Santa Clara Women’s Soccer
With their fourth consecutive Pac-12 conference title and fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA national tournament, the defending NCAA champion women’s soccer team is poised to make yet another title run. After easily advancing into the Round of 16, No. 1 Stanford’s path is blocked by the 17th-ranked Santa Clara Broncos. Stanford faces off against the Broncos in a second round matchup tonight at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 7 p.m.
The first event of Stanford’s 2012-13 athletic season was also the first live event televised by the Pac-12 Networks, an enterprise conceived just nine months ago that was capable of reaching 48 million homes as of its launch last Wednesday. The network will carry 850 live Pac-12 events — 350 of them nationally and the rest on its six regional feeds — this year alone, including every football and men’s basketball game not televised elsewhere.