Stanford forward Jordan Morris and defender Brandon Vincent were named to the TopDrawerSoccer 2015 Men's Division I Preseason Best XI first team on Monday.
Stanford, the reigning Pac-12 champion, and UCLA, the preseason pick in the conference, each placed two student-athletes on the 11-member first team to tie for the national lead.
Morris, Vincent and the rest of the Cardinal got the 2015 season underway Monday night with a 2-0 exhibition win over visiting CSU Bakersfield.
It took nearly 80 minutes, but constant and consistent pressure from the Cardinal finally broke through Bakersfield.
Freshman Amir Bashti scored in the 79th minute off a feed from sophomore Foster Langsdorf and eight minutes later redshirt freshman Sam Werner did it all himself down the left side to earn Stanford the victory in its first of two tune-ups before the regular-season starts on August 28 at UC Santa Barbar.
"Both teams seemed happy to feel their way into the game in the first half," Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn said. "In the second we really went after them a bit more and started to carve out a few more chances. We deserved the goals in the end. I was proud of the players for sticking at it and continuing to press and chase the game in a good, positive way rather than being frustrated."
The Cardinal next will host Santa Clara this Saturday at 6 p.m. in another exhibition contest.
Last Wednesday, Morris and Vincent were named to the 2015 Preseason Men's Soccer All-Pac-12 Team and on August 5 the duo was selected to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Both NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-Americans a year ago, the duo makes Stanford the only team in the country returning a pair of first team All-Americans in 2015.
A 2014 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.
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's regular-season home opener takes place on Friday, Sept. 4 against Northeastern at 7 p.m.
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