Cal Rolls to 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 7, 2003
Berkeley, CA - The Golden Bears won their first game of the season today, beating Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, in the finale of the adidas Cal Legacy Classic at Edwards Stadium.
Cal showed the attacking style that made the team so powerful last season. Coach Kevin Grimes has found his combination up front with junior Mike Munoz teaming with junior Carl Acosta. The two teammates fed off each other providing Cal with numerous scoring chances.
Munoz opened the scoring in the third minute when he took a long ball from Kyle Navarro and struck it into the back of the net past Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Sam Reynolds. Acosta got on the board in the 15th minute, teaming up with Munoz who slid a ball into open space. Acosta shot once and was denied by got the rebound and put it in.
The only things more dramatic than the goals were two sensational shots by Acosta and Munoz respectively. Both beat Reynolds on swerving shots that hit the top crossbar from outside the 18-yard box, which bounced directly down until they were cleared.
With time running out in the second half, CSF began to press more. They broke through in the 82nd minute on a Sean Gallinger header, assisted by Marco Rodriguez.
With the game still in doubt, Cal tightened up at the back and counter attacked off the pressure in their own end. Acosta, who was everywhere today recording eight shots and five on goal, received a long ball from Noah Merl. He dribbled to his left beating the Titan defender before slotting his second goal into the bottom right corner of the net in the 89th minute.
Cal finished the tournament in second place, beating out third-place Stanford on goal differential. Old Dominion finished first and Cal State Fullerton finished last. Mike Munoz, Carl Acosta, and Noah Merl were named to the all-tournament team.
Men's Soccer from Edwards StadiumBerkeley, CA
1st 2nd TotalCSF 0 1 1Cal 2 1 3