Ninth-Ranked Stanford Hosts Fresno State, fifth-ranked UCLA
Nov. 7, 2002
The 19th ranked Stanford men's soccer team closes out its 2002 home season with games against Fresno State (Friday, November 8) and fifth-ranked UCLA (Sunday, November 10) ... The Cardinal is hoping to break its four-game winless streak, including a 0-0 tie with California last weekend at Stanford ... Stanford is in third place in the Pac-10 with eight points (2-2-2 Pac-10, 11-3-1 overall) ... UCLA leads the league with 13 points (6-1-0 Pac-10, 11-2-2 overall) ... Fresno State resides in fourth place with seven points (2-4-1 Pac-10, 5-8-4 overall) ... The Cardinal continues to shine on defense, while looking to end its scoring drought on offense ... Stanford has given up only ten goals this year ... Stanford has recorded ten shutouts ... Last year during the team's 19-2-1 championship season, Stanford recorded ten shutouts ... Offensively, Stanford has not scored a goal in the last 13 periods (including five overtime periods) ... Thirteen players have scored at least one point this year, with Roger Levesque leading the team in scoring with 22 points (5 goals, 12 assists) ... Johanes Maliza is second in scoring with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) ... Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton have combined for nine shutouts ... Levesque is tops in the Pac-10 in assists (0.86 apg) and second in the Pac-10 in points (22) ... Todd Dunivant is second in the Pac-10 in assists (0.50 apg) ... Darren Fernandez and Matt Janusz are second in the conference in game-winning goals with three each ... Fulton is second in the league in shutouts (6) ... Fulton is #1 in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.30).
Stanford will host eleven home games at Harry Maloney Field this year ... 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 49-4-5 record in the facility ... The Cardinal has suffered only one defeat in the last 20 games at Harry Maloney Field ... Stanford is 7-1-1 at Maloney Field this year.
Stanford honored its six graduating seniors before Friday's game vs California (11/1/02) at Harry Maloney Field ... Roger Levesque has played in 69 games at Stanford, 37 as a starter ... During his four years on the Cardinal varsity, Stanford is 60-12-6, a Pac-10 title in 2001, and three trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Levesque was the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year ... Todd Dunivant has been a three-year starter on the Cardinal, and has played in 72 games in his career on The Farm ... Dunivant is considered one of the best defenders to wear a Cardinal uniform ... Taylor Graham has been another outstanding defender for the Cardinal for the last four years ... Graham has played in 58 games, 42 as a starter in his four seasons at Stanford ... Johanes Maliza has been one of Stanford's top scoring threats while at Stanford ... Maliza has played in 70 games, 28 as a starter ... This year, Maliza is the team's second leading scorer with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists) ... Andrew Terris has been a two-year starter for the Cardinal, and has played in 35 games in goal over the last four years ... Terris has collected 87 saves in his Cardinal career, eighth-best in school history ... Taylor Ahlgren has been battling injuries during his four years at Stanford, but that hasn't stopped him from providing morale support for the Cardinal ... During his junior season, Ahlgren was voted Most Inspirational Player.
Since the 2000 season, Stanford has chalked up a 15-4-2 record on the road.
Stanford's defense has allowed only ten goals in 16 games ... Nine of those ten goals have come either in the second half or in overtime ... Sophomore Robby Fulton has recorded six shutouts, and 20 saves ... Andrew Terris has three shutouts and 27 saves.
Stanford is ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll ... Wake Forest (12-0-4) is #1 followed by St. John's (11-1-5), Indiana (14-2-2), SMU (14-1-3) and UCLA (11-2-2) ... Stanford is ranked ninth in both the Soccer America and Soccer Times polls ... In the Soccer America poll, Wake Forest is #1 followed by St. John's, SMU, Indiana and UCLA in the Top 5 ... Wake Forest also occupies the top spot in the Soccer Times poll, followed by St. John's, SMU, Indiana and UConn (13-4-0) ... UCLA is ranked sixth in the Soccer Times poll.
