Men's Soccer To Face UIC In NCAA Second Round
Nov. 21, 2000
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Stanford (17-2-1), the No. 3 seed in the 2000 NCAA Men's College Cup, will host the University of Illinois-Chicago (18-3-2) in a Second Round match on Saturday, Nov. 25 at New Maloney Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The winner of this match will advance to the National Quarterfinals, where it will face the winner of the Kentucky at Southern Methodist game.
Scouting The Flames
UIC earned its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the championship of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference and defeating Farleigh-Dickinson 2-0 in a Play-In match. The Flames then went on the road and defeated Bradley 1-0 in the First Round, receiving a goal from Pablo Meglar at the 83:31 mark. UIC boasts six players in double-digit scoring and three who have 20 points or more. Senior forward Erick Lukin leads the way with 15 goals and 10 assists for 40 points. Jacob Stasko (11 goals, 2 assists, 24 points) and Greg Chrisman (5 g, 11 a, 21 pts) round out the 20-point scorers. Senior goalkeeper Chris Jamal has started all 21 games between the posts, posting 81 saves with a 0.78 GAA in 1495:00 minutes. Head coach Sasha Begovic, now in his 11th season, has guided his team to a 8-1-2 mark away from home (including neutral site games).
The Series With the Flames
Saturday's match will mark the first-ever meeting between Stanford and UIC.
Offense vs. Defense
Saturday's matchup is an intriguing one on both sides of the ball. While Stanford is fifth in the NCAA in scoring at 3.05 goals per game, UIC checks in at an impressive 2.35 scores per contest. Defensively, Cardinal goalkeeper Adam Zapala has the nation's lowest GAA at 0.39, however, his counterpart, Flame netminder Chris Jamal, is 10th-best at 0.78.
2000 NCAA Men's College Cup
The 2000 NCAA Tournament features a 32-team field as announced by the NCAA Men's Soccer Selection Committee. 16 teams received automatic bids while 16 were chosen at-large. Eight teams were seeded: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 San Diego, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Southern Methodist, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 8 San Jose State. Six of the seeds advanced into the Sweet 16, with only South Carolina and San Jose State suffering losses. The first three rounds are held at host sites, with the final four teams advancing to the 2000 Men's College Cup at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 8 and 10.
Stanford is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh overall. Following its first round win over Cal State Fullerton, the Cardinal has a 5-5-1 mark in tournament action, with four of those wins coming in its march to the 1998 National Championship game. This is only the second time in program history that Stanford has advanced to the Second Round, following First Round exits in 1978, 1991 (in overtime), 1992, 1997 (in overtime) and 1999 (in penalty kicks). During the regular season, Stanford posted a 4-2-1 record against the five tournament opponents it faced, splitting two games each against Washington and UCLA, drawing against San Jose State while defeating Indiana and Dartmouth.
First Round Recap
Stanford opened the 2000 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 shutout over Cal State Fullerton at New Maloney Field. Senior forward Corey Woolfolk recorded his first career hat trick within the first 20:36, junior forward Derek Shanahan added a first-half goal and two assists, and the Cardinal scored on four of its first seven shots en route to the victory. Stanford's defense held the Titans to just nine shots while posting its 15th shutout of 2000, tying the school single-season record set during the 25-game 1998 campaign. Senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala made four saves as the Cardinal handed the Titans their first shutout of the season.
The Clark File
Head coach Bobby Clark, in his fifth season at the helm of the Cardinal, has posted a 70-20-12 (.745) record on The Farm. The 1997 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year and 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year has a 152-62-25 (.688) mark in 13-plus years overall, the first nine as the head man at Dartmouth. On Nov. 4, Clark achieved his third milestone of the season, winning his 150th career game with a 1-0, overtime triumph over Indiana. On Sept. 26, Stanford defeated Saint Mary's, a win which moved Clark past Sam Koch and into fourth place on the Cardinal's all-time victory list. The Cardinal's 5-0 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 29 gave Clark his 60th Stanford victory, making him only the fourth coach to record 60 victories on The Farm.
Regular Season Wrap-Up
Stanford is coming off one of the most successful regular seasons in program history. At 16-2-1, the Cardinal tied the 1978 squad for the most regular season wins in school history. Stanford began the season with a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1). Then, after dropping an overtime decision to Washington, it rattled off seven straight wins. Head coach Bobby Clark guided his team to a 3-2-1 mark against ranked teams and a 6-2-0, second place finish in a Pac-10 Conference that sent three teams to the postseason.
A Cardinal Tint to the National Rankings
After the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, Stanford remains in the top ten in four major statistical categories: goals per game (5th, 3.05), team GAA (1st, 0.38), shutout percentage (1st, .750) and winning percentage (4th, .875).
