Bears Advance to First Elite Eight in School History
Nov. 26, 2005
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of eight for the first time in school history Saturday afternoon, with a double overtime 3-2 victory over Wake Forest in front of a record crowd of 4,207 at Edwards Stadium.
'I thought we had a great second half and overtime,' said head coach Kevin Grimes. 'It just seemed like the two very good chances they had they scored. I give Wake Forest a lot of credit for that. I felt very comfortable even when we were down 2-1 very late in the game, I felt like we were going to tie the game the way were playing.'
The Bears advance to the face the winner of the Saturday night match between second seed New Mexico and Cal State Northridge.
The Bears were down 2-1 in the last seconds of regulation when Calen Carr scored his second goal of the afternoon, on an assist from sophomore midfielder Luke Sassano, and tied the game with just 22 seconds remaining.
'The crowd was a huge boost for us,' said Carr, a senior forward and co-captain. 'Scoring those goals and feeling the rush and carrying us into overtime, the whole community has rallied around our team.'
Sophomore defender Jeff Serafini scored Cal's game winner with just 1:30 left in the second overtime period. It was just his second career goal. Andrew Jacobson took the corner kick for Cal, Serafini was positioned in front of the goal and volleyed it into the far corner.
The Bears trailed 1-0 at halftime thanks to a Wake Forest goal by Michael Lahoud. Carr, the Pac-10 player of the year, got Cal even in the contest when he scored in the 48th minute on an assist from junior midfielder Andrew Jacobson.
Wake Forest, one of eight ACC schools in the NCAA Tournament, took a 2-1 lead late in the game when Justin Moose scored an unassisted goal at the 72:32 mark.
The Bears outshot the Demon Deacons 30-16, with 20 of those being shots on goal. Cal's consistent shooting kept Wake Forest's goalkeeper, Brian Edwards, busy, as he recorded 12 saves for the afternoon.
Carr recorded his 13th goal of the season, while Sassano tallied his eighth assist for 2005.
The Bears improved to 14-3-3 overall, while Wake Forest finishes its season 13-8-2.
Men's SoccerFinal Score: Cal 3, Wake Forest 2
Wake Forest 1 2 0 2 -- 2California 0 2 0 3 -- 3
Scoring SummaryWake Forest: Michael Lahoud (Lyle Adams) 12:05Cal: ` Calen Carr (Andrew Jacobson) 47:54Wake Forest: Justin Moose 72:32Cal: Calen Carr (Luke Sassano) 89:38Cal: Jeff Serafini (Andrew Jacobson) 108:30
Shots: Cal 30 (Calen Carr, 10), Wake Forest 16 ( Wells Thompson, 6).Shots on Goal: Cal 20, Wake Forest 8.Saves: Cal 5 (Eric Kronberg 5), Wake Forest 12 (Brian Edwards, 12).CK: Cal 12, Wake Forest 3.Fouls: Cal 15, Wake Forest 10.Offsides: Cal 5, Wake Forest 7.Yellow Cards: Wake Forest: Franks (48:40),Thompson (79:19), Moose (87:45)Red Cards: NoneRecords: Cal 14-3-3, Wake Forest 13-8-2Attendance: 4,207.