Men’s soccer travels north to face tough competition

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Matador men’s soccer will challenge two PAC-10 powerhouses during the ninth annual Adidas Cal Legacy Classic at UC Berkeley. The team will play the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal, at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and the No. 16 Cal Bears, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Matadors will attempt to build on the confidence they gained after they won their first two games over the Labor Day weekend. CSUN moved up the Soccer America polls to No. 19, starting off the season undefeated.

Should the Matadors continue their winning streak, they would spark stronger recognition from the various national polls.

CSUN’s first opponent will be win-less Stanford, who is still looking for their first goal of the season.

In order to keep the Cardinal from obtaining their first victory, the Matadors must contend with Soccer America’s preseason All-American keeper Andrew Kartunen. Stanford did, however, lose their two top-scorers from last season.

Stanford holds the overall series lead, taking two of the three games in the two teams’ history. Their last meeting was in 1997.

CSUN’s next opponent will be the undefeated Golden Bears.

Cal opened the season 2-0 at the UCSB Adidas tournament. Cal shocked the nation by handing No. 4 UC Santa Barbara their first loss of this early season (2-0), Sept. 2, at Harder Stadium.

In order for the Matadors to be successful, they will have to find solutions for Cal’s line-up, which includes six returning starters and 18 letter-winners. The Golden Bears lead the all-time series with the Matadors (7-3).

The team’s hopes ride on the all-star play of junior Willie Sims, who scored three goals in his past two matches.

On average, 500 fans attend the team’s games at Matador Field, which is much less then most nationally ranked teams.

Both Cal and Santa Barbara have averaged double the number of fans that CSUN has had in the last two years.

The team is not currently scheduled to play any night games at home.

Adam Levine can be reached at adam.levine.77@csun.edu.