At first glance, the contortion of the body and the tangle of legs associated with the flip throw-in seems gimmicky, a gymnast’s plaything dragged onto the soccer field. In the right hands, however, this maneuver, designed to launch the ball over huge distances into opposing penalty boxes, can be deadly.
The Bay Area Derby will come to town this Wednesday night at Cagan Stadium and luckily for spectators, both sides will have a lot to play for. Stanford (8-6-3, 2-5-2 Pac-12) will welcome the No. 4 California Golden Bears (12-3-2, 6-2-1 Pac-12) to its home turf and will look to grab a result that will secure its place in the NCAA tournament.
In what amounted to a near carbon copy of last weekend’s result, Stanford’s men’s soccer team conceded a late goal to Washington and couldn’t find the equalizer in a somewhat sloppy and very physical 2-1 loss to the Huskies.
The Stanford men’s soccer squad defeated Sacramento State 3-0 in Tuesday night’s exhibition opener at Cagan Stadium. The game remained scoreless until the 42nd minute, when freshman midfielder Ty Thompson capitalized off a well-placed low ball from another freshman midfielder, Aaron Kovar.