No. 3 Men's Soccer Readies For Final Home Match
Oct. 30, 2001
This Week's Action
Fri., Nov. 2 vs. UCLA (7-6-3)...7:30 p.m....Stanford, Calif.
(Final home match of regular season)
Stanford has now won four straight since a 2-1 loss on Oct. 14 at UCLA. The Cardinal (13-1-0 overall, 3-1-0 Pac-10) remained undefeated at home by recording victories against Oregon State and Washington. Stanford recorded its eighth shutout of the season against Oregon State in a 4-0 victory over the Beavers last Friday. The men followed that up with a 4-1 trouncing of then-No. 8 Washington, in a match that featured 31 fouls, three yellow cards and a red card. The Cardinal will play its final home game of the season Friday, when it squares off against UCLA at 7:30 p.m. UCLA, the only team to defeat Stanford this season, enters the game with a 7-6-3 overall mark and a 2-2-0 record in Pac-10 competition.
Stanford in the Polls
The surging Cardinal continued its climb up the polls again this week, improving to No. 3 in the NSCAA national poll. Undefeated SMU and Virginia top the list at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while Stanford, Indiana and St. Louis round out the top five. Stanford jumped three spots in this week's Soccer America poll to No. 3, following last week's No. 6 rank.
Scouting the Bruins
UCLA (7-6-3 overall, 2-2-0 Pac-10) holds the distinction of being the only team in the nation to defeat the Cardinal this season. The Bruins scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute of a 2-1 win back on Oct. 14 in front of 3,466 fans in Los Angeles. UCLA has struggled since that victory, recording just one win in four matches. Tim Pierce leads the offensive attack for UCLA, as he leads the club with six goals scored, 14 points and 43 shots. Seven different players have scored at least two goals for the Bruins in 2001, and the team currently leads the Pac-10 in shots with 265 (16.5 per game). The Bruins played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw against South Carolina Sunday, and defeated Saint Mary's 5-1 at home last Friday. UCLA is led by head coach Todd Saldana, who is in his third season with the team. The Cardinal have been on the short end of the all-time series, as evidenced by its 3-19-1 overall record against UCLA.
The Simon File
Head Coach Bret Simon begins his first season as head coach of the Stanford men. Simon, a 1980 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, came to The Farm in February of 2001 after serving as the men's head coach at Creighton University for the past six seasons. Simon guided Creighton to its most successful season in school history last year, as the Bluejays (22-4-0) earned a trip to the College Cup for the second time in five years before falling to Connecticut in the championship match. A four-time Coach of the Year honoree, Simon compiled a 96-26-9 overall record in six seasons at Creighton and his 96 wins are the most victories ever by a Bluejay soccer head coach. Simon also led the Bluejays to four Missouri Valley Conference championships, a pair of MVC regular-season titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances. The Cardinal head coach notched his 100th career victory earlier this season in Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Sept. 9.
Besting the Beavers
Johanes Maliza opened the scoring barrage for the Cardinal in a 4-0 shutout victory over Oregon State at Maloney Field last Friday. Four different players scored in the win, as Stanford improved to 12-1-0 on the year and 2-1-0 in the Pac-10. Derek Shanahan chipped in with one goal and one assist in the win, and goalkeepers Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton each played one half, contributing four saves between them.
Hounding the Huskies
In a match that featured the highest-ranked team to visit Maloney Field so far this season, the Cardinal defended their home turf against Washington in a 4-1 win. Four different players scored again for the Cardinal, who outshot the Huskies 14-5. In an intensely physical game, the two teams combined for 31 fouls. Netminder Andrew Terris played the first 67 minutes in goal before giving way to Robby Fulton.
Enjoy Them While You Can
Friday's match against UCLA will be the final home contest for the Cardinal this season, unless it hosts an NCAA Tournament game in late November. Stanford, which owns a 7-0 home mark, will play its remaining three games against California, Washington, and Oregon State away from Maloney Field.
Down To The Wire
The Cardinal, winners of four straight, now find themselves atop the Pac-10 standings for the first time this season. Stanford's 3-1-0 conference mark leads the way, followed by a three-way second place tie between Washington, UCLA and California (2-2-0). Oregon State is 1-3-0. UCLA, the only team to defeat the Cardinal thus far, finishes with two of their last three matches at home after Friday's visit to Maloney Field. Washington is home for three of its last five games, including a tough non-conference matchup with Portland. California faces Sacramento State before its final four Pac-10 opponents, and Oregon State will play three of its next four at home as it attempts to climb in the standings.
Stanford's 13-1-0 overall record through 14 games remains slighlty better than last season's team. In 2000, the Cardinal were 12-1-1 heading into the 15th match of the year. The best start in Stanford history was back in 1997, when the Cardinal began the season 12-0-2 through 14 games. That team won its first nine matches, but lost its last five by a combined 11-3 total.
The Cardinal have now been ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA national poll on three different occasions in 2001. Stanford has been as high as No. 2 and as low as No. 14, as the Cardinal currently stand at 13-1-0. SMU and Virginia, the nation's top two schools, are both undefeated and have held down the top spots in the poll for three consecutive weeks.
Meet Me At Maloney
Just how good has the Cardinal been on its home turf ? Since the 1997 season, Stanford has posted a 38-3-3 record in the facility, and finished 9-2 at home last year. The Cardinal has been dominant at home against against conference opponents (three years in the MPSF and two seasons in the Pac-10), posting a 14-1-1 mark in such contests. Maloney Field has also been the site for NCAA Tournament matches in 1998-2000, with the Cardinal holding a 4-2 record in home playoff games.
