Cal Hosts San Francisco Before Road Trip
Sept. 16, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: California hosts their fifth straight home game Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. against San Francisco at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears enter the game with a 3-2-1 overall record. Currently the Dons hold a 3-2-0 record.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco's 3-2-0 record includes wins over San Jose State (2-0), Drury (3-2) and Dominican College (4-1). The Dons are led offensively by juniors Josh Hansen and Gabe Sturm. Hansen has collected 10 points, including four goals, while Sturm has added three goals and two assists of his own. San Francisco features a young team with no seniors and only seven juniors. Mark Muleady mans the goal for the Dons with 11 saves for the season and a 0.96 GAA. The team takes on CS Fullerton Sept. 19 before facing Cal on Sunday. The Dons lead the all-time series vs. Cal, 19-7-2. The Bears slipped by San Francisco, 2-1, the last time that they met in 2001.
CAL WINS adidas CLASSIC FOR FIRST TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY: For the sixth time, the Bears hosted the annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic, and for the first time in Cal history the Bears come off as tournament champions. With the No. 1 ranked team in the country in Stanford also competing in the tournament, this title will go a long way.
'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,' said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes.
Cal first faced St. Mary's Friday afternoon, easing by with a 4-0 score, the most goals the Bears have scored in a single game. Senior Patrick Fisher, sophomores Carl Acosta and Mike Munoz and freshman Pieter Berger provided the goals for Cal. In the second game of the tournament, Cal defeated Denver, 1-0, with another goal by tri-captain Fisher off an assist by Calen Carr.
Since Stanford also finished 2-0 at the Classic, tournament placing was determined by the third tier or goal difference. Cal and Stanford tied in points with six apiece and they did not compete head-to-head. Since the Bears had a plus five goal difference and the Cardinal had plus three, Cal was awarded first place and Stanford second place.
FOUR BEARS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Fisher's performance in the Cal Legacy Classic did not go unnoticed, as he received MVP honors and all-tournament recognition. Fisher collected two game-winning goals and one assist in the Bears' two wins. Also named to the all-tournament team was senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who played 160 scoreless minutes with six saves, and sophomore Noah Merl whose superb backfield play helped Cal to the first place spot, and sophomore forward Calen Carr, who added two assists.
THE BEARS HIT THE ROAD: After the completion of Sunday's game against San Francisco, the Bears launch a three game road trip, including play in the Stanford Invitational where they will compete against Santa Clara at Santa Clara for its first night cap game Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Cal's second and final game of the tournament is against Tulsa at Stanford at 12 noon on Sept. 29. Cal then travels to San Jose to play San Jose State under the lights Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW? Bear goalkeeper and senior tri-captain Josh Saunders has recorded three shutouts on the year only allowing five goals for a GAA of 0.82. He has played solidly in goal, notching 24 saves in 548 minutes of play.