Two Stanford players have been accorded Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... Taylor Graham, a senior defender from Fair Oaks, California, helped lead a shorthanded Stanford soccer team to two Pac-10 wins over Washington (2-0, 10/11/02) and Oregon State (1-0 ot, 10/13/02) ... Stanford was missing its leading scorer, Roger Levesque, and starting defender Todd Dunivant to injury, but the defense led by Graham shutout Washington and Oregon State ... Graham scored his first goal of the season as Stanford defeated Washington, 2-0, and then held Oregon State to only four shots in a 1-0 victory ... Levesque was accorded weekly honors earlier in the year when he notched five points in wins over SMU (9/6/02) and Portland (9/8/02) ... Levesque scored a goal and added two assists in the 3-2 Stanford win over SMU, including an assist on the game-winning goal ... Levesque has won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice in his four-year Cardinal career.
All-America candidate Roger Levesque had been enjoying a healthy season in 2002, but a knee injury has slowed down the senior forward in recent weeks ... Levesque missed the two games (Washington, Oregon State), but played at UCLA and Fresno State ... Levesque leads the team in scoring with 22 points (5 goals, 12 assists) ... Levesque is approaching the single season Top 5 list in assists while playing in only ten games ... Dan McNevin resides in fifth place with 13 while Levesque has produced 12 ... Ted Rafalovich is the school record holder with 23 set in 1978 ... Only five Cardinal players (including Levesque this year) have recorded double-digits in assists in a single season ... Levesque is third all-time in assists with 29 ... Levesque's 27 career goals is eighth-best in school history.
Bret Simon is in 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 126-30-11 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 is assisted by coaches Matt Stimson, Tim Hanley and Richard Mulrooney ... Stimson and Mulrooney are in their second seasons at Stanford, while Hanley is in his first season on The Farm ... Hanley recently joined the Stanford coaching staff when Paul Sapsford became co-head coach of the Stanford women's team along with Stephanie Erickson ... Mulrooney, an MLS All-Star, plays for the San Jose Earthquakes which recently ended its season.
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 5-2-1 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.
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 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.
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 #1 in the latest national rankings.
Four talented newcomers have contributed 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.
Fresno State is 5-8-4 overall and 2-4-1 in the Pac-10 ... The Bulldogs have lost, won or tied 15 of their 17 matches by one goal or less this eason ... Marvin Sorto leads the team in points with eight (2 goals, 4 assists) ... Jeremy Proud has a goals against average of 1.30, and has four shutouts this year.
UCLA is fifth-ranked in the nation in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls with a 11-2-2 overall record, and leads the Pac-10 with a 5-1 mark ... With four regular season games remaining on the schedule, many UCLA players have reached or surpassed their career highs in scoring ... Team scoring leaders Tim Pierce (22 points), Matt Taylor (17 points), Adolfo Gregorio (11 points) and Jimmy Frazelle (9 points) have either tied or set new single-season career-best numbers ... Zach Wells is among the top goalkeepers in the country ... Wells has given up only 0.62 goals per game.
Game 1 - Stanford 5, Sacramento State 0 (10/31/02)
James Twellman scored his first two collegiate goals to lead second-ranked Stanford to a 5-0 season opening victory over Sacramento State. Andrew Terris and Robby Fulton combined on the shutout.
Game 2 - Stanford 3, SMU 2 (9/6/02, Bay Area Classic)
All-American Roger Levesque scored his first goal of the season and added two assists to lead top-ranked Stanford to a 3-2 victory over seventh-ranked SMU at the Bay Area Classic.
Game 3 - Stanford 2, Portland 0 (9/8/02, Bay Area Classic)
Matt Janusz scored his second goal of the season and Mike Wilson added his third of the year as top-ranked Stanford shutout 14th-ranked Portland, 2-0. Robby Fulton started his first game of the season in goal and recorded the shutout along with four saves.
