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2020-21 Season In Review

Jun 16, 2021
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Stanford (14-3-5, 6-2-2 Pac-12)
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TOURNAMENT SNAPSHOT

  • Stanford went 14-3-5 overall in 2019, placing second in the Pac-12 regular season with a 6-2-2 mark, and advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the seventh time overall and fourth in the last five years.
  • The Cardinal advanced past Seattle in the second round and Clemson in the quarterfinals via penalty kick shootout, taking down Virginia Tech in the third round, 2-1. Stanford fell in the College Cup semifinals to eventual national champion Georgetown.
  • Stanford has come out on top in nine consecutive postseason shootouts dating back to 2002. Against both Seattle and Clemson the match was knotted 1-1 following 110 minutes of play.
  • As the nation's No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal hosted both the second and third rounds at Cagan Stadium.
  • The Cardinal is 29-14-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament - 16-3-5 at home, 7-7-2 on the road and 6-4-2 at the College Cup.
  • Its active stretch of seven consecutive postseason berths is the longest in Stanford history. The Cardinal finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation. 

COMMON TRENDS

  • Since Jeremy Gunn arrived on The Farm, Stanford is 7-0-2 in the NCAA Tournament against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and has advanced to its last four College Cups by knocking off ACC schools on the road: Wake Forest in 2015 (2-1 [OT]) and 2017 (2-0), Louisville in 2016 (2-0) and Clemson in penalties in 2019, 5-4, following a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes. 
  • Stanford has played seven draws over the last five postseasons and prevailed in penalties each time. 

PAIR NAMED ALL-AMERICANS

  • Tanner Beason and Andrew Thomas were named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I All-Americans, the sixth consecutive season Stanford has had multiple players honored.
  • Beason earned a spot on the first team and Thomas the third team. With their selections, the Cardinal has accumulated 13 All-America honors since 2014.
  • Beason joined an exclusive list of Stanford multiple-time first team All-Americans that includes Tomas Hilliard-Arce (2016, 2017), Jordan Morris (2014, 2015) and Brandon Vincent (2014, 2015).

AGAINST THE BEST

  • The Cardinal went 3-2-2 in 2019 against ranked competition, including a 1-0 victory at No. 1 Washington in early November.
  • Stanford is 35-18-14 against ranked competition under Coach Gunn.

THOMAS COMES IN CLUTCH

  • All-American redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was undoubtedly Stanford's secret weapon throughout the postseason, highlighted by a miraculous performance between the pipes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Seattle U.
  • Thomas saved four RedHawk attempts in the penalty kick shootout, helping the Cardinal prevail in PK's, 2-1.
  • Against Clemson in the quarterfinals, he stopped two shots, again helping Stanford advance, 5-4.
  • Off 11 postseason penalty kicks for Cardinal opponents, all were on frame and Thomas saved six.
  • Thomas appeared in 21 of Stanford's 22 matches, making 18 starts. He totaled eight shutouts with a GAA of 0.72 and saving 81 percent of shots on goal.
  • The only match he missed, a Sept. 9 match vs. UC Irvine, Thomas was with the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team for training camp outside of San Diego.

CONFINES OF CAGAN

  • Stanford went 8-2-2 at home in 2019 and has a 52-8-12 (.806) record at Cagan Stadium since 2014.

FINAL ACT

  • A MAC Herman Trophy Semifinalist for the second straight year, Tanner Beason finished his collegiate career as one of the most decorated players in program history.
  • After starting the first 76 matches of his career, Beason missed his first game at Stanford on Oct. 6 against Oregon State following a second-half injury sustained against Washington three days prior.
  • He missed the next eight games before returning to the starting lineup in the regular-season finale against Cal.
  • He finished the season fifth on the team in points and second in goals, despite the missed time, including two of Stanford's four goals during the postseason. 
  • Beason finished with 81 career starts, fifth in program history, while Derek Waldeck became the program's record holder, playing in 89 career games. Fellow senior Jared Gilby was right behind with 88.

HOT START

  • Ousseni Bouda was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, the third Cardinal to receive the recognition and first since 2012.
  • Bouda was the only freshman on the All-Pac-12 first team.
  • He finished the season second on the team with 15 points and five goals and fourth with five assists. He was third in the Pac-12 with 52 shots.


