California College Weekend Preview: #25 UCLA men face #6 Akron, #16 USC hosts #20 California, and more

California College Weekend Preview: #25 UCLA men face #6 Akron, #16 USC hosts #20 California, and more

The college soccer season is winding down and this weekend has major postseason implications for a few of the California schools. Below is a weekend preview highlighting the best matches this upcoming weekend.

#4 Stanford Men: Record: 11(W)-1(L)-2(D)
Stanford is on the road one last time during the regular season to play Oregon State on Friday and Washington on Monday. The Stanford Cardinal beat the Oregon state Beavers 3-0 earlier this season and one of their two draws all season long came against Washington. A winning weekend will put Stanford on a 15-game unbeaten streak. The longest unbeaten streak the Cardinal has ever had was 20 matches in 1996-97.

Friday’s match against Oregon State kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and Monday’s meeting against Washington is at 7:00 p.m. Both matches will be aired on Pac-12 Network.

#20 Cal Poly Men: Record: 9-3-4
After two draws in a row, Cal Poly makes its final road trip of the regular season for a lone match against Sacramento State Hornets on Saturday. Only one point separates the Cal Poly Mustangs from UC Santa Barbara for first place atop the Big West Conference North Division Standings. Cal Poly already defeated the Hornets earlier this season 2-0.

The match will not be streamed, but live stats will be available here.

#25 UCLA Men: Record: 7-7-1
The second-best team in the Pac-12, UCLA, will take a break from conference play with an away match against #6 Akron (12-2-2) on Sunday. The last time the Bruins and Zips met up was in 1991, and UCLA maintains a 3-0 record over Akron. UCLA sophomore striker Seyi Adekoya is tied for first in goals (9) and second in points (19) in the Pac-12. Adekoya and teammate Jose Hernandez (9 goals) are tied for 19th in goals scored among all DI collegiate players.

Sunday’s match kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and will be streamed here.

#4 Stanford Women: Record: 14-2-0
Stanford hosts UCLA on Sunday, and on the line is an opportunity for Stanford to claim the Pax-12 title. Senior forward Haley Rosen and sophomore midfielder Andi Sullivan are Stanford’s team leaders in almost all categories.

Sunday’s match can be viewed on Pac-12 Networks at 3:30 p.m.

#15 Santa Clara Women: Record: 11-5-1
The Broncos are on the road this weekend facing Saint Mary’s on Friday and Pacific Sunday. Santa Clara sits third place in the West Coast Conference standings. Freshman forward Grace Cutler leads the team with five goals and 10 points while senior forward Megan Crosson is second in the WCC with six assists. The Broncos are 31-3-4 all-time against Saint Mary’s and 9-0-0 all-time against Pacific.

Friday’s match kicks off at 12:00 p.m. (watch it here) and Sunday’s match is at 2:30 p.m. (watch it here).

#16 Southern California Women: Record: 11-4-1
The Trojans have held their own this season and now face a tough test against #20 California on Sunday. This is coming off of a 1-0 loss to Stanford last week. The last Cal-USC matchup ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for the Trojans a year ago. This season’s Trojan defense has been the team’s dominating force, with USC being the only team to have held three-straight Pac-12 opponents scoreless.

The match can be viewed on Pac-12 Networks at 1 p.m.