No. 16 Cal Heads to Southern California
Oct. 9, 2007
Bears continue Pac-10 play against SDSU and UCLA:
The No. 16 California men's soccer team looks to win its sixth game in a row this Friday at San Diego State. Following the contest against the Aztecs, the Golden Bears square off against UCLA on Sunday. Cal (7-2-1, 2-0) is currently in first place in the Pac-10.
Cal will face San Diego State (5-2-2, 1-0) Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck and UCLA (4-5-1, 0-1) Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Drake Stadium. After winning their last three non-conference games, Cal opened the Pac-10 last weekend with victories over No. 24 Washington and Oregon State.
Cal In the Polls:
The Bears continued to move up in this week's national rankings by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), College Soccer News and Soccer Times. In the NSCAA national poll, Cal went up to No. 16. In the College Soccer News' top 30 and in the Soccer Times poll, Cal jumped up to No. 17. The Bears also returned to the top 25 in the Soccer America poll, with a ranking of 18.
Bears Open the Conference With Two Big Wins:
Cal scored a total of five goals last weekend, opening the conference portion of its schedule with victories over Washington, 2-1, last Friday and Oregon State, 3-0, last Sunday.
Freshman Servando Carrasco and junior Pat Marion each recorded goals in the win against the Huskies. Carrasco's score came in the fourth minute of the game, while Marion tallied the game winner shortly after halftime. Freshman Andrew Wiedeman had a six-point weekend, including two goals against the Beavers to help the Bears pick up the two wins.
Roll On You Bears:
Ten goals have been scored by the Bears in during their current five-game winning streak, including a 1-0 double-overtime victory against Towson on Sept. 29 and a season-high three goals against Oregon State last Sunday. Before the winning streak began, Cal had scored just two goals in its previous four games.
Wiedeman Earns National and Pac-10 Recognition:
Andrew Wiedeman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week today for his performances last weekend against Washington and Oregon State. Wiedeman was also selected to Soccer America's Men's Team of the Week and College Soccer News' National Team of the Week.
Wiedeman recorded two assists in Cal's 2-1 victory against Washington last Friday and scored the first two goals in the Bear's 3-0 victory over Oregon State last Sunday. In addition, he leads all Cal players in points, goals and assists.
Bears on the Leaderboard:
Andrew Wiedeman's explosive performances last weekend keeps him atop the Bears' leaderboard in points (12), goals (4) and assists (4). Javier Ayala-Hil, Tyler Barry, Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco each have two goals. Both of Paul's and Barry's goals and two of Wiedeman's socres were game winners.Pat Marion and freshman Scot Van Buskirk scored the other goals for the Bears this season. Senior Andrew Jacobson leads the squad in shots (28), while Ayala-Hil is first on Cal's chart in shots on goal with 10. Among conference statistical leaders, the Bears lead the league in points (46), assists (18), fewest goals allowed (6) and saves (50).
Did You Know:
Two Bears will be returning to places they used to call home on Cal's road trip this weekend. Freshman Servando Carrasco is a San Diego native and assistant coach Pieter Lehrer played soccer at UCLA.
Scouting the Aztecs:
San Diego State is currently riding a six-game unbeaten streak that includes five wins. Last weekend the Aztecs knocked off UCLA, 1-0. Prior to the victory over the Bruins, SDSU beat Drake, 2-1, in double overtime before ending a contest with UC Irvine in a scoreless tie. Keeper Brad Byrns has received recent national recognition and was last week's Pac-10 Player of the Week. Jamel Wallace is the Aztec's leading scorer with three goals. He is tied with Kraig Chiles for the team lead in points (6).
Scouting the Bruins:
UCLA has lost three of its last four, including a 1-0 decision to San Diego State last weekend. Before defeating San Diego, 1-0, the Bruins fell to No. 6 Santa Clara, 2-1, in overtime and Cal State Northridge, 3-0. Maxwell Griffin leads UCLA with eight points (4G). Griffin earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Sept. 18.
Fantastic Freshmen: Besides Wiedeman, other members from the Bear's 16th-ranked recruiting class (College Soccer News) have been major contributors to the Bears' success in 2007. Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco have proved to be forces to be reckoned with. In the season opener at USD, Paul and Carrasco got their collegiate careers off to an excellent start as they each scored in Cal's 2-0 victory. Paul headed the game winner against Towson last weekend. Wiedeman scored twice against Davidson on Sept. 21 and leads the team in points with six (2G, 2A). In addition to the goals, they have been huge contributors to the Bears' offensive firepower. Carrasco is tied for second on the team in shots (18) and points (5). Demitrius Omphroy has recorded two assists thus far, A.J. Soares has collected one assist and Scot Van Buskirk scored his first goal of the season last weekend.
Wiedeman and Soares are the only freshmen who have also started all 10 contests this season. Carrasco has started eight of the 10.
A Look Ahead:
Following this weekend's trip to Southern California, the Bears return to Berkeley to face rival Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Edwards Stadium at 2 p.m.
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 achieving his 80th career victory along the way, 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 ninth-ranked Washington, 2-0, in Seattle on Oct. 8.
Grimes now has an 88-53-14 overall record at Cal. Only three other Cal coaches have reached the 80-win plateau, and Grimes' 88 total wins rank him fourth on the all-time list, behind Bill Coupe, who sits third on the list with 113 victories. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia tops the list with 202 career victories.
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