No. 3 Men's Soccer Squares Off Against Rival California
Nov. 5, 2001
This Week's Action
Sun., Nov. 11 at California (9-6-1, 3-3-0 Pac-10)...Berkeley, Calif...2 p.m.
Stanford and UCLA battled to a 0-0 (2oT) tie last Friday in the final regular season home match for the Cardinal. UCLA, the only team to defeat the Cardinal so far this season, proved to be up to the challenge once again after besting the Cardinal 2-1 in Los Angeles back on Oct. 14. Stanford, which outshot the Bruins 15-8, had several chances in both overtime periods but failed to convert. The Cardinal defense remained strong once again, holding UCLA to just one shot on goal and lowering its GAA (goals against average) to 0.46. The tie score and overtime competition were both firsts for the Cardinal, which had won four consecutive matches entering the contest. Stanford, which is undefeated at home, will play the first of three road games Sunday against rival California as Pac-10 play comes to a close. The Cardinal blanked the Golden Bears 4-0 at home on Oct. 19, and will look for a repeat in Berkeley this weekend.
Stanford in the Polls
Depite last Friday's 0-0 (2OT) tie with UCLA, the Cardinal is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA national poll for the second consecutive week. Undefeated SMU and Virginia hold down the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in the poll, respectively, followed by Stanford, Indiana and St. Louis. The Cardinal dropped one notch in this week's Soccer America poll from No. 3 to No.4.
Scouting the Golden Bears
California (9-6-1 overall, 2-3-0 Pac-10) saw its three game winning streak come to an end this past Sunday, when UCLA found the net in the 99th minute to defeat the Golden Bears 1-0 in overtime in Berkeley. UCLA midfielder Ryan Futagaki scored on a penalty kick in the first overtime to give the Bruins a hard-fought road victory. California had previously defeated Sacramento State 3-1 in its final non-conference match of the year two days earlier, scoring two second half goals to secure the road win. Senior Austin Ripmaster and freshman Mike Munoz continue to lead the charge on offense for the Golden Bears, who play their final two contests on the road. Head coach Kevin Grimes in his second year at the helm of the Golden Bears. Stanford's 4-0 shutout of California at home on Oct. 19 gives the Cardinal a 22-7-5 edge in the overall series between the two schools. The last time the Cardinal allowed a goal to the Golden Bears was Oct. 19, 1997, in a 3-1 triumph over California.
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.
Battle with the Bruins
In a match in which both teams had numerous opportunities to score, Stanford and visiting UCLA battled to a 0-0 tie after 120 minutes of play last week at Maloney Field. The draw, which was the first of the year for the Cardinal, snapped a four match winning streak. Roger Levesque led the charge with five shots, one of which was on goal, while Aaron Biddle, Abe Geiger, and Matt Janusz all recorded two shots. Cardinal netminder Andrew Terris had one save in 120 mintues in goal.
Down To The Wire
Stanford (3-1-1) and UCLA (3-2-1) now find themselves tied for first place in the Pac-10 following the Bruin's 1-0 overtime victory at California on Sunday. The Cardinal have three road conference matches remaining, including a rematch wit h Washington next week. UCLA will be at home for its final two Pac-10 matches this weekend, against Oregon State and Washington. The Huskies (3-2-0) are still in the hunt and have four contests yet to play, including this weekend's non-conference tilt against dangerous Portland. California (2-3-0) needs some help in its three remaining conference games, beginning Sunday against the Cardinal. Oregon State (1-4-0) travels to Los Angeles to battle UCLA on Friday, before returning to Corvallis for its final two conference matches.
Stanford's 13-1-1 overall record through 15 games this season is exactly where the Cardinal stood after 15 contests last year. This year's squad has three games remaining on its Pac-10 schedule, whereas the 2000 team had four matches left- three of which were conference bouts. However, last season's team shutout its opponents in 12 of the first 15 matches, while the 2001 squad has recorded just eight shutouts during the same span.
The shot output for the Cardinal thus far into the season has been both balanced and consistent. Stanford has tallied 215 shots to date, 80 of which are on goal, compared to the 113 total shots produced by its opponents. The Cardinal remains balanced in its attack, with 107 of those occuring in the first half and the other 103 in the final 45 minutes. And while Stanford is currently near the middle of the pack among Pac-10 schools in that category, the Cardinal are tops in goals scored, assists and overall points.
Sooner or Later
Last Friday's 0-0 (2OT) draw with visiting UCLA highlighted a few firsts for the Cardinal in 2001. Stanford had yet to play a match resulting in a tie, as the first 14 games ended in either a win or a loss. The Cardinal, which played 18 consecutive games in 1998 before two straight ties to end the regular season, also had not gone into overtime prior to last Friday's game. The men were involved in five overtime battles in 2000, and have competed in at least four extra-session games every season since 1996.
Going the Distance
Junior goalkeeper Andrew Terris has now played the entire match between the posts for the Cardinal on eight separate occasions this season. Terris has started each game in goal, garnering 1182:15 of playing time in 2001. He has notched 38 saves during that time, making a strong bid as the breakthrough player of the year for the Cardinal.
Great Time of Year on The Farm
That's precisely what the month of October has represented for the Cardinal over the past four seasons. Stanford has welcomed the 10th month of the year with open arms, notching seven victories in each of the last four Octobers. The Cardinal's favorite October opponents since 1998: California and Oregon State, as Stanford has recorded 11 victories against each school over that stretch.
Cardinal junior forward Johanes Maliza was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 23-29, and was selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week as well. He tallied five points in Stanford's conference wins against Oregon State and Washington, scoring two goals and adding an assist during that stretch. Maliza is tied for third on the team with five goals, and is fifth on the team with 12 points. He has played in 12 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.
Getting In On The Action
Stanford has started the season 13-1-1 mainly 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. Washignton: 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.
Four Score and...
...the Cardinal are likely to win the match. Stanford's offense has been explosive in seven of the eight home games at Maloney Field this year, as the Cardinal has scored four goals in each match except for a 0-0 (2OT) draw against UCLA. Four of the seven victories have been 4-0 shutouts, while the other three wins have been by 4-1 scores.
Meet Me At Maloney
Just how good has the Cardinal been on its home turf? Since the 1997 season, Stanford has posted a 38-3-4 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 14-1-2 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.
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 81 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- ).....81
3- Ricky Goad (1990-1993).....74
Morrison is also currently in third place on the all-time career games played list with 81. He would need to appear in the Cardinal's final three regular season games, as well as three postseason matches to claim either record.
Hermann Watch is in Effect
Senior Lee Morrison has been announced as a men's candidate for both the 2001 Hermann Trophy and 2001 Missouri Athletic Club 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.
11/2 vs. UCLA: Playing in front of a frenzied crowd on Senior Night, Morrison started the game at defender and took one shot in the game.
Noteworthy: Morrison's consecutive games started streak is now at 81 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.
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. 27 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 11 of the 15 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 (46) and shots on goal (19).
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. 2,115 braved the elements for last weekend's showdown with UCLA, and 1,773 fans were in attendance for this year's home opener on Sept. 28 against Dartmouth. All three 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.