Tonight No. 9 Stanford men’s soccer (12-3-5, 7-2-1 Pac-12) will take on No. 14 University of Akron (13-6-2, 1-2-1 Mid-American Conference) in the quarterfinal of the NCAA Division I Championship. This will be the first quarterfinal home game for the Cardinal since 2002.
Sunday’s tournament match for Stanford men’s soccer can be summarized in just two words– ANDREW THOMAS. The redshirt senior goalkeeper denied one Saint Mary’s (18-0-2, 6-0-1 WCC) penalty kick and watched another clang off the crossbar as the No. 9 seeded Stanford (12-3-5, 7-2-1 Pac 12) advanced 4-2 on penalties over the eight seed in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Stanford (12-3-4 7-2-1 Pac-12) avenged its last postseason defeat with a resounding 2-0 victory over UC Irvine (11-6-4, 5-1-1 Big West) on a chilly Sunday night. The two sides last met in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, when the Anteaters scored in overtime to beat the Cardinal 1-0, in what is also Stanford’s most recent postseason loss.
No. 12 Stanford Men’s Soccer (7-2-4, 4-1-1 Pac-12) took Oregon State (7-4-3, 3-2-1 Pac-12) to second overtime this past Thursday, leaving the match tied up at 2-2. The Cardinal sought redemption against the Beavers after the 0-1 loss that took place two games ago on October 11th – the only conference loss the Cardinal have suffered this season. At that first match against Oregon, Beaver forward Gloire Amanda took the game away from Stanford with a goal in the 23rd minute, backed up by an OSU defense that prevented any equalizing shots.
The Stanford men’s soccer team continues to shine. It remains undefeated in its last seven road PAC-12 matches dating back to last season, keeping the streak alive with a 1-0 win against UCLA on Sunday at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. No. 11 Cardinal (8-2-0, Pac-12 2-0-0) have won their last seven matches against the Bruins (3-5-0, 0-2-0) over several seasons.
The only thing harder than reaching the top, is staying there. For the first time in program history, Stanford won a consecutive national championship today, thanks to two incredible saves from senior goalkeeper Andrew Epstein in penalty kicks.
No. 5 Stanford men’s soccer (14-3-4) advanced to its second consecutive College Cup after defeating No.4 Louisville (14-6-2) 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lynn Stadium.
No. 12 Stanford men’s soccer (8-2-3, 5-0 Pac-12) gets ready to extend its five-game unbeaten streak at San Diego State (7-3-3, 2-2-1) this Thursday in its second match against the Aztecs this season.