Men's Soccer Visits San Francisco, Hosts Santa Clara
Oct. 1, 2001
WHATS ON TAP: California upped its season record to 4-3-1 this weekend to put the Bears above .500 for the first time since November of 1999. Cal heads to Negoesco Field Friday to take on San Francisco (5-2-0) at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Bears host Santa Clara at Edwards Stadium with the start time slated for 2 p.m.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Bears made further strides to beome a better last weekend in the Stanford Nike Invitational as they came out of the tournmanet 1-0-1. Cal showed that the previous week's success against teams like San Jose State and Cal Poly was not a fluke. The Bears played Fresno State in the tournament opener, taking a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs midway into the second half. Unfortunately, Cal couldn't hold on as FSU's Noah Delgado scored the equalizer. The two teams battled for two extra sessions before ending the game in a 1-1 stalemate in 2OT.On Sunday, the Bears came back and trounced Dartmouth, 3-0, as all three seniors, Leo Krupnik, Chris Roner and Austin Ripmaster, scored a goal. With a relatively young team, Cal has relied on its underclassmen for much of the scoring this season but against the Big Green, the veteran leadership took over. Krupnik and Roner each notched their first goals of the season while Ripmaster has been on a roll, scoring his fifth of the season in the victory.
SCORING MEANS WINNING: Cal's season can be summed up in two ways. Cal scores two or more goals in a game, it is 4-0. When they score less than that, the Bears drop to 0-3-1. The numbers tell two different stories. A team with a solid defense that goes on an offensive outburst enroute to a convincing win over its opponent. And a team with a solid defense that struggles to score in a close game in a losing cause.
BEARS OVER .500: After posting a win and a tie last weekend, the Bears have finally arrived in a situation that has never before been reached by Cal in coach Kevin Grimes brief tenure in Berkeley. The 4-3-1 record marks the first time since the Bears finished the 1999 season 12-5-3. The Bears are also on a four-game unbeaten streak.
BEARS THIRD IN PAC-10: As of Oct. 1, Cal sits in third place in the five-team Pac-10 conference. Stanford is atop league standings with a record of 6-0-0. Washington is in second at 6-1-1 while UCLA is fourth behind the Bears at 3-3-2. Oregon State is in last place with a mark of 3-5-0.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Coach Grimes felt 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 eight games and has played 770 minutes with three shutouts, an impressive 0.82 GAA and a save percentage of .837.
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 770 minutes of play this season including a double overtime game versus FSU and a shutout versus Dartmouth, Cal has trailed its opponent for only 27 minutes. In 743 minutes, the Bears were either tied or in the lead.
SCOUTING USF AND SANTA CLARA: The Dons represent the West Coast Conference. Led by Josh Hansen (five goals, two assists) and Anthony Medina (four goals, three assists), USF has outscored its opponents by the count of 17-10. Three of the Dons' five wins have been shutout victories and wins thus far include a 5-2 decision over San Jose State and a 1-0 shutout of Oregon State. USF is led by head coach Erik Visser. The Dons are 4-1 this season at Negoesco Field. USF leads the all-time series 19-6-2.The Broncos also hail from the WCC and have a record of 4-4 in 2001. Wins include a 1-0 overtime victory against San Diego State and a double overtime affair with Oregon State (2-1). SCU has a balanced attack with seven players tallying two points apiece. No player has more than one goal this season. Jamil Walker leads the team in shots with 28. Goalkeeper Rusty Johnson has kept the Broncos in many games with a stingy 0.67 GGA and a save perentage of .821. SCU is coached by Mitch Murray who is in his 11th year.