No. 9 Stanford Faces No. 11 Creighton In College Cup Semifinals

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Dec. 9, 2002

Stanford Story
The Stanford men's soccer team (17-4-2) is heading back to the College Cup for a second straight year ... Stanford, seeded ninth in the tournament, will face Creighton (18-3-2) in the semifinals on Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m.(central time) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Tx ... In the other semifinal game, third-seeded UCLA (16-3-3) will face second-seeded Maryland (20-4) at 4:00 p.m. (central time) ... The championship game is slated for Sunday, December 15, at 3:30 p.m., central time ... The Cardinal reached the Final Four of the 2002 NCAA Tournament with a second round victory over Portland (0-0, 10-9 in penalty kicks), a 2-1 decision over Furman in double overtime in the third round, and a 2-0 decision over Clemson in the quarterfinals ... Stanford received a first round bye ... Only two of the eight top seeds reached the College Cup in 2002.

Cardinal Corner
The Cardinal has won five straight games, the second longest win streak of the year ... Stanford started the year with seven straight victories ... Stanford's defense has been the trademark of the Cardinal ... Stanford has given up only 14 goals in 23 games ... Stanford has recorded 13 shutouts, three short of the school record during the 2000 season (18-3-1) ... Last year during the team's 19-2-1 season, Stanford recorded ten shutouts ... In seven other games, Stanford has given up only one goal ... Fifteen players have scored at least one point this year, with Roger Levesque leading the team with 25 points (6 goals, 13 assists) ... Johanes Maliza is second in scoring with 22 points (8 goals, 6 assists) ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for 12 shutouts.

Bret Bio
Stanford head coach Bret Simon served as head coach at Creighton University for six seasons before coming to Stanford ... Simon guided the Bluejays to the most successful season in school history in 2000 with a 22-4-0 overall record and a second trip to the College Cup in five years ... A member of the Creighton University men's soccer soccer staff for eight years, Simon finished his sixth season as the program's head coach in the 2000 College Cup national championship match ... Simon's 96 wins mark the most soccer victories ever by a Creighton soccer head coach.

Tournament Talk
Stanford will be making its third trip to the NCAA Final Four ... Last year, the Cardinal defeated Santa Clara (3-1), Portland (3-1) and St. Louis (1-0) to advance to the College Cup ... However, the Cardinal lost a 3-2 four overtime decision to eventual national champion North Carolina in the College Cup semi-finals ... In 1998, Stanford reached the national championship game, but lost a 3-1 decision to the Indiana Hoosiers ... Stanford is 12-8-1 in NCAA Tournament play ... Stanford has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament ten times, including the last six years.

NCAA Notes
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, will host its second NCAA national championship soccer match in as many years ... Ford Stadium hosted the 2001 NCAA Women's College Cup, and will host the 2002 and 2004 Men's College Cup.

Texas Tale
The last time Stanford played in the state of Texas was during the 1989 season when the Cardinal competed in the SMU Invitational in Dallas ... Stanford defeated Harvard, 2-1, in overtime, but dropped a 1-0 decision to SMU ... Only one player on the Stanford roster hails from Texas ... Luis Gonzalez, sophmore defender, is from San Antonio ... Former Stanford All-American, Lee Morrison, competes for the MLS Dallas Burn.

Neutral Notation
Since the 2000 season, the Cardinal is 7-1-0 on neutral grounds.

Home Hoopla
Stanford played 14 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 53-5-5 record in the facility ... The Cardinal has suffered only two defeats in the last two seasons (20-2-2) at Harry Maloney Field ... Stanford was 11-2-1 at Maloney Field this year.

Road Review
Stanford is 4-2-1 on the road this year ... Dating back to the 2000 season, Stanford has collected a 17-4-2 record away from Harry Maloney Field.

Pac-10 Potpourri
Two Pac-10 teams (Stanford and UCLA) have advanced to the College Cup since the NCAA started sponsoring the sport in 1959 ... Stanford is 17-4-2 while the Bruins are 16-3-3 this year ... In just its third year of existence, the Pacific-10 Conference has emerged as one of the nation's premier men's soccer leagues, as at least half its teams have ben ranked among the Top-25 for the majority of the 2002 season ... Pac-10 teams have combined for a 42-13-10 (.723) against non-conference teams this season ... Only two conference schools (Stanford and UCLA) have ever reached the NCAA title game ... The Bruins won the national titles in 1985, 1990 and 1997, and were runnerups in 1970, 1972 and 1973 ... Stanford reached the championship game in 1998 but lost a 3-1 verdict to Indiana.

