The defending conference champions, No. 5 Stanford men’s soccer found its stride against a struggling Penn State (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten) offensive as five different Cardinal athletes contributed to the 5-0 victory at University Park.
This year, an experienced squad returns eight starters, including redshirt senior center back Tanner Beason.
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.
In a Thursday night matchup, the No. 6 Stanford men’s soccer (10-2-4, Pac-12 6-1-1) defeated the no. 87 San Diego Aztecs (6-9-1, 1-7-0) 2-0 after two decisive goals in the second half.
In a spectacular Friday night matchup, the No. 9 ranked Stanford men’s soccer team (9-2-4, Pac-12 5-1-1) defeated the No. 11 Denver Pioneers (12-3-2, Summit League 3-0-1) in second overtime with an electric golden goal.
After a double overtime thriller, No. 10 Stanford men’s soccer (7-2-3, 4-1-0 Pac-12) defeated Washington (7-6-0, 2-3-0) 3-2. Throughout the game, Stanford was able to capitalize on set pieces, which in the end secured their victory. Sophomore Arda Bulut scored the winning goal, which was the first of his career.
Stanford No. 18 men’s soccer (5-1-3, Pac-12 2-0-0) takes the battle to Berkeley to face off against California (5-3-2, 1-1-0) on Sunday in the two programs’ first meeting of the season.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Stanford soccer has been absolutely unstoppable, and this past weekend was no exception, as both teams played a home match in Cagan Stadium. The women’s team (10-0-1, 3-0-0 Pac-12) is unbeaten this season, and is currently ranked first in the nation. They extended a 33 game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 extra time victory against No. 2 ranked USC on Sunday (9-1-1, 2-1-0). The men’s team (5-1-3, 2-0-0), while not ranked at the moment, dominated UCLA (5-4-0, 1-1-0) right after the conclusion of the women’s match, blasting them 3-0 in regulation.