Men's Soccer Advances To Second College Cup In School History
Dec. 9, 2001
2001 NCAA MEN'S COLLEGE CUP- COLUMBUS, OHIO
NCAA TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL
Friday, Dec. 14, 2001......5 p.m. EST/ 2 p.m. PST
No. 7 NORTH CAROLINA (19-4-0) vs. No. 3 STANFORD (19-1-1)
TV Coverage: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001.....8 a.m. PST
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Cardinal Discovers Columbus
Stanford will be making its second appearance in program history in the national semifinals thisweekend at the 2001 NCAA Men's College Cup in Columbus, Ohio. Stanford, seeded No. 3 in thetournament, advanced to the College Cup with a 1-0 quarterfinal round victory against No. 6 Saint Louis at home last Friday. Stanford (19-1-1 overall, 6-1-1 Pac-10) posted 3-1 victories over Portland in the third round and Santa Clara in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Stanford's opponent in the semifinals on Friday , Dec. 14, will be No. 7 North Carolina (19-4-0, 4-2-0 ACC). The Tar Heels defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 3-2 in three overtimes last weekend in the quarterfinals to advance to this weekend's Final Four. The winner of the Stanford/North Carolina match faces the winner of the other semifinal between St. John's and Indiana in Sunday's title match.
Only four teams remain in the 2001 Men's NCAA Tournament and those schools will battle it out in this weekend's College Cup, scheduled for Dec. 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio. Friday's semifinals feature No. 3 Stanford squaring off against No. 7 North Carolina and No. 8 St. John's battling No. 4 Indiana. The winners of Friday's semifinal matches will meet in Sunday's national championship. This weekend's schedule is as follows:
Friday, Dec. 14...
No. 7 North Carolina vs. No. 3 STANFORD- 5 p.m. EST/ 2 p.m. PST
No. 8 St. John's vs. No. 4 Indiana- 7:30 p.m. EST/ 4:30 p.m. PST
Sunday, Dec. 16...
2001 Men's National Championship- 1 p.m. EST/ 10 a.m. PST
Scouting the Tar Heels
North Carolina (19-4-0 overall, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three straight and six of their last eight matches during their late season run at the national championship. Following their 2-1 loss to Clemson in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Nov. 16, the Tar Heels have knocked off their first three opponents in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. North Carolina, seeded seventh in the tournament, downed unseeded Fairleigh Dickinson 3-2 in three overtimes in the quarterfinals last weekend. The Tar Heels had previously blanked American 1-0 in overtime in the third round and Towson 3-0 in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Junior Ryan Kneipper, who scored two goals in under five minutes in the second half of North Carolina's win over Fairleigh Dickinson, leads the Tar Heels with 13 goals scored and 32 total points in 22 games. Junior David Testo has started 22 of the 23 matches for North Carolina and is second on the club with 10 goals scored and 26 total points, while senior Noz Yamauchi leads the club with 11 assists. Senior goalkeeper Michael Ueltschey has started all 23 contests for the Tar Heels this season, making 60 saves and limiting opponents to a 0.73 goals against average. Head coach Elmar Bolowich is in his 13th year at the helm of the North Carolina men's program, where he has compiled a 160-92-13 overall mark during his tenure.
First Time For Everything
Friday night's meeting between Stanford and North Carolina will be the first ever between the two schools. Both schools are making just their second appearance at the Final Four, with Stanford advancing in 1998 and the Tar Heels in 1987. The Cardinal owns a 4-3 all-time mark against teams from the ACC, but haven't matched up with an opponent from that conference since the 1998 postseason. Stanford defeated Virginia 3-0 and Maryland 1-0 in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, respectively, before falling to Indiana in the 1998 NCAA Championship. In other battles with the ACC, the Cardinal has defeated Wake Forest twice and dropped matches to Virginia, Duke and North Carolina State.
The Simon File
Head Coach Bret Simon will be making his second consecutive appearance at the College Cup- this time at the helm of the Cardinal. Simon has enjoyed a fine first season at Stanford, earning 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors after guiding the men to a 19-1-1 overall mark. 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. He directed 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 five-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 in Stanford's 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Sept. 9.
