Stanford is headed back to the Men's College Cup for the fourth time in the last five years.
And once again, the Cardinal had to get past ACC competition in the quarterfinals.
In 2015 and 2017, it was Wake Forest. In 2016, it was Louisville. On Friday night, it was Clemson that fell.
Stanford advanced past the Tigers, 5-4, in a shootout after their game
The Cardinal has now won nine consecutive postseason shootouts dating back to 2002 and seven in the past five years.
Stanford advanced past Seattle U in the second
round on penalties, 2-1, when keeper Andrew Thomas
stopped four attempts. Thomas made two saves to defeat the Tigers.
The Cardinal went up 1-0 in the 35th minute on a Tanner
header. Clemson came into the game with the nation's best offense, averaging 3.29 goals per game, but only found one goal on a Mohamed Seye
header in the 69th minute.
“We were trying to find ways to open them, but they were dogged defensively and electrifying on the counter attack,” Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn
said. “They built really
well and were able to have a lot of possession and a lot of the territorial advantage. Clemson played a fantastic game and asked every question you could, but I felt our entire team defended so well.
We felt that if we could defend well we’d create our moments. We were going to have to roll our sleeves up and really dig in. Our guys were warriors out there.” Dec. 6 in Clemson, S.C.
Clemson 1 Stanford 1 (5-4 on penalties)
. Goals: Seye (Barber) 69; Beason (Waldeck 35).
Marks, Agren, Malou, Mbaye, Asensio, Fernandez, Smith, Barber, Gomez, Mayaka, Robinson. Subs: Kuzemka, Nunez, Seye, McNeill, Russell. Stanford --
Thomas, Beason, Hughes,
Tingey, Waldeck, Gilbey, Wehan, Bouda, Ryan, Cilley, Panchot. Subs: Richmond, Bulut, Segal, Joshua. Att.: