Stanford center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce has been named to the TopDrawerSoccer Men's Division I Preseason Best XI first team, it was learned Tuesday.
Hilliard-Arce and the top-ranked Cardinal begin the 2016 season on Friday at 5 p.m. by hosting Penn State on the Pac-12 Network.
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Stanford's opener against Penn State is its first of 10 matches this season at a place where it has experienced significant success over the past two years.
The Cardinal 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 0.54.
The team completed its exhibition slate with a road win at Cal Poly Wednesday night.
In the waning seconds of regulation, Hilliard-Arce played a ball into the box from deep, Foster Langsdorf took the pass and scored at the near post with his left at 89:51 to lift the Cardinal to a 2-1 win.
Hilliard-Arce started all 23 games for the Cardinal a season ago.
Stanford's defense surrendered just 15 goals, its lowest total since 2001 (13), and finished sixth nationally in goals against average (0.62), the sixth-best mark in program history.
He also scored three goals as a sophomore, tallying his first career brace in a 3-1 win over San Francisco on September 18 with headers in the 20th and 36th minutes and adding another in a 3-1 win over San Diego State on October 26.
In 2015, he was voted to the TopDrawerSoccer Best XI second team and the All-Pac-12 second team.
Hilliard-Arce has started all 42 matches in his first two seasons on The Farm. Last week, he was named to the 2016 Preseason Men's Soccer All-Pac-12 Team along with teammates Corey Baird and Andrew Epstein.
On Monday, Hilliard-Arce was among five collegiate players featured by TopDrawerSoccer as having the potential to play for the USMNT in the future.