No. 25 California Beats Rival Stanford, 3-1
Oct. 5, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - On a beautiful October day at Edwards Stadium, the Bears finally delivered a beautiful game. No. 25 California (5-4-1) played a complete game to win, 3-1, over Stanford (2-6-2). Cal has looked good over stretches during this season, but today the Bears put together 90 minutes of great effort.
It was not all peaches and cream early on though. Stanford stunned a crowd of over 500 with an early goal in the 8th minute. Off a free kick to the left side of the box, goalkeeper Mike Oseguera was beaten off a cross from a free kick. The free kick found a Stanford attacker in the box and was served back across to Darren Fernandez and a wide open net.
Stanford's early opportunity was the exception, not the rule. Cal countered in the 18th minute off a Stanford mistake. The defense misplayed a ball, giving forward Mike Munoz a small window, albeit an open one. Munoz did not disappoint. He sent a spectacular swerving shot into the bottom left corner of the net. Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen dove but the shot was powerful and perfectly placed.
Cal seized the momentum, urged on by the Cal band and a raucous crowd. In the 34th minute, almost predictably, forward Carl Acosta struck. Forward Andrew Jacobson played a ball across the top of the box and Acosta found the small space necessary for a clear shot. His blast was his seventh in nine games, and more importantly gave Cal a 2-1 edge.
Cal entered the second half having found the seams in the Stanford defense. Munoz was the catalyst for the Cal offense all afternoon. Working hard, Munoz beat defenders with dazzling runs from all over the field and created numerous opportunities for his teammates. In the 55th minute, he beat several Stanford defenders before slotting a ball to defenseman Kyle Navarro. Navarro sent another rocket across the goal and in.
Up 3-1, Cal did not relent. The Bears continued to attack behind key efforts from defenseman Steve Purdy among others. Purdy seemingly won every ball that came his way and filled the left side beautifully, delivering dangerous crosses.
Head Coach Kevin Grimes was humble in victory, but he had to be pleased with what he saw this afternoon.
'It was a great way to start off the Pac-10 season,' said Grimes. 'Despite Stanford's record, they are still an outstanding team and difficult to play. We needed to be at out best to beat them, and I think we played a very good game.'
Men's Soccer Results from Edwards StadiumBerkeley, Calif.
1st 2nd TotalStanford 1 0 1California 2 1 3
Scoring SummaryStan Fernandez (Twellman, Marshall) 7:32Cal Munoz 17:19Cal Acosta (Jacobson) 33:12Cal Navarro (Munoz) 54:44