Stanford advances to NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup

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PREVIEWING THE WEEK: Stanford takes on third-seeded Georgetown (18-1-3) in the national semifinal on Friday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Glenn Davis and Devon Kerr will have the call on ESPNU. A victory would send Stanford to the national title match on Friday, Dec. 15 against No. 1 seed Virginia (20-1-1) or No. 4 seed Wake Forest (16-4-2).

The Cardinal is 0-2-1 in three all-time meetings with the Hoyas in the regular season. After Georgetown secured home (2011) and away (2013) victories in the first two meetings against Stanford, the Cardinal earned its first result on Sept. 3, 2018 in D.C. in a 1-1 draw behind an Amir Bashti equalizer (88’).

This is Stanford’s seventh all-time appearance in the College Cup, including its fourth in the last five seasons. The Cardinal is 3-1-2 all-time in the semifinals, most recently beating Akron, 2-0, in 2017 behind goals from Foster Langsdorf (26’) and Sam Werner (79’). The 2016 and 2015 semifinals saw Stanford advance to the College Cup final on penalties, outlasting North Carolina and Akron, respectively. Stanford’s only loss in the national semifinal was a four-overtime defeat to North Carolina in 2001.

The Hoyas enter the College Cup riding a 15-game unbeaten (12-0-3) streak, a stretch that has seen them pick up their third-straight BIG EAST title and outscore their first three NCAA Tournament opponents 12-2. Georgetown is fourth in the country in total points (152), bagging 53 goals and 46 assists on the year

PAC-12 POSTSEASON HISTORY: The Pac-12 has sent at least three teams to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year. UCLA and Stanford have combined to win seven national titles for the Conference, highlighted by the Cardinal’s three-consecutive national titles from 2015-17. The Conference owns a 137-105-17 (.559) postseason record and the Cardinal’s appearance in the national semifinal marks the 21st all-time appearance for current Conference programs in the College Cup.

This is the Conference’s 10th College Cup appearance since the Pac-12 began sponsoring men’s soccer in 2000, including its sixth in the last nine seasons. A Stanford victory in the national semifinal would mark the fifth College Cup final appearance for the league in the last six seasons (UCLA, 2014; Stanford, 2015-17).

Should Stanford advance to the College Cup final and win the national championship, the Cardinal will earn its fourth national title and tie with Maryland, UCLA, and San Francisco for the fourth-most all-time. The Pac-12 would also become just the second conference (Big Ten) with multiple teams with at least four national titles.

Stanford’s women’s soccer team won its third national championship on Sunday, Dec. 8, securing the title in penalty kicks against North Carolina. Should the Cardinal men win the national title this week, it will mark the second time (2017) in three years that both the Stanford men’s and women’s soccer programs won the national championship in the same season. No other Division I university has accomplished this feat.

n the NCAA quarterfinals on Friday, Dec. 6, advancing to the College Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation. Senior defender Tanner Beason opened the scoring in the 35th minute, bagging his fifth goal of the year off a header from All-Pac-12 First Team honoree Derek Waldeck’s corner. Clemson would equalize in the 69th minute and a pair of scoreless overtime periods sent the match to a penalty shootout.

Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Thomas came up huge in the shootout, notching a pair of saves, including the match-decider, to secure the Cardinal’s place in the College Cup semifinal. This is the second time Stanford has come out on top in penalties this postseason as Thomas made four shootout saves against Seattle U in the NCAA second round (Nov. 24) to secure the Cardinal’s advancement. Stanford has now won nine-consecutive postseason shootouts dating back to 2002.

No. 6 seed WASHINGTON (17-4-0) traveled to Georgetown for its NCAA quarterfinal match on Saturday, Dec. 7, falling to the Hoyas, 1-2. The Huskies got on the board first behind a fourth-minute strike from Jaret Townsend, but late Georgetown goals in the 71st and 75th minutes downed UW.

The Huskies ended the season with 17 wins, good for the second-most single-season victories in program history behind the 1982 team’s 18. UW won its first Pac-12 title since 2013 behind eight league wins, the most Conference victories for the team since the Pac-12 began sponsoring men’s soccer in 2000.

ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: The Pac-12 Conference announced the All-Pac-12 honors for the 2019 men’s soccer season, as selected by a polling of Conference head coaches. Washington midfielder Blake Bodily was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year while Husky defender Ethan Bartlow earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Stanford’s Ousseni Bouda was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Washington head coach Jamie Clark earned his second-career Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after leading the Huskies to the Conference title. The All-Conference teams were also announced.

PAC-12 IN NATIONAL RANKS: Washington checked in at No. 4 in the final regular season edition of the United Soccer Coaches national poll, the Huskies’ ninth-straight appearance in the top 10 this year. Stanford followed at No. 7 in the national ranks. Cal received votes in the poll but just missed the top 25.

PAC-12 IN NCAA RPI RANKINGS: Pac-12 men’s soccer is led by Washington and Stanford in the 2019 NCAA RPI rankings as the Huskies and Cardinal rank eighth and 13th in RPI, respectively. Cal jumped into the top 50 at No. 49 while Oregon State was right behind at No. 50. UCLA finished its season at No. 55 in the RPI ranks.