Stanford had a strong showing in postseason honors following the inaugural season of Pac-10 play. Senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen was named Player of the Year while Bobby Clark earned Coach of the Year honors. Todd Dunivant, Scott Leber, Lee Morrison and Adam Zapala joined Nelsen on the All-Conference First Team. Aaron Biddle and Corey Woolfolk were selected to the Second Team, while Roger Levesque, Johanes Maliza, Luke Rust, Derek Shanahan and Sean Sylvis earned honorable mention accolades.
Following the 4-0 blanking of Cal State Fullerton last Saturday, Stanford is 8-1-0 at home in 2000 and is 30-2-4 (.889) at New Maloney Field since the facility opened in 1997. The Cardinal has outscored opponents 84-20 at home during that span and has 22 shutouts in 36 matches. Stanford has twice gone undefeated at home, posting a 6-0-1 mark in 1997 and a 7-0-1 record in 1999. The Cardinal is 3-0-1 in four Tournament matches at New Maloney Field, with the lone blemish being the 1999 First Round tie with Santa Clara.
The Cardinal has also experienced success on the road in 2000, compiling a 9-1-1 record away from home. Stanford was 5-1-1 in official road games, including wins at Dartmouth and Washington and a tie at San Jose State. In neutral site matches, the Cardinal was a perfect 4-0-0, defeating Xavier, Western Kentucky, Harvard and Indiana.
No Goals For You
The nation's stingiest defense in 2000 belongs to Stanford, as the Cardinal backline has held opponents to just eight goals in 1885:12 minutes for an 0.38 GAA. Stanford has posted a school record-tying 15 shutouts thus far, matching the total acheived by the 1998 squad in 25 games. It has allowed more than one goal just twice, and had not allowed goals in consecutive games until the final weekend of the regular season. Led by senior All-America candidate Adam Zapala in goal, Cardinal defenders have been named the Defensive MVP at three tournaments: the Nike/Goal Rush Classic at Fresno State, the Dartmouth Soccer Classic and the Stanford/Nike Invitational.
With its four goals and six assists in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, the 2000 Cardinal is the highest scoring Stanford team since 1978. That `78 team scored 90 goals, however, assists were not recorded. The 1982 squad had 66 goals and 49 assists for 181 points, but the 2000 version has 61 goals and 63 assists for 185 points. Also, this year's balanced squad has set a school record with eight players reaching double-digits in points: Scott Leber (30), Corey Woolfolk (26), Luke Rust (20), Roger Levesque (18), Johanes Maliza (13), Ryan Nelsen (13), Sean Sylvis (10) and Derek Shanahan (10). Only the 1982 Cardinal had more 20-point scorers, with four.
Stanford played three consecutive overtime games entering the tournament and have played five overtime matches overall, posting a 2-2-1 mark in those contests. Three of those matches have gone to double overtime, including each of the last two. Five of Stanford's 10 NCAA Tournament matches have required extra time.
A total of 15 Stanford players garnered All-Tournament honors in the four tournaments in which the Cardinal competed, including a sweep of Offensive and Defensive MVP honors. At the Nike/Goal Rush Classic hosted by Fresno State, Scott Leber and Ryan Nelsen joined Offensive MVP Corey Woolfolk and Defensive MVP Lee Morrison. Leber (Offensive) and Nelsen (Defensive) took home MVP honors at the Dartmouth Men's Soccer Classic, while Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza were named to the All-Tourney team. At the Stanford/Nike Invitational, Luke Rust was the Offensive MVP and Morrsion the Defensive MVP, joining Maliza and Nelsen on the All-Tournament team. Finally, at the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic, Leber, Nelsen and Adam Zapala were recognized. Stanford won the first three tournaments, while the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic did not recognize a champion nor MVP's.
Stanford's outstanding 2000 season has been the product of a total team effort, as evidenced by the number of players who have established career highs. (nine players have set 20 different career bests). Scott Leber has led the charge, as the senior midfielder has 13 goals, 4 assists and 30 points. Luke Rust and Corey Woolfolk, both forwards, have also enjoyed banner senior campaigns. Rust has netted a career-best nine goals with 20 points, while Woolfolk has acheived high marks with 10 goals, six assists and 26 points. Senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen, in his second season on The Farm, bettered his first-year Stanford totals with four goals, five assists and 13 points. Matt Moses and Todd Dunivant are tied for the team lead with nine assists, career highs for both players, while Aaron Biddle (5 assists), Derek Shanahan (6) and Lee Morrison (4) have also set career bests. Finally, two sophomores - Abe Geiger and Johanes Maliza - have recorded their first career points.
