No. 7 Stanford men’s soccer (12-4-5, Pac-12 7-2-1) lost 3-2 against No. 16 Akron Zips (14-6-2, 1-2-1), falling short after a great second-half comeback in a tremendous and very spectacular Friday night NCAA quarterfinals game.
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. 6 Stanford men’s soccer (11-3-4, 7-2-1 Pac-12) lost 0-1 in their regular season-finale match against Berkeley (7-9-2, 3-7-0 Pac-12). The upset seemed all the more unlikely considering how solidly the Cardinal have performed this season, and it was a goal in the 84th minute that shattered expectations. As Cal swarmed the field after the 90 minutes were up, a gloom passed over the Stanford crowd.
On a bright sunny Sunday afternoon, the Stanford men’s soccer team (8-2-4, Pac-12 5-1-1) defeated the Washington Huskies (8-7-0, 3-4-0), by a score of 3-1. The men entered Sunday’s match coming off of Thursday’s 2-2 tie against Oregon State (8-4-3, 4-2-1).
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.
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.
Following a NCAA championship winning season, Stanford’s men’s soccer team has begun another run for the crown. With a 3-1-3 record, including five shutouts, the Cardinal are set to open Pac-12 conference play tonight against San Diego State University at Cagan Stadium at 5pm.
Senior midfielder Sam Werner’s sudden-death goal in overtime earned Stanford men’s soccer (19-2-2) its third consecutive NCAA title after defeating Indiana (18-1-6) 1-0 on Sunday morning in Philadelphia. The victory put Stanford atop the all-time national championships list with 115 to UCLA’s 114.