Stanford men’s soccer, fresh off of its run to the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 16, had three players named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region Teams as Zach Batteer and JJ Koval earned spots on the second team and Jordan Morris landed on the third team.
The trio, each named to the All-Pac-12 First Team as well, helped lead Stanford to a 10-7-4 overall record in 2013 and to the program’s first NCAA Tournament since 2009. In the tournament, the Cardinal moved past Loyola Marymount 3-2 on penalties in the first round then defeated No. 15 seed Cal State Northridge 1-0 in the second before falling 1-0 at No. 2 Washington.
Batteer led the Cardinal with nine goals on the campaign, a figure that tied for fourth among all Pac-12 players. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native also paced the Cardinal with 66 shots and 21 points as he added three assists to his ledger. Batteer also bagged a brace three times in 2013, starting with the season-opening 3-3 draw against Maryland. His other two braces featured him scoring both Cardinal goals in 2-0 and 2-1 wins over College of Charleston and San Francisco, respectively.
Koval, the Cardinal captain, was again one of the top holding midfielders and aerialists in the conference, Koval also made himself a threat as a finisher, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another in 2013. His assist came in a familiar situation, as the Camarillo native won a 50-50 ball which was picked up and bolted home by Aaron Kovar for the winner in a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 5 California that sealed the Cardinal’s berth into the NCAA Tournament.
In his debut campaign on The Farm, Morris proved a potent half of Stanford’s lethal striker duo with Batteer. The Mercer Island, Wash. native led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (seven) and points (19) while finished second with six goals. His six goals and 19 points were also second on the Cardinal while his seven assists paced the squad. The rookie’s breakout moment in 2013 came Sept. 27 at UC Santa Barbara, as Morris bagged his first collegiate brace in a 2-1 overtime win over the Gauchos.