The 2000 senior class is making its mark as one of the best in Stanford history. The eight-man class, consisting of defender Chris Gores, midfielder Scott Leber, midfielder Matt Moses, midfielder Ryan Nelsen, forward Luke Rust, midfielder Sean Sylvis, forward Corey Woolfolk and goalkeeper Adam Zapala, has contributed largely on both ends of the field. With 40 goals and 31 assists for 111 points, not only have the seniors produced 60.7 percent of the team's points, they have also established themselves as the highest-scoring class in Stanford history. Proving its penchant for the clutch, the senior class has also netted 13 of Stanford's 17 game-winning goals. Defensively, Zapala owns eight school career and single-season records to lead a unit that boasts a nation-best 0.40 GAA. On Senior Day, the class took the term to heart, scoring all four goals in a 4-3, double overtime victory over Oregon State to close out the regular season.
The Benchmark for Success
Stanford has been a deep club in 2000, relying heavily on the efforts of its bench. A pair of reserves - Roger Levesque and Johanes Maliza - ranks fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. Each has six goals, while Levesque has added six assists. Another sub, Sean Sylvis, has four goals, two assists and is tied for the team lead with three game-winning strikes. Defender Abe Geiger has also seen action in 18 of 20 games while Taylor Graham has appeared in 17 contests. The two have combined for a goal and two assists to complement outstanding defensive work.
Senior forward Corey Woolfolk played in his 84th career game in the First Round to extend the school record he shares with teammate Adam Zapala, however, this was quite possibly the most special. Woolfolk scored three times within the first 20:36 for his first career hat trick. The native of Ann Arbor, Mich., gave Stanford a 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the match before finding the back of the net at 15:29 and again at 20:36. One of the 2000 tri-captains, Woolfolk is ascending Stanford's all-time scoring charts. He now has 23 goals and 19 assists in his career for 65 points, tied for the eighth-highest mark in school history. His 19 assists equal the sixth-best mark in Cardinal annals, while his 23 goals are just one shy of the top ten. Woolfolk has caught fire as of late with five goals in his last two games, including both game-winners.
The Legend of Leber
Senior midfielder Scott Leber is enjoying the most prolific scoring season by a Stanford player in 18 years. With 13 goals and four assists for 30 points, he has become the first Cardinal to reach the 30-point plateau since Jorge Titinger finished with 38 in 1982 (13 goals, 12 assists). His header against Indiana with just 1:41 remaining in overtime gave Stanford its first-ever victory over the Hoosiers, earning him his second consecutive Soccer America Team of the Week selection. He also became Stanford's second Pac-10 Player of the Week when he was honored following a two-goal performance at California on Oct. 29.
Solid in the Middle
Any good structure must be solid in the middle, and the Stanford men's soccer team is no different with its midfield corps of Scott Leber, Matt Moses, Ryan Nelsen and Derek Shanahan. All four players have started in each of the Cardinal's 20 matches, and the quartet has combined for 19 goals and 25 assists. Led by Shanahan's one-goal, two-assist performance, the midfielders played a role in each of Stanford's four goals in its First Round win.
An Offensively Minded Defense
Sophomore defender Todd Dunivant has four assists in the last three games, continuing an offensive trend by the Cardinal defense. Stanford's four starting defenders - Aaron Biddle, Lee Morrison, Chris Gores and Dunivant - have combined for three goals (including a game-winner) and 18 assists (24 points). With nine assists, Dunivant is tied for the team lead. Biddle also has five assists, while Morrison has a pair of goals. Gores made his one assist count, feeding Luke Rust for the game-winning strike against Cincinnati.
Between the Posts
As the 2000 NCAA Tournament enters its Second Round, senior goalkeeper Adam Zapala has etched his claim as the most prolific netminder in school history. Zapala owns or shares eight school career and single-season records: career minutes (7,941), career shutouts (51), career GAA (0.62), career games played (84, tied with Corey Woolfolk), career games started (84), single-season minutes (2,377 in 1998), single-season shutouts (15 in 1998 and 2000) and single-season GAA (0.57 in 1998). He also ranks second in career saves with 227, and his career GAA is currently tied for the 13th-best in NCAA Division I history.
At 17-2-1, Stanford has reached double-digits in victories for the fifth time in five seasons under head coach Bobby Clark ... The streak, which also includes three consecutive postseason appearances, is the second longest in school history, trailing only the 10 consecutive 10-win seasons fashioned by the Cardinal from 1976-1985 ... Stanford has outscored its opponents 36-4 after halftime and has been held scoreless following intermission just four times (at San Jose State, vs. Washington, at UCLA and vs. Cal State Fullerton) ... Stanford has been outshot only twice all year (at San Jose State and vs. Indiana), and is 1-0-1 in those contests.
The Kiwi Connection
The 2000 Stanford team continues the recent tradition of a strong New Zealand connection on The Farm, with freshman Mike Wilson (Plimmerton, New Zealand) joining senior Ryan Nelsen (Christchurch, New Zealand) as Cardinal Kiwis.