Quest For The Cup
Stanford will be making its second College Cup appearance in program history. Stanford is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and eighth overall (a 9-6-1 postseason mark to date). The Cardinal's best postseason effort came three years ago at the College Cup in Richmond, Va., when it appeared in the title game and fell to Indiana 3-1. Along the way, Stanford defeated San Jose State 3-2 (3OT), San Diego 3-1 (2OT), Virginia 3-0 and Maryland 1-0. The Cardinal advanced to the quarterfinal round in 2000, blanking Cal State Fullerton 4-0 and Illinois-Chicago 6-0 along the way before dropping a 2-1 decision to SMU in the third round. In 1978, 1991, 1992, 1997 and 1999, Stanford was eliminated in the first round, with the '91 and '97 teams falling in overtime.
Cardinal vs. College Cup Opponents
--- No. 8 St. John's Red Storm---
St. John's (17-2-3 overall, 7-1-3 Big East) will be making its first Final Four appearance since 1996, when they won the NCAA Championship. The Red Storm upset previously-undefeated No. 1 SMU on the road 2-0 in the quarterfinal round. During its 2001 tournament run, the Red Storm has defeated Penn State 2-1 in triple overtime in the third round and Massachusetts 1-0 in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. This year marks the Red Storm's 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, all under 11th-year head coach Dave Masur, who guided the 1996 team to the school's first-ever title. The Red Storm won their sixth Big EastChampionship in the last 11 years with a thrilling 1-0 win over Connecticut on Nov. 18. St. John's is led by senior Jeff Mateo, the Big East Midfielder of the Year, who has scored eight goals on the season.
---No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers---
For the fifth consecutive season and 15th time in 29 years, Indiana (17-3-1 overall, 6-0-0 Big Ten) Indiana is headed back to the College Cup. The Hoosiers, who have recorded 16 shutouts this year and haven't allowed a goal in the last 653:16, defeated Clemson 2-0 in the quarterfinal round. Indiana defeated Rutgers 3-0 in the third round and blanked Michigan State 1-0 in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Junior All-American Pat Noonan, this year's runner-up for the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award, netted both Indiana goals in the win against Clemson, giving him a total of 16 goals on the year. The Hoosiers are led by Jerry Yeagley, who is in his 29th year at Indiana and has posted a winning record every year during his head coaching tenure.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MEN'S QUARTERFINAL ROUND:
(NO. 3) STANFORD 1, (NO. 6) SAINT LOUIS 0
Junior Roger Levesque scored the only goal of a tightly-contested match as Stanford defeated Saint Louis 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 7 at Maloney Field. Stanford outshot the Billikens 12-8 and Levesque's putback after a goalie miscue in the 37th minute gave the Cardinal the victory. Saint Louis' Dipsy Selolwane, the nation's leading scorer, was held without a shot for the first time in 2001. Goalkeeper Andrew Terris made four saves in Stanford's 12th shutout.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MEN'S THIRD ROUND:
(NO. 3) STANFORD 3, PORTLAND 1
Junior Roger Levesque returned to the Cardinal lineup in fine fashion, tallying two goals in Stanford's 3-1 win against Portland in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 30 at Maloney Field. Stanford outshot the Pilots 13-11 as freshman Matt Janusz netted a goal and four other Cardinal men had assists in the win. Goalkeeper Andrew Terris made five saves in goal for Stanford, which defeated Portland 1-0 on the road in the second game of the regular season.
NCAA TOURNAMENT MEN'S SECOND ROUND:
(NO. 3) STANFORD 3, SANTA CLARA 1
Cardinal freshman Matt Janusz registered his first career hat-trick in a 3-1 victory against Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 25 at Maloney Field. The Cardinal, which earned a first-round bye, outshot the Broncos 8-5. Janusz, starting in place of junior Roger Levesque who missed the game with a red card, scored four minutes into the contest and added goals in the 43rd and 52nd minute. Derek Shanahan, Todd Dunivant, Matt Moses, Taylor Graham, and Johanes Maliza all had assists in the win. Goalkeeper Andrew Terris made two saves in 90:00.
Cardinal Men Earn 2001 All-America Honors
Senior Lee Morrison and junior Roger Levesque were both selected to the 2001 NSCAA/adidas All-America teams. Morrison was named to the First Team, while Levesque earned Second Team honors. Morrison's selection is the second of his career, as he earned Second Team All-America status in 2000. The honor is the first of Levesque's three-year career, and the 16th overall for the Cardinal.
Roger This- Levesque Leads The Cardinal
Junior Roger Levesque is the second consecutive Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year, earning the 2001 honor for his play this year. He has been impressive in Stanford's three postseason matches, scoring three goals in two games after missing the second round match against Santa Clara due to a red card he received in the regular season finale. Levesque, a 2001 Second Team All-American selection, leads the conference and team in goals scored (13), points (35) and assists (9), and is first on the team in shots (59) and shots on goal (24). He 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.
