No. 8 Cal Looks To Sweep No. 9 Stanford
Oct. 29, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP: After defeating Stanford for the first time since 1996, California (11-3-1, 4-1-0 Pac-10) will face the Cardinal (11-3-1, 2-2-1) again, in hopes for its first-ever back-to-back victories against their Bay Area rival. The Golden Bears, ranked No. 8 by Soccer America, and the 9th-ranked Cardinal (Soccer America/Soccer Times) clash on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Harry Maloney Field in Stanford, CA.
IN THE POLLS: This week is the first time in 2002 that the Golden Bears have been ranked in all three soccer polls and the first time receiving a ranking from the NSCAA/adidas poll (No. 11). In addition to the No. 8 rating by Soccer America, Cal is No. 14 in the Soccer Times poll. It is the seventh straight week Cal has been ranked and is the Bears' highest ranking with Kevin Grimes at the helm.
PAC -10 STANDINGS: CONFERENCE OVERALL W L T PCT W L T PCTUCLA 5 0 0 1.000 10 1 2 .846California 4 1 0 .800 11 3 1 .767Stanford 2 2 1 .625 11 3 1 .767Oregon State 2 3 0 .400 11 4 0 .733Washington 1 4 0 .200 4 7 3 .392Fresno State 0 4 1 .100 3 8 4 .333
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL: No. 9 Stanford enters Friday's match without having won a game in nearly three weeks. With its 1-0 loss to Cal on Saturday, Stanford fell to 2-2-1 in the Pac-10, remaining in third place in the conference with seven points. 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. The first and last time the Bears defeated the Cardinal in Stanford was in 1981, 2-1. Stanford leads the all-time series, 19-8-5.
CAL TAKES ONE FROM STANFORD: Saturday's 1-0 decision over Stanford ended the Bears' seven-game losing streak against the Cardinal. It was the first goal scored by Cal in the series since 1997, when Stanford defeated Cal, 3-1. Since that game, the Bears have been shut out six times in a row by Stanford. Sixteen of the total 32 games in the all-time series have been decided by one or less goals. Sophomore Troy Roberts' game-winning goal in the 42nd minute, assisted by Noah Merl, was the first goal allowed by Stanford in the first half of play this year.
CAL VS. TOP 25: Friday's game will be the seventh time the Bears have faced a Top 25 team this season. Cal boasts a 4-2 record against ranked opponents, outscoring them 11-5.
SHUTING THEM OUT: Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders is currently fifth in Cal's record book for most shutouts in a single season. His seven blankings are one behind Cal goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk's eight, a record he set twice (1981, '83). The all-time school record for shutouts in a season is 11, held by Todd Harmon.
DID YOU KNOW? Cal's record at home for the 2002 campaign is an impressive 7-1-0. The only loss the Bears endured on their home turf was a 1-0 shutout by then-No. 7 Southern Methodist. Since then, California has won six straight games at Edwards Stadium.