No. 15 Cal Hosts No. 18 Oregon State, Washington
WHAT'S ON TAP: After collecting its sixth straight win with a 2-1 verdict at San Jose State Sunday, California hosts a pair of Pac-10 teams at Edwards Stadium to open up conference play. The Golden Bears (7-2-1, 0-0-0 Pac-10) take on Oregon State Friday and Washington Sunday, Oct. 13 in 2 p.m. matches. Oregon State, currently ranked No. 18 by Soccer America, enters the game with an impressive 9-1-0 (0-0-0 Pac-10) mark, while Washington is tied across the line with a 3-3-3 (0-0-0 Pac-10) overall record.
SIX DOWN, TWO TO GO: Not only is the six-game winning streak a career best for head coach Kevin Grimes, it's two shy from tying the school record. The school record is held by the 1986 team, which defeated eight straight opponents and reached the NCAA Midwest Regionals. Grimes' Bears rank 15th in the nation in team goals against average (.68) and 14th in the nation in shutout percentage (.50).
STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES: Senior co-captain Josh Saunders is currently 17th in the nation in GAA (.70). In 903 minutes of play, the All-Pac-10 goalie boasts a 7-2-1 record, allowing only seven goals between the pipes.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: The Bears look to snap Oregon State's seven-game winning streak and continue its own six-game winning roll in the first of two scheduled matchups over the weekend. Junior transfer Alan Gordon has christened his first year as a Beaver with a bang, leading the team in points (22) and goals (9). Goalkeeper Peter Billmeyer boasts a 0.93 GAA, 50 saves and four shutouts. Oregon State (9-1-0, 0-0-0 Pac-10) has blasted its opponents, outscoring them 29 to 9 goals. Cal leads the all-time series against Oregon State, 11-4-1. Last year, the Bears swept the Beavers in conference play, 4-0 and 2-1.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Washington currently posts a 3-3-3 (0-0-0 Pac-10) record. Forward Dayo Oyetuga has a team-leading seven points and is tied with teammate Brett Wiesner with three goals. Before their matchup against Cal, the Huskies face No. 1 Stanford (NSCAA), Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at The Farm. The Huskies lead the all-time series against Cal, 17-5-4. In 2001, the Bears defeated the Huskies, 1-0, at Edwards Stadium and fell to them, 4-2 at Washington.
UNDER THE LIGHTS: With a 2-1 victory past San Jose State, the Bears reduced the Spartans lead in the all-time series to 15-14-2. Sophomore Mike Munoz stepped up again for Cal, scoring his team-leading fifth goal in the 56th minute, past the Spartan goalkeeper to the lower left corner of the box, giving the Bears the 1-0 lead. Freshman Pieter Berger collected the eventual game-winning goal off a pass by Munoz in the 70th minute to give the red-hot Bears the 2-0 lead. Mounting a last-minute fight, Frank Sanfilippo got one by Saunders for a goal in the 86th minute, but it was not enough as the Bears celebrated the victory.
HOT IN THE SECOND HALF: The last 45 minutes of the game seem to be the Bears' shinning time, as they have scored 10 of their 15 total goals in this stanza. Opponents have also capitalized in the second half, collecting six of the seven goals scored against Cal after the first 45 minutes of play.
DID YOU KNOW? In all Division I schools supporting men and women's soccer, California ranks 14th in combined current overall records. The twin 7-2-1 records for both the men's and women's teams, puts Cal at a .750 mark. Bay Area rival Stanford leads the rankings, with a 9-1-0 overall mark for its men's and women's teams, a .900 win percentage.