STANFORD — If anyone penciled the back-to-back NCAA men’s soccer champion for a return trip to the College Cup, it sure wasn’t the man in charge.

Was it possible? Sure.

Was it likely? That depends on who you ask.

“We always knew that we’re capable of doing this, but obviously there’s a lot of pitfalls in the way as you try to get there,” Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. “You always really appreciate how fragile, especially the sport of soccer, it can be. And so for us to be still standing is quite incredible by the players. But, remember, I don’t look at it as trying to go to a third one, because that sounds more difficult.”

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