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Stanford men's soccer hopes to keep winning without Morris


Even without standout Jordan Morris, the Stanford men's soccer team hopes to continue its winning ways. Morris will miss both matches this weekend as the third-ranked Cardinal hosts Washington on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday.

The Huskies will open Stanford's Pac-12 Conference home season at 8 p.m., with the Beavers hitting the field at 1 p.m. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Morris will miss his eighth match while he helps the United States qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. U-23's swept through group play at the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Morris has scored three goals in three games, tied for best on the team and has scored six total for the U.S. U-23 team this year. A win against either Mexico or Honduras on Saturday will send the USA to Rio. Stanford is 6-0-1 in the matches Morris has missed due to his responsibilities with U.S. Soccer.

Stanford (8-1 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-12) meets a pair of nationally ranked teams this weekend, in 16th-ranked Oregon State (7-3, 2-0) and No. 17 Washington (5-2-3, 1-1).

The Cardinal currently owns the nation's second-longest active streak at eight. Only Creighton has a longer streak at 11. It's also the fourth-longest streak in Stanford history and the longest since a nine-game streak in 2001. The Cardinal is 14-1-4 over its past 19 home matches.

Stanford's defense ranks seventh in the nation with an 0.54 goals-against average.

Corey Baird has been a big help for the Cardinal offense, recording a team-high six assists, including on all three of Foster Langsdorf's goals. Baird ranks fourth in the country with an 0.67 assists average per game.

The Beavers and Stanford are the only undefeated teams in conference play. Oregon State is at California on Friday. The Cardinal is 30-6-5 all-time against the Beavers in a series dating to 1988, 10-1-3 in the past 14 and 5-0-1 under Cardinal coach Jeremy Gunn. The Cardinal last lost at Oregon State on Oct. 23, 2011.

Washington (16.20) and Stanford (16.11) are the top two conference teams in shots taken, though they rank near the bottom in goals. The Huskies are second in the Pac-12 in goals-against average.

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No. 7 Stanford plays host to Oregon State on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 25 Oregon on Sunday at 5 p.m., both of which will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Cardinal (8-4, 2-2) is currently tied for fourth with four other teams, including the Ducks (8-5, 2-2).

Top-ranked USC and Arizona State, which both beat the Cardinal, share the conference lead at 4-0. Washington lost its first match of the year to the Trojans and is in third place.

Due to scheduling, Stanford will not play USC again this year. The Trojans would have to lose three times for the defending conference champion Cardinal, which has to win out, to earn a chance at being the Pac-12's top team into the NCAA tournament.

The Washington and Arizona schools mix it up over the weekend, so the standings could look different on Monday.

Stanford is a perfect 59-0 all-time against Oregon State, including three wins over the Beavers in 2014. Stanford swept the regular season against OSU before defeating the Beavers in four sets in the Ames Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks are third in the conference with a .253 team hitting percentage and rank fifth in kills (13.68) and digs (14.88).

Stanford senior setter Madi Bugg likely will pass Lisa Sharpley for fourth in program history in assists this weekend. She needs 44 to do so.

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No. 3 Stanford opens the SoCal tournament on Saturday against Concordia at Pepperdine University in Malibu. The Cardinal (1-1, 12-2) is coming off an overtime loss to USC last weekend.

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