Men's Soccer Downs Portland 3-1 To Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals

Nov. 30, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's offense gave the Cardinal an early lead and the defense held strong en route to a 3-1 victory over Portland in the third round of the NCAA Men's Championship Tournament on Friday evening at Maloney Field.

The Cardinal (18-1-1), seeded third in the College Cup, advances to the quarterfinal round next Friday evening against the winner of Saturday's Loyola (Md.)-St. Louis match. The date and time of the quarterfinal match will be determined Sunday night. Portland falls to 13-6-1.

Junior Roger Levesque (Portland, Maine), playing in his first game back after being issued a red card in Stanford's 3-1 win at Oregon State on Nov. 18, scored two goals on the night. His first gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead at the 17:46 mark, when he angled a shot past Portland goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri following assists from Matt Janusz (Littleton, Col.) and Derek Shanahan (St. Charles, Ill.). Both teams continued to pressure on offense, but failed to convert on several opportunities near the net.

Janusz then put the Card up 2-0 in the 66th minute when he fired a bullet past the goalkeeper, after being set up by Johanes Maliza (Chicago, Ill.) and Abe Geiger (East Lansing, Mich.). Portland broke through in the 81st minute, cutting the Cardinal lead to 2-1 as the Pilots were the beneficiary of a Cardinal own goal. Stanford added an insurance score two minutes later when Levesque found the net for his second goal, connecting on a pass from Matt Moses (Laguna Beach, Calif.).

The Cardinal outshot Portland 13-11 in the match. Stanford keeper Andrew Terris (Newton, Mass.) turned in another solid effort, notching five saves in the win.

Scoring      1     2     FPortland     0     1     1Stanford     1     2     3

Scoring Summary: STAN- Levesque (Janusz, Shanahan) 17:46, STAN- Janusz (Maliza, Geiger) 66:21, POR- own goal (unassisted) 81:24, STAN- Levesque (Moses) 83:58.
Shots: Stanford 13, Portland 11.
Saves: Stanford 5, Portland 5.
Fouls: Stanford 20, Portland 16.
Records: Stanford 18-1-1 (8-1-1 Pac-10), Portland 13-6-1 (4-1-1 WCC).
Attendance: 1,795.

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