Men's Soccer Nears End Of 2000 Season
Nov. 6, 2000
SEASON FINALE NEARS: The California Golden Bears complete their 2000 season with two Pac-10 matches this weekend. Cal's final home game is Friday, at 1:30 p.m., against Washington. Sunday, the Bears travel south to take on UCLA at 2 p.m.
BEARS ATTEMPT TO PLAY SPOILER: The Bears split their weekend matches, losing to No.1 San Jose State 3-2 on Saturday, and bouncing back to defeat No. 3 Indiana 2-1 on Sunday. This weekend's matches were part of the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic, in addition to Stanford's overtime, 1-0, win over Indiana in game one also played on Saturday. The Bears took on a Spartans squad that had only allowed five goals all season. Cal quickly brought that streak to a close. After falling behind 1-0, Robbie Aylesworth punched a goal through the net to tie the game at 1-1 going into halftime. SJSU put two more goals on the board to go up 3-1, but Ramiro Arredondo brought the Bears closer with a late second half goal. The game, however, would end there, with the Bears losing 3-2. Sunday, Cal put a complete performance together as it battled the No. 3 Indiana Hoosiers. Kendall Simmonds and Robbie Aylesworth scored just minutes apart within the first 25 minutes of the first half to take an impressive 2-0 lead into the locker room. The Hoosiers cut the lead to one, with a goal in the 57th minute, but that would be as close as they would come, with the final in upset fashion, 2-1.
ALL-TOURNEY PICKS: Cal had three players chosen to the Cal adidas-Legacy Classic All-Tournament team. Seniors Kendall Simmonds and Ramiro Arredondo, and junior Chris Roner were Cal's representatives to the team. The three accounted for 13 of the Bears 17 shots and six of the team's 13 points scored. The other players chosen to the team were Josh Rife, Pat Noonan and Justin Tauber (Indiana), Adam Zapala, Ryan Nelson and Scott Leber (Stanford), Ryan Suarez, Isaisas Bardales and Frank Sanfilippo (San Jose State)
SHARE THE WEALTH: The Bears have nine players with points this season. This is three less than last year's squad in which 12 players added points to the team. Thus far, Simmonds leads the Bears with 13 points (six goals, one assist), followed by Roner with nine points (three goals, three assists), Arredondo with seven points (two goals, three assists), Ripmaster with five points (one goal, three assists), Robbie Aylesworth with six points (three goals), Omar Gusmao, and Juan Luis Romero with two points (goal), Dylan Dupree with two points (two assists) and Matt Lawler with one point (assist).
WHAT LIES AHEAD: Again, the Bears' tough schedule continues. Cal hosts Pac-10 leader, No. 21 (NSCAA) Washington (12-5 overall, 6-1 Pac-10) on Friday, at 1:30 p.m. The Huskies won both of their matches over the weekend, defeating UCLA on Friday, 2-1, and blanking Oregon State on Sunday, 3-0. UW comes in after winning nine of its last 11 matches and outscoring its opponents 34-20 all season. The Huskies are led by Ben Somoza with 18 points (five goals, eight assists) and Bryn Ritchie and Kai Carroll with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Washington defeated the Bears in Seattle, 7-0, back on Oct. 8. Sunday, the Bears head south to take on the former No. 1 UCLA Bruins at 2 p.m. The Bruins were defeated by Washington last Friday, but before that, they defeated Portland, 3-1, on Oct. 28, to snap a season-worst four-game losing streak. UCLA is led by McKinley Tennyson with 29 points (13 goals, three assists) and Shaun Tsakiris with 26 points (nine goals, eight assists). Cal defeated UCLA in thei last meeting, 1-0, on Oct. 20, in Berkeley.
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 6-11-1 in his career at Cal after splitting over the weekend and he defeated his second ranked opponent with the 2-1 win over Indiana. 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.