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Three named to preseason all-Pac 12 from Stanford men's soccer

 

Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Jordan Morris and Brandon Vincent were named to the Preseason Men's Soccer All-Pac-12 Team on Wednesday following a vote of the league's coaches. Stanford, the reigning Pac-12 champions, was picked second in the conference's preseason coaches poll, tallying 21 points and one first-place vote.

Stanford and UCLA, the preseason pick in the Pac-12 with 24 points and four first-place votes, each placed three players on the 11-member preseason all-conference squad.

Hilliard-Arce recently returned from Carson, where he was participating in the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's College Identification Camp alongside Cardinal teammates Corey Baird and Vincent.

A sophomore, Hilliard-Arce was one of the nation's best freshmen and best defenders last year. A NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Far West Region third team honoree, the 6-foot-1 Hilliard-Arce was also an All-Pac-12 second team selection, a Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Freshman first team member and made the Soccer America Men's All-Freshman second team.

Hilliard-Arce started all 19 matches on Stanford's back line while adding a pair of goals last season. The Cardinal's Pac-12 championship defense allowed just 17 goals, its lowest total since 2007, and led the league with a 0.85 goals against average.

Stanford topped the league in goals against average for the first time since 2002 (0.61) and finished 38th in the nation in that category.

Last Wednesday, Morris and Vincent were named to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Both NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-Americans a year ago, Stanford is the only team in the country returning a pair of first team All-Americans.

Morris, who has capped five times for the U.S. Men's National Team, has become the face of college soccer in the past year. Last November, he became the first active collegian since 1995 to appear for the U.S. when he came on in the 76th minute in a friendly against Ireland in Dublin.

In April, Morris started and scored for the United States against Mexico, becoming the first college player to score for the USA since September 1992.

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as a sophomore, Morris started all 15 games in which he played last season for Stanford tallying four goals, 14 points and a team-high six assists.

Vincent returns to The Farm for his senior campaign after captaining the Cardinal to its best season in a decade in 2014.

In addition to receiving first team All-America honors, he was also the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year, an All-Pac-12 first team selection and earned his second consecutive Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention nod.

Precipitated by a move to left back prior to the season, Vincent exploded offensively while championing Stanford's stout defense.

He led the team and was tied for 13th in the conference with six goals after entering 2014 with just one goal in his first 38 career matches.

On Friday, Vincent scored the United States' third goal in its 3-1 win over Club Tijuana's Segunda Premier Team, a result which wrapped up the U.S.'s first College Identification Camp at the National Training Center in Carson.

Washington was predicted to finish third, grabbing the other first-place vote and totaling 18 points. California (13 points), Oregon State (nine points) and San Diego State (five points) finished fourth through sixth.

On August 3, the Cardinal received its highest preseason national ranking in 12 years when it came in at No. 8 in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25.

Stanford is coming off a historic season in 2014, including the program's first league title since 2001, a No. 1 NSCAA ranking, its most wins (13) since 2002 and its best winning percentage (.763) since 2001.

The team went 13-3-3 overall and 6-1-3 in conference to advance to its second consecutive NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinal hosts exhibitions against CSU Bakersfield (August 17) and Santa Clara (August 22) before starting the 2015 season on the road at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, August 28.

Stanford's regular-season home opener takes place the following Friday (September 4) against Northeastern at 7 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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