Stanford men's soccer will make its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2009, as the Cardinal earned an at-large berth in the 2013 draw Monday. The Cardinal will host West Coast Conference champion Loyola Marymount Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
The Cardinal finished the regular season with a 9-6-3 record and placed fourth on the Pac-12 table with 11 points (3-5-2 record), closing the regular-season campaign with a statement win over California Wednesday, 2-1 in overtime.
The winner of Thursday night's first-round match will travel to Southern California, where 15th-seeded Cal State Northridge awaits Sunday night at 7 p.m.
Stanford is 2-1-0 all-time against Loyola Marymount. The teams met at Cagan Stadium last year, with the Lions capturing a 2-1 overtime win on Sept. 21, 2012.