Defending national champion Stanford set for prime time


Thirteen televised matches highlight the Stanford men's soccer schedule, which the reigning NCAA champion and back-to-back Pac-12 champion announced on Tuesday.

Coming off of the program's first national title in its 100-plus year history, the Cardinal will be at home for 10 regular-season home matches and one exhibition at a place where it has experienced significant success over the past two years. Stanford was unbeaten at Cagan Stadium in 2015 and is 19-1-6 in its last 26 matches on The Farm. The program's goals-against average at home since 2014 is a miniscule 0.54.

Stanford opens its 2016 season with a pair of home contests against Penn State (Aug. 26) and St. Mary's (Aug. 28), both televised on the Pac-12 Network, before hitting the road for a pair of tough tests in Bloomington, Ind. at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. The Cardinal plays Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 2 and the host Hoosiers on Sunday, Sept. 4. Both sides finished in the top 16 of the final NSCAA rankings released at the conclusion of December's College Cup.

The Cardinal returns home for three straight in mid to late September when it welcomes San Jose State on Saturday the 10th, Harvard on Friday the 16th and Nebraska Omaha on Sunday the 18th. Matches against the Spartans and Crimson will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Stanford's final nonconference date comes up the road at San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 23.

All but one of Stanford's 10 league contests will be televised as well. The Cardinal, which has won back-to-back Pac-12 titles, is 31-5-6 over the past two seasons and 13-2-5 in conference. Stanford's seven conference wins a season ago were a school record and its seven-point cushion at the top of the Pac-12 table was the third-largest margin in conference history.

The Cardinal's defense of its conference crown begins on Sunday, Oct. 2 at home against rival California (5 p.m.). Stanford is in the Pacific Northwest for matches at Washington on Thursday, Oct. 6 (7 p.m.) and Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 9 (11 a.m.).

San Diego State comes to The Farm on Thursday, Oct. 13 (7 p.m.) followed by UCLA on Sunday, Oct. 16 (5 p.m.). Stanford makes its return trip to Southern California the following weekend, visiting San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 20 (7 p.m.) and Westwood on Sunday, Oct. 23 (5 p.m.).

Oregon State is at Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 27 (5 p.m.) and Washington visits on Sunday, Oct. 30 (5 p.m.) before the Cardinal closes out its regular-season action on the road at California on Friday, Nov. 11 (1:30 p.m.).

Stanford's road match at San Diego State is the only one in conference that will not be carried on the Pac-12 Network.

The Cardinal hosts an exhibition against Sacramento State on Saturday, Aug. 13 (7 p.m.) and will play its final tune-up at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Aug. 17 (7 p.m.).

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