No. 20 Cal Heads to St. Mary's This Weekend
Sept. 16, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: After winning the Diadora Classic over the weekend, the Golden Bears (2-3-1) visits St. Mary's (1-5-0) on Saturday Sept. 20. No. 20 California (Soccer America) will use the match as a tuneup for the Stanford Invitational the following weekend. The Bears only have three more games before they start Pac-10 Conference play.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: The St. Mary's Gaels enter this weekend's clash having lost their last two games to Oregon State, 2-0, and Illinois-Chicago, 2-1. Sophomore defender Jon Bernal and freshman forward Matthew Fitzgerald lead the Gaels with five points each. Last season, the Gales went 4-13-3, including a 0-5-1 finish in the West Coast Conference. The team fields eight returning starters from a year ago. The last time the two teams met was last season. Cal was victorious, 4-0, at Edwards Stadium.
BEARS FINISH FIRST AT DIADORA CLASSIC: Playing against two opponents the Bears have known well over the years, California (3 points) managed to win the Diadora Classic. Cal won its first game, 3-1, over San Francisco. Junior Carl Acosta scored his fourth goal of the season, while sophomore Tyson Wahl and freshman Eric Ebert netted their first. Making his first start in goal for Cal, redshirt freshman Mike Oseguera allowed only one goal, while making three saves. In the second game of the tournament against Santa Clara, Cal settled for a 0-0, 2OT draw. In a game in which each team relied heavily on the long ball, neither team was able to break through. Oseguera made his second start, recording seven saves and keeping the Bears in the game. Santa Clara (3 points) finished second in the tournament, losing out on goal differential.
Carl Acosta NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP: As the winner of the tournament, Cal also had the tournament MVP. Carl Acosta received the honor after leading the Bears with five shots in the tournament and scoring a goal in the game against San Francisco. Acosta constantly harassed opposing defenses during the tournament, creating scoring chances for himself and his teammates with his skill and speed.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(through games as of Sept. 15, 2003) Conf., OverallWashington 0-0-0 2-0-1UCLA 0-0-0 4-1-0Oregon State 0-0-0 4-2-0California 0-0-0 2-3-1Stanford 0-0-0 1-3-0Fresno State 0-0-0 0-4-0