It's Derby Week for Stanford men's soccer as the Cardinal heads to Berkeley Sunday to take on No. 1 California at 2:30 p.m. Sunday's match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Bay Area with Christian Miles and Brian Dunseth on the call.
The match also marks the close of the first round of play in the Pac-12 schedule. The second go-around of the double-round robin format begins for the Cardinal Friday, Nov. 1 against UCLA at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stanford leads the all-time series against California 28-21-8 and is unbeaten against the Golden Bears over the past two seasons. After going 1-0-1 against California in 2011, the Cardinal picked up all six points from the Golden Bears last year, capping the sweep with a 6-1 rout Nov. 9 in Berkeley. That win featured a hat trick by Adam Jahn, the first by a Cardinal player since 2001.
The Cardinal (6-3-2, 1-2-1 Pac-12) is hungry for its first win in nearly two weeks, having grabbed just one point from last weekend's trip to Los Angeles and San Diego. Stanford was in position to grab a result at the late stages of each match but was derailed each time, first conceding in the 89th minute last Friday in a 1-0 loss at No. 6 UCLA, then conceding a late equalizer in a 3-3 draw at San Diego State.
However the Cardinal offense was on point last Sunday in San Diego as freshman Jordan Morris scored his fourth goal of the year and assisted on two others, and Eric Verso connected for his third of the campaign. Aaron Kovar opened the scoring with his first of the year.
Goalie Drew Hutchins continues to be the Cardinal's iron man, playing all 1034:38 between the posts in 2013. Hutchins has made 31 saves with a goals-against average of 1.30.
California (9-0-2, 3-0-1 Pac-12) enters Sunday's match with the top ranking in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and atop the conference table with 10 points. The Golden Bears feature defender Steve Birnbaum, the Pac-12's leader in goals (seven) and points (15), along with reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Stefano Bonomo who is second on the team with five goals.
In goal Justin Taillole has conceded just eight goals this season and boasts a goals-against average of 0.70.