Bears Host 7th Annual Adidas Cal Legacy Classic
Sept. 2, 2003
Berkeley, CA -
WHAT'S ON TAP: The Golden Bears hosts their first games of the season this weekend at Edwards Stadium. Cal opens its home slate with Old Dominion (1-0-0) at 2 p.m. on Friday, and finishes the tournament against No. 18 Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. No. 6 Stanford is the third team invited to the tournament but will not play Cal this weekend. Cal and Stanford meet later this season in Berkeley on Oct. 5 and in Palo Alto on Nov. 15.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS AND TITANS: The Old Dominion Monarchs won their first game of the season, 4-0, over St. Francis on Friday Aug. 29. Four different players scored goals in the second half. Last season the Monarchs (10-9-1) finished third in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference. The last time Cal and Old Dominion met was in 1999, when the Bears won, 2-1, in overtime in Norfolk. The Cal State Fullerton Titans had an impressive start last weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, the Titans beat Ohio State, 1-0, in the 90th minute on a goal from Cid Ignacio. On Sunday, Aug. 31, the Titans beat Penn State, 2-0, behind two more goals from Ignacio. Last season the Titans finished 8-9-3 overall and third in the Big West Conference. The last time Cal and Cal State Fullerton played, the Titans won, 2-1, in Berkeley in 1998.
BEARS FINISH LAST AT INDIANA TOURNAMENT: Cal had a tough trip to Indiana last weekend, dropping both games. No. 5 Indiana played an aggressive first half scoring three goals. When Cal senior Matt Lawler was sent off with a red card at the end of the first half, the Bears found it tough to climb back into the game. In the second game against No. 9 Notre Dame, Cal lead, 1-0, until the 81st minute. Notre Dame equalized and won in double overtime, 2-1. Cal can take some positives away from the weekend though after facing two very tough opponents.
BEARS PICKED THIRD IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: California was picked to finish third in the preseason Pac-10 men's soccer coaches poll, which was released on Aug. 19th. 2002 NCAA and Pac-10 champion, UCLA, was picked to repeat its league title. The Bruins received 24 points, including four first-place votes. Next was NCAA Tournament runner-up Stanford, receiving 22 points and two first-place votes. Cal was in third place with 16 points followed by Washington (12), then Oregon State (11). Fresno State (5) rounded out the poll in sixth place, as they enter their second season competing in the Pac-10.
CAL LOOKS TO ADVANCE FURTHER IN NCAA TOURNAMENT AFTER BACK-TO-BACK APPEARANCES: The 2002 NCAA Tournament marked the first time the Bears reached the postseason in back-to-back years since 1986, as well as the team's first ever postseason victory, 2-1 over UC Santa Barbara. The appearance also was the ninth NCAA bid in Cal history. The Bears look to advance again this year, which would mark the first time a Cal team had gone three years in a row. Losing only two starters and returning 23 letterwinners, head coach Kevin Grimes will rely on junior Mike Munoz to carry the load up front. Munoz had an impressive sophomore year, including being selected first team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Far West. He scored eight goals and added three assists to lead Cal with 19 points last season.
EXPERIENCED BEARS RETURN NINE STARTERS FROM LAST SEASON: Cal will return a team accustomed to winning last two years. The back-line defenders are once again a great strength with returning juniors Troy Roberts, Kyle Navarro, Noah Merl and Yohei Fukuda. This talented quartet started every game last season for Cal. The offense will be paced by juniors Munoz and Carl Acosta and sophomore Pieter Berger. Cal also welcomes six talented freshman. Among the newest Bears are midfielders Eric Ebert, J.T. Searles, and Andrew Jacobson, defenders Steve Purdy and Jeff Serafini, and goalkeeper Justin Myers.
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