Stanford men sweep top awards on All-Pac-12 soccer team


The Stanford men's soccer team was rewarded for winning the Pac-12 Conference title as the Cardinal swept all the top honors on the all-conference team on Tuesday.

Junior forward Jordan Morris was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, senior defender Brandon Vincent was selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Gunn earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors. The three highlighted a group of eight Stanford student-athletes who received all-conference accolades.

Morris and Vincent, MAC Hermann Trophy candidates this season, were also 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-Americans. Stanford was the only school in the country to return multiple first team All-Americans.

Morris has a career-high eight goals in 13 appearances for Stanford in 2015. In his past nine games with the Cardinal, the junior has seven goals, two assists and 16 points. He is currently with the U.S. Men's National Team for its first two matches of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Morris is Stanford's third-ever Pac-12 Player of the Year and first since 2001. Ryan Nelsen (2000) and Roger Levesque (2001) took home the award in the first two years of Pac-12 men's soccer.

Vincent, the 2015 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has anchored Stanford's back line over the past four years, starting in each and every one of his 75 appearances. The two-time captain was also the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and is the only person to ever win the award, which was instituted last season.

In just his fourth year at the helm, Gunn has led Stanford to three straight seasons of 10 or more wins, becoming the third coach in program history to accomplish the feat along with Bobby Clark (1996-2000) and Nelson Lodge (1978-83).

Gunn also received recognition from his peers as the conference's best last season. His award in 2015 is the fifth time a Stanford coach has been awarded Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Gunn is the third head man in league history to win back-to-back coach of the year honors.

Morris, Vincent and his fellow senior captain Ty Thompson were Stanford's representatives on the All-Pac-12 first team. It's Morris' third straight selection to the league's first team, Vincent's second and Thompson's first.

Stanford led the way with five selections to the 12-man All-Pac-12 second team in Corey Baird, Andrew Epstein, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Foster Langsdorf and Eric Verso.

The Cardinal begins its NCAA tournament at home on Sunday at 5 p.m. against the winner of Thursday night's match between Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara.

— Stanford Athletics

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A tremendous year for fans and students who supported these players. Congratulations and thank you for your superior efforts.

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