No. 15 Cal Hosts No. 8 Stanford
Oct. 22, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP: After setting the school record for the most consecutive wins in Cal's history, the 15th-ranked Golden Bears (Soccer America) host Bay Area and Pac-10 rival Stanford Saturday, Oct. 26 in Edwards Stadium at 2 p.m. The Cardinal, ranked No. 8 by NSCAA and Soccer America, enters the game with an impressive 11-2-1 (2-1 Pac-10) mark for the first of two back-to-back games against California (10-3-1, 3-1 Pac-10).
IN THE BOOKS: The thrill of Cal's 1-0 win past Fresno State Friday night will be forever remembered. The victory was the team's ninth-straight win, breaking the all-time school record for most consecutive wins. The record was held by the 1986 team, which defeated eight straight opponents and reached the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL:Stanford, which lost its No. 1 ranking this week, enters Saturday's matchup without having won a game in nearly two weeks. The Cardinal (11-2-1) comes off a recent double overtime tie with Fresno State (0-0) and a 1-0 overtime loss to then-No. 16 UCLA. Roger Levesque guides the way for the Cardinal, with 12 assists and 22 points. Closely behind Levesque is Johanes Maliza and Darren Fernandez with six goals apiece. Stanford has outscored its opponents, 31 to 9 goals, combining for a total of 93 points to its opponents' 22. Cal has indirectly faced Stanford twice already this year. In the two tournaments stet both teams competed in (adidas Cal Legacy Classic and Stanford Nike Invitational), the Bears were crowned champions despite not facing the Cardinal. Stanford leads the all-time series, 19-7-5. The last time Cal defeated Stanford was in 1996 (2-1) in Berkeley.
GRIMES AT .500: Friday's win past Fresno State pushed Cal head coach Kevin Grimes above the .500 mark for his career. Entering the season with an overall coaching record of 16-22-2, Grimes now holds a 26-25-3 mark (.509).
PAC -10 STANDINGS: CONFERENCE OVERALL W L T PCT W L T PCTUCLA 3 0 0 1.000 8 1 2 .818California 3 1 0 .750 10 3 1 .750Stanford 2 1 1 .625 11 2 1 .821Oregon State 1 2 0 .333 10 3 0 .769Fresno State 0 2 1 .167 3 6 4 .385Washington 0 3 0 .000 3 6 3 .375
CAL SPLITS: Playing before its largest crowd of the year, Friday's victory past Fresno State marked the first time since 1983 that the Bears have beaten the Bulldogs, ending a 13-match losing streak in the all-time series. Freshman Pieter Berger scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 59th minute, assisted by teammates Nick Hatzke and Calen Carr. The shot was his second game-winning goal of the season, as he is third on the team in goals (3). The Bears took their first Pac-10 loss Sunday afternoon at UCLA, ending their hot streak, 2-1. Cal did not go down without a fight, firing off four shots on goals to the Bruins' three. UCLA's Aaron Lopez ended a scoreless tie in the 21st minute before the Bears could answer back with their own in the 40th minute. Sophomore Carl Acosta connected with a pass from Angel Quintero to put Cal on the board. UCLA responded with a goal of its own in the 44th minute by Matt Taylor. Cal tried valiantly to come back in the second half with close shots by Mike Munoz and Alex Martinez, but fell short in the end.