Game 4 - Stanford 4, Denver 2 (9/13/02, adidas/Cal Legacy Classic)
All-American Roger Levesque scored a goal and added three assists to lead top-ranked Stanford to a 4-2 victory over Denver at the adidas/Cal Legacy Classic at Berkeley.
Game 5 - Stanford 1, St. Mary's 0 (9/5/02)
Top-ranked Stanford received a scare from underdog St. Mary's, but posted a 1-0 victory. Stanford scored when Mike Wilson's shot was blocked by a St. Mary's defender. However, the ball bounced off the defender and into the St. Mary's goal to give Stanford the 1-0 lead.
Game 6 - Stanford 6, Richmond (9/21/02, Dartmouth Tournament)
All-American Roger Levesque continued to prove he is one of the top collegiate soccer players in the country as he scored two goals and added two assists to help power top-ranked Stanford to a 6-0 victory over Richmond at the Dartmouth Tournament.
Game 7 - Stanford 2, Dartmouth 0 (9/22/02, Dartmouth Tournament)
All-American Roger Levesque was named tournament offensive MVP and Taylor Graham was named tournament defensive MVP as the Cardinal scored a 2-0 victory over Dartmouth. Andrew Terris recorded his first shutout of the season.
Game 8 - Tulsa 3, Stanford 1 (9/27/02, Nike Invitational)
Tulsa knocked the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal from the ranks of the unbeaten with a convincing 3-1 victory at Harry Maloney Field. Stanford led 1-0 at halftime thanks to Darren Fernandez' goal at 3:57. But Tulsa dominated play in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals.
Game 9 - Stanford 3, Santa Clara 0 (9/29/02, Nike Invitational)
The top-ranked Stanford men's soccer team exploded for three goals in a ten-minute span of the second half to hand 22nd ranked Santa Clara a 3-0 defeat. The three goals (Darren Fernandez, Roger Levesque, James Twellman) were scored in a 10 minute span.
Game 10 - Stanford 2, San Jose State 1 (2ot) (10/3/02)
Darren Fernandez scored in the second overtime to lift second-ranked Stanford to a 2-1 victory over San Jose State. Fernandez scored the winning goal when he took a pass from Mike Wilson and fired the winning shot into the right corner of the net from nine yards away.
Game 11 - Stanford 2, Washington 0 (10/11/02)
Matt Janusz and Taylor Graham each scored a goal and senior goalkeeper Andrew Terris recorded his third shutout of the season as top-ranked Stanford defeated Washington, 2-0, in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Cardinal played without leading scorer Roger Levesque and starting defender Todd Dunivant who sat out with injuries.
Game 12 - Stanford 1, Oregon State 0 (ot) (10/13/02)
Darren Fernandez scored on a header at 4:53 of overtime to lift top-ranked Stanford to a 1-0 overtime victory over 18th-ranked Oregon State.
Game 13 - UCLA 1, Stanford 0 (ot) (10/18/02)
Sixth-ranked UCLA upset top-ranked Stanford, 1-0, in overtime on a Jimmy Frazelle goal 1:47 into the extra period. The regulation game was played evenly by both teams. Stanford had a slight 10-6 shot advantage after two periods, but were only able to create three shots on goal.
Game 14 - Stanford 0, Fresno State 0 (2ot) (10/20/02)
Top-ranked Stanford recorded two shots in the final overtime period, but Fresno State held on as the Cardinal and Bulldogs played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie. Matt Janusz led the Cardinal with four shots, while James Twellman added three. Andrew Terris played all 110 minutes in goal for Stanford, recording two saves.
Game 15 - California 1, Stanford 0 (10/26/02)
Stanford couldn't cash in on three golden scoring opportunities in the first half, and fell to California, 1-0, at Berkeley. Cal's goal was the first allowed by the Cardinal against the Golden Bears since the 1998 season (7 games).
Game 16 - Stanford 0, California 0 (2ot, 11/1/02)
The ninth-ranked Stanford Cardinal and the eighth-ranked California Golden Bears battled for 90 minutes in regulation and two ten-minute overtimes, and the verdict was a 0-0 tie in a Pac-10 game.