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Stanford men seeded fifth in NCAA tournament; Menlo to Oregon

 

Defending national men's soccer champion Stanford received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning. It's the Cardinal's fourth straight appearance in the postseason and 15th overall.

The 48-team field has 16 seeded squads, of which the Cardinal is one, that receive byes into the second round. Stanford (11-3-4) will host the winner of CSUN (9-6-5) and Pacific (12-3-2) at Cagan Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.

The Cardinal is 19-12-4 all-time in the NCAA tournament and 11-2-3 at home, advancing on penalty kicks in two out of those three draws. Stanford is ranked No. 8 in the latest NSCAA coaches' poll and is No. 6 in the RPI, both released early last week. Its stretch of four consecutive postseason berths is the second longest in Stanford history behind a six-year run from 1997 to 2002.

Stanford, which won the program's first national title in its 100-plus year history last Dec. 13 over Clemson, will attempt to become the first back-to-back NCAA champion since Indiana in 2003 and 2004.

The Cardinal has been on a tear since 2014 and is second in the country in winning percentage over that time, posting a 42-8-10 (.783) overall record.

Stanford has also gone 21-3-6 (.800) in the Pac-12 and won three consecutive conference championships. The Cardinal hadn't won three league titles in a row since it topped the University and Club Soccer League (UCSL) from 1919-23.

Stanford finished its regular season 11-3-4 overall and 8-1-1 in conference action, setting a school record for Pac-12 wins. The Cardinal is 26-2-8 in its last 36 matches at home and unbeaten in regulation since 2013.

Tickets are on sale at noon by visiting gostanford.com/tickets or calling 800-STANFORD. Reserved seats are $15. For bleachers, prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students, youths and seniors.

Menlo at Corban

Menlo helps open the 58th Annual NAIA national championship, which kicks off Saturday.

The Oaks (15-4-1) travel to Willamette University to take on Corban at 1 p.m.

The first-round winners make the trip to the national championship host school, Keizer University, at the final site in Delray Beach, Fla., for a chance to play for the NAIA national title.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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