Cal Wins Sixth Annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic For First Time In Program History
Sept. 15, 2002
The California men's soccer team won their second game in a row Sunday afternoon at Edwards stadium over Denver, 1-0, in the final day of the sixth annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic to clinch first place, the first time in the program's history. The Golden Bears improved their record to 3-2-1, as the Pioneers fell to 3-3-0, taking home a third place finish.
Tournament MVP midfielder Pat Fisher led the Bears to the victory six minutes into the second half, assisted by all-tournament member Calen Carr. The 8-yard goal was his second of the season, both of which were game-winning goals in the Classic.
'This was a great accomplishment for the program to win the adidas Cal Legacy Classic,' said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. 'This tournament has a rich tradition and for us to finally break through and win is credited to both the players and the coaching staff.'
All-tournament goalkeeper Josh Saunders played the entire 90 minutes recording six saves in the win. Pioneer goalkeeper Lami Harmon added three saves in the effort.
'We had big contributions from Josh Saunders and Pat Fisher, our two senior captains, to lead us to the success we had in the tournament,' said Grimes.
In the day's second game featuring No. 1 Stanford vs. St. Mary's at St. Mary's, Stanford edged over St. Mary's, 1-0, in a Gaels' own goal.
First place host California collected two wins for the weekend. Stanford (2-0) took second, Denver (0-2) in third and St. Mary's (0-2) in fourth. Placing was determined first by points, both Cal and Stanford had six, then by head-to-head, the Bears and Cardinals did not face each other, and then by goal difference. Cal finished plus five and the Cardinals plus three.
Cal's all-tournament team members include MVP Pat Fisher, Josh Saunders, Noah Merl and Calen Carr. Fisher scored both game-winning goals in the tournament's two games and added an assist. Goalkeeper Saunders played 160 scoreless minutes, collecting six saves. Defender Noah Merl played impressively in the backfield, allowing no goals by the opponents. Sophomore forward Calen Carr was credited with two assists throughout the games.
'Numerous players were considered for the all-tournament team,' said Grimes. 'It was difficult to select only four since so many players had outstanding performances over the weekend. It is a great feat to have won this tournament and for Fisher to receive MVP honors considering the high level of competition that the opponents brought to the Classic.'
Also named to the all-tournament team from Stanford is Mike Wilson (one goal), Roger Levesque (one goal, two assists) and Johanes Maliza (one goal). Denver all-tournament team players include defender Nat Borchers and Liam Girard (one goal). St. Mary's all-tournament members are Mike Johnson and Adam Zielske.
California men's soccer returns to action Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 pm at Edwards Stadium against San Francisco before they go on a three game road trip, including play in the Stanford Invitational.
Men's Soccer Results at Edwards Stadiumadidas Cal Legacy Classic
Denver 0 0 - 0California 0 1 - 1
Scoring SummaryCal Fisher(Carr) 51st min
Records:Denver 3-3-0Cal 3-2-1
Men's Soccer Results at Garaventa Fieldadidas Cal Legacy Classic
Stanford 0 1 - 1St. Mary's 0 0 - 0
Scoring SummaryStan Own Goal 31st min
Records:Stan 5-0-0SMC 1-4-1