SMC men’s soccer to face top-ranked Stanford

Coming off its 2-2 draw at No. 23 (Soccer America) Cal yesterday, the Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team now turns its attention to another Bay Area rival.

The Gaels travel to Cagan Stadium Sunday for a 5 p.m. kickoff against defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Stanford.  The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network with Troy Clardy and Cobi Jones calling the action.  Live online coverage is available by clicking here.

Saint Mary’s men’s soccer has played the No. 1 ranked team in the nation on five occasions in program history with three 1-goal losses.

1980 vs. San Francisco (0-6 loss in Moraga)
1989 vs. Santa Clara (0-1 loss in Moraga)
1995 vs. Virginia (3-2 OT loss in Moraga)
2002 vs. Stanford (1-0 loss in Berkeley)
2011 vs. North Carolina (2-0 loss in Chapel Hill – NCAA quarterfinals)

Stanford Match Notes:  Like Cal, SMC is playing Stanford (18-2-2, 7-1-2 1st in Pac-12 Conference in 2015) for the first time since the 2010 season … The Cardinal owns a 22-4-1 series edge in the 27 previous meetings between the two teams, dating back to the first matchup in 1978 … Stanford won its first men’s soccer national title last season (2015) with a 4-0 victory over Clemson in the title game in Kansas City … Saint Mary’s has played the defending national champion on six previous occasions (1979, San Francisco; 1981, San Francisco; 1990, Santa Clara;  1991, UCLA; 1995, Virginia; 1998, UCLA) … SMC is 0-5 against the No. 1 team in the nation all-time … The last time SMC faced the No. 1 team was a 0-2 loss at North Carolina in the 2011 NCAA Elite Eight … SMC dropped an 0-1 loss to Stanford when the Cardinal were No. 1 in 2002 … The highest ranked team SMC has beaten was then No. 4 Washington in 2014 (2-1 OT win in Seattle) … The Cardinal went unbeaten in Cagan Stadium in 2015 and is 19-1-6 in its last 26 matches at home … Stanford is ranked No. 1 by the NSCAA and No. 2 by Soccer America preseason polls … Stanford tied Penn State 0-0 Friday night in its season opener … Sunday’s match is the second of 4-straight against teams ranked among Soccer America’s preseason top 25.

About Richard Kilwien

Associate AD at the University of Texas at Arlington
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