Men's Soccer Hosts Final Home Game Versus No. 3 Stanford
Nov. 6, 2001
WHATS ON TAP: After a heart-breaking, 1-0 OT, loss to UCLA last Sunday, the Golden Bears look to bounce back versus No. 3 Stanford in a crucial conference game that could either go a long way in solidifying Cal's postseason hopes with a win, or put a damper to what would still be considered a successful, breakthrough season for the Bears' men's soccer program.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Cal started off on the right foot last weekend as it defeated Sacramento State, 3-1, Friday, in the Bears' last nonconference game of the season. The Hornets jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Cal answered back as freshmen Noah Merl and Mike Munoz connected, to knot the score at one-all. Senior Leo Krupnik scored the game winner at the 60th minute when he converted his second penalty kick in as many games. Freshman Alex Martinez then added an insurance goal when Austin Ripmaster found him open for the score. On Sunday, Cal braced for the Bruins, who beat the Bears, 2-0, in the first match of the two-game set. The two clubs battled for 90 minutes without a goal, but nine minutes into overtime, UCLA drew a penalty kick when Ryan Futagaki was allegedly fouled in the box. He then went on the convert the kick to give the Bruins the overtime victory.
DEFENSE BEAR-ING DOWN: The Cal defense has given the squad a chance to win virtually every game this season. The Bears have held their opponents to less than one goal in 12 of Cal's 16 games. With the exception of losses to Stanford (4-0) and UCLA (2-0), the Bears were edged by one goal in four other losses. In stark contrast to last season, Cal has surrendered just 16 goals as opposed to a conference high of 42 last year.
RIPMASTER TOP 10 IN GOALS, POINTS: Senior Austin Ripmaster is tied for sixh in the Pac-10 with 15 points. He had an assist on Alex Martinez's goal against Sacramento State to up his season total. He is also fourth in the league in scoring with six goals.
BEARS EXCEED 2000 WIN TOTAL: Cal won all of six games last year in a tough new conference with a new head coach. After beating UW and OSU two weeks ago, and spliting a pair of games last weekend, the Bears improved to 9-6-1, there by, exceeding last seasons win total with three games still remaining on the docket.
FRESHMAN CLASS CONTRIBUTING: Coach Kevin Grimes brought 12 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 11 of the 28 goals and 36 of the 89 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 also filled in nicely, before his season-endind foot injury, in the backfield with veteran Leo Krupnik and Roberts.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The third-ranked Cardinal had their five-game winning streak snapped last Friday when UCLA tied Stanford, 0-0. However, the Cards remain unbeaten in their last six games, with their only loss of the season coming against the Bruins in their first meeting. Stanford is undefeated minus games vs. UCLA. Senior Roger Levesque leads the squad with nine goals and nine assists for 27 points. Derek Shanahan is second on the team with seven goals and four points for 18 points and Todd Dunivant follows in third with 14 points (four goals and six assists). Cardinal goalkeeper Andrew Terris leads the Pac-10 in goals-against-average with a 0.46 mark. Stanford has allowed just seven goals all season. They have shutout four of their last five opponents including a 4-0 victory over Cal in the teams' last meeting.