No. 15 Cal State Northridge (15-6-1)
Where - Northridge, Calif. - 7 p.m.
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Stanford (9-6-4), making its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2009, visits 15th-seeded Cal State Northridge Sunday night at 7 p.m. for a second-round postseason match.
About Cal State Northridge
Cal State Northridge (15-6-1) earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and received the 15th seed and a first-round bye. The Matadors, which advanced to the Big West Tournament final last weekend, are making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth all-time.
Head coach Terry Davila is in his 15th season at the Cal State Northridge helm, and his Matador squad is led by the play of Saqi Lev-Ari, who has scored 16 goals and assisted on six others this season. Brian Behrad has scored seven times and Beto Velasquez has found the back of the net on five occasions. In goal, Adam Hobbs has posted three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.06.
Against Cal State Northridge
Stanford is 2-2-0 all-time against Cal State Northridge, with the first meeting of the series coming in 1991. The Matadors captured the most recent meeting of the series, defeating the Cardinal 1-0 in Berkeley on Sept. 9, 2005.
Last Time Out
Stanford advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round Thursday night, defeating Loyola Marymount 3-2 on penalties after the teams played to a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes. The Cardinal thrilled the home crowd as Zach Batteer scored the equalizer with 17 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Cardinal then came back from a 1-0 deficit in penalties.
Goalkeeper Drew Hutchins was the Man of the Match, assisting on Batteer’s equalizer, then, in the penalty shootout, breaking a 2-2 tie in the fifth round then promptly returning to net to stop LMU’s final chance.
Stanford In The NCAA Tournament
Stanford is making it’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. Since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1991, Stanford has posted a pair of national runner-up finishes (1998, 2002), reached three College Cups (1998, 2001-02), and accumulated a record of 14-8-3, with a 2-1 mark in matches determined by penalty kicks. A win Sunday night in Northridge would advance Stanford to the third round of the postseason for the fifth straight time. In its most recent tournament appearance (2009), Stanford opened the draw with a home win over Saint Mary’s and defeated UC Irvine away before falling at Akron, 2-0, in the third round.
The winner of Sunday's contest will advance to the tournament's third round, where it will meet the winner of Sunday afternoon's "Battle of Seattle" between Seatte University and No. 2 Washington. If Washington wins, the third-round contest will be next Sunday, Dec. 1, in Seattle.