A Symbol of Durability
Senior Lee Morrison became the all-time Cardinal leader in consecutive games started and games played in Stanford's NCAA quarterfinal round victory against Saint Louis. Morrison, a 2001 First Team All-American, has now started and played in 87 straight matches during his four-year career on The Farm. He was a candidate for both the 2001 Hermann Trophy and 2001 Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award. Morrison was recently named to this season's All Pac-10 First Team and is the leader of a Cardinal defense that has posted 12 shutouts and allowed just ten goals this season, a 0.46 GAA (goals against average). He made the All-Tournament Team at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic earlier this season and has recorded three goals and one assist, tallying seven points.
Ace In The Hole
With leading scorer and Pac-10 Player of the Year Roger Levesque unavailable to compete in Stanford's second round match against Santa Clara, head coach Bret Simon was forced to look elsewhere for offense. Enter freshman Matt Janusz- who turned out to be the perfect solution, as the forward responded with his first collegiate hat-trick. Janusz followed that stellar performance up with a one goal, one assist effort in Stanford's 3-1 third round victory against Portland. He has been a solid weapon for the Cardinal this season, playing in 19 matches and starting 15. He is tied for second on the club in goals scored (9) and shots (45), and is tied for second in total points with 22.
Junior Johanes Maliza has emerged as a team leader and offensive threat. The 2001 Second Team All-Pac-10 selection has tallied either a goal or an assist in seven of the last nine games. He has played in 18 tilts for the Cardinal, and is tied for third on the team with seven goals and is fourth on the club with five assists. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and selected to the Soccer America Team of the Week for matches played during Oct. 23-Oct. 29 and leads the team in goals scored (5) among conference opponents.
Cardinal D is Grade A
Stanford is limiting opponents to a 0.46 GAA and has allowed just 10 goals in 21 matches. The men have recorded 12 shutouts to date, and have not allowed more than two goals in one game. If Stanford has the lead at halftime, forget it- the Cardinal has allowed just four goals in the second half and is 15-0 in such games.
Tough To Squeak One Through
With the loss of Adam Zapala last year to graduation, the goalkeeping department seemed like a question mark. However, Stanford has posted 12 shutouts. Junior Andrew Terris has started 20 matches and played 1556:35 in goal. The 2001 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection has recorded 55 saves and is limiting opponents to a 0.52 GAA. Freshman Robby Fulton has also been impressive, notching 12 saves in 377:12 over nine games. The numbers are a contrast to last season, when Zapala played all but 71 minutes in goal for the Cardinal.
Fernandez Flourishing In Starting Role
Freshman Darren Fernandez continues to impress in his rookie campaign. He has started five of the last six games at forward and has taken 11 shots (five on goal) and scored two goals. His goal in the 110th minute gave Stanford a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Washington on Nov. 16, and he found the net in a 2-0 win at California on Nov. 11. He has played in 18 games, and has scored four goals and recorded three assists for 11 points.
Leaders of the Pac
Stanford captured the 2001 Pac-10 Championship in its second year of conference play, finishing with a 6-1-1 conference mark and 19 total points. The Cardinal outscored its opponents 19-4 in Pac-10 play and had several players earn conference honors en route to matching its best regular season finish in program history. Roger Levesque was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was awarded First Team All-Pac-10 honors along with Todd Dunivant, Lee Morrison and Derek Shanahan. All-Pac-10- Second Team selections included Abe Geiger and Johanes Maliza. Three men were tabbed Honorable Mention candidates: Aaron Biddle, Taylor Graham and Andrew Terris.
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 original 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 15 of the 21 games. Sophomore Mike Wilson was the only newcomer to play last season.
Getting In On The Action
There have 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 six separate occasions this year.
Meet Me At Maloney
Just how good has the Cardinal been on its home turf? Since 1997, Stanford has posted a 41-3-4 mark in the facility, and finished 9-2 at home last year. Stanford has been dominant at home against conference opponents (three years in the MPSF and two seasons in the Pac-10), posting a 14-1-2 record in such contests. Maloney Field has also been the site for NCAA Tournament matches in 1998-2001, with the Cardinal holding a 7-2 record in home playoff games. A season-high 2,511 were in attendance for last week's quarterfinal round victory against Saint Louis and Stanford reached the 1,000 mark eight different times in 2001.
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