California Men's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 9-8-1
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 3-6-1/6th
Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 14/5
Head Coach: Kevin Grimes (11th year)?
Alma Mater: SMU '90
Record at California: 114-69-21
Assistant Coach: Pieter Lehrer
California looks to return to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year postseason absence, the first under head coach Kevin Grimes. Grimes welcomes back eight starters, including seniors Hector Jimenez, A.J. Soares and Servando Carrasco. Soares has been named to the College Soccer News Preseason All-America second team. Jimenez and Soares were on the All-Pac-10 first team last year, while Carrasco and junior goalkeeper David Bingham were second team selections. The Golden Bears lost their top two scorers, forwards Andrew Wiedeman and Jeff Cosgriff, to the MLS and graduation, respectively. Wiedeman led the team with 11 goals and 26 points in 2009. Grimes still returns two offense weapons in Jimenez (24 points) and Soares (10 points). Bingham played in and started 16 games last season and finished with a 0.95 goals against average (GAA). The newcomer class, ranked No. 15 by College Soccer News, consists of seven players, including three who have participated in a U.S. under-17 national team camp.
Sept. 3 - California at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. ET
adidas/IU Credit Union Classic
Oct. 2 - California at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 - Stanford at California, 7 p.m.
Cal opens the season at Indiana, tied for No. 20 in the NSCAA preseason rankings. The Hoosiers finished the 2009 season with a 12-10-1 record and an appearance in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Bears swept their rivals last season, winning 1-0 in both matches. Stanford enters the season ranked No. 13 by the NSCAA.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#9 Hector Jimenez
Senior, Midfielder, Bell Gardens, Calif.
Hector Jimenez enters 2010 with 23 assists, one away from tying for second place on Cal's all-time assist chart. Jimenez is one of three senior co-captains for the Golden Bears along with Soares and Carrasco. He was selected to the All-Pac-10 first team last year after leading the Conference in assists (9) and assists per game (0.50). Jimenez tied for 17th in the NCAA for assists per game. His nine assists tied him for fourth on Cal's all-time single-season list. He was also Cal's third leading scorer with 24 points. Jimenez is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection.