoring with 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for five shutouts.
Stanford will host eleven home games at Harry Maloney Field this year ... 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.
At the start of the year, Stanford head coach Bret Simon was concerned about his team's defense, which graduated several key players from last year's 19-2-1 squad ... So far, no worries in 2002 ... Stanford's defense has allowed only four goals in seven games ... All four goals have come in the second half ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for four shutouts, and 23 saves ... Fulton, a sophomore, has already collected three shutout wins, while Terris has one shutout victory ... Terris and Fulton split time in Stanford's season opening victory against Sacramento State (8/31).
Stanford has won six straight road games dating back to the 2001 season ... Since the 2000 season, Stanford has chalked up a 15-2-1 record on the road.
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).
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 again ranked #1 in the NSCAA, Soccer America and Soccer Times polls ... In the NSCAA/adidas poll, St. John's is #2, while South Carolina, Maryland and Indiana round out the Top 5 ... In the Soccer America poll, St. John's is #2 followed by Wake Forest, Indiana and South Carolina ... In the Soccer Times poll, Stanford is ranked #1 followed in the Top 5 by South Carolina, St. John's, Indiana and Maryland ... 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 ... Future Stanford opponents include Santa Clara (22nd in the Soccer America poll), and UCLA (sixth by Soccer Times, seventh in the Soccer America poll, 16th in the NSCAA poll).
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.
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 122-28-10 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 is 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).
Four 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.
Former 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.
The Golden Hurricane of Tulsa is 5-2 this year ... Tulsa began the season with four straight wins, but has since dropped two of its last three games ... Ryan Pore leads the team in scoring with 10 points (5 goals).
This will be the first meeting between Stanford and Tulsa.
Santa Clara is 4-1 ... The Broncos have won three straight games, including a 2-0 decision over San Jose State ... Jamil Walker leads the team in scoring with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist) ... Twelve different Bronco players have scored at least one point this year.
This will be the 32nd meeting between Stanford and Santa Clara ... Three times since the 2000 season these two teams have met on the field, and the Cardinal has been the victor in each of those games.
Game 1 - Stanford 5, Sacramento State 0 (10/31/02)
James Twellman scored his first two collegiate goals to lead second-ranked Stanford to a 5-0 season opening victory over Sacramento State. Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton combined on the shutout.
Game 2 - Stanford 3, SMU 2 (9/6/02, Bay Area Classic)
All-American Roger Levesque scored his first goal of the season and added two assists to lead top-ranked Stanford to a 3-2 victory over seventh-ranked SMU at the Bay Area Classic.
Game 3 - Stanford 2, Portland 0 (9/8/02, Bay Area Classic)
Matt Janusz scored his second goal of the season and Mike Wilson added his third of the year as top-ranked Stanford shutout 14th-ranked Portland, 2-0. Robby Fulton started his first game of the season in goal and recorded the shutout along with four saves.
Game 4 - Stanford 4, Denver 2 (9/13/02, adidas/Cal Legacy Classic)
All-American Roger Levesque scored a goal and added three assists to lead top-ranked Stanford to a 4-2 victory over Denver at the adidas/Cal Legacy Classic at Berkeley.
Game 5 - Stanford 1, St. Mary's 0 (9/5/02)
Top-ranked Stanford received a scare from underdog St. Mary's, but posted a 1-0 victory. Stanford scored when Mike Wilson's shot was blocked by a St. Mary's defender. However, the ball bounced off the defender and into the St. Mary's goal to give Stanford the 1-0 lead.
Game 6 - Stanford 6, Richmond (9/21, Dartmouth Tournament)
All-American Roger Levesque continued to prove he is one of the top collegiate soccer players in the country as he scored two goals and added two assists to help power top-ranked Stanford to a 6-0 victory over Richmond at the Dartmouth Tournament.
Game 7 - Stanford 2, Dartmouth 0 (9/22, Dartmouth Tournament)
All-American Roger Levesque was named tournament offensive MVP and Taylor Graham was named tournament defensive MVP as the Cardinal scored a 2-0 victory over Dartmouth. Andrew Terris recorded his first shutout of the season.