No. 22 California Entertains No. 8 Washington, Oregon State
Oct. 7, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. -
THIS WEEK:Friday, Oct. 10 vs. Washington, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 12 vs. Oregon State, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: After a Pac-10 win over Stanford, No. 22 (Soccer America) California (5-4-1, 1-0 Pac-10) entertains two more Pac-10 foes this weekend. No. 8 (NSCAA) Washington (7-1-1, 1-1 Pac-10) comes to Berkeley on Friday, Oct. 10, and Oregon State (7-4, 1-1 Pac-10) pays a visit to Edwards Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 12. After a 4-4-1 start in non-conference play, the Bears will have to turn it up a notch against very tough Pac-10 oposition from here on out.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: The Washington Huskies enter this weekend's clash having gone 1-1 in their first weekend of Pac-10 play. The Huskies handled Fresno State, 2-0, last Friday in Seattle. Huskies assist's leader C.J. Klaas (5), assisted on both second half goals and is second on the team with 11 points. Husky goalkeeper, Danny Waltman, had his third shutout on the season, making two saves. In their second Pac-10 game, the Huskies fell to national power UCLA, 1-0, at home, for their lone loss of the season. Washington has shown that it can score goals. Its season average is a whopping 2.06 goals per game. Overall, nine Huskies have beat the opposing goalkeeper this season. Cal's goals scored average is 1.35. Last season, the Huskies went 6-10-3 and finished fifth in the Pac-10 with a 3-7-0 mark. Even so, last years matches between the Huskies and Bears were thrillers. The Bears won 2-1 at home in overtime, but the Huskies returned the favor with a 2-1 overtime win in Seattle. Washington leads the overall series, 18-6-4.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: The Oregon State Beavers arrive in Berkeley, after splitting their first two games of Pac-10 play. The Beavers fell, 2-1, to UCLA last Friday in Corvallis. In the Beavers' Sunday home game, they took apart Fresno State, 4-0. Senior forward Alan Gordon, who notched a goal in both opening Pac-10 games, paces the Beavers as the leading goal scorer with eight. Teaming with freshman forward Robbie Findley, who has six goals of his own, the duo has accounted for 56% of the Huskies offense. Like the Huskies, the Beavers can score. Their goal scoring average is an impressive 2.23. Last season, the Beavers went 13-8-0 overall and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4-6-0 record. In last year's games, the Bears and Beavers split, with both teams winning in blowout fashion. Cal leads the series 12-5-1.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(as of Oct. 6, 2003) Conf. OverallUCLA 2-0-0 8-1-0California 1-0-0 5-4-1Washington 1-1-0 7-1-1Oregon State 1-1-0 7-4-0Stanford 0-1-0 2-6-2Fresno State 0-2-0 3-7-0
BEARS FLYING HIGH AFTER HOME WIN OVER STANFORD: On the Bears homecoming weekend, their 3-1 romp over Stanford might be seen as a turning point on the season. Cal won its first game of Pac-10 play in impressive fashion. After falling behind, 1-0, early in the eighth minute, the Bears roared back when junior forward Mike Munoz took advantage of a small opening to blast a perfect shot into the corner of the net. Junior forward Carl Acosta followed with his seventh goal in nine games in the 34th minute. Cal wrapped up the scoring on a beautiful day at Edwards Stadium in the 54th minute, when Munoz beat several Stanford defenders, only to slide a ball over to junior defenseman Kyle Navarro. Navarro ripped a shot across the net and in for his first goal of the season. The goals were all tremendous, but more importantly was Cal's overall play. The Bears pieced together two attacking halves, only allowing Stanford four shots in the game. Moreover, it was a full team effort, as nine Bears registered shots. Kevin Grimes has these Bears looking very much at home in his system.