No. 15 Cal Blanks No. 18 OSU, 5-0, in Pac-10 Opener

Oct. 11, 2002

The California men's soccer team opened Pac-10 play with a 5-0 shutout over Oregon State Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improve their record to 8-2-1 (1-0 Pac-10) as the Beavers fall to 9-2-0 (0-1 Pac-10), ending a seven-game winning streak.

Sophomore forward Calen Carr led the Bears to their seventh consecutive win, one shy of tying the school record, with one goal and two assists. In the 13th minute, co-captain Patrick Fisher fed Carr a pass from the right side of the field as Carr went one-on-one with Oregon State's goalie, Peter Billmeyer, slipping it by him to put Cal up, 1-0, a lead the Bears never surrendered.

Oregon State threatened just two minutes later, as Alan Gordon faced a wide-open goal, to only fire the ball into the side netting.

Midfielder Alex Martinez entered the game in the 27th minute, took one shot, and fired the ball pass Billmeyer less than one minute later, assisted by freshman Pieter Berger, to score his first goal of the season and to put Cal up 2-0.

The win was a true team effort, as sophomore Mike Munoz passed the ball to Carr, who fed Mike Hickman, allowing him to blast the third goal of the game into the net in the 35th minute.

Oregon State's Brian Johnson threatened Bear keeper Josh Saunders late in the game, but shot the ball off the post, where Cal defenders cleared the ball from the net. Bear defenders shutdown the ninth-ranked team in the nation in scoring offense today, as Oregon State entered the match with a 2.90 scoring average, but suffered this afternoon as they were kept scoreless.

The Bears were far from done, with Hickman in the middle of the action again, this time assisting Carl Acosta 25 yards out in the 38th minute to score his fourth goal of the season. Munoz added an insurance goal in the 61st minute, assisted by Carr and junior transfer Kevin Maffris to score the last goal of the game.

Cal outshot the Beavers 15 to 6, taking 11 shots on goal to Oregon State's two. Saunders collected two saves in the win as Billmeyer notched five saves in the effort.

The Bears continue Pac-10 action Sunday, Oct. 13 at Edwards Stadium, facing Washington at 2 p.m. A win on Sunday would tie the all-time school record for most consecutive wins. The school record is held by the 1986 team, which defeated eight straight opponents and reached the NCAA Midwest Regionals.

Men's Soccer Results at Edwards StadiumBerkeley, CA

OSU 0 0 - 0California 4 1 - 5

Scoring SummaryCal Carr (Fisher) 13 minCal Martinez (Berger) 28 minCal Hickman (Carr, Munoz) 35 minCal Acosta (Hickman) 38 minCal Munoz (Carr, Maffris) 61 min

Records:OSU 9-2-0 (0-1 Pac-10)Cal 8-2-1 (1-0 Pac-10)

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