No. 4/5 Cal Hosts Washington, Oregon State
Oct. 6, 2009
Fourth-ranked California (7-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 Pac-10) continues Pac-10 Conference action when it hosts Washington (3-4-3, 0-0-2) at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, and Oregon State (5-3-2, 1-1-0) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 4 in the current Soccer America poll and No. 5 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal opened Pac-10 Conference play with a 1-0 victory over rival and 17th-ranked Stanford on Oct. 2 at Edwards Stadium. Junior forward Andrew Wiedeman scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season off in the 49th minute an assist from senior forward Jeff Cosgriff to hand the Golden Bears the win over the Cardinal.
Wiedeman continues to lead the Bears in goals, points (21) and game-winning goals (5); he also has three assists. He also earned his second Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week award of the season for his effort against Stanford.
Cosgriff (3 goals, 4 assists) is tied with junior midfielder Hector Jimenez (1, 7) for second on the team in points (10 each). Jimenez paces Cal in assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham, who made five saves against Stanford to earn the shutout, has a 0.70 goals-against average in eight starts.
Last Time vs. Washington, Oregon State
Last season, Cal tied Washington, 2-2, on Oct. 5 in Seattle and defeated Washington, 2-1, on Nov. 9 in Berkeley. The Bears swept Oregon State, beating the Beavers, 3-0, on Oct. 3 in Corvallis, Ore., and edging OSU, 1-0, on Nov. 7 at Edwards Stadium. Andrew Wiedeman scored all three goals against the Huskies and the lone goal vs. OSU in Berkeley. Jacob Wilson, Tyler Barry and Demitrius Omphroy notched the goals in the 3-0 win over the Beavers.
Scouting the Opposition
Washington tied its first two Pac-10 games in Seattle, playing San Diego State to a 0-0 decision on Oct. 2 and holding No. 4 UCLA to a 1-1 deadlock on Oct. 4.
Sophomore forward Brent Richards leads UW in points (10) and goals (4). Huskies freshman forward Ryan Moore, who ranks second in points (8), has three goals and two assists and leads his team in game-winning goals (2). Richard scored the other winner. Senior goalie Rylan Hawkins has compiled a 0.91 GAA in 10 starts.
Dean Wurzberger is in his 18th year as Washington head coach.
Oregon State plays at Stanford on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. before playing at Cal on Oct. 11. The Beavers also played the Southern California Pac-10 schools at home recently, losing to UCLA, 3-1, on Oct. 2 and beating San Diego State, 2-1, in overtime on Oct. 4. Sophomore forward Danny Mwanga leads Oregon State in points (14), goals (7) and game-winning goals (3). Junior forward Brian Ramsey paces the Beavers in assists (3). Sophomore goalie Steve Spangler has produced a 1.06 GAA in 10 starts.
Steve Simmons, formerly the coach at Northern Illinois, is in his first year as head coach of Oregon State.
Cal hits the road for two Pac-10 games, taking on UCLA on Oct. 16 in Los Angeles and then battling San Diego State on Oct. 18 in San Diego.