2009 California Men's Soccer Team Preview

Aug. 10, 2009


2009 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Preview Series

ASU

TEAM QUICK FACTS
2008 Overall Record: 12-4-5
2008 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 5-2-3/2nd

Starters Returning/Lost: 9/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 16/5
Newcomers: 9

Head Coach: Kevin Grimes (10th year)
Alma Mater: SMU ’90
Record at California: 105-61-20 (9 years)
Assistant Coaches: Pieter Lehrer, Henry Foulk

2009 TEAM PREVIEW
The Golden Bears have nine players returning in 2009, including preseason All-American junior forward Andrew Wiedeman, who led the Conference in points (29), goals (12) and game-winning goals (4) last season en route to earning first team All-Pac-10 nods by the league coaches. The loss of first-team All-Pac-10 senior goalkeeper Stefan Frei to graduation leaves a big void to be filled, but head Coach Kevin Grimes welcomes nine newcomers in 2009, a crop rated No. 5 in the nation among recruiting classes according to Soccer America. The talented class will add strength and depth to an already talented roster, which is preseason-ranked in the top 10 in the country (No. 8) by College Soccer News. Also back are first-team All-Pac-10 pickjunior midfielder Hector Jimenez, and second-team All-Pac-10 selections junior midfielder Servando Cassasco and junior defender A.J. Soares.

KEY MATCHUPS
• Oct. 16 - California at UCLA, 7:00 p.m. PT
• Oct. 23 - UCLA at California, 4:00 p.m. PT
Both matchups put the winners of the past seven Conference Champions on the field. The matchup in LA will be the first home game in league play for the Bruins. The match will also be the first Conference road game for the Golden Bears. UCLA captured the Pac-10 Conference crown in 2008, snapping Cal's streak of back-to-back Conference titles.

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    GOLDEN BEAR TO WATCH
    3 • Andrew Wiedeman
    JR • Forward • San Ramon, Calif.

    Wiedeman started in all 21 games for the Golden Bears last season. He led the Conference in points (29) and goals (12) and, in two seasons, has tallied 19 goals, 11 assists, and 49 points. As a sophomore, he was named a NSCAA third team All-American, All-Pac-10 first-team, Top Drawer Soccer’s Team of the Season, first team NSCAA Far West All-Region, as well as, second team Pac-10 All-Academic. This summer, College Soccer News named Wiedeman a 2009 preseason All-American.

     

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