Men's Soccer Travels Down State for Cal State Fullerton Tournament
Aug. 30, 2001
BEARS RELY ON NEW DYNAMIC DUO FOR SCORING PUNCH: The Golden Bears lost a lot when Kendall Simmonds and Ramiro Arredondo graduated last years. The tandem accounted for 9 of Cal's 20 goals last fall and 69 shots on goal. Fortunately, enough fire power remains with the return of Chris Roner, last year's second leading scorer, and Austin Ripmaster (one goal and four assists). Head Coach Kevin Grimes will look to these two players along with Jason Thorpe for Cal's scoring.
CAL WELCOMES 12 FRESHMEN TO THE PROGRAM: The Bears bring in yet another strong class of recruits into 2001. Last season, coach Grimes introduced 10 new players to the program and this year, he brings in 12 new players. Highlighting the freshmen class are midfielders Carl Acosta (5-4, 130), Angel Quintero (5-9, 160), Kyle Navarro (5-10, 170) and Michael Munoz (5-7, 145), defenders Troy Roberts (5-10, 170) and Yohei Fukuda (5-11, 145). Another addition to the squad is transfer Josh Saunders (6-4, 210), a junior goalkeeper, who played his first two seasons at Cal State Fullerton. Sophomore keeper Brian Walker who played a majority of the minutes last season for the Bears will start for Cal While Saunders and redshirt freshman David Kinitsky will serve as backups.
WHATS ON TAP: The Cal State Fullerton Tournament will be the Bears' first stop in their 2001 schedule. Cal will face Loyola-Maryland on Friday and Clemson on Sunday. The Greyhounds hail from the the Metro Atlantic Athletic conference (MAAC). Loyola finished the conference slate with an undefeated record (9-0-0) and an overall mark of 12-4-1. Second year head coach Mark Mettrick returns 19 players losing only three players from the MAAC regular season champion. Headlining the Greyhound squad is junior forward Miguel Abreu who led the team in scoring with six goals, five assists and 17 points.Sundays opponent, Clemson, represent the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers return 16 starters from a formidable team that tallied an overall record of 14-4-2 and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They concluded the 2000 season ranked No. 8 in both Soccer America and the NSCAA. Head Coach Trevor Adair has a 82-34-10 record in six years at Clemson. The Tigers are led by junior Fabio Tambosi (14 goals, five assists, 33 points) and sophomore Steven Rhyne (seven goals, two assists, 16 points).
CAL PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Cal practices Mon-Fri. from noon - 2 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, the team practices at Golden Bear Field on Dwight Way at the Clark Kerr Campus.
PAC-10 SOCCER ENTER SOPHOMORE SEASON: The 2000 season marked the beginning of a new era for the Cal men's soccer team. Along with Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington, the Bears aligned to form a new conference called Pac-10 Soccer.The five schools, along with 11 others, had been a part of the two-division Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) soccer conference. By leaving the MPSF, the quintet intends to increase their strength of schedule. Because Pac-10 Soccer is comprised of only five teams, the NCAA does not award an automatic bid to the winner of the conference and must fight for an at-large bid in the postseason College Cup tournament. During the 2000 season, Pac-10 Soccer compiled an impressive non-conference record of 35-21. Washington, UCLA and Stanford all reached the NCAA Tournament as an at-large berth. Both the Huskies and the Bruins reached the second round of the tournament while, Stanford was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Southern Methodist. In the 2001 Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, Washington was picked to finish No. 1 with 22 points, UCLA was second at 21 points and Stanford collected 17 points while Oregon State and Cal finished fourth and fifth with eight and seven points, respectively.
Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Washington (2) 22 2. UCLA (2) 21 3. Stanford (1) 17 4. Oregon State 8 5. California 7