A quick glimpse at the Stanford midfield right now is a harrowing thing for the Cardinal’s opposition. It is, without a single lingering shadow of doubt, the best midfield in the country. And at the very least it has the most promise as of the start of the 2016 women’s season, which arrives this very day.
Andi Sullivan, one of the three best players in the country at any position, was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2014 class. Jordan DiBiasi and Michelle Xiao were No. 6 and No. 7 in the 2015 class. And Tierna Davidson, the No. 5 player in the 2016 class, just showed up on campus this summer. There isn’t a better freshman holding midfielder in the country, and there maybe hasn’t been one better in some time.
Stanford will probably win the Pac-12 in 2016. And they may win a national title for the second time in program history. At the very least, nobody in the country is better on paper. And barring something odd, all four of those midfielders, each of whom would carry any other team in the country on their own, will be back for the 2017 season. All of them.