San Jose Earthquakes Defeat Men's Soccer, 2-0, in Exhibition
May 7, 2002
SARATOGA, Calif. - The California men's soccer team kept things close, but lost 2-0 to the 2001 MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes Tuesday afternoon in an exhibition matchup at West Valley College.
The two squads were tied 0-0 at the intermission as the Golden Bears' defense held the defending champs scoreless for 60 minutes when San Jose scored its first goal of the game. Forward Dwayne DeRosario, who scored the game-winning goal in the MLS Cup finals last season, scored the eventual game-winner. Newly acquired Ariel Graziani, who was the leading goal scorer for the Dallas Burn in 2001 added an insurance goal 11 minutes later to go up by the final margin.
Tuesday's performance was a better showing than last years' exhibition, which the Earthquakes won 6-0.
'This was a great game for our players' development this spring,' said second year head coach Kevin Grimes. 'To play against professional players is always a learning experience. And to see the improvement from last year to this year was just great. Last year, we didn't get a shot on goal, but this year, not only did we have a good result, we actually had three to four golden opportunities to score. I was really proud of the players' efforts today. I thought they had an outstanding game against one of the premier professional teams in the United States.'
Cal loses just three players from last season's NCAA Tournament team, which went 10-9-1. Under Grimes, the Bears made a huge turnaround from the previous season in which Cal tallied a 6-13-1 mark. The Bears open up the 2002 season Friday, Aug. 30 at Loyola Marymount.