No. 18 Cal rebounds at Stanford Invitational, 2-0, over No. 22 Fairleigh Dickinson
Sept. 28, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - No. 18 Cal (4-4-1) got off to a great start today and beat No. 22 Fairleigh Dickinson (4-2-1), 2-0. Cal opened the scoring in the 10th minute of their second Stanford Invitational game, when forward Carl Acosta took a shot that glanced off a Fairleigh Dickinson defender and past goalkeeper Andrew Nucifora.
The Bears kept the pressure on in the first half, generating 10 shots and four corners to the Knights' three shots and zero corners. Eventually, Cal's attacking play paid off. Cal was rewarded a penalty kick in the 42nd minute. Noah Merl took the shot and buried it into the back of the net.
With the 2-0 lead at the half, the Bears played a more defensive game in the second half. Goalkeeper Mike Oseguera was forced to make five of his six saves in the second half but came through unscathed.
Cal returns home this coming weekend to face the one team at the Stanford Invitational it didn't see: Stanford. The Bears open up Pac-10 play Sunday, October 5, at Edwards Stadium.
Men's Soccer Results from Maloney FieldStanford, Calif.
1st 2nd TotalCalifornia 2 0 2Fairleigh Dickinson 0 0 0
Scoring SummaryCal Acosta 9:20Cal Merl 41:30