The Wisconsin mens soccer team heads out to California to take part in the 11th annual Cal Legacy Classic Sept. 9 and 11 in Berkeley, Calif. The Badgers will take on Stanford on Friday before facing No. 7 California on Sunday with both matches kicking off at 3:30 p.m. CT.
The matches will be UWs first games on the road after hosting the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational last weekend. After falling to tournament champion Tulsa in the opening game, the Badgers responded by defeating Western Michigan 1-0 in head coach Jeff Rohrmans 100th game in charge of the team to clinch a second-place finish.
While every team would prefer to win its season-opening match, last Fridays loss could be a sign of good things to come for Wisconsin. Rohrmans two most successful teams at UW overcame an opening day loss to finish the season with a winning percentage above .500 (.523 in 2003 and .526 in 2006).
Stanford (0-0-1), which finds itself just outside the NSCAA Top 25, poses a strong challenge for UW in its first game away from McClimon Soccer Complex. The Cardinal came back from a late 2-0 deficit to tie top-ranked and defending NCAA champion UC-Santa Barbara last week in the teams 2007 debut.
Wisconsin and Stanford have crossed paths only once, a game that UW lost 2-0 at the St. Marys Fall College Classic in Moraga, Calif., in 1997.
On Sunday, the Badgers will face the No. 7 Golden Bears (1-0-0) in their last game at the Cal Legacy Classic. Cal opened its season with a 2-0 victory over the University of San Diego last Friday. Two freshmen, Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco, scored goals for the Golden Bears against USD to make a quick start to their collegiate careers.
Wisconsin is 1-0-1 all-time against the Golden Bears, however the two teams have not met since 1993. The Badgers tied Cal 1-1 on Oct. 30, 1987 in the only meeting in Berkeley between the two teams. In the most recent match, Wisconsin defeated Cal 8-0 on Sept. 5, 1993 in Madison.