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Stanford's Beason, Thomas named soccer All-Americans

 
Stanford's Andrew Thomas earned NCAA Elite 99 honors and was named an All-American on Thursday. Photo by Jim Shorin/ISIPhotos.com.

Tanner Beason and Andrew Thomas were named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I All-Americans on Thursday night. It's the sixth consecutive season Stanford has had multiple players honored.

Thomas was also honored by the NCAA as this year's men's soccer Elite 90 award winner at Thursday night's College Cup Team Tribute at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.

The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

He will be the only academic All-American on the field in Cary this weekend.

Beason, a redshirt senior center back, earned a spot on the first team and Thomas, a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper, the third team. With their selections, the Cardinal has accumulated 13 All-America honors since 2014.

Also on the first team a year ago, Beason joins Jordan Morris (2014, 2015), Brandon Vincent (2014, 2015) and Tomas Hilliard-Arce (2016, 2017) as the only Cardinal to be named first team All-Americans more than once.

After starting the first 76 matches of his career, Beason missed his first game at Stanford on Oct. 6 against Oregon State following a second-half injury sustained against Washington three days prior. He missed the next eight games before returning to the starting lineup in the regular-season finale against Cal. He became the first person on conference history to sweep both Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2018.

One of 15 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists, Beason is third on the team in goals (5) and fifth in points (11) in 13 matches played this year.

Stanford has posted a 0.54 goals against average since his redshirt freshman season in 2016, has finished in the top eight nationally that category the past three years and is currently fifth this season (0.629).

The Cardinal has also posted 47 shutouts in Beason's 80 appearances (58.8 percent). A force on set pieces and penalty kicks, he has 20 career goals and 11 assists.

Thomas is 11th in the country in goals against average (0.664) and 16th in solo shutouts (8). In two years as a starter, he has already put together 19 clean sheets, good for fourth in school history. His 0.839 career save percentage leads all active players and his 0.644 career goals against average is second.

An engineering physics major with a 3.98 GPA, Thomas made two saves in Friday night's penalty shootout at Clemson, which Stanford won 5-4 to advance to its seventh College Cup.

Stanford advanced past Seattle at home in the second round on penalties, 2-1, when Thomas stopped four RedHawk attempts. Of 11 postseason penalty kicks for Cardinal opponents, each one has been on frame and Thomas has saved six.

The duo has led the Cardinal to its fourth College Cup appearance in five seasons.

— Staff report

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