No. 3 California Heads North to Face No. 7 Washington, Oregon State
Oct. 6, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: No. 3 California (7-0-2) travels north this weekend to play No. 14 University of Washington (8-3-1) on Friday, Oct. 8 in Seattle at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears face Oregon State (5-5-1) on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Lorenz Field in Corvallis at 1 p.m.
CAL REMAINS UNDEFEATED: After the Bear's 2-2 tie with Stanford on Oct. 1, Cal remains one of six undefeated teams in the nation. Cal's record places it in an elite class with UC Santa Barbara (8-0-1), UNC Greensboro (8-0-1), New Mexico (8-0-0), Duke (10-0-0) and South Florida (6-0-2).
CAL CLIMBING THE CHARTS: For the third consecutive week, the Bears appeared prominently on all four major college soccer polls. Soccer America and College Soccer News have the Bears remaining in their No. 3 spot. SoccerTimes.com dropped Cal one spot from No. 3 to No. 4. The NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll has the Bears holding strong at No. 10.
HATS OFF TO HATZKE: Junior midfielder and San Jose native Nick Hatzke is having a tremendous year, leading the Bears in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11). It was Hatzke who opened the Bear's scoring in the 16th minute against Stanford, scoring on a 20-yard free kick. Hatzke, who had one goal and four assists last season, has recorded game-winners against Sacramento State (Sept. 1) and UC Irvine (Sept. 19). Of Hatzke's 18 shots this year, 14 have come on frame, giving him an impressive .778% shots on goal.
GRIMES GOES FOR 50: Head Coach Kevin Grimes is two victories short of reaching 50 career wins, an accomplishment achieved by only four Cal coaches prior to himself. Grimes began the season with a career record of 41-37-6, and has since improved to 48-37-8. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia is No. 1 on the list, with 202 career coaching wins.
BEARS WINNING WAYS: The Bears are statistically among the best in the nation in numerous categories. Their six shutouts in nine games have them tied for fourth in the NCAA, averaging 0.67 shutouts per game. A goals against average of 0.42, four goals allowed in nine games, places them fifth in goals against average. Seven wins, zero loses and two ties gives Cal the seventh best win percentage, at .889%.
BEARS ON ROAD TO SUCCESS: Cal is wrapping up a seven-game, month-long road trip. The Bears have gone 3-0-2 on the road this season. Cal last played at home on Sept. 12 against San Jose State. They return to Berkeley's Edwards Stadium on Oct. 15 to take on Pac-10 preseason favorite UCLA.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES & BEAVERS: The No. 14 Washington Huskies (8-3-1) return eight players from last year's squad which finished 13-5-2, advancing to the NCAA Round of 16. The Huskies are led by senior first team All American C.J. Klaas, junior forward Mike Chabala (5 assists) and sophomore forward Kevin Forrest (5 goals). The Oregon State Beavers (5-5-1) have rebounded from a rough start in 2004 to go 5-1-1 in their last seven games. Although the Beavers return only four players from last season's team (13-7-0), three of the four were All-Pac-10 selections. Oregon State will be paced by Pac-10 2003 Freshman of the Year, Robbie Findley, and two-time all conference junior Ryan Johnson.
BEARS LOOKING FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT BID: This year's Bears look to reach the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season. In 2001, coach Kevin Grimes' second season, the Bears reached the first-round of the tourney. They followed in 2002 with an impressive run to the Sweet 16. Last season's squad advanced to the second-round.
DID YOU KNOW: Junior transfer Eric Kronberg is the only Pac-10 player in history to win Player of the Week honors at two Pac-10 Universities (Fresno State & Cal).
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