Tonight No. 9 Stanford men’s soccer (8-2-4, 5-1-1 Pac-12) will take on No. 11 Denver (12-2-2, 3-0-1) in the final home non-conference game of the season.
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.
On Sunday, No. 18 Stanford men’s soccer (6-1-3, Pac-12 3-0-0) traveled north to the University of California (5-4-2, Pac-12 1-2-0) and defeated the Golden Bears 4-2. Junior defender Tanner Beason, the Pac-12’s leader in assists, scored two to lead the Cardinal to victory.
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.
Although the match was in doubt in the first half, ninth-seeded Stanford men’s soccer (16-2-2) showed its experience and resilience against Coastal Carolina (14-7-1) to win 2-0 on Sunday at Cagan Stadium.
Hilliard-Arce’s 65th minute goal elevated No. 8 Stanford men’s soccer (10-2-1, 4-0-1 Pac-12) over Oregon State (4-9-0, 1-4-0) in a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal dominated the Beavers in shot attempts (23 to 8) and in shots on goal (9 to 2), but Stanford had trouble converting outside of the one goal.
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. 8 Stanford men’s soccer (11-3-4, 8-1-1 Pac-12) finished its season on top Friday afternoon, defeating Bay Area-rival California (5-10-2, 1-8-1) with a final score of 2-1. The Cardinal clinched their conference title when Washington lost to San Diego, and they were able to celebrate in style with a well-earned overtime win against the Golden Bears.