Q & A with Kevin Grimes
Sept. 3, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Cal men's soccer team hosts the adidas Cal Legacy Classic this weekend, facing Old Dominion on Friday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m., and No. 18 Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., in Edwards Stadium. Stanford is the Classic's fourth team. The Golden Bears have an 0-2 record, losing to No. 5 Indiana, 3-0, and No. 9 Notre Dame, 2-1, in overtime in last weekend's Indiana Tournament in Bloomington, Ind. Head coach Kevin Grimes talks about the Indiana trip and the upcoming games.
You're coming off tough losses to two ranked teams at the Indiana Tournament last weekend. How's the team feeling going into the home opener?
'The team has looked at the Indiana trip as a learning experience more than anything else. We realize we were in uncharted territory in Indiana. The two teams we played had already played in two preseason games; we had not played any. We were dramatically better in our second game compared to the first game. If we had the ability to play in preseason games, I think our play against Indiana would've been closer to the way it was Sunday against Notre Dame. We feel like this past weekend was our preseason. Now we have an 18-game season and our record is 0-0 starting on Friday.'
Who played well for you in Indiana?
'Troy Roberts played very well in both games. Steve Purdy, the freshman, did a great job coming off the bench in both games. Our goalkeeper, Brian Walker, did a really nice job, even though when you look at it, we gave up five goals. None of it was a goalkeeping issue.
'Carl Acosta had a nice game against Notre Dame. He gave them fits and scored a nice goal against them.'
How did Mike Munoz do?
'Mike played well. He's been playing attacking midfielder for us. He's finding his rhythm. Once he gets his rhythm, he'll be on. This weekend is a chance for him to find that rhythm.'
Will the strong non-conference schedule get your team ready for the tough Pac-10 schedule?
'No question. There's always a bright side, a silver lining to playing against two of the top teams in country, on the road. You face them now and see the fruits of your labor later. The schedule is one of the toughest we've had since we've been here.
'This weekend will be tough, too. These two teams are very, very good. Both are undefeated. Old Dominion made the playoffs last year. Fullerton is ready to bounce back after last year and is obviously off to a great start, beating two Big Ten teams right from the beginning.
'We're all looking forward to being at home. It's a great weekend of soccer in the Bay Area. It's a great showcase for college soccer.'
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