Men's Soccer Set to Take on UCLA, Saint Mary's

Oct. 17, 2000

CAL CONTINUES PAC-10 PLAY: The Golden Bears finally return home after playing on the road for the past six matches, when they host the No. 5 (Soccer America) UCLA Bruins, Friday, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Cal hits the road one more time, when it travels to Moraga, to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels, at 2 p.m.

PAC-10 NOT VERY FRIENDLY FOR THE BEARS: The Bears continued their struggles this past weekend as they brought home another loss, dropping their record to 2-9-1 overall, 0-2-1 in the Pac-10. Cal lost at Stanford on Sunday, 3-0, increasing its winless streak to seven games. The Bears played arguably their best half, when they held the Stanford Cardinal scoreless in the first half. Cal also limited Stanford to one of its lowest shot totals all season, with 12, and a season low four in the first half. Although the Bears were held to just three shots of their own, they were not without scoring opportunities. Junior Austin Ripmaster had a direct shot on goal, but Stanford keeper Adam Zapala had to make a last minute dive to deflect the ball out of bounds.

GOALIES MAKING STRIDES: Cal's goalkeepers, junior Marco Palmieri and freshman Brian Walker, have not had an easy task all season long. They have had to replace former keeper and all-conference candidate Doug Brooks. Thus far, Palmieri and Walker have held their own, and are making great strides towards improvement. Palmieri has started five matches and allowed just six goals, resulting in a 1.43 goals-against average. Walker has allowed a few more goals, but still maintains a .569 save percentage.

TOURNAMENT TIME CHANGES: The California adidas-Legacy Classic, scheduled for November 4-5 at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field, has gone through some game time changes. The first match, scheduled for Nov. 4, between Stanford and Indiana, has been changed to a noon start time. Consequently, the following match between California and San Jose State has been pushed back to a 2:30 start time. Sunday's match between Cal and Indiana remains the same, with a scheduled start time of 3 p.m.

WHAT LIES AHEAD: The Bears schedule does not get any easier when they return home this Friday, when they host the No. 5 UCLA Bruins (9-2-, 1-2-) at 12:30 p.m. The Bruins come to Berkeley after defeating Oregon State, 4-1, on Friday, and then falling to Washington, 3-2, on Sunday. The Bruins are led by seniors McKinley Tennyson Jr. (25 points, 12 goals and one assist) and Shaun Tsakiris (22 points, eight goals and six assists). UCLA keeper D.J. Countess brings a .89 goals against average into the match. Sunday, the Bears travel to Moraga, to take on the Saint Marys Gaels (4-9-, 0-2- WCC). The Gaels also split over the weekend, defeating Sacramento State, 1-0, and then losing to Gonzaga, 2-1. Saint Mary's is led by forward Alex Monsalve (11 points, five goals and one assist).

THE GRIME'S FILE: Head coach Kevin Grimes recorded his first win as the Bears coach with the 4-0 victory over UC Santa Cruz in the season opener. Grimes is currently 2-9-1 in his career at Cal after an 0-1-1 record over the weekend. Grimes, 32, comes to Cal after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University, for the past three seasons. During his tenure at SMU, the Mustangs recorded a 50-11-2 record and earned three NCAA Tournament bids. Grimes just recently signed a three-year contract extension to reamin at Cal.

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