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Stanford gearing up for NCAA men’s soccer tournament

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Pac-12 champs hope they can find more national glory.

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The Stanford Cardinal men’s soccer program is fresh off a Pac-12 regular season title for the spring season, and now they’ll aim to write their names in school lore once more in the NCAA Tournament, scheduled to take place starting next month in North Carolina.

The Cardinal are the No. 4 overall seed for the tournament, and will therefore get a first-round bye. They will take on the winner of the Omaha-UNC Greensboro match, which is scheduled for Thursday, and the winner playing Stanford on May 2.

Stanford edged Washington for the Pac-12 crown this season with an overtime win over the Huskies last week. It was their sixth conference title in the last seven years.

The Cardinal have been among the elite programs in men’s soccer for the past several years, capped off with consecutive national titles in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Can they get back to the pinnacle again this season? With a smaller field this year, it’s only four games to win the title, can they make it happen? We’ll find out how the journey goes starting May 2.