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Cal vs. Stanford rivalry matches open conference play for Men’s Soccer & Field Hockey

Pac-12 Bay Area will have both of these matches this afternoon

Cal Field Hockey has really tested themselves in non-conference play
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Cal vs. Stanford is always special. It is even more special when this rivalry game/match is the conference opener (which is sort of the norm now in a lot of Olympic sports where the two schools meet twice).

Cal Men’s Soccer (3-1-1) ready to beat Stanford again

4:30 PM PT on Pac-12 Networks

Cal Golden Bears beat Stanford in dramatic fashion 1-0 to close the 2018 season. Bears will look to turn that into a winning streak today when they host the 2nd ranked Stanford (5-0).

Bears lost 1-0 to Denver in their Pac-12 Networks debut last weekend. Since the graduation of Shinya Kadono, Cal Men’s Soccer is still searching for that reliable source of scoring from a bunch of talented underclassmen. Bears have scored just 7 goals from 4 players in the first 5 matches of the season. Thomas Williamson lead the team with 3 goals.

It was a frustrating loss to Denver as the Bears dominated the chances (20 shots to 8 by Denver) and even had a penalty opportunity. Sadly, Bears could not break through.

Defensively, Cal has two great keeper in Drake Callendar and Noah Texter. Both are capable of having an outstanding match to earn a potential draw, if not a win.

In a low scoring sport like soccer, Bears is certainly capable of pulling off a major upset to set the tone for the rest of their Pac-12 play this year.

Cal Field Hockey (1-4) are battle tested for American East play

2:30 PM PT on Pac-12 Networks

While Cal Field Hockey has a losing record, their losses mostly came against ranked opponents, including No.7 Michigan, No.7 Iowa, and No.2 Duke. Stanford is not as good as those sides.

From Iowa last weekend, Bears battled two top-10 ranked teams hard. Bears even had a 2-1 lead against Iowa in the 3rd quarter before giving up 3 unanswered goals. Megan Rodgers, Cal’s scoring machine the past two years, finally scored her first goal of the year against Iowa. Natalie Dalton made a career best 14 saves.

It was a harder contest against Duke who lead 4-0 at the half before the Bears answered with a second half goal, again form Rodgers. Duke are the 2nd ranked team in the country for a reason, I guess.

Stanford (5-3) also played a tough non-conference schedule. They were able to beat Michigan in a shootout while also beat a No.10 Harvard via another shootout.

For the Bears to win, they would need to make this a low scoring affair. Bears lost a pair of 3-2 matches last year. A reverse of that result would be sweet.