Men's Soccer Returns To NCAA's, Hosts Saint Mary's On Thursday

Nov. 16, 2009

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    Indianapolis, Ind. - The Stanford men's soccer team is headed back to the NCAA tournament after the selections were announced Monday afternoon. The Cardinal will be hosting a first round game versus Saint Mary's to be played on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 p.m.

    Stanford has not appeared in the tournament since 2002, but will return this year after finishing 10-5-2 and 4-4-2 in Pac-10 play.

    'We are happy to be a part of it,' said head coach Bret Simon. 'Now we'll try to make a long run.'

    Simon noted the parody of men's college soccer as the reason he feels the field is wide open.

    The winner of the Stanford and Saint Mary's game will play at UC Irvine who earned the No. 16 seed and received a first round bye. Also looming in Stanford's bracket is undefeated and No. 1 seeded Akron.

    The Cardinal are 20-5-1 all-time versus Saint Mary's and both teams are familiar with each other having played in preseason. The Gaels finished the season with a record of 10-4-5 and finished second in the West Coast Conference, a league that received four births to the NCAA tourney.

    Tickets to the match at Laird Q. Cagan stadium are available HERE

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