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Bay Area Derby: Cal Men's Soccer fell 2-1 to No.3 Stanford to open Pac-12 play

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Bears will open Pac-12 play by hosting No.3 Stanford today at Edwards Stadium.

Bears will look to upset No.3 Stanford and protect our Bear Territory!
Bears will look to upset No.3 Stanford and protect our Bear Territory!
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California Golden Bears (5-2) vs. No.3 Stanford Cardinal (7-1)

When: 4 pm PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Live Stat: CalBears.com

The young Golden Bears squad will look to upset 3rd ranked Stanford today at Edwards Stadium, in the home leg of the Bay Area Derby. Since it is a rivalry match, anything can happen.

The reloaded Golden Bears team opened the year being ranked 16th in the country before losing 3-0 to San Diego at San Diego. A 5 match winning streak brought the Bears back into ranking at 20th. The Bears were upset 2-1 at Santa Clara to drop out of the ranking.

Small sample size alert: the Golden Bears are 5-0 when playing at home this year. They are also 5-0 when unranked. Clearly, we got this match.

After leading the country in goals last year, the younger Bears squad has taken a small step back, scoring 2.14 goals per game. The Futbol version of the Bear Raid is lead by junior strikers Christian Thierjung (4 goals, 3 assists) and a pair of sophomores in Paul Salcedo (3 goals, 3 assists) and Jose Carrera-Garcia (2 goals, 6 assists). Junior defender Nick Lima is next on the team in points with 1 goal and 3 assists. Showing some balanced attack, the 15 goals scored by the Bears have been spread around to 9 different players.

Senior goalie Alex Mangels man the net for the Bears. He is 5-1 on the year with 1 shutout and a 1.09 goal against average. The backup goalkeeper for the Bears is freshman Jonathan Klinsmann, son of USMNT head coach Jurgen.

Jurgen has done his job to try to weaken the Stanford team during the season so far, by repeatedly calling up striker Jordan Morris. Morris lead the Furdies with 4 goals in 7 matches. Eric Verso and Corey Baird are the top assistants for Stanford with 4 and 5 assists, respectively. Their goalie Andrew Epstein has allowed just 4 goals on the year for a goal against average of 0.49.

So far this season, Stanford appears to be the team to beat in the Pac, but as we have seen in past years when the Golden Bears are the top 10 ranked team in this match, anything can happen. The last 3 matches have all gone into OT with Stanford winning the Pac-12 title in Berkeley with a 3-2 OT win. Bears were able to earn a 1-1 draw in Palo Alto last year, when the since graduated goalie Justin Taillole withstood a barrage of Stanford attack and Jose Carrera-Garcia scored the lone Bear goal.

GO BEARS!