No. 5 Cal Travels to Washington, Oregon State
Nov. 12, 2002
Berkeley, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: California (13-3-2, 6-1-1) wraps up the Pac-10 season this weekend, traveling to Washington (5-9-3, 2-6-0), Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (12-6-0, 3-5-0) Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. A sweep for the weekend would guarantee the fifth-ranked Bears (Soccer America) first place in the Pac-10.
AT THE GOAL: Senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders is currently second in Cal's record book for most shutouts in a single season (10). He is one behind leader Todd Harmon, who collected 11 in 1986.
MOVING ON UP: California is in the Top 10 in each of the polls this week, with its highest ranking by Soccer America (5th). The Bears are ranked sixth by NSCAA/adidas and seventh by Soccer Times. This is the highest ranking the Bears have received in 2002.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Washington stands in sixth place in the Pac-10 with six points entering Friday's matchup. The Huskies' leading scorer is Brett Wiesner with seven goals and one assist. Goalkeeping duties have been split by Daniel Waltman and Chris Eylander. Waltman boasts a 1.61 GAA including one shutout and 57 saves and Eylander has tallied 25 saves for a 2.02 GAA and a 0-2-2 record. Cal defeated Washington earlier this year, 2-1, in overtime. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 17-6-4.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Before Cal faces Oregon State (12-6-0, 3-5-0) Sunday afternoon, the Beavers take on No. 9 Stanford Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Alan Gordon guides the way with 14 goals and four assists. The Beavers are currently in fourth place in the Pac-10 with nine points. Cal opened the Pac-10 season with a 5-0 home vicotry over Oregon State. The Bears lead the all-time series, 12-4-1.
PAC-10 STANDINGS: CONFERENCE OVERALL W L T W L TUCLA 7 2 0 12 3 2California 6 1 1 13 3 2Stanford 3 3 2 12 4 2Oregon State 3 5 0 12 6 0Fresno State 2 6 1 5 10 4Washington 2 6 0 5 9 3
SUPER SOPHOMORES: Three sophomores lead the offensive attack for the Bears, guided by Mike Munoz's 17 points (seven goals and three assists). Carl Acosta has five goals and one assist, and Calen Carr brings two goals and six assists to the field.
THE SCENARIO: If Cal sweeps its two games this weekend, the Bears will finish in first place in the Pac-10 with 25 points. UCLA, currently in first, travels to Fresno State Sunday for its last conference game of the season. If the Bruins win, they would finish with 24 points and in second place.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Bears finished the regular season with an impressive 9-1-0 home record. Defending its turf Friday night, California went to double overtime with then-No. 5 UCLA before squeaking by with a 1-0 victory. Junior Mike Hickman fired in the game-winning shot in the 102nd minute of play off of a penalty kick. In the weekend's second game, Calen Carr connected with a pass from Nick Hatzke in the 75th minute against Fresno State for a final score of 1-0.
CHECK IT OUT: Sophomore Mike Munoz writes a weekly journal entry posted on the calbears website, Life With Mike. It can be found at: http://calbears.ocsn.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/02-munoz-diary-index.html