No. 14 Bears Host Rematches with Oregon State, No. 24 Washington
Oct. 11, 2006
The 14th-ranked California men's soccer team (8-3-1 record, 3-1-0/2nd place Pac-10) continues Pac-10 play when it hosts Oregon State (5-7-1, 0-5-0/6th) and No. 24 Washington (8-4-0, 1-4-0/5th).
The Golden Bears, who have won eight of their last nine games, battle the Beavers at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, and then face off with the Huskies at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium.
Junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil leads Cal in scoring with 10 points from four goals and two assists. He is tied with three Bears for the team lead in assists (2 each).
Junior goalkeeper Justin Myers (6-1-0) leads Cal with a 0.43 goals-against average in 622 minutes and 40 seconds. Redshirt freshman teammate Stefan Frei (2-2-1) has a 0.59 GAA in 457 minutes and 17 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 on the original day of the 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. 14 by both Soccer Times and College Soccer News. Cal is ranked No. 19 by the NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 24 by Soccer America.
Washington is no longer ranked in the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer America polls. But the Huskies are ranked No. 24 by Soccer Times and No. 25 by College Soccer News.
Leading the Pac
Cal leads the conference in a few categories, including best overall record (8-3-1), best overall winning percentage (0.708), best scoring margin (+1.17, tied with Washington), least goals allowed (7), lowest GAA (0.57), least fouls/least fouls per game (155/12.92) and least yellow cards (7).
Individually, Myers and Frei rank 1-2 in the Pac-10 in GAA (0.43 and 0.59, respectively). Frei and Myers are tied for first in save percentage (.857). Myers is tied for first in shutouts (4), while Frei is tied for fifth in shutouts (2).
Nationally, Myers ranks sixth in GAA. As a team at the national level, Cal ranks seventh with a 0.57 GAA, 17th in save percentage (0.841) and tied for 29th in win percentage (0.708).
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State has a 5-7-1 record (0-5-0/6th Pac-10) after recent losses to Cal, 5-0, and Stanford, 2-0, and is on a five-game losing streak.
Senior forward Robbie Findley is OSU's leading scorer with 14 point (5 goals, 4 assists) and senior forward Bryan 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, 16-7-1. Cal has won the last five 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
Washington had been undefeated through Sept. 24, when it beat Oregon State, 3-1, but the Huskies are now on a four-game losing streak, with all the losses to Pac-10 teams. They sport an 8-4-0 record (1-4-0/5th Pac-10) after recent losses to Cal, 2-0, and Stanford, 2-0.
Junior forward Kevin Forrest leads UW in scoring with 21 points, goalscoring (10) and game-winning goals (5). Sophomore midfielder Ely Allen leads the Huskies in assists with six. Goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins, who has started nine games including the 2-0 loss to Cal, has a 0.98 GAA, a 5-4-0 record and three shutouts.
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Bears, 20-10-5. 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 Stanford at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, for its final regular-season home game this year on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The game, rescheduled from Sept. 30, will feature Senior Day, in which Cal will honor its senior players.
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, the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005, was an All-American player at SMU and was a two-time finalist for the Hermann Award.