No. 4 Cal Travels to Stanford for Nike Invitational
Sept. 20, 2005
BERKELEY - BEARS TRAVEL TO STANFORD FOR NIKE INVITATIONAL: After winning both games in the Bay Area Classic, California (5-0-1) will face Army (1-6) at the Stanford/NIKE Invitational, Friday, Sept. 23, at 5:00 p.m. at Maloney Field. The Golden Bears will face the University of Alabama-Birmingham (5-1-0) Sunday, Sept. 25, at noon.
BEARS SHUT OUT OPPONENTS AT BAY AREA CLASSIC: The Bears defeated both of their opponents last weekend to wrap up the Bay Area Classic, 2-0. Friday night Cal defeated San Francisco, 2-1 with senior forward Calen Carr scoring both goals for the Bears. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Jacobson and junior defender Andrew Felder assisted on the play when they passed the ball to Carr, who found the open net in the 11th minute. Twenty minutes later Carr was once again active on offense, scoring Cal's second goal in the 32nd minute and ensuring the win. Sophomore midfielder Luke Sassano dribbled down the right side of the field and crossed the ball to Carr, who beat San Francisco goalkeeper Geremy Uhl to the net. Cal came home Sunday to defeat No. 7 Santa Clara, 1-0. Both teams went scoreless in the first half and most of the second half, until Carr came up big for the Bears at the end of the game. In the 86th minute Sassano threw the ball into play. Carr was positioned in front of the goal and headed the ball into the net for his third game-winning goal of the season.
LOOKING AT THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 4 in the Soccer America poll, while NSCAA has the Bears tabbed at No. 5.
CARR COMES UP BIG FOR BEARS: Carr scored both of Cal's game-winning goals last weekend and now has three game-winners for the season. The Berkeley native now leads the team with four goals and 26 shots for the season. Carr has tallied 13 goals, 11 assists and 135 shots in his career. Carr's mother, Caludia J. Carr, is a tenured professor in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management department at Cal.
NOTHING GETS BY HIM: Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was strong on defense for the Bears last weekend, recording two shutouts and bringing his total to three for the season. Kronberg has tallied 555:00 minutes for the Bears while saving 25 shots so far this season.
BEARS DEFENSE STRONG AGAIN: Cal has allowed only two goals so far this season...Cal has a goal against average of 0.24 which ranks sixth in the NCAA...The Bears are fifth in the NCAA with a shots on goal save percentage of 0.952...Cal has recorded two team shutouts this season...Cal is currently in first place among Pac-10 teams.
WAHL EARNS HONORS: Senior defender Tyson Wahl was named to Soccer America's Men's Team of the Week for Sept. 5-11. The only other defender named to the team was junior Andrew Boyens from New Mexico.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
ARMY: Army is currently 1-6 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play. Fordham defeated Army, 3-2, last weekend at Van Doren field in West Point, NY. Freshman forward Garrett Dresel currently leads the team in scoring with two goals for the season, while junior defender Pierre Hines has recorded one game-winning goal for the Black Knights.
UAB: The UAB Blazers shut out Evansville, 2-0, in last Sunday's final match of the 2005 UAB Classic. The Blazers are currently 5-1-0 overall. Junior midfielder Sandy Gbandi leads the team in goals (2) and assists (4). Senior goalkeeper A.J. Robles has recorded 30 saves and one shutout for the season.