No. 19 Cal Travels to San Jose State
Oct. 1, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP: After claiming its second tournament title this season with wins against then-No. 22 Santa Clara (2-1) and Tulsa (2-0) at the Stanford Invitational, California (6-2-1) travels to San Jose State (4-5) this Sunday for its last game before Pac-10 play. The Golden Bears, currently ranked No. 19 by Soccer America, visit their Bay Area rival Oct. 6 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, CA at 7 p.m.
BREAKING RECORDS: With a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara Thursday night, the Bears claimed their fourth straight victory, a feat that was last accomplished in 1996. Cal kept the ball rolling with a 2-0 win over Tulsa Sunday afternoon. The school record for the most consecutive wins is held by the 1986 team, which defeated eight straight opponents and reached the NCAA Midwest Regionals. Kevin Grimes' Bears rank 13th in the nation in team goals against average (.64) and 14th in the nation in shutout percentage (.56).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: San Jose currently posts a 4-5 overall mark. Opponents have scored twice as many goals as the Spartans, 16 to eight, including two shutouts. Randy Poggio guides the way, collecting three goals and two assists. Before its matchup against Cal, the Spartans face No. 5 Stanford (Soccer America), Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at The Farm. San Jose leads the all-time series against Cal, 15-13-2. The last time the two teams met, the Bears edged the Spartans, 3-2, at Spartan Stadium last year.
LUCKY NUMBER 13: Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders is currently 13th in the nation with a 0.66 goals against average. In 817 minutes of play, Saunders has allowed only six shots between the pipes, and only three in the past eight games, (after Cal State Northridge fired a trio of goals past him in the season debut). With four shutouts and 33 saves, Saunders is the only goalkeeper in the Pac-10 that ranks in the Top 20 in the goals against category. Kevin Baker of Holy Cross is first with an impressive 0.14 GAA.
BEARS CROWNED STANFORD NIKE INVITATIONALCHAMPIONS: For the second time this season, Cal won a tournament, and for the second time, it has been a tournament that top-ranked Stanford has also competed in. With wins over Santa Clara and Tulsa, the Bears were the only team left standing undefeated in the four-team invitational. Host Stanford was knocked off by unranked Tulsa in its first game of the tournament, 3-1. Sophomore Carl Acosta was the shining star in the upset over the Santa Clara Broncos, scoring two goals for the day. His seven points for the season places him second on the team, behind teammate Mike Munoz's nine. Freshman redshirt Garrett Terracciano was timely with his first collegiate goal, heading it past Tulsa's goalie in the 49th minute, fed by senior Patrick Fisher. Munoz added an insurance goal with just under two minutes to go in the game, off of a pass from teammate Calen Carr. Earlier this year, Cal won its own adidas Cal Legacy Classic, with two shutout wins over Saint Mary's, 4-0, and Denver, 1-0. Stanford, the fourth team in the tournament, also won its two games, but Cal was awarded the trophy because of goal difference. Cal finished plus five and the Cardinal plus three.
IN THE PAC-10: Currently, the Bears own the fourth-best overall mark in the Pac-10. No. 5 Stanford suffered its first lost over the weekend yet remains in first at 8-1. Other conference schools enjoying fast starts include Oregon State, which features a 7-1 record, and No. 6 UCLA (Soccer America) which improved its record to 5-1.
DID YOU KNOW? Bear keeper Josh Saunders' brother, Shawn, plays for the Orange County Zodiac, an A-League team.