Seventh-Ranked Stanford Travels to 15th-Ranked California in Key Pac-10 Game
Oct. 23, 2002
Two Bay Area schools will again renew their rivalry on the soccer field when seventh-ranked Stanford travels to 15th-ranked California on Saturday (10/26/02, 2:00 p.m.) at Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium ... Both teams are enjoying excellent seasons with the Golden Bears in a first place tie with UCLA with nine points ... Stanford is third in the Pac-10 with seven points ... Stanford is 11-2-1 while the Golden Bears, thanks to a recent school record nine game winning streak, is 10-3-1 ... Over the last seven games, Stanford is 6-0-1 against California and have shutout the Golden Bears in six straight games dating back to 1998 ... Since the 1989 season, Stanford is 11-2-2 against their Bay Area rival ... The Cardinal continues to dominate the league statistics ... Stanford is ranked #1 in assists (31), points (6.64 ppg) and shutouts (9), and #2 in shots per game (12.29 spg), goals per game (2.21 gpg) and assists (2.21 apg) ... The Cardinal has scored 32 goals compared to only nine for the opposition ... Stanford has recorded nine shutouts, and has outshot the opposition, 148-97 ... Last year during the team's 19-2-1 championship season, Stanford recorded ten shutouts ... Thirteen 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 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for eight shutouts ... Levesque is tops in the Pac-10 in assists (1.00 apg) and second in the Pac-10 in points (22) ... Todd Dunivant is second in the Pac-10 in assists (0.55 apg) ... Darren Fernandez and Matt Janusz lead the conference in game-winning goals with three each ... Fulton is second in the league lead in shutouts (5), and leads the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.26).
Stanford is hoping to bounce back after a loss at UCLA (0-1), ot) and a tie at Fresno State (0-0) ... Previous to the games at UCLA and at Fresno State, Stanford had won six straight road games dating back to the 2001 season ... Since the 2000 season, Stanford has chalked up a 15-3-2 record on the road.
Stanford's defense has allowed only nine goals in 14 games ... All nine goals have come either in the second half or in overtime ... Sophomore Robby Fulton has recorded five shutouts, and 18 saves ... Andrew Terris has three shutouts and 22 saves.
With a 1-0 loss at UCLA and a 0-0 tie at Fresno State, Stanford (11-1-2) has fallen from first to eighth in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll ... Indiana (12-1-2) has taken the top spot followed by St. John's (10-1-3), Wake Forest (9-0-3), UCLA (8-1-2), SMU (12-1-2), Clemson (9-1-2), Maryland (11-3-0), Stanford, UConn (11-3-0) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (11-1-1) ... Stanford is ranked eighth in the Soccer America poll ... St. John's is ranked first followed by Wake Forest, Indiana, Clemson, UCLA, SMU, Maryland, Stanford, South Carolina (9-3-1) and UConn ... California (10-3-1), Stanford's next opponent, is ranked 15th ... In the Soccer Times poll, Stanford is rated seventh ... Wake Forest is first followed by Indiana, St. John's, Clemson, SMU, UCLA, Stanford, Maryland, UConn, and South Carolina ... California is ranked 23rd.
Two Stanford players have been accorded Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... Taylor Graham, a senior defender from Fair Oaks, California, helped lead a shorthanded Stanford soccer team to two Pac-10 wins over Washington (2-0, 10/11/02) and Oregon State (1-0 ot, 10/13/02) ... Stanford was missing its leading scorer, Roger Levesque, and starting defender Todd Dunivant to injury, but the defense led by Graham shutout Washington and Oregon State ... Graham scored his first goal of the season as Stanford defeated Washington, 2-0, and then held Oregon State to only four shots in a 1-0 victory ... Levesque was accorded weekly honors earlier in the year when he notched five points in wins over SMU (9/6/02) and Portland (9/8/02) ... 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 has won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice in his four-year Cardinal career.
All-America candidate Roger Levesque had been enjoying a healthy season in 2002, but a knee injury has slowed down the senior forward ... Levesque missed the two games (Washington, Oregon State), but played at UCLA and Fresno State ... Levesque leads the team in scoring with 22 points (5 goals, 12 assists) ... Levesque is approaching the single season Top 5 list in assists while playing in only ten games ... 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.
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 126-29-10 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.
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 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 49-4-4 record in the facility ... The Cardinal has suffered only one defeat in the last 19 games at Harry Maloney Field ... Stanford is 7-1-0 at Maloney Field this year.
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.
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 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.
The Golden Bears are 10-3-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play ... Cal has tallied nine points which is tied with UCLA in the Pac-10 ... The league champion is determined by the number of points scored during the conference campaign ... The Golden Bears are 6-1-0 at Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium ... Cal had won a school record nine straight games before dropping a 2-1 decision at UCLA last weekend ... Two players have scored double-digit points ... Mike Munoz leads the team with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists) while Carl Acosta has eleven points (5 goals, 1 assist) ... Munoz is tied for second in the conference in shots per game (2.29) ... Josh Saunders is the team's top goalkeeper with 44 saves and a 0.72 goals against average ... Saunders has recorded six shutouts.
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.
Game 11 - Stanford 2, Washington 0 (10/11/02)
Matt Janusz and Taylor Graham each scored a goal and senior goalkeeper Andrew Terris recorded his third shutout of the season as top-ranked Stanford defeated Washington, 2-0, in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Cardinal played without leading scorer Roger Levesque and starting defender Todd Dunivant who sat out with injuries.
Game 12 - Stanford 1, Oregon State 0 (ot) (10/13/02)
Darren Fernandez scored on a header at 4:53 of overtime to lift top-ranked Stanford to a 1-0 overtime victory over 18th-ranked Oregon State.
Game 13 - UCLA 1, Stanford 0 (ot) (10/18/02)
Sixth-ranked UCLA upset top-ranked Stanford, 1-0, in overtime on a Jimmy Frazelle goal 1:47 into the extra period. The regulation game was played evenly by both teams. Stanford had a slight 10-6 shot advantage after two periods, but were only able to create three shots on goal.
Game 14 - Stanford 0, Fresno State 0 (2ot) (10/20/02)
Top-ranked Stanford recorded two shots in the final overtime period, but Fresno State held on as the Cardinal and Bulldogs played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie. Matt Janusz led the Cardinal with four shots, while James Twellman added three. Andrew Terris played all 110 minutes in goal for Stanford, recording two saves.