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Stanford places eight on All-Pac-12 men's soccer team

 

Forwards Zach Batteer and Jordan Morris, along with midfielder JJ Koval were named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, headlining eight Stanford men's soccer players earning all-conference recognition Tuesday.

Sophomore defender Brandon Vincent was named to the second team while fellow back-liner Ty Conklin, midfielders Aaron Kovar and Ty Thompson, and goalkeeper Drew Hutchins all were named honorable mention.

Together the group was part of a larger team effort that helped the Cardinal to a 9-6-3 record and to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Stanford will host Loyola Marymount in first-round action Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

Tuesday's announcement marked the second-career all-conference honor for Batteer, Koval and Kovar, with Batteer and Koval each earning first-team honors after being named honorable mention in 2012. Batteer scored a career- and team-high eight goals, including three braces, while starting all 18 contests up front in 2013. Koval, the team's captain, started all 18 matches as the holding midfielder, being the Cardinal's aerial specialist and also scoring two goals with an assist.

Kovar scored a pair of goals and is second on the team with five assists. A possession and service specialist, Kovar scored the overtime match-winner and assisted on the Cardinal's first goal last Wednesday in its 2-1 victory over No. 5 California.

Morris joined Batteer and Koval on the conference's first team after a strong debut regular season in which he led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (seven) and points (19) while tying Washington's Cristian Roldan with six goals.

Both Cardinal center backs were recognized, with Vincent being named to the second team and Conklin earning honorable mention. Vincent started 17 matches at center back a year after starting 17 as a freshman, while Conklin started all 18 contests. Both players anchored a back line that shut out four opponents and allowed just 1.22 goals per game.

Marshaling Vincent and Conklin each game was Hutchins, who earned his first All-Pac-12 honor. The senior from Morrisville, Pa. was Stanford's ironman in goal, playing all 1693:02 of the campaign to date. Hutchins posted four clean sheets on the season with a goals-against average of 1.22, and captured a Pac-12 Player of the Week honor back on Sept. 24 following back-to-back shutouts of College of Charleston and Colgate.

Also earning his first all-conference nod was Thompson. A fixture of the Cardinal midfield, Thompson started all 18 contests and assisted on four goals in 2013.

— Stanford Athletics

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