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Top of the list. . @ousseni.bouda: @pac12conference Freshman of the Year. . #GoStanford

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NEW FACES

  • Welcoming in the nation's No. 3 recruiting class according to Top Drawer Soccer, the Cardinal featured immediate impact from several rookies including starts in all 22 games on the year from Ousseni Bouda.
  • Fellow freshman forward Gabe Segal came off the bench in all 22 games and ended the season tied for the team-lead with six goals.
  • Freshman Keegan Hughes started all 21 games in which he played at center back, single-handedly saving two goals to go with three of his own and three assists. Keegan Tingey, another freshman, made his first career start on Oct. 6 against Oregon State and remained in the lineup ever since.
  • Cam Cilley was Stanford's fourth freshman starter, in the central midfield, appearing in 18 matches and starting the last 11.

WEHAN AND WALDECK

  • Junior Charlie Wehan, who had three goals in his first two seasons at Stanford, had that many alone in 2019 after scoring the winner at UCLA on Oct. 10.
  • As a freshman, two of his 11 shots were on target, and as a sophomore it was seven of 24. As a junior, Wehan upped his accuracy to 14 of 27.
  • Senior midfielder Derek Waldeck wore a captain's armband in Beason's absence and ended the year as one of three tri-captains alongside Beason and Logan Panchot.
  • He featured a career season with four goals and eight assists in his final season. 

ALL-REGION

  • Stanford placed four players on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams for the sixth consecutive season.
  • Center back Tanner Beason, goalkeeper Andrew Thomas and midfielder Derek Waldeck were each first-team selections, while striker Ousseni Bouda earned a spot on the second team. It was the second All-Region honor for both Beason and Thomas and first for Waldeck and Bouda, the only freshman on any of the three All-Far West Region teams.

ALL-PAC-12

  • Stanford placed eight on the Pac-12's various all-conference teams with Ousseni Bouda, Andrew Thomas and Derek Waldeck landing on the first team.
  • Tanner Beason, Jared Gilbey and Logan Panchot were second-team selections, while Zach Ryan and Charlie Wehan earned honorable mention accolades.
  • It was the seventh consecutive season Stanford has had at least seven players honored by the conference.

ACADEMICALLY ELITE

  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was a key factor not only between the pipes in 2019 for the Cardinal, but in the classroom as well.
  • Thomas was honored as the men's soccer NCAA Elite 90 award winner, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
  • Thomas, an engineering physics major with a 3.94 GPA, became Stanford's 20th winner of the award across all sports since it was instituted prior to the 2009-10 season.
  • Additionally. Thomas was named to the 2019 Academic All-America second team by CoSIDA, only the 10th in program history to earn the distinction overall and third to be named both an All-American on the field and in the classroom in the same season. 
  • Logan Panchot and Zach Ryan joined Thomas on the CoSIDA Academic All-District list.


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Now ?? academic All-Americans from Stanford men's soccer in the past ?? years with @andrewthomas_1's selection on Thursday. #GoStanford

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KEEPING IT 100

  •  Knowles Family Director of Men's Soccer Jeremy Gunn earned his 100th victory on The Farm following a 2-0 win over Denver in mid-September.
  • Gunn is the second in program history to earn at least 100 wins at Stanford.

TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD

  • Stanford was honored by United Soccer Coaches on Oct. 3 with the College Team Academic Award for the most recent academic year. The Cardinal finished above the minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA during 2018-19.
  • 14 Cardinal were named to the Fall Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll, including student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or above who have served at least one year in residence on campus. Stanford featured the most honorees in the conference. 

NCAA RANKS

  • Stanford finished the season 10th in both goals against average (0.688) and shutout percentage (0.50). The Cardinal has ended the year in the nation's top-10 in GAA each of the last five seasons.
  • Stanford was also sixth nationally in save percentage (.820), due in large part to Andrew Thomas, who's personal percentage of (.805) was good for 11th in the country. He was 14th with a GAA of 0.724 and eighth in total goalie minutes played. 
  • Eaching owning eight assists on the year, Logan Panchot and Derek Waldeck ranked in the nation's top-30 in the category, while Stanford was 26th nationally as a team in total assists.

HEADED TO THE PROS

  • For the seventh time in program history, two Cardinal were selected in the same MLS Draft, as Tanner Beason was the 12th pick overall to the San Jose Earthquakes, while Derek Waldeck went 66th overall in the third round to FC Dallas.
  • Beason, a center back by trade, finished his Stanford career with 20 goals and 11 assists, while Waldeck earned six goals and 22 assists, eigth most in program history.


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DESTINATION STANFORD

  • The Cardinal signed seven incoming freshmen for the upcoming 2020 season.
  • The class features players from seven different states, with experience among MLS development academies, some of the nation's top club teams, and national training opportunities.