Men's Soccer (6-4-1) Travels to No. 5 Stanford (9-1-0)
Oct. 15, 2001
WHATS ON TAP: California looks to regroup after a 2-0 loss to UCLA in the Pac-10 opener as it visits cross-bay rival and fifth-ranked Stanford in another conference tilt.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: The Bears were outshot, 16-5, in Westwood last Saturday, dropping their Pac-10 opener, 2-0. The Bruins' Adolfo Gregorio scored in the 39th minute to put UCLA up, 1-0. UCLA capitalized on a Cal foul in the box, converting on the ensuing penalty kick as Ryan Futagaki put the ball past Cal keeper Josh Saunders at the 70th minute. Cal's best scoring chance came in the 81st minute when senior forward Austin Ripmaster headed a shot towards the goal area.
BEARS GETTING OFFENSIVE ON OFFENSE: After scoring just 20 goals all of last season, Cal is well on its way to exceeding that mark in 2001. The Bears have already scored 19 goals thus far with 21 assists for 59 points. Even with last weekend's loss to UCLA, the opponent has struggled offensively with 10 goals and just five assists. The Bears also have the edge in shots, 110-107.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: In 2000, seniors Kendall Simmonds and Ramiro Arredondo accounted for 45 percent of the scoring and then-junior Chris Roner accounted for another 20 percent. This season paints a strikingly different picture as 10 different Bears have scored one or more goals. Austin Ripmaster is the lone player accounting for more than two scores (five). Five players have tallied two goals this season. Last year, in 20 games, only seven players found the net.
BEARS NEAR TOP IN MOST STATISTICAL CATEGORIES: Although No. 5 Stanford dominates the top spot in many of the offensive categories in the Pac-10, the Bears stack up well against the rest of the conference. Cal is second in every significant category including goals (19), assists (21) and points (57). The Bears are fifth in the Pac-10 in shots with 105. On defense, Cal ranks second in goals allowed per game with 0.80 and shutouts with four this season. The Bears are tied for second with Oregon State for saves with 39.
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 11 games and has played 1053 minutes with four shutouts, an impressive 0.85 GAA and a save percentage of .831.
FRESHMAN SENSATION MIKE MUNOZ MAKING AN IMPACT: For most freshmen entering the world of Division I college athletics, adjusting to the high level of competittion is a struggle that is pretty much assured. But freshman midfielder Mike Munoz seems oblivious to that first-year plight, as he's contributed two goals and six assists in his rookie year. The six assists are good for first in the Pac-10 and his second goal of the season came in a key situation. Against Santa Clara, Oct 7, Munoz scored in the waning minutes of overtime to break a 0-0 tie to help the Bears extend their unbeaten streak to six games.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal come off a relatively disappointing weekend after dispatching San Francisco, 3-1, last Friday, but losing to UCLA, 2-1, Sunday. Stanford (9-1-0) was undefeated entering the Pac-10 opener and beat teams convincingly throughout the nonconference slate, outscoring teams by a margin of 27-4. The Cards are led by conference scoring leader Roger Levesque, who has seven goals and five assists for 19 points. The backfield is anchored by veteran Lee Morrison and Todd Dunivant. Stanford keeper Andrew Terris leads the Pac-10 in shutouts with five. He carries a goals-against-average of 0.57. Head coach Bret Simons is in his first year with the Cardinal after serving in the same capacity for six years at Creighton.