Men's Soccer Visits No. 14 San Jose State

Sept. 10, 2001


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WHATS ON TAP: Another new week, another ranked opponent that Cal must face as the Bears take on No. 14 San Jose State. The Spartans again bring a strong team into the 2001 campaign. After placing atop the rankings for much of last season, SJSU fields 11 of 19 players from a 20-1-1 team and four of 11 starters. The Spartans have dashed out to a fast start thus far, with a 3-0 record. SJSU has only allowed one goal this season against St. Mary's. Lars Lyssand leads the charge on offense for the Spartans with four goals already in the early going.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: California (1-3-0) concluded the fifth annual adidas-Legacy Classic with two frustrating losses. On Friday, the Bears took No. 15 Cal State Fullerton to the 110th minute in double overtime before losing on a controversial penalty kick. Hector Orellana shot one past the outstretched hands of ex-Titan player, Josh Saunder for the game-winner.On Sunday, the Bears faced a Loyola Marymount team that was winless in its first three games. The Lions were shutout by Stanford on Friday and looked for their first win of the year against Cal. Again, the Bears had a tough time scoring, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. Chris Roner took three shots while the rest of the Bears combined fo five for the day. LMU netminder Dan Sheridan made four saves to keep the Bears scoreless. In the 86th minute, the Lions scored as Andres Murriagui tapped in a shot from 10 yards out, as LMU held on for its first win in 2001.

STATISTICS DO LIE: The numbers don't always tell the whole truth. You look at the Bears' record and you see one win along with three losses. The Bears might not have a great record, but glancing at the statistics, head coach Grimes can lok at the statistics are realize that there are some good things going for Cal. The Bears are outscoring their opponents 5-4 thus far while out shooting them 43-33. In the second halves this season, Cal outshoots its opponents, 23-13. Individually, goalkeeper Josh Saunders has been solid despite allowing in a penalty kick in double overtime versus Cal State Fullerton. The junior has a 0.95 GAA allowing four goals in four games. Offensively, sophomore Mike Hickman leads the Bears with four points (one goal and two assists). Senior Austin Ripmaster and sophomore Robbie Aylesworth trail him with three points apiece. Senior center midfielder Chris Roner has a team high nine shots.

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