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Stanford men's soccer honored on All-Far West Region Team

 

Four Stanford men's soccer players, the program's most since 2000, were named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams it was announced Wednesday.

Sophomore forward Jordan Morris and junior defender Brandon Vincent were first team selections, freshman midfielder Corey Baird earned a spot on the second team and fellow freshman defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce was selected to the third team.

The quartet helped the Cardinal to its first Pac-12 Championship since 2001, a No. 1 NSCAA ranking, its most wins (13) since 2002 and its best winning percentage (.763) since 2001.

Stanford, which had three players honored in 2013, 2009 and 2002, had not had four players receive such accolades since 2000 when Lee Morrison and Ryan Nelsen were named to the first team and Scott Leber and Adam Zapala landed on the second team.

It's the second NSCAA All-Far West Region nod for the sophomore Morris, who was named to the third team as a freshman in 2013. Morris, who last week was announced one of 16 semifinalists for the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy, started all 15 games in which he played this season for Stanford tallying four goals, 14 points and a team-high six assists. Also an All-Pac-12 First Team selection, he became the first Cardinal since Bobby Warshaw in 2009 and 2010 to earn back-to-back all-conference first-team honors.

A junior captain, Vincent anchored Stanford's Pac-12 championship defense that allowed just 17 goals and posted a 0.85 goals-against average. For his efforts he was honored with the first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award.

Baird, a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week selection and 2014 All-Pac-12 Second Team pick, scored four times and assisted on four others in 2014. The freshman played a big role down the stretch as Stanford was on its way to the Pac-12 championship. In the Cardinal's last five regular-season matches, Baird tallied eight points on three goals and two assists.

He is the only freshman named to the first or second team.

Tomas Hilliard-Arce also earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors and is the only freshman defender on any of the three NSCAA All-Far West Region squads. He started all 19 games this season and was one of 13 different players to score for the Cardinal, putting home a pair of headers. Stanford's 17 goals surrendered are its lowest total since holding opponents to 16 in 2007.

— Stanford Athletics

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