Stanford men's soccer officially begins its 2013 preseason when the team reconvenes for training two weeks from now on August 14. The 2013 campaign will be the second for the Cardinal under head coach Jeremy Gunn.
Beginning today and continuing for the next two Tuesdays before August 14's reporting date, GoStanford.com will feature a three-part sitdown with Gunn in which the Cardinal boss discusses last year's encouraging form and the team's goals for the upcoming campaign.
Stanford sees its first game action Wednesday, August 21 in a 7 p.m. exhibition at Cagan Stadium against Sonoma State. The 2013 campaign officially gets underway at Cagan Friday night, August 30 as the Cardinal hosts 2012 College Cup participant Maryland at 7 p.m.
The Cardinal's non-conference home program for 2013 includes a second College Cup participant from last season in Georgetown (Sept. 1), Grand Canyon (Sept. 13), College of Charleston (Sept. 20), Colgate (Sept. 22) and San Francisco (Oct. 25). On the road, Stanford visits Santa Clara (Sept. 7) and UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 27).
Eight of Stanford's matches will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, beginning with Sept. 1's battle with Georgetown. The TV slate also includes six conference matches.
In his debut campaign on The Farm, Gunn oversaw a Cardinal team that went 9-8-1 and finished third on the Pac-12 table with 16 points from 10 matches (5-4-1 record). After dropping five of its first eight decisions, the Cardinal came together to end the season on a tear, going 6-3-1 over its final 10 matches including a road scalp at No. 25 UC Santa Barbara and sweeping the season series against arch-rival California by an 8-1 aggregate score.
The work of Gunn and his staff of assistant coaches John Smith, Mike Graczyk and Nick Kirchhof molded the Cardinal into a team that scored 22 goals over its final 10 matches and outshot opponents by a margin of 306-188 for the season. Out of those 306 shots, 123 were on frame compared to just 75 for opponents, and Stanford's aggressive attack also resulted in more than twice as many corner kicks taken (120) than conceded (58).
Six Cardinal players went on to earn All-Pac-12 honors, headlined by Adam Jahn being named to the First Team after scoring a career-best 13 goals, and Aaron Kovar claiming the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year prize. Hunter Gorskie was named to the Second Team while Dersu Abolfathi, Zach Batteer and JJ Koval were all named honorable mention.