No. 22 Cal Plays in Bay Area Classic

Sept. 3, 2002

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WHATS ON TAP: No. 22 (Soccer America) California hosts its first home game of the season at the Bay Area Classic, Friday, Sept. 6 at Edwards Stadium. The Bears (0-1-1) first face No. 15 (Soccer America) Portland (2-0) at 2 p.m. for their first game of the tournament. Head coach Kevin Grimes takes on his Alma Mater, No. 7 (Soccer Times) Southern Methodist (1-0-1) Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.

BEARS TAKE THIRD PLACE AT L0YOLA MARYMOUNT TOURNAMENT: Cal began the the 2002 season with a third place finish at the LMU Tournament in Los Angeles, CA. After a 3-0 loss to Cal State Northridge on Friday, the Bears next faced host LMU in a 0-0 double overtime tie, Sunday afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders recorded five saves throughout the 110 minutes of play. Cal was able to get off 10 shots including three in the two overtime periods.

THREE BEARS PICKED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders, sophomore defender Troy Roberts and freshman midfielder Tyson Wahl were chosen to the Loyola Marymount All-Tournament Team. Saunders recorded seven saves and allowed only three goals in 200 minutes of play between the two games. Roberts provided stellar defense for the Bears in the backfield, preventing LMU from scoring in 110 minutes of play. Wahl's collegiate career debut was impressive, as he helped lead the attack for the Bears throughout the weekend.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS AND MUSTANGS: The Portland Pilots went undefeated at the NIKE Portland Invitational, defeating DePaul, 6-1, and Central Florida, 3-0. The Southern Methodist Mustangs traveled down to Texas last week, defeating Texas-Dallas 3-0 and No. 16 (Soccer America) Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1-1. This marks the first time that California will play SMU since head coach Kevin Grimes played as a Mustang. The last meeting was in 1988 as SMU edged over Cal, 2-1, at a neutral site.

BEARS PICKED FOURTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: Cal was picked to finish fourth in the preseason Pac-10 men's soccer coaches poll, as released on Aug. 19th. 2001 Pac-10 champions, Stanford, was picked to repeat the title. Stanford received 34 votes, including four first-place votes, edging over second place UCLA, who received two first-place votes, 31 points total. Washington was picked for third place (24), then California (18) and Oregon State (10). Fresno State rounded up the poll in sixth place with nine points, as they enter their first season competing in the Pac-10.

CAL LOOKS FOR FIRST BACK-TO-BACK NCAA TOURNAMENT SINCE 1986: The 2001 NCAA postseason berth for the Bears was the first since 1996 and the eighth bid in Cal history. They look to reach that again this year, for the first back-to-back appearance since 1986, where they competed in the Midwest Regionals. Losing only three starters and returning 18 letterwinners, head coach Kevin Grimes will rely on senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders to lead the way for the 2002 season. Saunders had an impressive junior year, including being selected to the first team All-Pac-10 with five shutouts and a 1.13 GAA.

A YOUNG TEAM ONCE AGAIN FOR CAL: With three-fourths of the roster as either freshman (9) or sophomores (12), Cal will rely on their two seniors, Saunders and Patrick Fisher to lead the young talent to another victorious season. Top returning sophomores include defender Troy Roberts (5-10, 170), who has been invited to three U20 national team camps, as well as those who started all 20 games last season for the Bears; Mike Munoz, Angel Quintero and Carl Acosta. Munoz was second on the team last year in points (13) with seven assists and Quintero finished second for the Bears in goals with five. Acosta stepped into Division I play with ease as a freshman, with two goals and five assists.

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