Cal's Recruiting Class Ranked No. 5 by <i>Soccer America</i>

May 22, 2009

BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team's recruiting class is ranked No. 5 by Soccer America, as recently announced by the publication. The 2009 poll has the Golden Bears' third among Pac-10 teams behind UCLA (No. 3) and Stanford (No. 4). The 2009 class consists of midfielders Steve Birnbaum, Riley Kovatch, Anthony Salciccia, Chris Ortega, goalkeepers Nick Shackelford and Robby Gogatz, and forwards John Fitzpatrick and Kyle Marsh, who will make their debut in the fall.

Akron had the highest ranked recruiting class in the nation, with defending NCAA champion Maryland coming in second. Cal, which fell to the Terrapins in the College Cup last season, will face them on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Maryland. Two other 2009 opponents for the Bears who made the top 15 in the poll were Santa Clara (No. 13) and Georgetown (No. 14).

Cal advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament last year after finishing second in the Pac-10. It was the Bears' eighth straight appearance in the tournament. Head coach Kevin Grimes also achieved his 100th career coaching victory at Cal last year.

In the 2009 season opener, Cal heads to the East Coast for a showdown at Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 4.

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