Cal Competes at Stanford Invitational

Sept. 23, 2002

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WHATS ON TAP: After five straight home games, California (4-2-1) travels to the peninsula for the Stanford Invitational, Thursday, Sept. 26, to square off against No. 22 (Soccer America) Santa Clara (4-1) at 7:30 p.m. at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara, CA. On the second and final day of the tournament, the Golden Bears face Tulsa (5-1) at noon at Maloney Field in Stanford, CA.

BEARS LOOK FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN: The last time the California men's soccer team won four straight games was in 1996. The Bears defeated UC Santa Barbara (2-0), Cal Poly (4-0), then-No. 8 UCLA (2-1 OT) and No. 7 Santa Clara (1-0). The 1996 Bears went on to win the MPSF title and receive a NCAA Tournament berth, losing to Fresno State, 2-1.

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: No. 22 Santa Clara enters the game with a 4-1-0 overall record, a three-game winning streak and an unblemished record on its home field. The streak includes victories over Cal State Fullerton (3-2), San Jose State (2-0) and Alabama A&M (3-0). 2001 All-WCC selection, Jamil Walker, leads the Broncos offensively with four goals and one assist. The Broncos have outscored their opponents, 18 to five. Goalkeeper Steve Cronin boasts a 1.02 GAA with eight saves. The Bears lead the all-time series against the Broncos, 22-11-3. The two teams met last season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Broncos slipped by the Bears in overtime, 1-0, to advance to the next round of the Tournament, ending the Bears' season.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE: Tulsa's 5-1 overall record can be credited to freshman forward Ryan Pore who has scored five of Tulsa's nine goals for the season. The Golden Hurricane meets Alabama-Birmingham Monday, Sept. 23 at Tulsa before playing in their first game of the Stanford Invitational against host Stanford. Sunday's game marks the first meeting between the two teams.

MUNOZ LEADS THE WAY FOR THE BEARS: Mike Munoz is off to a superb sophomore year for the Bears, leading the team in four categories: goals (3), points (7), shots (16) and shots on goal (12). The midfielder is on the brink of surpassing his three goals from the 2001 season.

CAL TAKES ONE FROM USF: The Bears improved their overall series record against the University of San Francisco to 19-8-2 after a 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Freshman midfielder Tyson Wahl headed in his first collegiate goal off of a corner kick brought in by Mike Munoz in the 32nd minute. Munoz added an insurance goal six minutes into the second half, assisted by freshman redshirt Garrett Terracciano, securing Cal's third straight victory.

HOW THE BEARS FARED LAST YEAR AT THE INVITATIONAL: Cal entered the 2001 Stanford Invitational with a 3-3-0 overall record and left standing at 4-3-1. The Bears tied Fresno State in the first game of the tournament, 1-1, in double overtime and pushed themselves over the 500 mark with a solid 3-0 victory over Dartmouth.

IN THE PAC-10:Currently, the Bears are fourth in the Pac-10. No. 1 Stanford remains undefeated, 7-0, Oregon State features a 6-1 record, No. 7 UCLA enters the week at 4-1 and in third place. Washington (2-2-2) and Fresno State (2-3-2) round out the league standings.

DID YOU KNOW? Bear assistant coach Brad Agoos' brother, Jeff is a member of the U.S. National team and plays for the D.C. United.

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