Senior Salute
Stanford honored its six graduating seniors before the game vs California (11/1/02) at Harry Maloney Field ... Roger Levesque has played in 74 games at Stanford, 42 as a starter ... During his four years on the Cardinal varsity, Stanford is 66-13-6, a Pac-10 title in 2001, and four 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 79 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 65 games, 49 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 77 games, 35 as a starter ... This year, Maliza is the team's second leading scorer with 22 points (8 goals, 6 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.

Defensive Data
Stanford's defense has allowed only 14 goals in 23 games ... Eleven of those 14 goals have come either in the second half or in overtime ... Sophomore Robby Fulton has recorded ninth shutouts, and 44 saves ... Andrew Terris has three shutouts and 27 saves.

Honors Hoopla
Todd Dunivant, Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza have been named to the NSCAA/adidas All Far-West first team ... Dunivant has led a Cardinal defense that has given up only 14 goals this year ... Levesque is Stanford's top scorer with 25 points (6 goals, 13 assists) while Maliza is second on the Cardinal with 22 points (8 goals, 6 assists) ... Taylor Graham was named third team All Far West.

Pac-10 Points
Taylor Graham, Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza were recently named to the All Pac-10 Conference first team ... Todd Dunivant and Chad Marshall were named second team all-conference ... Darren Fernandez, Robby Fulton and James Twellman were named honorable mention All Pac-10.

Conference Chatter
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.

Fulton Facts
Robby Fulton, a sophomore goalkeeper from West Linn, Oregon, is enjoying an All-America type season in 2002 ... Fulton has played in 16 of Stanford's 23 games, 15 as a starter ... Fulton leads the nation in goals against average (0.36) ... Fulton is ahead of the single season school record of 0.45 set by Adam Zapala in 2000 ... Fulton has recorded 44 saves.

Coaches Corner
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 132-32-12 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 and Tim Hanley ... Stimson is in his second season at Stanford, while Hanley is in his first season on The Farm ... Hanley joined the Stanford coaching staff when Paul Sapsford became co-head coach of the Stanford women's team along with Stephanie Erickson.

Academic Accolades
Taylor Graham has been named first team Academic All-American ... Graham, a senior from Fair Oaks, Ca, graduated from Stanford in June, 2002, with a 3.72 gpa in International Relations ... Graham now is in a masters program in Sociology ... Graham, along with Johanes Maliza and Andrew Terris were named to the CoSIDA District-8 All-Academic team ... 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 ... Six Cardinal players have been named All Pac-10 Academic first team ... They are Todd Dunivant, Robby Fulton, Graham, Maliza, Terris and James Twellman ... To be eligible for selection to the Pac-10 Academic Team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor ... Named to the second team All-Academic by the Pac-10 were Abe Geiger, Todd Leber and Michael Wilson ... Aaron Maines was an honorable mention all-conference selection.

Number Notes
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 returned 18 letterwinners and seven starters ... Five of Stanford's top six scorers returned from a year ago ... Those five scorers accounted for 38 of Stanford's 56 goals last year.

Frosh Facts
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) ... Marshall recently returned to the Cardinal after playing with the United States Under-20 Team.

Foreign Facts
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.

Professional Potpourri
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.

A look at the Stanford Varsity for 2002

#5 Seyi Abolaji, MF/D, 5-10, 175, Sophomore, Aurora, Co
Has been a valuable reserve ... Has played in 19 games, five as a starter ... Has recorded one assist.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2001	12-2	2	0	0	02002	19-5	1	0	1	1Totals	31-7	3	0	1	1

#21 Taylor Ahlgren, D, 6-1, 190, Senior, Cardiff, Ca
Hampered throughout his career at Stanford with various injuries ... Has played in one game this year.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS1999	Medical Redshirt2000	did not play2001	3-0	0	0	0	02002	1-1	0	0	0	0Totals	4-1	0	0	0	0

#16 Kevin Coyne, MF, 5-7, 150, Freshman, Wayne, NJ
Has played in eleven games with one assist.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2002	11-0	2	0	1	1Totals	11-0	2	0	1	1

#8 Todd Dunivant, D, 6-0, 174, Senior, Wheat Ridge, Co
Named first team NSCAA/adidas All Far-West ... Named second team All Pac-10 ... Named first team All Pac-10 Academic ... Although hampered by a quad contusion injury this year, still has led Stanford's dominant defense ... Has started 19 games ... Missed four games due to injury ... Has tallied 14 points, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Scored the winning goal on a penalty kick at Washington (11/17/02) ... Recorded two assists in Stanford's 2-1 double overtime win over Furman in the third round of the NCAA Tournament ... Has played in 79 games at Stanford, fifth-best in school history ... His 27 career assists is sixth-best in school history.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS1999	18-0	9	1	1	32000	21-21	10	0	9	92001	21-21	17	6	7	192002	19-19	17	2	10	14Totals	79-61	53	9	27	45

