Men's Soccer Travels to Sacramento St., Hosts UCLA
Oct. 29, 2001
WHATS ON TAP: The Bears (8-5-1) look to extend their winning streak to three games when they visit Sacramento State (4-6-4). On Sunday, Cal tries to avenge its 2-0 loss to UCLA (7-6-3) when the Bruins visit Berkeley for the conclusion of home-and-home series between the two clubs.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: What began as an ominous conference homestand, produced two solid wins for the Bears with a stunning win over No. 4 Washington, 1-0, Friday, and a 4-0 shalacking of Oregon Sunday afternoon. Senior Austin Ripmaster scored the lone goal in the victory over the Huskies in the 18th minute as Cal hung on for its first Pac-10 win of the season. On Sunday, the Bears didn't let down as midfielder Chris Roner led Cal with two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 22nd minute. Freshman Carl Acosta scored his first career goal and Leo Krupnik converted on a penalty kick for the fourth Bear goal. UW is the highest ranked team that Cal has beaten this year.
RIPMASTER TOP 10 IN GOALS, POINTS: Senior Austin Ripmaster is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with 11 points, moving up three spots from last week at No. 7. The Boulder, Colo. native is also tops among scorers with six goals, which ties him for fourth place with Tim Pierce of UCLA.
BEARS EXCEED 2000 WIN TOTAL: Cal won all of six games last year in a tough new conference with a new head coach. After beating UW and OSU last weekend, the Bears, who sat on six wins for two weeks improved to 8-5-1, there by exceeding last seasons win total with five games still remaining on the docket.
FRESHMAN CLASS CONTRIBUTING: Coach Kevin Grimes brought 12 freshmen into this season knowing that many of them would have to contribute to the team right away for the squad to be successful. Things are going according to plan with the rookies accounting for eight of the 19 goals and 27 of the 59 points this year. Mike Munoz, Calen Carr, Troy Roberts, Alex Martinez, Carl Acosta, Kyle Navarro and Noah Merl have all contributed offensively. Defender Yohei Fukuda has also filled in nicely, before his season-endind foot injury, in the backfield with veteran Leo Krupnik and Roberts.
BEARS TIED FOR SECOND IN THE PAC: With two big conference wins last weekend, Cal evened its league record to 2-2, and moved into a three-way tie for second place with Washington and UCLA. Stanford holds the top spot with a 3-1 record while Oregon State fell to 1-3 after its lost to the Bears, and is in fifth place.
Pac-10 Standings (as of 10/29) Conf. Overall1. Stanford 3-1 13-1-0T2. Washington 2-2 10-3-0T2. California 2-2 8-5-1T2.UCLA 2-2 7-6-35. Oregon State 1-3 5-8-1
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets hail from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a record of 4-6-4 overall and a league mark of 3-1-2. Sac. St. is led by Sean Luig, with seven goals and two assists. Although Sac. St. is 1-5-2 against nonconference foes, it is 3-1-1 at home this season. Cal and the Hornets have had six common opponents this year. Sac. St. is 0-2-3 against those squads while the Bears are 3-1-1. The Hornets are coached by Michael Linenberger. Cal leads the all-time series15-6-3.
SCOUTING UCLA: The Bruins won the UCLA Pacific Classic with a 0-0 tie versus South Carolina and a 5-1 romp of St. Mary's. Before winning its own tournament for the ninth time in 16 years, UCLA stumbled in its Pac-10 schedule losing, 3-1, to No. 4 Washington and a 1-0 decision to Oregon State. In their last meeting, the Bruins shutout Cal, 2-0, as Adolfo Gregorio and Ryan Futugaki scored in UCLA's first conference victory of the season. Junior Tim Pierce leads the squad with six goals and two assists. Bruins lead the all-time series, 20-6-2.