No. 7 California Closes Out Regular Season Against Stanford
Nov. 9, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 7 Golden Bears (11-3-3, 3-3-1 Pac-10) take on Pac-10 rival Stanford (7-5-5, 2-3-2 Pac-10) at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium. This week's game is part of the Lexus Gauntlet series, a contest between Cal and Stanford to determine which university will have the most success against its rival in head-to-head competition this year.
LAST WEEK'S WRAP UP: Cal battled to a 0-0 double-overtime draw against WCC powerhouse University of Portland on Nov. 5 in Berkeley. Despite outshooting the Pilots 22-7, the Bears were unable to find the back of the net. Cal had three goal opportunities turned away by the goal post, including two in the second overtime period.
KRONBERG A KEEPER: Junior transfer goalkeeper Eric Kronberg has proven to be indispensable to the Bears' defense. Kronberg, who started last year for Fresno State, is tied for second in the Pac-10 in both saves (51) and shutouts (8). Kronberg was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his work in goal the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
BERGER HONORED AS ALL-DISTRICT ACADEMIC: Junior forward Pieter Berger has been named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team. Berger has three goals, all game-winners, and one assist this season, while maintaining a 3.57 GPA in American Studies. The Irvine native has amassed nine goals and seven assists over 60 career appearances, including 35 starts. Berger received first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors last season.
HATS OFF TO HATZKE: Junior midfielder Nick Hatzke is having a breakout year, leading the team in goals (five), assists (seven) and points (17). Hatzke is also among the statistical leaders in the Pac-10. The San Jose native is second in the conference in total points and points per game (1.06), tied for fourth in goals, first in assists and tied for third in game-winning goals (two).
CAL ON THE CHARTS: After last week's draw, Cal remains on all four major college soccer polls. Soccer America moved Cal to No. 7 after having them at No. 6 this past week. College Soccer News has the Bears remaining in its No. 14 position. SoccerTimes.com moved Cal up one spot to No. 11. The NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll has the Bears tied for No 25.
BEARS FIERCE AT HOME: The Cardinal will have their hands full playing Cal in Berkeley, as the Bears are 7-1-1 this season at Edwards Stadium. In Cal's seven home wins, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 15-2.
PAC-10 STATUS: Cal, at 3-3-1 in the Pac-10, is currently in third place in the conference standings. UCLA (6-2-0) leads the Pac-10, followed by Washington (4-2-1), Cal, Stanford (2-3-2) and Oregon State (1-6-0). Pac-10 teams are having a particularly successful year, with four of the five teams (Cal, Washington, UCLA and Stanford) posting overall winning records. Cal (No. 14, 7, 11), UCLA (No. 8, 4, 7) and Washington (No. 13, 9, 13) are ranked in the Top 25 in the College Soccer News, Soccer America and Soccer Times polls, respectively.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL: Senior forward Darren Fernandez spearheads Stanford's (7-5-5, 2-3-2 Pac-10) offense, leading the team with seven goals and two assists. The South African native has tallied 40 points in his 65 matches with the Cardinal. Senior keeper Robby Fulton anchors the defense, posting two shutouts with a 1.19 goals against average this season.
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, Grimes' second season, the Bears reached the first-round of the tourney. Cal followed in 2002 with an impressive run to the Sweet 16 (14-6-2). Last season's squad advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with an 11-9-2 record.