No. 18 Cal Plays in Stanford Invitational This Weekend

Sept. 23, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. -

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WHAT'S ON TAP: Coming off a win at St. Mary's last weekend, No. 18 California (3-3-1) makes its way to the Stanford Invitational for two games this weekend. The Golden Bears face UC Irvine (2-5-0) on Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. and No. 22 Fairleigh Dickinson (3-1-1) on Sunday Sept. 28 at 12:00 noon. This weekend's matches will mark the fourth and final tournament the Bears have entered this year. So far, they have won the Diadora Classic, over San Francisco and Santa Clara. After the Stanford Invitational, Cal will open its Pac-10 season against Stanford on Sunday, October 5, at Edwards Field.

SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: The UC Irvine Anteaters enter this weekend's clash having lost their last two games to Western Illinois, 2-1, and New Mexico, 3-2. UC Irvine has now lost five in a row, after opening up the season with consecutive wins. Forward Brad Evans leads the Anteaters with seven points, on three goals and one assist. The Anteaters have scored only six goals in seven games this season, while allowing 13 goals in that same timespan. Last season, the Anteaters went 8-8-4, including a 3-4-3 finish in the Big West Conference. The last time the two teams met was lin 1998, with the Bears winning, 4-1, at Edwards Stadium.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS: The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights enter the Stanford Invitational, coming off two big wins. The Knights beat Yale, 1-0, and then nipped Brown, 2-1, in overtime to make their weekend trip to New Haven, Conn. a successful one. Midfielder Nadav Gottesman leads the Knights with two goals in five games. He scored the game-winning goal over Brown on a penalty kick. The Knights, like the Golden Bears, enter this weekend with a four-game unbeaten streak. Their lone setback of the season came in an opening loss to Fairfield, 1-0. In 2002, the Knights finished the season at 11-5-7, including a 5-1-4 record in the Northeast Conference. This Sunday will mark the first meeting between California and Fairleigh Dickinson.

2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(as of Sept. 22, 2003)                Conf. 	OverallWashington 	0-0-0	 4-0-1UCLA 		0-0-0	 5-1-0Oregon State 	0-0-0	 5-3-0California 	0-0-0	 3-3-1Fresno State 	0-0-0	 2-4-0Stanford 	0-0-0	 1-4-1

BEARS HANDLE ST. MARY'S OVER THE WEEKEND: Traveling to nearby Moraga, Calif. last weekend for a game against the St. Mary's Gaels, Cal returned home victorious by a 2-1 margin. Cal fell behind at the end of the first half, as St. Mary's scored in the 44th minute. But in a quick three minute stretch in the second half, junior Noah Merl scored a goal of his own and set up another to junior Carl Acosta. Merl had a season high three points, giving him four on the season. That ties him for second on the Cal roster with Mike Munoz. As for Acosta, he continues to find the net. He leads the Bears with five goals in seven games, tallying ten points. Senior Brian Walker made his fifth start in goal for Cal. Walker allowed one goal and made two saves during the contest. The win streched Cal's unbeaten streak to four games.

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