Men's Soccer Hosts No. 9 Washington, Oregon State
Oct. 23, 2001
WHATS ON TAP: California (6-5-1, 0-2 in Pac-10) hosts its Pac-10 home opener this weekend as it faces off against No. 9 Washington (10-1, 2-0 in Pac-10) and Oregon State (5-6-0, 1-1 in Pac-10). The Bears look for their first conference victory of the season after losses to UCLA and No. 5 Stanford.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: No. 5 Stanford handed Cal its worst loss this season with a 4-0 shutout at Maloney Field last Friday. The Bears gave up a season high four goals. Cal hung tight in the early going, outshooting the Cardinal, 8-5 in the first half, and went into intermission trailing by just a goal. The second half was a different story as Stanford scored three goals in a span of 13 minutes to put the game out of reach. Cal failed to register a shot in the second period although it had three corner kick opportunities.
BEARS OFFENSE STRUGGLES IN PAC-10 PLAY: It was only three games ago that the Bears were still amidst a season high six-game unbeaten streak and scoring was easier task. After facing two tough conference opponents on the road, the Bears find themselves on a two-game skid, having been outscored, 6-0.
FRESHMAN CLASS CONTRIBUTING: Coach Kevin Grimes brought 12 new freshmen into this season knowing that many of them would have to contribute to the team right away for the squad to be successful. Things are going according to plan with the rookies accounting for eight of the 19 goals and 27 of the 59 points this year. Mike Munoz, Calen Carr, Troy Roberts, Alex Martinez, Carl Acosta, Kyle Navarro and Noah Merl have all contributed offensively. Defender Yohei Fukuda has also filled in nicely, solidfying the backfield with veteran Leo Krupnik and Roberts.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: In 2000, seniors Kendall Simmonds and Ramiro Arredondo accounted for 45 percent of the scoring and then-junior Chris Roner accounted for another 20 percent. This season paints a strikingly different picture as 11 different Bears have scored one or more goals. Austin Ripmaster is the lone player accounting for more than two scores (five). Five players have tallied two goals this season. In 20 games, last year, only seven players found the net.
RIPMASTER TOP 10 IN GOALS, POINTS: Senior forward Austin Ripmaster is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 with 11 points, and is also tops among scorers with five goals. He is in a three-way tie for fourth place with Derek Shanahan and Matt Janusz of Stanford.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: The Huskies go into Friday's matchup with the Bears, riding an eight game winning streak. Their lone loss this year came against Indiana, Sept. 8, in a 1-0 decision. UW, as of last week, was ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 and No. 4 in the Soccer America Top 20 (this weeks rankings were not available at the time of the press release). UW, first place in the Pac-10, beat UCLA, 3-1, Friday to up its conference record to 2-0. The Huskies have a balanced scoring attack led by forward Benjamin Somoza. Seven other players have four or more points including Brett Wiesner and Greg Foisie who have seven points apiece. Washington leads the all-time series, 16-4-4, and currently has a five game winning streak against Cal.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers come into Berkeley coming off an exciting upset of UCLA, 1-0. The win evened OSU's conference record to 1-1 and improved its overall record to 5-6. The Beavers are led by midfielder Aaron McHardy, who scored the game-winner against the Bruins and three goals against Western Washington last weekend. The junior almost doubled his season goal output in the two games and now has nine goals and two assists for 20 points. The two teams ended in a 1-1 stalemate in their first meeting at Corvallis, Ore. last year while Cal prevailed in the second meeting, 2-0, in Berkeley. The Bears are on a six game unbeaten streak vs. OSU, and lead the all-time series, 8-4-1.