California Hosts Fresno State, No. 1 UCLA
Oct. 21, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. -
Friday, Oct. 24 Fresno State Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 26 UCLA Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: California (6-6-2, 2-2-1 Pac-10) welcomes its last two opponents to Edwards Stadium this weekend for two crucial conference games. On Friday, Cal plays Fresno State (4-9-0, 1-4-0 Pac-10) at 2 p.m., whom the Bears just beat Sunday in Fresno. Sunday afternoon will see No. 1 UCLA (12-1-0, 5-0-0 Pac-10) come to Berkeley at 2 p.m. The Bears lost their first shot at the Bruins but look to make amends in front of the home crowd. With five games left on the schedule, every game becomes more crucial if the Bears want to make a run at the NCAA tournament. A win over the defending national champion Bruins would be a tremendous boost to the Bears' case.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(as of Oct. 20, 2003) Conf. OverallUCLA 5-0-0 12-1-0Oregon State 4-1-0 10-4-0Washington 2-2-1 8-2-2California 2-2-1 6-6-2Fresno State 1-4-0 4-9-0Stanford 0-5-0 2-10-2
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: The Fresno State Bulldogs come to Berkeley on Friday fresh off their 2-0 defeat to the Bears on Sunday. The Bulldogs snapped their conference losing streak on Friday when they beat the Stanford Cardinal at home, 2-0. The win broke a three match scoreless streak. Overall, they have been blanked six times this season. Yohei Fukuda scored his first goal of the season and Mike Munoz had a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Mike Oseguera recorded his third shutout on the season, making two saves. The Bulldogs are still winless on the road this season with a mark of 0-5. Chris Murphy leads Fresno State in goals with three and shots with 23. Last season, the Bears broke a 13-game match winless streak against the Bulldogs by winning both games, 1-0. Fresno State leads the series, 15-6-1.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: The UCLA Bruins enter this weekend's Pac-10 clash as the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 conference. Last weekend, they swept both home games against Bay Area teams. Cal lost, 4-2, on Friday followed by Stanford losing, 3-0, on Sunday. Cal tied the contest against UCLA on two occasions with goals from Eric Ebert and Carl Acosta, but was thwarted by two goals created by Adolfo Gregario. Gregario had three assists overall in the game. Matt Taylor has been the offensive star for the Bruins all season. He had a monster weekend, scoring three goals and notching two assists. He leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 this season with 13 goals and 29 points. Senior goalkeeper Zach Wells has been suberb in goal. He recorded his seventh shutout of the season over the weekend against the Cardinal and holds a miniscule goals against average of 0.43. Last season, the Bears played the NCAA champion Bruins tough, winning in Berkeley, 1-0, dropping a 2-1decision on the road and losing a heartbreaker, 3-2, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. UCLA leads the series, 24-7-2.
ACOSTA IN THE ZONE: Junior forward Carl Acosta tied his goal output from last season on Sunday with his eighth goal. Last season he tallied that same number in 22 games. So far this season, he has played in 12 out of the Bears' 14 games. He is scoring at the phenomenal rate of 0.67 goals per game, as opposed to last season's 0.36 goals per game. The all-time record for goals in a season is held by Mike Deleray, who notched 21 in 1985.
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