No. 5 Stanford (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12), the nation’s most successful men’s soccer program over the last five years, visits unranked Penn State (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday for the first non-exhibition game of the season.
Following three NCAA-championship-winning seasons, the Stanford men’s soccer team faced the challenge of acquiring another title. Having graduated seven starters who led the team to three national championships, four Pac-12 Titles, a 65-10-13 overall record and a 30-3-7 Pac-12 conference record across four years, the legacy of Stanford men’s soccer was left to a relatively young team, composed of only three returning starters.
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.
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.
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.
Tonight No. 6 Stanford men’s soccer (11-2-4, 7-1-1 Pac-12) will take on the University of California (6-9-2, 2-7-0) in the final game of the regular season. A win or draw will secure the Cardinal the Pac-12 Conference Championship outright.
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.