#20 Darren Fernandez, F/MF, 6-0, 185, Soph, Benoni, So. Africa
An Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection ... Has emerged as one of Stanford's top scorers in 2002 ... Has scored nine goals, tops on the Cardinal ... Has totaled 18 points (#3 on the Cardinal) ... Scored two goals at Oregon State (11/15/02) ... Has started all 23 games.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2001	19-5	22	4	3	112002	23-23	43	9	0	18Totals	41-27	65	13	3	29

#0 Robby Fulton, GK, 6-3, 190, Sophomore, West Linn, Or
Has emerged as the team's starting goalie ... Has played in 16 games, 15 as a starter ... Leads the nation in goals against average (0.36) ... Started his first game of the season with a shutout and four saves against Portland (9/8/02) ... Has chalked up nine shutouts, seventh-best for a single season at Stanford ... In only two seasons at Stanford has collected 56 saves, ninth-best in school history ... Named first team All Pac-10 Academic.

YEAR	GP-GS	MIN	SV	GA	GAA	SH2000	Redshirt2001	9-1	377:12	12	1	0.24	12002	16-15	1483:30	44	6	0.36	9Totals	25-16	1860:42	56	7	0.31	10

#17 Abe Geiger, MF/D, 6-0, 175, Junior, East Lansing, Mi
A starter in 22 games ... Has helped anchor Stanford's tough defense in 2002 ... Named second team All Pac-10 Academic.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS1999	Redshirt2000	20-0	2	0	1	12001	22-22	8	0	3	32002	22-22	14	0	1	1Totals	64-44	24	0	5	5

#27 Luis Gonzalez, MF, 5-11, 160, Soph, San Antonio, Tx
A solid reserve who has played in five games.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2001	4-0	1	0	0	02002	5-0	1	0	0	0Totals	9-0	2	0	0	0

#13 Taylor Graham, D, 6-4, 190, Senior, Fair Oaks, Ca
Named All Pac-10 first team ... Named third team All-Far West by NSCAA/adidas ... Has helped anchor Stanford's solid defense in 2002 ... Has started all 23 games ... Came to Stanford as a walkon ... Named tournament defensive MVP at the Dartmouth Tournament ... Has scored one goal this year ... Named a first team Academic All-American, District-8 Academic first team selection and first team All Pac-10 Academic.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS1998	Redshirt1999	2-0	0	0	0	02000	18-4	8	1	1	32001	22-22	9	1	4	62002	23-23	15	1	0	2Totals	65-49	32	3	5	11

#11 Matt Janusz, F, 6-2, 175, Sophomore, Littleton, Co
Although only a sophomore, has scored five goals, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has tallied 14 points (5 goals, 4 assists), fourth-best on the team.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2000	Redshirt2001	20-16	48	9	4	222002	22-14	36	5	4	14Totals 	42-30	84	14	8	36

#2 Ashvin Kumar, MF/D, 5-11, 160, Soph, Palo Alto, Ca
Has played in six games.Career

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2001	Redshirt2002	6-0	0	0	0	0Totals	6-0	0	0	0	0

#6 Todd Leber, MF/D, 5-8, 155, Sophomore, Tucson, Az
A solid contributor to Stanford's success this year ... Has played in 14 games (two as a starter) and has one assist ... Named second team All Pac-10 Academic.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2000	Redshirt2001	8-0	3	0	0	02002	14-2	3	0	1	1Totals	22-2	6	0	1	1

#7 Roger Levesque, F, 6-2, 174, Senior, Portland, Me
Named first team NSCAA/adidas All-Far West ... Named first team All Pac-10 selection ... A right knee injury slowed down the senior All-American during the latter part of the season, but his healthy now ... Missed four of the team's 23 games due to injury ... Still the team's #1 point-getter with 25 (6 goals, 13 assists) ... Tallied two goals and added two assists to lead Stanford to a 6-0 victory over Richmond (9/21/02) ... Scored a goal and added three assists to lead Stanford to a 4-2 victory over Denver (9/13/02) ... Scored a goal and added two assists to lead Stanford to a 3-2 victory over SMU (9/6/02) ... Named tournament offensive MVP at the Dartmouth Tournament ... Has played in 74 games at Stanford, tenth-best in school history ... Has chalked up 30 career assists, third all-time at Stanford ... Ranks sixth all-time in points with 86 ... Also ranks eighth all-time at Stanford with 28 goals ... His 13 assists this year is fifth-best at Stanford.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS1999	12-2	17	1	1	32000	22-0	41	7	7	212001	21-21	66	14	9	372002	19-19	45	6	13	25Totals	74-42	169	28	30	86