Four Score and...
...the Cardinal are likely to win the match. Stanford's offense has been explosive in seven home games at Maloney Field this year, as the Cardinal has scored four goals in each match. Stanford shutout Oregon State 4-0 last Friday and trounced Washington 4-1 two days later. Four of the seven victories have been 4-0 shutouts, while the other three wins have been by 4-1 scores.
Cardinal junior forward Johanes Maliza was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 23-29 on Monday. Maliza tallied five points in Stanford's two conference wins, scoring the Cardinal's first goal against Oregon State and chipping in with a goal and an assist over Washington on Sunday. Maliza is tied for third on the team with five goals, and is fifth on the team with 12 points. He has played in 11 games for the Cardinal so far and has tallied two assists. The honor is the first of Maliza's career and second of the season for Stanford, as junior Roger Levesque accomplished the feat during Sept. 24- Oct. 1.
Can't Tie These Guys Down
Amazingly enough, all 14 games the Cardinal men have been involved in have ended in either a win or a loss. Only one of Stanford's 22 matches ended in a draw last year and the Cardinal were involved in three ties in 1999. Stanford played 18 consecutive games in 1998 before two straight ties to end the regular season. The 1978 campaign was the only season Stanford didn't play in a game which ended in a tie.
Getting In On The Action
Stanford has started the season 13-1-0 partly due to its offensive depth. There have now been four different instances in 2001 when at least four different Stanford men recorded at least one goal:
10-4-01 vs. San Jose State: Mike Wilson, Derek Shanahan, Aaron Maines, Lee Morrison
10-19-01 vs. California: Darren Fernandez, Todd Dunivant, Matt Janusz, Johanes Maliza
10-26-01 vs. Oregon State: Johanes Maliza, Taylor Graham, Derek Shanahan, Todd Dunivant
10-28-01 vs. Washington: Derek Shanahan, Darren Fernandez, Roger Levesque, Johanes Maliza
In addition, three different players have found the net on at least five separate occasions this year.
Second Place Sounds Good...For Now
Senior Lee Morrison continues to inch closer to becoming Stanford's all-time leader in career games started. The defender has now started in 80 consecutive career games since his freshman season, and is all alone in second place on the all-time list behind goalkeeper Adam Zapala.
1- Adam Zapala (1997-2000).....86
2- Lee Morrison (1998- ).....80
3- Ricky Goad (1990-1993).....74
Morrison is also currently tied for third place on the all-time career games played list (80). He would need to appear in the Cardinal's final four regular season games, as well as three postseason matches to claim either record.
Balanced Attack Across The Board
The Cardinal have allowed just seven goals so far this season, translating into a superb 0.50 goals against average (GAA)- a mark which also is tops in the conference. Last year's squad gave up just 10 goals, as Stanford recorded a 0.44 GAA in 22 contests. The Cardinal has been just as good offensively, leading the Pac-10 in goals (41), assists (38) and total points (120).
Giving Out Minutes
One of first-year head coach Bret Simon's trademarks this season has been a willingness to get everyone involved in the game. 28 of the 29 players on the roster have played in at least one game, and a season-high 24 Cardinal men saw action in a game twice this year. Four freshmen- Darren Fernandez, Aaron Maines, Matt Janusz and James Twellman- have appeared in at least 10 of the 14 games. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
Levesque Leading The Charge
Junior Roger Levesque notched the first hat-trick of his career on Sept. 28 against Dartmouth. For his efforts, Levesque was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 24-Oct. 1 and was also selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week. The forward, who was fourth on the team in goals scored last season with seven, is leading the team in that category this season with nine. He is the team-leader in assists (9), points (27), shots (41) and shots on goal (18).
They Came, They Saw, They.....
The Cardinal continue to rewrite home attendance records, as the crowd of 2,212 against California on Oct. 19 was the largest of the season to watch a game at Maloney Field, inlcuding women's matches. 1,773 fans were in attendance for this year's home opener on Sept. 28 against Dartmouth, compared to the 412 that witnessed last year's opener against San Francisco. The crowds were larger than both of last year's home NCAA Tournament matches (1,150 vs. Cal State Fullerton in the 1st Round) and (1,553 vs. Illinois-Chicago in the 2nd Round). However, last season's NCAA Quarterfinal contest against SMU played before 2,854 fans on a cool, damp evening in December remains the top draw in Cardinal soccer history.
Hermann Watch is in Effect
Senior Lee Morrison was announced as a men's candidate for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer's oldest and most prestigious player of the year award. Morrison was a finalist for the Hermann award last season and finished third in the voting for the Missouri Athletic Club in 2000. The 2000 All Pac-10 First Team selection started all 22 matches for the Cardinal men last season and helped anchor the nation's stingiest defense. Morrison, a Second Team NSCAA/adidas All-American, tallied three goals and four assists last year.
10/28 vs. Washington: Morrison started the game at defender and took two shots in the contest, one of which was on goal.
10/26 vs. Oregon State: Morrison started the game at defender and while he didn't register any statistics, he was a force defensively in Stanford's 4-0 blanking of the Beavers.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak is now at 80 games...Morrison made the All-Tournament Team at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic...2001 collegesoccer.com Preseason First Team All-American ... Morrison has recorded three goals and an assist for the Cardinal this year, and is tied for sixth on the team with seven points.