Bears Tangle with USF and Santa Clara This Week
Sept. 11, 2007
Cal Gets Set for Bay Area Classic This Weekend:
Looking to get back in the win column, the No. 11 California men's soccer team will compete in the Bay Area Classic this weekend. The Golden Bears square off against San Francisco and No. 8 Santa Clara in a huge showdown between local foes.
Cal (2-1) will face USF (2-1) Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Negoesco Field in San Francisco. The Bears return to Berkeley to play Santa Clara (3-1) Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Cal In the Polls:
Due to the loss to unranked Wisconsin, Cal fell in this week's national rankings. In the NSCAA national poll, the Bears fell from No. 7 to No. 11. In the College Soccer News' Top 30, Cal went from No. 8 to No. 13, and in the Soccer America poll, the Bears dropped to No. 23.
Bears Upset in Home Tournament, Take Third Place:
Although Cal won its home opener against Penn, 1-0, on Friday for its second straight shutout in 2007, the Bears fell to Wisconsin by the same score on Sunday in the 11th-annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic. The Badgers, who beat Stanford, 1-0, in the first game of the Classic, won the tournament, with the Cardinal coming in second, followed by Cal in third, and Penn in fourth.
Junior defender Tyler Barry scored Cal's only goal of the weekend. In the contest against Penn, Barry recorded the score in the 11th minute. After Penn committed a foul in its own territory, senior Andrew Jacobson booted the free kick across the field to Barry who found the back of the net. Jacobson provided most of the offensive spark last weekend for the Bears. He took nine shots and produced four shots on goal.
Two members from the Bear's 16th-ranked recruiting class (College Soccer News) haven't wasted any time in making an immediate impact on the field. Freshmen Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco have already become forces to be reckoned with.
In the season opener at USD, both true freshmen got their collegiate careers off to an excellent start as they each scored in Cal's 2-0 victory. In addition to the goals, they have been huge contributors to the Bears' offensive firepower. Last weekend, Carrasco took five shots and Paul had two.
Carrasco is one of three freshmen to start all three contests this season. Forward Andrew Wiedeman and midfielder A.J. Soares are the other two. Wiedeman recorded an assist on Paul's goal, the first score of the season for Cal.
With two shutouts already in the books, Cal is headed towards another season of leaving many of its opponents blank on the scoreboard. Last season, the Bears recorded eight shutouts and, in 2005, they notched nine. The most Cal has earned in one season under Kevin Grimes was 11 in 2002. It also tallied 10 in 2004.
Notable 2006 shutouts included 2-0 wins at then-No. 9 Washington and at home against Stanford.
In 2005, Cal started with three consecutive shutouts, the first one was a 2-0 victory against then-fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara. Later that season, Cal also notched a 1-0 win over No. 7 Santa Clara.
In Grimes' eight years as head coach at Cal, the team has earned 56 shutouts with only six of them ending as scoreless ties.
Scouting the Dons:
When the Bears tangle with USF on Friday, it will complete a four-game opening homestand for the Dons. USF opened the 2007 campagin with a 1-0 loss to Vermont, then rebounded with a 3-2 victory in overtime over Alabama A&M and a 3-2 win against San Jose State on Sept. 9.
Senior defender Daniel DeGeer, last week's West Coast Conference (WCC) Men's Soccer Player of the Week, leads the team in points with six and is tied for team high in goals with two. Freshman forward Jeff Penna sits atop the leaderboard in goals with DeGeer. Penna has also tallied a game-winning goal.
Last year, the Dons knocked off the Bears, 1-0, at Edwards Stadium. The win marked the first time USF had beaten Cal since 2000. The Dons have only beaten the Bears three times since 1996, with 2004 the only year the teams didn't meet.
Scouting the Broncos:
Santa Clara is coming off a 1-1 weekend in Providence, R.I. The Broncos suffered their first defeat of the season last Friday, a 2-1 decision against Brown. They rebounded in their last game, convincingly defeating Boston, 3-0. The 2007 campaign began with two home victories.
The Broncos leading scorers are junior forward Jide Ogunbiyi and senior defender Jamil Roberts. Ogunbiyi leads the team in points with seven and goals with three. Meanwhile, Roberts is second on the team in points with six and his four assists are a team high.
The past two meetings between Santa Clara and Cal ended in ties. Still, the Bears have gotten the best of the Broncos recently, including numerous meetings in the NCAA Tournament. In 2004, Cal won the regular season matchup on the road, 1-0. The Bay Area foes met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the Bears were once again victorious, notching a 2-1 overtime victory. In 2005, Cal won the regular-season battle again by the score of 1-0. The two squads also met again in the NCAA Tournament, this time in the second round. The Bears advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4. Santa Clara does have one big win over Cal under its belt. In 2001, the Bears' first run in the NCAA Tournament under Kevin Grimes, Cal was eliminated in the first round by the Broncos, a 1-0 overtime decision.
A Look Ahead:
Following the Bay Area Classic, Cal will head to The Farm for the Stanford Invitational. The Bears face Davidson Friday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. and Princeton, Sunday, Sept. 23, at 12 p.m. Both games will be played at Maloney Field.
Head Coach Kevin Grimes:
Kevin Grimes continues his eighth season as the leader of the California men's soccer program after coming off some of his best seasons as a Golden Bear and his unprecedented third - and second straight - Pac-10 Coach of the Year award (2002 and 2005-06).
Grimes led the Golden Bears to their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and along the way achieved his 80th career victory, in a Pac-10 championship clinching victory over UCLA on Oct. 29, 2006. The Pac-10 crown was Cal's first.
Cal reached the sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, and the Bears compiled a 13-6-1 overall record and a 7-3-0 conference mark. Among the big wins during the regular season were upsets of ninth-ranked UCLA, 3-1, on Sept. 22 and of ninth-ranked Washington, 2-0, in Seattle on Oct. 8.
Grimes now has an 83-52-13 overall record at Cal. Only three other Cal coaches have reached the 80-win plateau, and Grimes' 81 total wins rank him fourth on the all-time list. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia tops the list with 202 career victories.