#22 Aaron Maines, MF/D, 6-2, 185, Soph, Falmouth, Me
A starter in 22 games ... Has helped create a tough defense for the Cardinal in 2002 ... Named honorable mention All Pac-10 Academic.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2000	Redshirt2001	22-0	5	1	0	22002	23-22	4	0	0	0Totals	45-22	9	1	0	2

#19 Johanes Maliza, MF, 5-8, 160, Senior, Chicago, Il
Named first team All-Far West by NSCAA/adidas ... Named to the All Pac-10 first team ... Also named first team All Pac-10 Academic ... Has been one of Stanford's top scorers this year ... Has tallied 22 points (8 goals, 6 assists), second-best on the Cardinal ... Has attempted 41 shots, third-best on the team ... Scored the winning penalty kick against Portland in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament ... Named a first team District-8 All-Academic selection.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS1999	14-0	6	0	0	02000	22-0	26	6	1	132001	19-13	38	7	5	192002	22-21	41	8	6	22Totals	77-35	111	21	12	54

#14 Chad Marshall, D, 6-3, 185, Freshman, Riverside, Ca
Gained second team All Pac-10 honors ... One of the most talented collegiate players in the nation although only a freshman ... Just returned after playing for the United States Under-20 team ... Has started 18 of 19 games ... Scored the winning goal in Stanford's 2-1 double overtime decision over Furman in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2002	19-18	10	1	0	2Totals	19-18	10	1	0	2

#15 Bronson McDonald, MF/D, 6-0, 175, Fr, Kingston, Jamaica
Has been a valuable reserve ... Has played in nine games.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2002	9-0	1	0	0	0Totals	9-0	1	0	0	0

#9 Clayton Peters, MF/D, 5-9, 158, Soph, St. Louis, Mo
Has seen his playing time increase as the season has progressed ... Has played in 16 games with one assist.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2000	Redshirt2001	4-0	1	0	0	02002	16-0	2	0	1	1Totals 	20-0	3	0	1	1

#1 Andrew Terris, GK, 6-2, 185, Senior, Newton, Ma
An experienced goalkeeper who has started eight games this year ... Has given up 1.04 goals per game, along with 27 saves ... Ranks eighth all-time in saves with 87 ... Named a District-8 All-Academic selection and a first team All Pac-10 Academic choice.

YEAR	GP-GS	MIN	SV	GA	GAA	SH1999	1-0	5:00	0	0	0.00	02000	5-0	71:00	0	0	0.00	02001	21-21	1692:34	60	12	0.64	52002	8-8	695:00	27	8	1.04	3Totals	35-29	2463.34	87	20	0.97	8

#3 James Twellman, F/MF, 5-10, 165, Soph, Chesterfield, Mo
An Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection ... Also named first team All Pac-10 Academic ... A starter in 14 of 23 games ... Sixth on the team in points with 13 (5 goals, 3 assists) ... Has attempted 27 shots ... Scored his first two collegiate goals to lead Stanford to a 5-0 season opening victory over Sacramento State (10/31/02).

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2001	15-0	4	0	0	02002	23-14	27	5	3	13Totals	38-14	31	5	3	13

#4 Sean Whalen, F/MF, 6-0, 175, Sophomore, Los Altos, Ca
Has played in 12 games, one game as a starter ... Recorded his first collegiate goal against Washington (11/17/02).

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2000	Redshirt2001	5-0	1	0	0	02002	12-1	10	1	1	3Totals	17-1	11	1	1	3

#18 Mike Wilson, MF, 5-10, 156, Jr, Plimmerton, New Zealand
A season-long starter ... Has tallied five goals and one assist for eleven points, seventh-best on the Cardinal ... Scored a goal in Stanford's 2-1 double overtime win over Furman in the third round of the NCAA Tournament ... Has taken 27 shots ... Named second team All Pac-10 Academic.

YEAR	GP-GS	SH	G	A	PTS2000	8-0	0	0	0	02001	21-13	10	2	1	52002	23-23	27	5	1	11Totals	52-36	37	7	2	16

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