Stanford men’s soccer released its 2014 schedule Tuesday in tandem with the announcement by the Pac-12 Networks of its men’s soccer television slate for the upcoming season. The Cardinal’s slate has 10 matches set for live broadcast on the networks.
Stanford is coming off of a breakout 2013 season in which it went 10-7-4 overall and reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal’s first postseason appearance since 2009. Under head coach Jeremy Gunn, who will enter his third season at the Cardinal helm this fall, Stanford ended last year’s campaign with key victories at Oregon State and against No. 5 California to secure its postseason bid, then went on to advance past Loyola Marymount and No. 15 Cal State Northridge in the NCAA Tournament before falling 1-0 on a late goal at No. 2 Washington.
The Cardinal this season features a potent group of returners, led by the All-Pac-12 forward pair of rising senior Zach Batteer, 2013’s top scorer with nine goals to go with three assists, and rising sophomore Jordan Morris, who was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshman Top XI last year after scoring six goals with seven assists. Eric Verso (three goals in 2013) also returns to bolster the attack, while out on the wings and in the middle playmakers Jimmy Callinan (three assists) and Ty Thompson (four assists) return to The Farm.
The Stanford backline returns starter Matt Taylor, who also made himself a threat going forward in scoring twice and assisting on another goal last year, and rising junior and All-Pac-12 selection Brandon Vincent, the anchor among Cardinal center backs. In goal, rising sophomores Andrew Epstein and Nico Corti will compete for the No. 1 spot to replace graduating All-Pac-12 selection Drew Hutchins.
Additionally, the Cardinal welcomes an eight-man class to The Farm ahead of the 2014 season.
After a pair of home exhibitions against Cal State Bakersfield (Aug. 19) and Saint Mary’s (Aug. 23), Stanford opens its 2014 campaign on the Great Plains, traveling to Omaha for weekend matches at Creighton (Aug. 29) and Nebraska-Omaha (Aug. 31).
The Cardinal returns home, where it will remain for the entire month of September beginning with its home opener at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. against San Jose State. Three days later the Cardinal welcomes UC Santa Barbara to Cagan Stadium for the first of its 10 scheduled matches on the Pac-12 Network, kicking off against the Gauchos at 7 p.m.
The month continues with the Stanford/Cal Tournament weekend of Sept. 19 and 21, in which the Cardinal will host SIU Edwardsville and Delaware, respectively, with Sunday’s match with the Blue Hens set for a 1 p.m. kickoff on the Pac-12 Network. Friday’s contest against SIU Edwardsville will kick off at 5 p.m. as the start of a doubleheader with the Stanford women’s soccer team. September, and the program’s five-match homestand, comes to a close Friday, Sept. 26 with a 7 p.m. contest against Gonzaga.
October brings with it not only the onset of fall but also Pac-12 play, in which the Cardinal went 3-5-2 in 2013. This year’s conference schedule opens with Stanford making the annual trip to the Pacific Northwest to face Oregon State and Washington, with Sunday’s meeting with the Huskies set for 5 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
That contest in Seattle marks the first of eight Pac-12 Network-televised conference matches for Stanford, as well as beginning a short run of four in a row which continues with a three-game homestand at Cagan Stadium against San Diego State (Oct. 9, 6 p.m.), UCLA (Oct. 12, 5 p.m.), and California (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.).
A three-game trip opens for the Cardinal with a non-conference match at San Francisco on Oct. 24, and continues with the conference trip to Southern California for a televised bout at UCLA (Oct. 30, 8 p.m.) followed by the weekend finale at San Diego State (Nov. 2, 1 p.m.).
The Cardinal ends the regular-season with three straight TV matches, hosting Washington on Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. and Oregon State on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m., then traveling to Berkeley for the finale on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.
Stanford will aim for its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 when the postseason begins with first-round play on Thursday, Nov. 21. The 2014 College Cup is set for Dec. 12 and 14 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
2014 Stanford Men's Soccer Schedule (Dates and times subject to change)
Aug. 19 (Tues.) - Cal State Bakersfield (ex.) - 7 p.m.
Aug. 23 (Sat.) - Saint Mary's (ex.) - 7 p.m.
Aug. 29 (Fri.) - at Creighton - TBA
Aug. 31 (Sun.) - at Nebraska-Omaha - TBA
Sept. 6 (Sat.) - San Jose State - 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 (Tues.) - UC Santa Barbara (Pac-12 Network) - 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 (Fri.) - SIU Edwardsville - 5 p.m.
Sept. 21 (Sun.) - Delaware (Pac-12 Network) - 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 (Fri.) - Gonzaga - 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 (Fri.) - at Oregon State* - 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 (Sun.) - at Washington* (Pac-12 Network) - 5 p.m.
Oct. 9 (Thu.) - San Diego State* (Pac-12 Network) - 6 p.m.
Oct. 12 (Sun.) - UCLA* (Pac-12 Network) - 5 p.m.
Oct. 20 (Mon.) - California* (Pac-12 Network) - 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 (Fri.) - at San Francisco - 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 (Thu.) - at UCLA* (Pac-12 Network) - 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 (Sun.) - at San Diego State* - 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 (Fri.) - Washington* (Pac-12 Network) - 5 p.m.
Nov. 9 (Sun.) - Oregon State* (Pac-12 Network) - 3 p.m.
Nov. 16 (Sun.) - California* (Pac-12 Network) - 1 p.m.
(Home matches in BOLD)
* - Pac-12 Match
All Times Pacific