Stanford officially ‘Home of Champions’ after soccer team wins national title

Stanford soccer

One errant touch. After 90 minutes of regulation and a pair of overtimes, that was all it took: One errant touch. Stanford’s Sam Werner took advantage of a dribble that went just a few feet too far from the foot of an Indiana defender, sticking his foot in, picking it, jabbing at it with just enough power to slip it through a pair of Hoosiers and into the top right-hand corner, sealing up a 1-0 victory and a third consecutive National Championship for Stanford.

The game-winner had been set up from a throw-in by Corey Baird, and the result is an indelible one: Stanford is now the first school in NCAA history to win the mens and womens national championships in the same year. Last Sunday, the women beat UCLA, 3-2, in Orlando, Fla. to seal up their own national title, No. 113 for Stanford as a school.

It was the women’s first title since 2011, in which they became just the second Pac-12 school to own a pair of national championships on the pitch. But this is no unfamiliar territory for the men. Sunday marks Stanford’s third consecutive national title, a feat that has only been accomplished once, in the early 90s by a Bruce Arena-led Virginia team.

The Cardinal finished the year 20-2-2, both of its losses coming relatively early in the season, a pair of 2-0 defeats to Tulsa and St. Louis in September. Since, Stanford has enjoyed a dominant run, winning 14, tying two, never allowing more than one goal after Sept. 28. The Cardinal finished the season with seven consecutive shutouts.

The Pac-12 is known as the Conference of Champions, and now for good reason: No school has won more NCAA Championships than the Cardinal, who have 64 titles from the men and 51 from the women. UCLA is second with 113, and the Trojans of USC third with 104. The closest non-Pac-12 school in national titles is Oklahoma, who has 51 — 13 less than Stanford’s men alone.

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