UCLA and Cal Host NCAA Tournament First Round Matches Friday
Nov. 20, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Pac-10 Men's Soccer Champion UCLA and runner-up California will both be in action Friday as they host first-round NCAA Tournament matches. The Golden Bears (10-3-5), who hold a three-game winning streak, will take on San Francisco (9-9-2) at 1:30 p.m. from Edwards Stadium in Berkely, Calif. The Bruins (10-4-6), who finished the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, welcome the Cal Poly Mustangs (10-5-6) for the second time in 13 days for a 7 p.m. contest at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.
California vs. San Francisco, 1:30 p.m. PST
Cal's game with the Dons will be a rematch of the Golden Bears' 2-0 victory on Sept. 26. In that match, SO F Andrew Wiedeman scored in the 71st minute of play on a rebound of shot that hit the crossbar. Four minutes later the Dons suffered an own goal to give the Bears the 2-0 shutout. The Dons, who are the West Coast Conference's automatic bid into the tournament, head to Berkeley winning three of their last four matches. The winner will play at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. USF own the all-time series record of 21-11-2 with Cal.
UCLA vs. Cal Poly, 7 p.m. PST
Playing just 13 days earlier, the Bruins and Mustangs will meet again Friday as Cal Poly will look to avenge the 2-1 loss they suffered to UCLA on Nov. 8. In that game, Bruin F MF Andy Rose registered his first collegiate goal to give the Bruins the early advantage in the 18th minute of action. SR F Maxwell Griffin scored the game-winning goal and his Pac-10 leading 10th goal of the season to seal the win for the Bruins. Cal Poly's David Zamora connected on a penalty kick in the final two minutes of the game to avoid the shutout for the Mustangs. The winner of the match will travel to UC Irvine for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Nov. 25. UCLA holds a 9-0-2 record against Cal Poly all-time.