Men's Soccer (4-9-1, 1-2-1) Continues Pac-10 Season With OSU and Stanford
Oct. 23, 2000
CAL CONTINUES PAC-10 PLAY: The Golden Bears continue its Pac-10 schedule when Oregon State comes to Berkeley on Friday for a 2 p.m match. The Beavers are 7-7-1 overall, 1-3-1 in the conference. Sunday, the Bears host the No. 6 (NSCAA) Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal come in with a 13-1-1 record overall, 4-1 in the Pac-10. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. versus the Cardinal. Both games are at Edwards Stadium
BEARS BREAK OUT OF SEASON-LONG FUNK: The Bears entered last weekend's matches with a 2-9-1 overall record, and winless in their last seven matches. Exiting the weekend's matches, the Bears came out with two tough wins, one coming at the expense of the No. 7 UCLA Bruins on Friday. The match remained scoreless through the first 85-minutes. Finally, with the Bears on the attack, junior Austin Ripmaster took a pass from fellow junior Chris Roner from 12-yards out. Ripmaster took a shot with his left foot that found the back of the net past a diving Bruin keeper for the only goal in the match and Ripmaster's first goal in a Cal uniform. With the win, Cal sent UCLA away with its second loss in three matches. This was the first Cal win over a ranked opponent since its 3-1 win over then-No. 1 Santa Clara on Oct. 17, 1999. Sunday, Cal maintained its emotional high with another late goal-scoring win against the St. Mary's Gaels, in Moraga. Freshman Robbie Aylesworth took a pass from senior Ramiro Arredondo for a score with less-than 10 minutes to play, to break a 0-0 tie, as the Bears went on to win their second-consecutive match, 1-0. Arredondo leads the Bears with three assists. With the goals scored by Ripmaster and Aylesworth, Cal now has eight different players with points.
KEEPERS KEEPING BALL OUT OF THE NET: Cal's keepers posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since Oct. 3 and 8 of last season, with their fine performances against UCLA and St. Mary's. Freshman Brian Walker was credited with his second shutout of the season against UCLA. Walker now boasts 34 saves and a .607 save percentage. Junior Marco Palmieri earned the shutout agaisnt St. Mary's. Palmieri holds a 1.15 goals-against average and a .727 save percentage.
TOURNAMENT TIME CHANGES: The California adidas-Legacy Classic, scheduled for November 4-5 at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field, has gone through some game time changes. The first match, scheduled for Nov. 4, between Stanford and Indiana, has been changed to a noon start time. Consequently, the following match between California and San Jose State has been pushed back to a 2:30 start time. Sunday's match between Cal and Indiana remains the same, with a scheduled start time of 3 p.m, but will have to wait until the completion of the Cal women's soccer match against Oregon at 12:30 p.m.
WHAT LIES AHEAD: Cal continues its challenging schedule at home this weekend. Friday, Oregon State comes to Berkeley after losing to Stanford on Friday, 2-1, and bouncing back to defeat the UCLA Bruins on Sunday, 2-1. The Beavers are led by freshman midfielder Josh Elbaum and senior forward Matt Olsen, both with 10 points apeice (four goals, two assists). The Bears and the Beavers tied, 1-1, in their last meeting on Oct. 6, in Corvallis, OR. Sunday, the Bears host No. 6 Stanford. The Cardinal swept the competition over the weekend with a 2-1 win over Oregon State on Friday, and a 2-0 shutout over the Washington Huskies on Sunday. Stanford is led by senior midfielder Scott Leber who has 22 points (nine goals, four assists), as well as keeper Adam Zapala, who currently has 10 shutouts and holds a .27 goals-against average, best in the Pac-10 and among the national leaders. The Cardinal defeated the Bears, 3-0, back on Oct. 15, at Stanford.
THE GRIME'S FILE: Head coach Kevin Grimes recorded his first win as the Bears coach with the 4-0 victory over UC Santa Cruz in the season opener. Grimes is currently 4-9-1 in his career at Cal after an impressive 2-0 record over the weekend including a win against UCLA. Grimes, 32, comes to Cal after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University, for the past three seasons. During his tenure at SMU, the Mustangs recorded a 50-11-2 record and earned three NCAA Tournament bids. Grimes just recently signed a three-year contract extension to reamin at Cal.