Top-Ranked Stanford Hosts No. 7 SMU, No. 14 Portland
Sept. 5, 2002
Four of the nation's top collegiate soccer powers invade Stanford University as the Cardinal men's and women's soccer teams host the Bay Area Classic ... The Stanford men, ranked #1 in two polls, will face seventh-ranked SMU on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Harry Maloney Field ... The Cardinal women, third ranked in the nation, will play at 5:00 p.m. against Texas A & M, also ranked third in the country ... Then on Sunday, Sept. 8, the Stanford men hosts 14th-ranked Portland at 2:30 p.m. ... The Stanford women will face tenth-ranked Texas at noon ... The Cardinal looked impressive in its 2002 season opener, handing Sacramento State (8/31/02) a 5-0 loss ... James Twellman and Mike Wilson each scored two goals while Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton combined for the shutout in goal.
Bay Area Classic
Friday, September 6, Harry Maloney Field5:00 p.m. - #3 Stanford women vs #3 Texas A & M7:30 p.m. - #1 Stanford men vs #7 SMUSunday, September 8, Harry Maloney FieldNoon - #3 Stanford women vs #10 Texas2:30 p.m. - #1 Stanford men vs #14 Portland
The 2002 edition of Stanford men's soccer bears a resemblance to last year's squad that chalked up a school record 19 wins (19-2-1), captured its first Pacific-10 Conference title, and advanced to the NCAA College Cup ... Five seniors will serve as the backbone of this year's team ... The list includes goalkeeper Andrew Terris (6-2, 185, Senior, Newton, Ma), foward Roger Levesque (6-2, 175, Senior, Portland, Me), defender Todd Dunivant (6-0, 175, Senior, Wheat Ridge, Co), defender Taylor Graham (6-4, 190, Senior, Fair Oaks, Ca) and midfielder Johanes Maliza (5-8, 160, Senior, Chicago, Il) ... Terris started 21 games last year, allowed only 12 goals and collected five shutouts ... Levesque, a second team All-American, attacked the net for 14 goals in 21 starts last year, and added nine assists for a team-leading 37 points ... Maliza tallied 19 points last year, third-best on the Cardinal ... Dunivant and Graham helped a Stanford defense that gave up only 13 goals in 22 games last season ... In all, Stanford returns 18 letterwinners, seven starters and have added four talented freshmen to its roster ... Other top scorers returning include forwards Matt Janusz (6-2, 175, Sophomore, Littleton, Co) and Darren Fernandez (6-0, 195, Sophomore, Benoni, South Africa) ... Janusz was second on the team in scoring last year with 22 points (9 goals, 4 assists) while Fernandez added eleven points (4 goals, 3 assists).
Stanford, which won its first Pacific-10 Conference men's soccer title in 2001 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, has been picked by the Pac-10 men's soccer coaches to repeat as conference champions ... The Cardinal received 34 points, edging out second place UCLA (31 points) by three points ... Stanford received four of the first place votes, while the Bruins garnered the other two ... Rounding out the poll was Washington in third place (24 points), followed by California (18 points), Oregon State (10 points) and Pac-10 newcomer Fresno State (9 points) ... Stanford won the 2001 Pac-10 Conference championship with a 6-1-1 ledger ... Finshing second was UCLA with a 3-2-1 conference mark ... Washington was third with a record of 4-4-0 in Pac-10 play ... Stanford, UCLA, Washington and California all entered the NCAA Tournament with both Stanford and UCLA advancing to the third round, and only the Cardinal reaching the semifinals.
Stanford is ranked #1 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls ... In the NSCAA poll, North Carolina is ranked second followed by Virginia, Indiana, and Clemson ... Two future Stanford opponents are ranked seventh (UCLA) and SMU (eighth) ... In the Soccer Times poll, Stanford is ranked #1 followed in the Top 5 by North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana and Clemson ...Future Stanford opponents are ranked sixth (UCLA), seventh (SMU), 14th (Portland), and 20th (Washington) ... Stanford started the 2002 season as the #2 ranked team in the country, according to the NSCAA/adidas pre-season poll ... Indiana was #1 followed by Stanford, St. John's, North Carolina and Virginia in the Top 5.
Stanford will appear on national television once during the 2002 regular season ... The November 10th (3:30 p.m.) game against UCLA will be tape-delayed on Fox Sports Net.
