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Bay Area Derby: Cal Men's Soccer at Stanfurd Cardinal, Bears look to end regular season on a positive note

It is the regular season finale for No.5 Cal Men's Soccer and this is a "Big" one. Cal visits Furd for the away leg of the "Bay Area Derby". Can the Bears beat Furd again (Bears won 1-0 in Berkeley earlier in the season) and secure a top 4 seed in the NCAA tournament (bracket to be announced next Monday morning)? GO BEARS!

Cal Men's Soccer is ready to beat Stanfurd again.
Cal Men's Soccer is ready to beat Stanfurd again.
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CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (12-3-2, 6-2-1 Pac-12) at STANFURD CARDINAL (8-6-3, 2-5-2 Pac-12)

When: 7 PM PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Following the heartbreaking loss to Washington on Sunday in OT that may have caused the Bears the conference title, the end of the regular season is upon us. In what is still likely one of the most successful season in program history, the Bears have the chance to take out their frustrations on the Stanfurd Cardinal.

Bears won 1-0 in Berkeley against Furd earlier this year, behind a goal off a Penalty Kick rebound by senior captain and conference player of the year frontrunner Steve Birnbaum. It would be a great sign if Steve Birnbaum is able to play today. Birnbaum was injured in the Oregon State game last Friday and missed the Washington game on Sunday.

Checkout the highlight from that 1-0 thriller (and the slightly controversial call that gave the Bears the PK):

Even without Birny, the Bears still have a solid core of players with a very solid goalie in Justin Taillole, a MLS prospect in defender Christian Dean, and solid attackers such as Alec Sundley and Omid Jalali.

Check out Sundley's bicycle kick for a goal below:

Other than the obvious satisfaction in beating Stanfurd, the Bears still have an outside chance of finishing at the top of the Pac-12 table. Although Oregon State, Washington opponent on Sunday in their last match, is winless in the conference, the Beavers could surprise and a mere draw may be enough for the Bears to overtake the Huskies, should the Bears outright wins tonight.

Stay tuned on the Pac-12 Networks after the match for The Drive, this week's episode is premiering at 10 PM PT tonight.


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