Bears Renew Rivalry with Stanford This Week
Oct. 14, 2008
No. 10 California travels down the Peninsula again this week to face Stanford. The Golden Bears (6-2-4, 1-1-2) have already played at Stanford's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium this season at the Stanford Invitational. Cal is hungry for a win after ending last weekend with an overtime loss and a tie. The Bears take the field against the Cardinal on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Bears Fall to Bruins, Tie Aztecs
Last weekend, Cal lost to UCLA, 3-2, in overtime and tied San Diego State, 1-1. Two of the four goals the Bears gave up last weekend came on penalty kicks. Cal was trailing 2-0 against UCLA on Friday when they started to gain momentum after a nice goal by sophomore Demitrius Omphroy off of a free kick. Not too long after Omphroy's score, fellow sophomore Hector Jimenez tied the game at two. A foul in the box in overtime resulted in UCLA's game-winning goal.
The Bears got on the board first against the Aztecs on Sunday, when sophomore Andrew Wiedeman scored his sixth goal of the 2008 campaign. However, another penalty kick allowed SDSU to tie the match, which eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the Rankings
Cal took a hit in this week's national rankings, falling out of the top 10 in all but one of the polls. The Bears were able to remain in Soccer Times' top 10 at No. 10. They dropped to No. 13 in the NSCAA and College Soccer News polls, No. 15 in Top Drawer Soccer and No. 18 in the Soccer America rankings.
Among conference leaders, junior Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in save percentage (.796), saves (43) and shutouts (4). Hector Jimenez leads the Pac-10 in assists with six. Sophomore Andrew Wiedeman leads the conference in points (16) and is tied for first in game-winning goals (2).
Cal, as a team, leads the conference in shots (165), points (74), goals (28), assists (25), shutouts (5) and goals-against average (0.85), and is tied for first in goals allowed with 11.
Wiedeman Leading The Way
After having a breakout freshman campaign, Andrew Wiedeman has not slowed down one bit. After leading the team in 2007 with 20 points, he's already racked up a conference-high 16 points (6G, 4A). After opening the season with a five-point weekend, including two goals in the season opener against UC Riverside, Wiedeman has scored three goals in the first four Pac-10 conference games of the year. He scored both goals when Cal traveled to Washington earlier this month and had the lone goal for the Bears against San Diego State last weekend.
Scouting the Opposition
Stanford (3-6-2, 1-2-1) snapped a six-game winless streak last Sunday when it defeated UCLA, 2-1. The Cardinal leads the all-time series against the Bears, 21-15-7, with each team winning on their home field in the two encounters in 2007. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Bobby Warshaw, leads Stanford thus far in goals (3) and points (7).
Cal has its bye week next week. The Bears return to the field on Friday, Oct. 31, when they face UCLA at 7:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.