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Right Around The Corner
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/08/2014

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford’s 2014 campaign gets underway tonight against Bakersfield in the first of two exhibitions this week at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

After a season-opening road trip that includes stops at Creighton (Aug. 29) and Nebraska-Omaha (Aug. 31), the Cardinal returns to The Farm for the first of five straight games and its home opener against San Jose State on Sept. 6.

Stanford has been picked to finish third in this year's Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, garnering 18 votes and one first-place vote behind favorite UCLA (24 votes, 1 first-place vote) and Washington (19 votes, 1 first-place vote).

Stanford is coming off of a breakout 2013 season, finishing 10-7-4 overall and reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal’s first postseason appearance since 2009. Under third-year head coach Jeremy Gunn, Stanford defeated Loyola Marymount and No. 15 Cal State Northridge in the NCAA Tournament before falling 1-0 on a late goal at No. 2 Washington.

Season tickets (combined with women’s games), single-match tickets, group tickets and mini plans are now available. Fans can purchase online at GoStanford.com or by calling 1-800-STANFORD (1-800-782-6367).

Here’s a quick breakdown of the schedule, with last year’s records in parentheses.

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Aug. 29 (Fri.) at Creighton
Stanford meets Creighton (9-9-2, 4-4-1 Big East) for the sixth time overall and first since 2008. The Bluejays, who have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 21 of the last 22 years, are the only college program to have had a player drafted in every MLS Superdraft (1996-2004). Stanford is opening its season away from California for the first time since debuting at Vermont in 2010.

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Aug. 31 (Sun.) at Nebraska-Omaha
This is the first ever meeting between Stanford and Nebraska-Omaha (6-9-1, 3-3-0 Missouri Valley). In 2011, Nebraska-Omaha announced it would be transitioning from Division II to Division I. Jason Mims has been the Vipers’ head coach since the inception of the program and is entering his fourth season. Nebraska-Omaha boasts a synthetic turf pitch, which was recently was awarded a 2-star rating by FIFA, the highest possible rating for artificial fields.

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Sept. 6 (Sat.) vs. San Jose State
Stanford owns a 20-12-5 record in the all-time series against San Jose State (4-13-4, 3-6-1 WAC), which is led by first-year head coach Simon Tobin, who amassed over 300 DII victories during his tenure at Cal State Bakersfield. The Sept. 6 start date is Stanford’s latest for a home opener since 2011, when Kentucky visited The Farm on Sept. 9.

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Sept. 9 (Tue.) vs. UC Santa Barbara
One of Stanford’s most thrilling games of last year was a 2-1 overtime victory at UC Santa Barbara, with Jordan Morris netting the game-winner in the 95th minute. The Gauchos (12-6-3, 7-0-3 Big West) captured the 2006 NCAA title and has reached 11 of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments. This contest represents the first of Stanford’s 10 appearances on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Sept. 19 (Fri.) vs. SIU-Edwardsville
The first of back-to-back doubleheaders with the women’s team takes place on Sept. 19 when SIU-Edwardsville (8-9-2, 3-3 Missouri Valley) arrives in the Bay Area. The Cougars enjoyed their best year in 2012, spending time in the top-25 and coming up short against Creighton in the conference championship. SIU-Edwardsville boasts one of the nation’s top defenses, having allowed 0.85 goals per contest last season. It’s the first meeting between the two programs.

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Sept. 21 (Sun.) vs. Delaware
Another doubleheader with the women’s team has Stanford hosting Delaware (14-5-1, 4-3-0 CAA) in a contest televised by Pac-12 Networks. Delaware’s 2013 season ended with a loss to St. John’s in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ninth-year head coach Ian Hennessy has led Delaware to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a CAA championship in 2011.

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Sept. 26 (Fri.) vs. Gonzaga
Stanford and Gonzaga (10-6-3, 5-4-3 WCC) have met only twice before, with the last meeting taking place back on Sept. 1, 2001, and resulting in a 3-0 Cardinal victory. Gonzaga, which finished third last year in WCC play, last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2007 for its second all-time postseason appearance. Gonzaga is led by 16th-year head coach Einar Thorarinsson.

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Oct. 2 (Thu.) at Oregon State
Nov. 9 (Sun.) vs. Oregon State
Stanford swept last year’s series against Oregon State (7-10-2, 0-8-2 Pac-12) thanks to a pair of memorable one-goal victories. The Cardinal’s win at home was its first of the conference season while the rematch in Corvallis required an overtime goal from Brandon Vincent. Stanford finished 3-5-2 in Pac-12 competition last year.

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Oct. 5 (Sun.) at Washington
Nov. 7 (Fri.) vs. Washington
Stanford was winless in three attempts against Washington (17-2-4, 7-1-2 Pac-12) last year, with the Huskies ranked No. 3 in the nation or higher in every meeting. The final matchup on Dec. 1 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament was a tightly-contested battle that saw Washington escape with a goal in the 85th minute. Both of this year’s matchups will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Oct. 9 (Thu.) vs. San Diego State
Nov. 2 (Sun.) at San Diego State
You want evenly-played, competitive soccer? Take a look at Stanford’s matchups last year against San Diego State (6-11-2, 2-6-2 Pac-12), which ended in a 3-3 tie on the road and a 1-1 stalemate on The Farm. The last time Stanford recorded two draws in the same year against a conference opponent was 2009, when the Cardinal played Washington to a pair of ties.

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Oct. 12 (Sun.) vs. UCLA
Oct. 30 (Thu.) at UCLA
Both of Stanford’s matches against UCLA (12-3-5, 6-1-3 Pac-12) are set for the month of October and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal dropped both of its games to the Bruins last year, although there wasn’t much separating the opponents with UCLA winning 1-0 in Los Angeles and 2-1 at Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal is seeking its first win over UCLA since a 2-1 home triumph on Oct. 15, 2010.

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Oct. 20 (Mon.) vs. California
Nov. 16 (Sun.) at California
The Bay Area rivalry series resumes when California (14-5-2, 6-3-1 Pac-12) visits The Farm in mid-October. Stanford, which owns a 29-22-8 all-time record in the series, effectively punched its NCAA Tournament ticket last year with a 2-1 overtime upset of the Golden Bears in which Aaron Kovar provided the game-winner in the 92nd minute.

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Oct. 24 (Fri.) at San Francisco
Stanford edged San Francisco (7-11-2, 3-7-1 WCC) by a 2-1 count last year at home on the strength of a Zach Batteer goal in the 97th minute. The Dons have made 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and captured six national championships. Stanford is 16-15-6 all-time against San Francisco.


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