No. 4 Cal Travels to Santa Clara This Week
Sept. 9, 2008
The No. 4 California men's soccer team continues the 2008 season with a local battle against Santa Clara this weekend. The Golden Bears are coming off another successful weekend, winning the Cal Legacy Classic tournament after defeating Cornell and coming away with a tie against top 10 ranked SMU. Cal and Santa Clara will meet Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Bears Win Cal Legacy Classic
Cal took first place in the Cal Legacy Classic tournament last weekend, defeating Cornell, 5-0, and scoring in the 82nd minute against No. 7 SMU to leave the contest with a 1-1 tie. The Bears were led by sophomore Davis Paul and A.J. Soares who each tallied two goals in the tournament. Senior Pat Marion was named the MVP of the tournament, while Paul, Soares, senior Tyler Barry and sophomore Andrew Wiedeman were named to the all-tournament team.
Through four games this season, Cal has scored 10 goals, a pretty big difference from a year ago. This time last year, Cal was 2-2 and had only scored four goals. In 2008, the Bears have more than doubled their number of goals in addition to currently having a better record.
A big reason for Cal's offensive success has been the play of Andrew Wiedeman, who currently leads the Pac-10 in points with seven. Wiedeman earned five of those points in the opening weekend of the season and garnered national recognition for his efforts. Davis Paul and A.J. Soares, and Pat Marion have also been major contributors to the offensive production with two goals each.
In the Rankings
Cal remained high in the national polls after last weekend's success. In the NSCAA poll, the Bears went from No. 11 to No. 6. They're also listed in the top 10 for four other polls, No. 4 in the College Soccer News poll, No. 5 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 6 in the Soccer America and Soccer Times polls.
Among conference leaders, junior keeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in save percentage at .882. Frei is also tied for first in saves with 15. Sophomore Hector Jimenez leads the Pac-10 in assists with four.
Cal as a team leads the conference in points (34), assists (14), goals allowed (2), goals-against average (0.47), saves (16) and is tied for first in goals (10) and shutouts (2).
Scouting the Opposition
Santa Clara won its first game of the season on Sept. 7 as it defeated the University of Milwaukee, 2-1. Despite the record of 1-3, Santa Clara began the season with top-10 preseason rankings, and should still be a tough opponent for Cal.
Jeff Cosgriff leads the squad in points with five (2G, 1A). Brian Martin has also netted two goals.
Last year, the Bears and Broncos battled to a scoreless tie. Stefan Frei made a career-best 12 saves in that contest. Cal leads the all-time series, 25-11-7.
Cal returns to the Peninsula next weekend when it competes in the Stanford Invitational tournament. The Bears start the tournament with a clash against Drake on Friday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. and then host Creighton on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 12 p.m.