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Cardinal Seeded Ninth – GoStanford.com

STANFORD, Calif. – Two-time defending national champion Stanford received the No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning. It’s the Cardinal’s fifth straight appearance in the postseason and 16th overall.
 
The 48-team field has 16 seeded squads, of which the Cardinal is one, that receive byes into the second round. Stanford (15-2-1) will host the winner of Pacific (12-4-1) and Cal State Fullerton (10-7-4) at Cagan Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.
 
Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday by visiting gostanford.com/tickets or calling 800-STANFORD. Reserved seats are $15. General admission prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students, youths and seniors.
 
The Cardinal is 23-12-5 all-time in the NCAA tournament and 13-2-3 at home, advancing on penalty kicks in two out of those three draws. Stanford is ranked No. 3 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll and is No. 13 in the RPI, both released early last week. Its stretch of five consecutive postseason berths is the second longest in Stanford history behind a six-year run from 1997 to 2002.
 
Stanford is one of six programs to win back-to-back national championships and was the first to do it in a dozen years when it beat Wake Forest in penalties last Dec. 11. The Cardinal will attempt to become just the second program to win three straight NCAA titles (Virginia; 1991-94).
 
The Cardinal has been on a tear since 2014 and leads the nation in winning percentage over that time, posting a 61-10-12 (.807) overall record. Stanford has also gone 30-3-7 (.838) in the Pac-12 and won four consecutive conference championships.
 
Stanford finished its regular season 15-2-1 overall and was unbeaten in conference action for the first time (9-0-1). The Cardinal, the only team in the nation in the top five in both scoring offense (2.28) and goals against average (.494), is 36-3-7 in its last 46 matches at home.
 

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