Men's Soccer Announces 2010 Schedule
June 17, 2010
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford men's soccer is coming off its best season since 2002, having advanced all the way to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal will look to build upon its success in 2009 with an even better run in 2010. To do so, Stanford will have to go through another grueling schedule dominated by West Coast teams and the balanced and strong Pac-10.
After a pair of exhibition games versus Sonoma State and Air Force, the Cardinal will open on the road with an East Coast trip. Stanford will take on Vermont on Wednesday, Sept. 1, followed by Harvard on Saturday, Sept. 4. Vermont is coming off a tough season where it won only one game. It will be a homecoming for Stanford assistant coach Gregg Olson, who coached at Vermont before Stanford and was a former captain of the Catamounts as a player. Harvard could prove to be a much more difficult test as the Big Red notched 14 wins last season, including an 8-2 record at home.
Following the East Coast trip, the Cardinal will return to the Pacific Time Zone for the remainder of the season. Stanford plays five of its six remaining non-conference games at home at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The only road match just up the road in San Francisco, when it takes on USF on Sept. 16.
Stanford will play its home opener as part of the Cal Legacy Classic when it takes on UNLV on Sept. 10. The Cardinal will follow that up with Sacramento State on Sept. 12, also part of the Cal Legacy Classic. Both UNLV and Sacramento State had fine season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation last season with the Hornets winning the conference title and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
As part of the Bay Area Classic, Stanford will make its trip to San Francisco to take on the traditional West Coast Conference power. Stanford will stay in the WCC in the same tournament to take of Santa Clara on Sept. 19, back at Cagan Stadium. Both teams have strong soccer traditions that are looking to return to the top of the WCC.
The Cardinal will conclude the non-conference season when it hosts the Stanford Nike Classic with games against Saint Mary's and Denver. The Saint Mary's game will be a rematch of the NCAA first round game where Stanford advanced past the Gaels. The Denver will be Sept. 26, with the two teams being familiar with each other, having played an exhibition match last season.
The Pac-10 season begins Oct. 2, when Stanford hosts California. The Cardinal will look to avenge a 0-2 record versus the Golden Bears last season, despite finishing ahead of Cal in the conference standings. The Cardinal will play its traditional home and away versus each of the other five Pac-10 teams in what is sure to be another grueling conference season with all six teams being very completive. The six teams are fully capable of advancing to NCAA play if not winning the conference title.
Last season UCLA won the conference title and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, while Stanford earned an at-large berth and advanced to the round of 16. However, the depth and balance of the conference was showcased as California and San Diego State were both nationally ranked at times during the season, while Oregon State actually finished second in the conference and Washington had the fewest conference losses of everyone besides UCLA.
The Cardinal knows that if it can survive the Pac-10 schedule it should be fully capable of putting together a run into the NCAA tournament.
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