Men's Soccer Faces Early Tests

It won’t take long for the Pac-12 to find out how it measures up in men’s soccer this season.

Cal and Stanford will provide a barometer for the conference immediately this fall when each hosts 2012 top-five teams Georgetown and Maryland to begin the season.

The Pac-12 Networks’ men’s soccer coverage begins Aug. 30 when the Bears hosts the Hoyas at 2 p.m. Two days later, it will be a terrific doubleheader involving the Bay Area teams when Cal host the Terps at 2 p.m. and Georgetown visits the Cardinal at 4 p.m.

The Hoyas advanced to the NCAA title match last season while Maryland ended the season ranked No. 3 in the country.

Those early-season games are part of the Pac-12 Networks’ package of 29 men’s soccer broadcasts for 2013. Another marquee nonconference matchup will take place on September 15, when two-time defending Pac-12 champion UCLA hosts San Diego at 4 p.m. The Bruins finished last season ranked No. 13 nationally while the Toreros were No. 12 after winning the West Coast Conference title and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bruins should be one of the favorites to win the conference championship again with several key players returning. UCLA will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks 11 times. Washington, which made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in five years in 2012, is slated to appear on the networks nine times.

A showdown between UCLA and Washington can be seen on the Pac-12 Networks on October 27 at 1 p.m. The first televised conference game is between Washington and Stanford on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

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