Bears Face San Francisco and No. 6 Santa Clara This Weekend
Sept. 9, 2003
Berkeley, CA -
WHAT'S ON TAP: After finishing second in the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, the Golden Bears (1-3) visit Bay Area rival San Francisco (1-3) on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. California returns home on Sunday, Sept. 14, to host the No. 6 Santa Clara Broncos (3-0-1). Cal only has five more non-conference games before beginning Pac-10 play.
SCOUTING THE DONS AND BRONCOS: The San Francisco Dons enter this weekend's clash having lost their last two games to Florida International, 5-1, and Central Florida, 1-0. Forward Luke Holmes leads the Dons in points with four, having scored two goals. The Dons carry a 1-3-0 record into this weekend's match, while they finished last season with a 7-10-1 record. Cal won the last meeting with USF, 2-1, in 2001 at Negoesco Stadium. The Santa Clara Broncos have had an impressive start to their season, going 3-0-1, including a 3-1 win over SMU, and a 0-0 draw with Creighton over the weekend. Forward Kelechi Igwe paces the Broncos with five points, including one goal and three assists, while forward Will Weatherly leads the Broncos in goals with two. Last season, the Broncos finished 10-6-1 overall with a 3-3-0 mark in the West Coast Conference. In last years meeting between Cal and Santa Clara, the Bears won 2-1 at Santa Clara.
BEARS FINISH SECOND AT ADIDAS CAL LEGACY CLASSIC: Shrugging off a tough start to the season, the Bears showed good form at their home tournament. California (three points) finished in second place behind Old Dominion (six points), and ahead of Stanford (three points) and Cal State Fullerton (0 points). The Bears edged out Stanford on goal differential. In the first game on Sept. 5, against Old Dominion, Cal fell to an early Kevin McMenamin goal in the third minute. The Bears pressed hard throughout the game but were unable to break through and lost, 1-0. On Sept. 7, Cal finally got on the winning track with a 3-1 win over Cal State Fullerton. The Bears created numerous scoring chances, capitalizing on three of them. Junior Mike Munoz had a goal and an assist and junior Carl Acosta had two goals. When the game was in doubt, after a late CSF goal, Acosta erased any uncertainty, taking on a defender one-on-one and unleashing a left footed shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
THREE BEARS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Cal named three players to the all-tournament team over the weekend. Acosta had two goals during the tournament and consistently stretched the defense. Tri-captain Munoz had a goal and assist, often teaming with Acosta in spectacular fashion. Tri-captain Noah Merl has embraced his new role in the midfield. He had an assist in the tournament while also winning many balls for the Bears in transition, creating opportunities for the strikers up front.
OTHER ALL-TOURNAMENT PERFORMERS: Old Dominion's defenseman Trevor McEachron was named tournament MVP. He led the Monarch's defense to two shutouts in tight 1-0 victories, over Cal and Stanford, which gave ODU the tournament crown. Other all-tournament performers included Old Dominion's Kevon Harris, Sam Cameron and Ian Kaila, Stanford's Robby Fulton, Abe Geiger and Chad Marshall, and Cal State Fullerton's Marco Rodriguez and Hector Ornella.