No. 16 Bears Head to Northwest, Stanford Game Moved to Oct. 20
Oct. 3, 2006
The 16th-ranked California men's soccer team (6-3-1 record, 1-1-0/4th place Pac-10) continues Pac-10 play when it travels to the Pacific Northwest to take on Oregon State (5-5-1, 0-3-0/6th) and ninth-ranked Washington (8-2-0, 1-2-0/5th). The Golden Bears battle the Beavers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in Corvallis, Ore., and then face off with the Huskies at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, in Seattle, Wash.
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.
Stanford Game Rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 20
The Cal-Stanford game originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, in Berkeley, was rescheduled to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at Edwards Stadium due to the absence of the officiating crew last Saturday.
'We deeply regret the circumstances at our game last Saturday,' Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. 'It was an honest clerical error in which the referees thought the game was on Sunday, Oct. 1.
'We want to thank the fans and our alumni for their continued support of Cal soccer, and we look forward to seeing you all on Oct. 20 for the Cal-Stanford make-up game.'
The second game of the season series with Cal's Pac-10 rival is still scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Stanford.
In the National Polls
Cal is ranked No.16 by Soccer Times and No. 16 by College Soccer News. Cal is unranked by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls.
Leading the Pac
Cal leads the conference in a few categories, including least goals allowed (7, tied with Washington), least shutouts (4, tied with Washington and San Diego State), least fouls (126) and least yellow cards (7). The Bears are also second in lowest goals-against average (0.68) and best save percentage (.806).
Individually, Frei and teammate Myers rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in GAA (0.59 and 0.61, respectively). Frei is first (.857) and Myers is fourth (.769) in save percentage. The two are tied for third in the conference in shutouts (2 each).
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State has a 5-5-1 record (0-3-0/6th Pac-10) and is on a three-game losing streak after setbacks at Washington, 3-1, at San Diego State, 2-1, and at UCLA, 2-1.
In the games last week against SDSU and UCLA, the Aztecs and Bruins scored first, the Beavers tied each game at 1-1, and OSU's opponents scored second-half game-winning goals. Senior forward Bryan Jordan scored against the Aztecs, while senior forward Robbie Findley scored against the Bruins.
Findley is OSU's leading scorer with 14 point (5 goals, 4 assists) and Jordan is second with eight points (4 goals). Findley also leads OSU in assists and has taken two of the Beavers' three penalty kicks, converting both.
The Bears lead the all-time series with the Beavers, 15-7-1. Cal has won the last four straight against Oregon State, including 2-0 and 4-0 victories last season.
Dana Taylor is in his eighth year as head coach of Oregon State.
Scouting the Huskies
Ninth-ranked Washington had been undefeated before last week but now sports an 8-2-0 record (1-2-0/5th Pac-10) after losses last Friday at UCLA, 2-1 (2OT), and last Sunday at San Diego State, 1-0. The NSCAA/adidas poll ranks the Huskies at No. 9.
Against the Bruins, UW senior defender Ty Harden scored an 89th-minute equalizer to send the game to overtime. But the Huskies gave up a goal to UCLA's James Jaramillo with 18 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lose. Washington played the last six minutes of regulation and all of overtime with 10 men, after junior midfielder Steve Mohn received a red card in the 84th minute.
Despite playing against 10 men for most of the game against San Diego State - Aztecs midfielder Nick Clemens received a red card in the 15th minute - the Huskies couldn't overcome a 20th-minute goal and lost to SDSU.
Junior forward Kevin Forrest leads UW in scoring with 21 points (10, 1) and sophomore midfielder leads the Huskies in assists with six.
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Bears, 20-9-5. The Bears split with Washington last year, beating the Huskies, 2-0, in Seattle while losing to them, 1-0, at home.
Dean Wurzberger is in his 15th year as head coach at Washington.
Last Year Against OSU, UW
Then-Cal senior Calen Carr scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over OSU on Oct. 14, 2005, in Berkeley, and then-sophomore midfielder Andrew Jacobson scored the winner in a 4-0 victory over the Beavers on Oct. 23, 2005, in Corvallis.
Against the Huskies last year, Cal lost, 1-0, at home on Oct. 16 and five days later then-senior midfielder Angel Quintero scored the winner in a 2-0 Cal victory over UW in Seattle.
Cal hosts Oregon State at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, and then hosts Washington at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.