No. 6 Cal Hosts No. 5 UCLA, Fresno State
Nov. 5, 2002
WHAT'S ON TAP: Pac-10 supremacy will be on the line this Friday, when No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 California square off at Edwards Stadium at 2:30 p.m. for a late season match that could determine the conference championship. The Golden Bears (11-3-2, 4-1-1) then host Fresno State Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. for its last home game of the year.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: UCLA currently leads the Pac-10 standings with a 6-1-0 conference record (11-2-2 overall), scarcely in front of the second place Golden Bears. It's five-game winning streak and perfect Pac-10 record snapped Friday afternoon with a 2-1 double overtime loss to Washington. The Bruins are led offensively by Tim Pierce's eight goals and six assists. Also in double-digits are Matt Taylor and Adolfo Gregorio with 17 and 11 points respectively. In the backfield, Zach Wells mans the goal, allowing only nine shots past him and recording six shutouts for a 0.62 GAA. UCLA won the matchup earlier in the season against the Bears, 2-1, in Los Angeles. The Bruins leads the all-time series, 22-6-2, including victories in the past four matches.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Before Cal faces Fresno State (5-8-4, 2-4-1 Pac-10) Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs take on No. 9 Stanford Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Marvin Sorto guides the way with eight points, followed by Kupono Low's seven. Opponents have outscored the Bulldogs, 23 to 16 goals. In the first round of Pac-10 play this year, Cal defeated Fresno State, 1-0, in the midst of its school-setting nine-game win streak. The victory marked the first win for the Bears against the Bulldogs since 1983, who leads the all-time series, 15-4-1.
PAC -10 STANDINGS:
CONFERENCE OVERALL W L T PCT W L T PCTUCLA 6 1 0 .857 11 2 2 .800California 4 1 1 .750 11 3 2 .750Stanford 2 2 2 .500 11 3 2 .750Fresno State 2 4 1 .357 5 8 4 .712Oregon State 2 5 0 .286 11 6 0 .648Washington 2 5 0 .286 5 8 3 .406
ROUND TWO ENDS AT A DRAW: Playing before its largest crowd of the season, Cal battled Bay Area rival Stanford to a 0-0 double overtime tie last Friday. Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders notched five game-winning saves in the 110 minutes of play to shut down the Cardinal offense. Despite the tie, the Bears moved up in the polls to No. 6/No.9 slot from last week's No.8/No.11 rankings by Soccer America and NSCAA/adidas, respectively. This week's No. 6 ranking is the highest ranking this season for the Bears.
CAL VS. TOP 25: Friday's game will be the eighth time the Bears have faced a Top 25 team this season. Cal boasts a 4-2-1 record against ranked opponents, outscoring them11-5.
SHUTING THEM OUT: Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders is currently tied for fourth in Cal's record book for most shutouts in a single season. His eight blankings match Cal goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk's, a record he set twice (1981, '83). The all-time school record for shutouts in a season is 11, held by Todd Harmon.