Stanford senior midfielder JJ Koval was selected ninth in the MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday morning, marking the second time in as many years the South Bay squad has added a Cardinal player.
For most teams, an overtime loss in the NCAA semifinals to the eventual champions would make for a successful end to the season. Most teams, however, aren’t like Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal has appeared in five straight NCAA College Cups dating back to 2008, and after winning the national championship in 2011, falling short in 2012 was a tough pill to swallow.
Adam Jahn breaks through for first professional goal with Earthquakes, a candidate for MLS Player of the Week
Coming on in the 66th minute of San Jose’s marquee matchup against the New York Red Bulls on ESPN2 on Sunday night, Jahn endeared himself to the Earthquakes faithful, as well as coach Frank Yallop, with a late equalizing strike that is a finalist for MLS Goal of the Week. Not bad for someone who didn’t have a bio in the game notes.
Stanford senior Adam Jahn, who led the men’s soccer team this season with a career-high 13 goals and 30 points, was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes with the 15th overall pick in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft. The Davis, Calif. native Jahn was invited to the MLS pre-draft combine and named among the top-60 draft-eligible players in the country, but he was very pleased to be selected by a team so close to home.
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Even with the NCAA tournament all but officially out of reach, Stanford men’s soccer will get to end its season with a meaningful game as they travel to Berkeley to face the rival Golden Bears today.
When senior Adam Jahn’s header found the back of net early in overtime on Friday night, it sent several thousand UC-Santa Barbara fans home disappointed on Senior Night and the Stanford men’s soccer team back to campus with a critical upset win over the No. 25 Gauchos on the road.
The Stanford men’s soccer team has proven that when push comes to shove, it can get things done. Faced with the despairing reality that a loss to UC-Santa Barbara would mean the end to their hopes for a postseason run in the NCAA tournament, the Cardinal fought until an overtime golden goal from senior Adam Jahn in the 96th minute proved the final source of salvation for a team in need of a win.