No. 15 Bears Continue Pac-10 Action Against Conference Leader Stanford
Sept. 26, 2006
Cal Hosts Rival to End Homestand at Edwards
The 15th-ranked California men's soccer team (6-3-1 record, 1-1-0 Pac-10) continues Pac-10 play when it hosts rival and conference leader Stanford (3-4-3, 1-0-1) at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears, with three points, are tied for third in the conference with San Diego State, while Stanford paces the Pac-10 with four points.
The match-up ends a five-game homestand in Berkeley. The Bears will play only two more regular-season home games this season - Oct. 13 vs. Oregon State and Oct. 15 vs. Washington.
Junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil leads Cal in scoring with seven points from three goals and one assist. He is tied with senior defender Steve Purdy for Cal's goalscoring lead. Senior midfielder Nick Hatzke and freshman midfielder Hector Jimenez are tied for the Bears lead in assists with two each.
Redshirt freshman Stefan Frei has played the most minutes (457 minutes, 17 seconds) of Cal's three goalkeepers and has a 0.59 goals-against average and a 2-2-1 record. Junior teammate Justin Myers (4-1-0) is right behind Frei with a 0.61 GAA in 442 minutes and 40 seconds.
In the National Polls
Cal is ranked No.15 by Soccer Times and No. 18 by College Soccer News. Cal is unranked by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls.
Leading the Pac
Cal leads the conference in shutouts (4), corner kicks (49) and least number of yellow cards (7). The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in goals allowed (7) and overall GAA (0.68).
Frei is tied for the conference lead in save percentage (0.857), second in GAA (0.59), third in saves per game (3.60) and fifth in saves (18). Myers ranks right behind Frei in GAA (0.61, third) and is tied for third in shutouts (2), fifth in save percentage (0.769), seventh in saves (10) and seventh in saves per game (2.00).
Cal Splits to Open Pac-10 Weekend
Sixteenth-ranked Cal scored twice in the final six minutes and upset then-No. 9 UCLA, 3-1, in its Pac-10 opener on Sept. 22 at Edwards Stadium. Junior midfielder Andrew Jacobson scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute and Ayala-Hil added an insurance goal in the 90th minute. Senior midfielder Eric Ebert converted a cross by Ayala-Hil to open the scoring in the 19th minute.
Cal lost to San Diego State, 2-0, in a Pac-10 match on Sept. 24 in Berkeley. Despite outshooting the Aztecs, 18-8, the Bears could not score past goalkeeper Tally Hall, who made 11 saves.
Scouting the Cardinal
Pac-10 leader Stanford (3-4-3, 0-1-0) took on the same two Pac-10 teams that Cal played this past weekend, prevailing against San Diego State, 2-1, last Friday and tying UCLA, 1-1, in double overtime last Sunday. The week prior, Stanford beat Sacramento State, 2-0, and lost to Dartmouth, 1-0, at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley.
The Cardinal holds a 19-13-7 lead in the all-time series with Cal.
Junior midfielder Evan Morgan (3 goals, 1 assists, 7 points) leads Stanford in scoring and goalscoring. He also headed in the Cardinal's game-winning goal against the Aztecs.
Junior midfielder Kyle Hency leads the Cardinal in assists (3) and also scored the Stanford goal that tied the Bruins. Hency and senior midfielder Michael Brown earned spots on the all-tournament team at the adidas Cal Legacy Classic.
Stanford freshman goalkeeper John Moore, who has started seven of 10 games, has a 0.94 GAA, 3-2-2 record and one shutout in 670 minutes.
Bret Simon is in his sixth year as head coach at Stanford. He previously took Creighton to two NCAA College Cups (1996 and 2000).
Last Year Against the Cardinal
Cal beat Stanford twice in the regular season last year, winning, 1-0, on Oct. 8 at Stanford and routing the Cardinal, 4-1, on Nov. 13 in Berkeley. Pieter Berger, then a senior forward, scored Cal's goal at Stanford, while Jacobson, then a sophomore midfielder, scored the game-winning goal at Edwards Stadium.
Cal heads to the Pacific Northwest next week to take on Oregon State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Corvallis, Ore., and Washington at 1 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Seattle.
The Bears lead the all-time series with the Beavers, 15-7-1, while the Huskies lead the all-time series with the Bears, 20-9-5. Cal has won the last four straight against Oregon State, including 2-0 and 4-0 victories last season. The Bears split with Washington last year, beating the Huskies, 2-0, in Seattle while losing to them, 1-0, at home.
Did You Know?
Cal has two sets of brothers on this year's team - the Eberts (Eric, a senior midfielder, and Ian, a redshirt freshman midfielder) and the Sassanos (Luke, a junior midfielder, and Evan, a freshman midfielder).
Don Ebert, the father of Cal players Eric and Ian Ebert, played professional soccer for the New York Cosmos (NASL), St. Louis Steamers (MISL) and Los Angeles Lazers (MISL).
Seventh-year Cal head coach Kevin Grimes was an All-American player at SMU and was a two-time finalist for the Hermann Award.