Men's Soccer Travels to Cardinal Invitational
Sept. 24, 2001
WHATS ON TAP: California heads down to The Farm to take part in the Cardinal Invitational. Stanford hosts the Bears along with No. 6 Fresno State and Dartmouth. Cal's Friday afternoon matchup features the Bulldogs. FSU is 3-1-2 thus far, beating UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount, and Western Kentucky and tying Evansville and Connectivut. The Bulldogs' lone loss came against Marshall.
Senior midfielder Noah Delgado leads the Bulldogs with five goals and two assists for 12 points. Junior Kupono Low is second with four goals, two of which were game-winners, and an assist for nine points.
Dave Chesler is in his fifth year as the head coach at FSU. His overall record with the Bulldogs is 43-31-12. FSU leads the all-time series 15-3 and currently has a 12-game winning streak against the Bears.
Dartmouth is 2-1-0 after wins versus No. 9 Wake Forest and Providence with their only loss being the Ivy League opener versus Princeton, 3-0, last Saturday. The Big Green has had balanced scoring in the early going with all four goals being scored by four different players. Sophomore forward Rob Daly leads Dartmouth with three points (one goal and one assist). The Big Green is led by first year head coach Jeff Cook, a former Dartmouth assistant, who was previously the head coach at Cincinnati.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: After an emotional 3-2 win versus No. 14 San Jose State, the biggest challenge for Cal was not letting down against a weaker opponent in its game against Cal Poly. There was no evidence of such last Saturday afternoon when the Bears pummeled the Mustangs, 4-0, as four different players scored. Freshman Mike Munoz had a career high three assists on the afternoon and chimed in with a goal of his own. The midfielder now has six assists to his credit this year. Austin Ripmaster struck once again with a goal in the second half giving him three goals in two games. The senior now has four goals in 2001.
BEARS AT .500: With the win against Cal Poly, Cal evened its season record at 3-3. This marks the first time since the 1999 season that the Bears have hit the .500 plateau, and the first time in coach Kevin Grimes' tenure. Cal finished the 1999 season 12-5-3 overall.
OFFENSE STARTING TO COME AROUND: After a season-opening 4-0 blowout of Loyola-Maryland, it looked as though the Bears had a revamped offense in 2001. But, things started to look ominous in the adidas-Legacy Classic when Cal couldn't muster a goal in 1-0 losses to Loyola Marymount and Cal State Fullerton. After an eight day haitus from action, the Bears were in dire need of a goal if they were to do anything against 14th-ranked SJSU. In the 3-2 upset of the Spartans, Austin Ripmaster had a statement game, notching two goals. In last Saturdays shutout win versus Cal Poly, four different players scored. In two of the wins, with the exception of last Monday's win over SJSU, eight different players scored for the Bears, which makes it difficult for the opposition to key in on just one player.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Coach Grimes knew from the moment Cal keeper Josh Saunders transferred from Cal State Fullerton that he had one of the best goalkeepers around. With the Titans, the junior had 17 games under his belt in two years and a goals against average of 1.70 his sophomore season, including a 7-3 record in starting assignments. As a Bear this season, Saunders has proven Grimes right. He has started all six games and has played 560 minutes with two shutouts, an impressive 0.97 GAA and a save percentage of .824.
ALWAYS IN THE LEAD: It could be Josh Saunders, the Cal defenders, or a combination of both. One thing is for sure. The Bears' defense is giving the team every chance to win. Through 560 minutes of play this season, Cal has trailed its opponent for only 27 minutes. In 533 minutes, the Bears were either tied or in the lead. In all three losses this season, the opposition squeaked by with the game-winner late in the game.