Top-Ranked Stanford Seeks Second Straight Pac-10 Title
Oct. 9, 2002
The top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team begins defense of its 2001 Pac-10 title this weekend ... Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Harry Maloney Field, the Cardinal hosts the Washington Huskies (3-3-3) ... Then on Sunday, the surprise of the conference, the Oregon State Beavers, arrive for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Stanford's home turf ... Oregon State is 9-1-0 and ranked 18th in the nation ... The Beavers are off to their best start in school history ... The Cardinal has dominated the league statistics ... Stanford is ranked #1 in assists (2.90 apg), points (8.50 ppg), shutouts (6), and #2 in shots (13.20 spg), and goals (2.80 gpg) ... Stanford has dominated both sides of the field thus far in 2002 ... The Cardinal has scored 29 goals compared to only eight for the opposition ... Stanford has recorded six shutouts, and has outshot the opposition, 130-81 ... Last year during the team's 19-2-1 championship season, Stanford recorded ten shutouts ... Twelve players have scored at least one point this year, with Roger Levesque leading the team in scoring with 22 points (5 goals, 12 assists) ... Johanes Maliza is second in scoring with 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists) ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for six shutouts ... Levesque and OSU's Alan Gordon lead the confrerence in points (22) while Johanes Maliza is sixth (15) ... Levesque is #1 in the Pac-10 in assists (1.20 apg) while Todd Dunivant is second at 0.60 per game ... Robby Fulton is second in the Pac-10 in shutouts (4).
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.
A record of 9-1-0 has vaulted the Stanford Cardinal to #1 in the nation in the NSCAA/adidas coaches poll ... Wake Forest (8-0-2) is #2, followed by St. John's (8-1-2), Indiana (8-1-2) and SMU (9-1-1) in the Top 5 ... Stanford is ranked #2 in the Soccer Times poll ... St. John's occupies the top spot followed by Stanford, Wake Forest, Indiana and Clemson (7-1-1) ... In the Soccer America poll, Stanford is fifth ... St. John's is first, followed by Wake Forest, Indiana and Clemson ... Three future Stanford opponents are ranked ... UCLA (5-1-2) is sixth in the Soccer America poll, tenth in the Soccer Times poll, and 16th in the NSCAA/adidas poll ... California is ranked 15th in the Soccer America poll while Oregon State is 18th.
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 47-4-4 record in the facility ... The Cardinal has suffered only one defeat in the last 17 games at Harry Maloney Field.
Stanford's defense has allowed only eight goals in ten games ... All eight goals have come in the second half ... Sophomore Robby Fulton has recorded four shutouts, and 14 saves.
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 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 in 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 124-29-10 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, Tim Hanley and Richard Mulrooney ... Stimson and Mulrooney are in their second seasons at Stanford, while Hanley is in his first season on The Farm ... Hanley recently joined the Stanford coaching staff when Paul Sapsford became co-head coach of the Stanford women's team along with Stephanie Erickson ... Mulrooney, an MLS All-Star, plays for the San Jose Earthquakes which recently ended its season.
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.
Senior All-America candidate Roger Levesque is enjoying an excellent season in 2002 ... Levesque leads the team in scoring with 22 points (5 goals, 12 assists) ... Ten games into the 2002 season, Levesque is approaching the single season Top 5 list in assists ... Dan McNevin resides in fifth place with 13 while Levesque has produced 12 ... Ted Rafalovich is the school record holder with 23 set in 1978 ... Only five Cardinal players (including Levesque this year) have recorded double-digits in assists in a single season ... Levesque is third all-time in assists with 29 ... Levesque's 27 career goals is eighth-best in school history.
Four talented newcomers have contributed 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.
Washington is 3-3-3 ... Two of their wins have been against nationally-ranked teams including a 2-1 victory over then 24th ranked Santa Clara ... Dayo Oyetuga and Brett Wiesner each have scored three goals ... Washington holds a 14-12-0 advantage over Stanford.
Oregon State is off to a fast start with a 9-1-0 record (4-0-0 on the road) ... The Beavers have won seven straight games, including a 3-0 decision over Tulsa and a 2-1 victory over Portland ... Alan Gordon has recorded 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists) while Aaron McHardy has tallied 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) and Joe Zaher has 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists) ... Peter Billmeyer has played 872 of a possible 900 minutes in goal and has collected 50 saves and four shutouts ... Stanford holds a 12-1-2 advantage over Oregon State.
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 (9/21/02, 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 (9/22/02, 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.
Game 8 - Tulsa 3, Stanford 1 (9/27/02, Nike Invitational)
Tulsa knocked the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal from the ranks of the unbeaten with a convincing 3-1 victory at Harry Maloney Field. Stanford led 1-0 at halftime thanks to Darren Fernandez' goal at 3:57. But Tulsa dominated play in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals.
Game 9 - Stanford 3, Santa Clara 0 (9/29/02, Nike Invitational)
The top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team exploded for three goals in a ten-minute span of the second half to hand 22nd ranked Santa Clara a 3-0 defeat. The three goals (Darren Fernandez, Roger Levesque, James Twellman) were scored in a 10 minute span.
Game 10 - Stanford 2, San Jose State 1 (2ot) (10/3/02)
Darren Fernandez scored in the second overtime to lift second-ranked Stanford to a 2-1 victory over San Jose State. Fernandez scored the winning goal when he took a pass from Mike Wilson and fired the winning shot into the right corner of the net from nine yards away.