Stanford will host eleven homes at Harry Maloney Field ... Completed in 1997, the field has played host to numerous collegiate, professional and international events ... Since the 1997 season, the Cardinal men's soccer program has posted a 43-3-4 record in the facility ... The Cardinal is unbeaten in its last 12 games at Harry Maloney Field.
Bret Simon is entering his second season as head coach of the Cardinal men's soccer program ... Simon, last year, coached the Cardinal to a school record 19 wins (19-2-1), won the Pac-10 title and advanced to the NCAA College Cup ... For his efforts, Simon was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and the NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional Coach of the Year ... Stanford finished the 2001 season ranked third in the nation ... Simon has posted a 116-28-10 overall record in his seven seasons as a Division I head coach ... Simon was the head coach at Creighton University for six seasons ... Simon coached the Bluejays to the 2000 College Cup ... Simon will be assisted by coaches Matt Stimson, Paul Sapsford and Richard Mulrooney ... Stimson and Mulrooney are in their second seasons at Stanford, while Sapsford is in his first season on The Farm ... Mulrooney will join the Cardinal coaching staff later in the season ... Mulrooney, an MLS All-Star, is currently playing for the San Jose Earthquakes.
The Cardinal lost several key players from last year championship team, including Lee Morrison (3 goals, 7 assists) and Derek Shanahan (7 goals, 8 assists), but Stanford returns 18 letterwinners and seven starters ... Five of Stanford's top six scorers return from a year ago ... Those five scorers accounted for 38 of Stanford's 56 goals ... The return of such key players has vaulted the Cardinal to #2 in the pre-season national rankings.
Four talented newcomers will also contribute to Stanford's success in 2002 ... The list includes defenders Chad Marshall (6-3, 185, freshman, Riverside, Ca) and David Oleson (6-0, 175, Freshman, Nevada City), and midfielders Bronson McDonald (6-0, 175, Freshman, Kingston, Jamaica) and Kevin Coyne (5-7, 150, Freshman, Wayne, NJ).
Four members on the 24-man Cardinal roster hail from foreign countries ... Freshman midfielder/defender Bronson McDonald hails from Kingston, Jamaica, junior midfielder Mike Wilson attended school in Plimmerton, New Zealand, sophomore forward/midfielder Darren Fernandez is from Beloni, South Africa, while defender George Michalopoulos attended high school in Laguno, Switzerland.
Former Stanford soccer stars have certainly made their marks in the professional ranks ... There are currently six former Cardinal players who are playing professionally, including four players in the MLS (Major League Soccer) ... They are Jamie Clark with San Jose Earthquakes, Simon Elliott with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Lee Morrison with the Dallas Burn and Ryan Nelsen with D.C. United.
SMU is one of the top collegiate schools in the country ... Last year, the Mustangs chalked up a 21-1 record, a 9-0 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament (reached quarterfinals) ... Seven starters are among 19 lettermen who are on the Mustangs roster ... SMU is 1-0-1 this year ... The Mustangs opened the season with a 3-0 vicory over the University of Texas at Dallas (8/30/02) ... That was followed up by a 1-1 tie against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9/2) ... Duke Hashimoto leads the team in scoring with three points (1 goal, 1 assist) ... Hashimoto is a freshman from Kapolei, Hawaii ... T.J. Tomasso has collected five saves in two games in goal.
The Stanford-SMU series is only two games old (1-1) although the first game between the two schools was held in 1989 ... Their last meeting took place in 2000 as the Mustangs handed Stanford a 2-1 loss in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Harry Maloney Field ... The loss is only one of three suffered by the Cardinal in 50 games on Stanford's home field.
Portland is off to a strong start in 2002 ... The Pilots are 2-0 and have outscored the opposition, 9-0 ... The season opener resulted in a 6-0 victory over DePaul (8/31) and that was followed up by a 3-0 decision over Central Florida ... Nate Jaqua has already collected eight points (4 goals) while Sheldin Maistry has five points (2 goals, 1 assist) ... Jaqua has scored two goals in each game ... Portland has attempted 41 shots in two games while holding the opposition to only 12 ... The Domingo family (Ryan, Matthew, John) are on the Portland roster ... All three brothers played at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose.
Stanford holds a 6-4-2 edge over the Portland Pilots ... The Cardinal won both meetings against the Pilots last year; a 1-0 decision at Portland, and then a 3-1 verdict at Stanford in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.