Ninth-Ranked Stanford Hosts Fifth-Ranked UCLA in key Pac-10 Game
Nov. 9, 2002
The ninth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team closes out its 2002 home season with a Pac-10 game against fifth-ranked UCLA (Sunday, November 10, 3:30 p.m.) ... Stanford is in third place in the Pac-10 with eleven points (3-2-2 Pac-10, 12-3-2 overall) ... UCLA leads the league with 18 points (6-2-0 Pac-10, 11-3-2 overall) ... The Cardinal continues to shine on defense ... Stanford has given up only ten goals this year ... Stanford has recorded eleven shutouts, five short of the school record during the 2000 season (18-3-1) ... Last year during the team's 19-2-1 championship season, Stanford recorded ten shutouts ... Offensively, Stanford broke out of its offensive slump with a 2-0 victory over Fresno State (11/8/02) ... Previously to the Fresno State game, Stanford had not scored a goal in the last 13 periods (including five overtime periods) ... However, the Cardinal scored a goal in each half to defeat the Bulldogs ... Fourteen players have scored at least one point this year, with Roger Levesque leading the team in scoring with 23 points (5 goals, 13 assists) ... Johanes Maliza is second in scoring with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for ten 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 50-4-5 record in the facility ... The Cardinal has suffered only one defeat in the last 21 games at Harry Maloney Field ... Stanford is 8-1-1 at Maloney Field this year.
Stanford honored its six graduating seniors before the game vs California (11/1/02) at Harry Maloney Field ... Roger Levesque has played in 70 games at Stanford, 38 as a starter ... During his four years on the Cardinal varsity, Stanford is 61-12-6, a Pac-10 title in 2001, and three trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Levesque was the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year ... Todd Dunivant has been a three-year starter on the Cardinal, and has played in 73 games in his career on The Farm ... Dunivant is considered one of the best defenders to wear a Cardinal uniform ... Taylor Graham has been another outstanding defender for the Cardinal for the last four years ... Graham has played in 59 games, 43 as a starter in his four seasons at Stanford ... Johanes Maliza has been one of Stanford's top scoring threats while at Stanford ... Maliza has played in 71 games, 29 as a starter ... This year, Maliza is the team's second leading scorer with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) ... Andrew Terris has been a two-year starter for the Cardinal, and has played in 35 games in goal over the last four years ... Terris has collected 87 saves in his Cardinal career, eighth-best in school history ... Taylor Ahlgren has been battling injuries during his four years at Stanford, but that hasn't stopped him from providing morale support for the Cardinal ... During his junior season, Ahlgren was voted Most Inspirational Player.
Since the 2000 season, Stanford has chalked up a 15-4-2 record on the road.
Stanford's defense has allowed only ten goals in 17 games ... Nine of those ten goals have come either in the second half or in overtime ... Sophomore Robby Fulton has recorded seven shutouts, and 27 saves ... Andrew Terris has three shutouts and 27 saves.
Stanford is ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll ... Wake Forest (12-0-4) is #1 followed by St. John's (11-1-5), Indiana (14-2-2), SMU (14-1-3) and UCLA (11-2-2) ... Stanford is ranked ninth in both the Soccer America and Soccer Times polls ... In the Soccer America poll, Wake Forest is #1 followed by St. John's, SMU, Indiana and UCLA in the Top 5 ... Wake Forest also occupies the top spot in the Soccer Times poll, followed by St. John's, SMU, Indiana and UConn (13-4-0) ... UCLA is ranked sixth in the Soccer Times poll.
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.
Robby Fulton, a sophomore goalkeeper from West Linn, Oregon, is enjoying an All-America type season in 2002 ... Fulton has played in ten of Stanford's 17 games, nine as a starter ... Fulton leads the nation in goals against average (0.20) ... Fulton has recorded 27 saves.
All-America candidate Roger Levesque had been enjoying a healthy season in 2002, but a knee injury slowed down the senior forward in recent weeks ... Levesque missed the two games (Washington, Oregon State), but played at UCLA and Fresno State ... Levesque leads the team in scoring with 23 points (5 goals, 13 assists) ... Levesque is third all-time in assists with 30 ... 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 127-31-12 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.
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.
Three members of the Stanford soccer team have been named to the CoSIDA District-8 All-Academic team ... The eleven member team includes Taylor Graham, Johanes Maliza and Andrew Terris ... Graham, a senior from Fair Oaks, Ca, carries a 3.73 gpa in International Relations ... Maliza, a senior from Chicago, Ill, has a 3.47 gpa in history, while Terris, a senior from Newton, Ma, has chalked up a 3.68 gpa in Psychology.
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.
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 Nielsen with D.C. United.
UCLA is fifth-ranked in the nation in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls with an 11-3-2 overall record, and leads the Pac-10 with a 6-2-0 mark ... With three regular season games remaining on the schedule, many UCLA players have reached or surpassed their career highs in scoring ... Team scoring leaders Tim Pierce (22 points), Matt Taylor (17 points), Adolfo Gregorio (11 points) and Jimmy Frazelle (9 points) have either tied or set new single-season career-best numbers ... Zach Wells is among the top goalkeepers in the country ... Wells has given up only 0.64 goals per game.
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.
Game 15 - California 1, Stanford 0 (10/26/02)
Stanford couldn't cash in on three golden scoring opportunities in the first half, and fell to California, 1-0, at Berkeley. Cal's goal was the first allowed by the Cardinal against the Golden Bears since the 1998 season (7 games).
Game 16 - Stanford 0, California 0 (2ot, 11/1/02)
The ninth-ranked Stanford Cardinal and the eighth-ranked California Golden Bears battled for 90 minutes in regulation and two ten-minute overtimes, and the verdict was a 0-0 tie in a Pac-10 game.
Game 17 - Stanford 2, Fresno State 0 (11/8/02)
The ninth-ranked Stanford men's soccer team broke its four game winless streak with a convincing 2-0 victory over Fresno State. Darren Fernandez and Matt Janusz scored for the Cardinal.