NON-CONFERENCE PROWESS: Pac-12 men’s soccer has compiled a 31-14-8 record in non-conference play in the regular season. The league’s .660 non-conference winning percentage is good for the third-best mark across all conferences, trailing only the ACC (94-32-18, .715) and BIG EAST 66-30-6 (.676).

NATIONAL HONORS: Stanford’s Tanner Beason and Washington’s Blake Bodily were named among 15 semifinalists for the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy on Dec. 3. Beason is among five semifinalists still competing in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious honor in collegiate soccer and is awarded annually to the most outstanding male and female players. The winners of the Trophy will be announced in January in St. Louis, Mo., at the Missouri Athletic Club’s annual banquet.

PAC-12 AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Included in the Pac-12’s 31-14-8 non-conference record are six victories and three draws against Top 25 non-conference opponents.

• Stanford at then-No. 3 Akron (W, 2-1) – Monday, Sept. 2
• UCLA vs. then-No. 3 Maryland (W, 3-2) – Friday, Sept. 6
• Washington vs. then-No. 11 Marshall (W, 4-1) – Sunday, Dec. 1
• Washington at then-No. 16 Michigan State (W, 1-0) – Friday, Sept. 6
• Washington vs. then-No. 18 Denver (W, 2-1) – Friday, Aug. 30
• Stanford vs. then-No. 23 Virginia Tech (W, 2-1) – Sunday, Dec. 1
• Stanford vs. then-N0. 3 Clemson (D, 1-1 (STAN on PKs, 5-4))
• Stanford vs. then-No. 20 Seattle U (D, 1-1 (STAN on PKs, 2-1)) – Sunday, Nov. 24
• California vs. then-No. 25 UC Irvine (D, 1-1) – Sunday, Sept. 1

STAT CENTRAL: UCLA forward Milan Iloski is tied for fourth in the nation with 17 goals on the year. Iloski leads the country in goals per game (1.06) his five goals against San Diego State (Oct. 6) are tied for the most goals scored in a game this season. Washington goalkeeper Sam Fowler posted a 0.620 goals against average, good for the fifth-best mark in the nation and the second-lowest average among freshmen. Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Thomas is 11th in the country in goals against average (0.664) and tied for 16th in shutouts (8).

Washington (17-4-0, 0.810) and Stanford (14-2-5, 0.786) are tied for ninth and 13th, respectively, in winning percentage this year. The Huskies have the fifth-best shutout percentage in the nation at 0.571. Stanford (0.629) and Washington (0.662) rank fifth and ninth in the nation, respectively in team goals against average. The Cardinal has posted the fifth-best save percentage this season at 0.825. The Huskies have compiled 133 total points on the year, good for a tie for eighth in the country. UCLA has played the 10th-hardest schedule in the country this year with a combined opponent record of 174-103-44 (.611).

FRESHMAN PHENOMS: Pac-12 men’s soccer freshmen have impressed in their debut collegiate seasons. Stanford freshman forward/midfielder Ousseni Bouda earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors with five goals and five assists on the year. Fellow Stanford first-year forward Gabe Segal is tied for the team lead with six goals on the year. The Bethesda, Md., native bagged the game-winner (42’) against then-No. 1 Washington (Nov. 10) and also scored in three straight matches from Sept. 15 – Sept. 24, including the game-winner in his first Big Clásico against Cal. San Diego State freshman Hunter George led the team with five goals this season, scoring in three-straight matches from Sept. 22 – Oct. 6. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Fowler recorded 13 starts for Washington this year and posted seven shutouts, compiling 21 total saves on the year. His 0.620 goals against average is the second-best mark in the country and the second-lowest average among freshmen. The Huskies finished 11-2-0 and outscored opponents 38-6 in the games he played.

COACHING MILESTONES ACHIEVED: Cal head coach Kevin Grimes (204-138-45) notched his 203rd-career victory in the Golden Bears’ 3-2 victory over then-No. 1 Washington. The victory made Grimes Cal’s all-time winningest men’s soccer head coach, eclipsing Bob DiGrazia’s 202 career wins.

Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn (110-31-28) recorded his 100th-career victory at Stanford with the team’s 2-0 win over Denver (Sept. 13). Gunn is just the second to reach the 100-win milestone at Stanford as Fred Priddle went 133-119-23 from 1954-75. In just seven full seasons at the helm, Gunn has guided the Cardinal to five-straight Pac-12 titles (2014-18) and three NCAA Championships (2015-17). Washington’s Jamie Clark (116-46-20) also reached the 100-win milestone earlier this season in the Huskies’ season-opening win over then No. 18 Denver (Aug. 30). He became only the third coach in program history to achieve the milestone and has since moved into second place on the all-time wins list with UW’s victory over UCLA (Sept. 22).

FINAL STANDINGS:

Team Overall Record Conference Record Points
1. Washington 17-4-0 8-2-0 24
2. Stanford 14-2-5 6-2-2 20
3. Oregon State 8-6-2 5-3-2 17
4. California 8-7-3 4-4-2 14
5. UCLA 6-9-3 2-6-2 8
6. San Diego State 3-12-2 1-9-0 3
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