2004 Season in Review
Nov. 29, 2004
FINAL STANDINGS: The Golden Bears finished their 2004 campaign with a 13-4-3 overall record. Their 4-3-1 record in the Pac-10 had them finish tied for second in the conference. Cal opened the season by matching a program-high nine game unbeaten streak. The Bears would finish the season in the second round of their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.
NCAA TOURNAMENT ACTION: Cal rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat No. 17 Santa Clara (15-6-0), 2-1, in overtime in Cal's first round NCAA Tournament match. With the game tied at 1-1 in the first overtime period, senior forward Carl Acosta took a short corner kick from junior Nick Hatzke and curved in the 18-yard game-winning goal. Hatzke scored Cal's first goal, converting a penalty kick after junior Calen Carr was dragged down in the box. Cal wasn't able to recover from an early goal allowed in their second round game against the SMU Mustangs (16-4-1) in Dallas. The game's lone score was tallied by SMU's David Chun at the 5:56 mark of the first half. Both teams struggled with possession throughout the game due to a torrential downpour which lasted much of the second half. The Bears rallied late in the game, but were unable to find the tying goal.
FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TRIP: The Bears played in their program-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round for the third year in a row. In head coach Kevin 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 the year with an 11-9-2 record.
CAL IN THE POSTSEASON:
Year Event Site Score1960 Midwest Regional at St. Louis, MO Saint Louis 2, California 01977 Far West Regional at Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3, California 01981 Far West Regional Berkeley, CA SDSU 4, California 01983 Far West Regional at Las Vegas, NV UNLV 3, California 1 (OT)1985 Far West Regional at Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3, California 11986 Midwest Regional at St. Louis, MO Saint Louis 2, California 11996 Far West Regional at Fresno, CA Fresno State 2, California 12001 Far West Regional at Stanford, CA Santa Clara 1, California 0 (3 OT)2002 Second Round Berkeley, CA California 2, UC Santa Barbara 1 Sweet 16 at Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3, California 22003 First Round Berkeley, CA California 2, San Jose State 0 Second Round at Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2, California 02004 First Round Berkeley, CA California 2, Santa Clara 1 Second Round at Dallas, TX SMU 1, California 0
PAC-10 STATUS: Cal finished 4-3-1 in the Pac-10, tied for second place in the final conference standings. UCLA (6-2-0) clinched the Pac-10 crown, followed by Cal and Washington (4-3-1), Stanford (2-3-2) and Oregon State (1-6-0). Pac-10 teams had a particularly successful regular season, with four of the five teams (Cal, Washington, UCLA and Stanford) posting overall winning records. Three Pac-10 teams were invited to the NCAA Championships - Cal, Washington and UCLA.
POSTSEASON HONORS: Cal placed a school-record and conference high 12 players on the All-Pac-10 team. Calen Carr, Nick Hatzke and Troy Roberts were first team honorees, Carl Acosta, Eric Kronberg, Noah Merl and Tyson Wahl were second team performers, and Eric Ebert, Mike Munoz, Kyle Navarro, Steve Purdy and Angel Quintero all received honorable mention. Roberts is the teams only three-time honoree, while Carr, Acosta, Merl and Wahl are two-time honorees. Washington placed nine players on the team, UCLA and Stanford each had eight and Oregon State finished with three ... The Bears also placed nine players on the nine players on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team. Pieter Berger and Carr were awarded first team honors, while Andrew Felder, Yohei Fukuda, Merl and Wahl were named to the second team. Hatzke was joined by Matthew Holtrust and Steve Purdy as Honorable Mentions.
CAL ON THE CHARTS: At the conclusion of the regular season, Cal was featured on all four major college soccer polls. Soccer America moved Cal to No. 6 after having them at No. 7 this past week. College Soccer News has the Bears moving up two spots to the No. 12 position. SoccerTimes.com has Cal holding at the No. 11 position. The NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll has the Bears moving up to No 23. Cal was ranked as high as No. 3 on numerous polls this season.
SENIOR SENSATIONS: Cal's six seniors (Carl Acosta, Yohei Fukuda, Mike Munoz, Noah Merl, Kyle Navarro and Troy Roberts) have played an instrumental role in Cal's success. Combined, they have accounted for eight goals and five assists, as well as anchoring Cal's defensive back line. Merl, Navarro and Roberts have each started every game over the past three seasons, a combined 186 starts.
HATS OFF TO HATZKE: Junior midfielder Nick Hatzke had a breakout year, leading the team in goals (seven), assists (eight) and points (22). Hatzke was 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 (1.16), tied for fifth in goals, tied for first in assists and second in assists per game (0.42) and tied for first in game-winning goals (four).
BERGER HONORED AS ALL-DISTRICT ACADEMIC: Junior forward Pieter Berger was 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.
GRIMES GAINS 50: Head coach Kevin Grimes gained his 50th career victory in the Oct. 21 3-0 win against UC Davis. Fifty wins is an accomplishment achieved by only four Cal coaches. Grimes began the season with a career record of 41-37-6, and has since improved to 52-38-8. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia is No. 1 on the list, with 202 career victories.
BEARS FIERCE AT HOME: Edwards Stadium truly proved to provide a home-field advantage for Cal, as the Bears were 9-1-1 this season at Edwards Stadium. In Cal's nine home wins, the Bears outscored their opponents, 20-5.
NON-CONFERENCE DOMINATION: The Bears have gone undefeated (8-0-2) in non-conference matches this season. Cal has racked-up 16 goals in those nine games, while only conceding four.