Men's Soccer Hosts Fifth Annual adidas-Legacy Classic

Sept. 3, 2001

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THE WEEK IN REVIEW: California came away last weekend with a split in the FILA Classic at Cal State Fullerton. The Bears opened the season, Friday, with a 4-0 romp of Loyola-Maryland as four different players scored on the afternoon. Sophomore Mike Hickman led the way for Cal, scoring the eventual game-winner and assisting on Robbie Aylesworth's goal.On Sunday, the Bears were tied, 1-1, with No. 8 Clemson going into the 82nd minute. Paul Souders scored the game-winner on a header that Cal keeper Josh Saunders deflected off the cross bar and into the goal. Austin Ripmaster scored the lone Bears' goal on the afternoon. The senior forward leads the team, early on, in shots on goal with five.

WHATS ON TAP: The Bears prepare to host Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount and Stanford this weekend in the fifth annual adidas-Legacy Classic at Edwards Stadium. Cal State Fullerton, who upset No. 8 Clemson last week in the FILA Classic, brings a 1-0-1 mark into the tournament. Loyola Marymount has lost its first two games of the season. The Lions were shutout by Air Force in the season opener while losing to Fresno State, 2-1, last Sunday. Meanwhile, cross-bay rival, Stanford has gotten off to a 1-0 start after blanking Gonzaga, 3-0, in the season opener.Stanford faces off against LMU Friday morning at 11:30 while Cal plays the Titans at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Cardinal take on CSUF at 11:30 a.m. in the first game and the Bears host LMU at 2 p.m.

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 nine 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 leFILA Classic, brings a 1-0-1 mark into the tournament. Loyola Marymount has lost its first two games ading 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.

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
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