In the College Cup for the second consecutive season and fifth time overall, Pac-12 champion Stanford (14-3-4) heads to Houston for a national semifinal against North Carolina (14-3-3) at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:45 p.m. on ESPNU.
he Cardinal and Tar Heels have met once before in a NCAA semifinal in 2001. North Carolina took that one 3-2 in quadruple overtime and beat Indiana 2-0 two days later to claim its first of two national championships in men's soccer.
Stanford, which won the program's first national title last year over Clemson, will attempt to become the first back-to-back NCAA champion since Indiana in 2003 and 2004.
Men's soccer also has a chance to keep an incredible departmental streak intact. Stanford teams have won 109 NCAA titles and the school owns an active 40-year stretch with at least one NCAA team championship dating to 1976-77.
Stanford has posted shutouts in five straight postseason matches and hasn't allowed a postseason goal in the last 512:17, since Ian Harkes' 70th-minute penalty at Wake Forest in last year's quarterfinals. It hasn't given up a goal in the run play in the postseason in the last 610:34, since Abdi Mohamed (62') headed one in for Ohio State in the third round last season at Stanford.
Stanford tied a program record set last season and placed five on the NSCAA NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams. Goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce and forward Foster Langsdorf were first team selections and co-captains Brian Nana-Sinkam and Drew Skundrich earned spots on the second team.