No. 25 Cal Opens Pac-10 Play vs. Stanford This Weekend
Sept. 30, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: Sunday, Oct. 5 vs. Stanford, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, CA 5:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: Coming off a 1-1 record at the Stanford Invitational, No. 25 (Soccer America Magazine) California (4-4-1) heads back to Berkeley for its its Pac-10 opener against arch-rival Stanford (2-5-1) on Sunday Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. After spending the last two weekends on the road, Goldman Field will be a sight for sore eyes, although Cal has not been as dominant at home this year (1-1-1) as it was last season (10-1-0). In fact, Cal plays its first three Pac-10 games at home against Stanford, Washington and Oregon St., before the Bears head south to take on defending NCAA champion UCLA.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL: The Stanford Cardinal enters this weekend's clash as the winner of its own Stanford Invitational Tournament. Stanford lost its first game of the tournament to Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-1. The Cardinal had not won since its opening game of the season, 1-0, over Cal State Fullerton, until it broke out to beat UC Irvine, 4-1. That win snapped a six-game winless streak and marked a season high in goals for Stanford. Dangerous junior forward Matt Janusz led the scoring barrage with two goals and an assist. Janusz leads the Cardinal on the season with seven points, 14 shots, and ten shots on goal. Last season, the Cardinal went 18-5-2 overall and finished third in the Pac-10 with a 5-3-2 mark. Stanford went all the way to the NCAA Finals only to lose to UCLA. It returns eight starters from last years team, but clearly has not yet found the form that made it so successful last year. Last season, Cal won the first matchup, 1-0, in Berkeley, and played to a 0-0 draw in Stanford.
BEARS FINISH SECOND AT STANFORD INVITATIONAL: Cal played in its fourth and final tournament before Pac-10 play and finished in second place. The Bears lost their first game, 1-0, against UC Irvine. Cal generated numerous scoring chances, outshooting the Anteaters, 18-8, but was unable to break through against a strong goalkeeping performance by Ryan Mathy. In the second game of the tournament, Cal took the upperhand early on Carl Acosta's goal in the tenth minute. Noah Merl added a penalty kick after Eric Ebert was pulled down in the penalty box. Cal won the game, 2-0, with Mike Oseguera making six saves and recording his second shutout of the season. Every team finished with a 1-1 record at the Stanford Invitational, but Stanford finished in first place because of its goals scored (5).
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(as of Sept. 29, 2003) Conf. OverallWashington 0-0-0 6-0-1UCLA 0-0-0 6-1-0Oregon State 0-0-0 6-3-0California 0-0-0 4-4-1Fresno State 0-0-0 3-5-0Stanford 0-0-0 2-5-1
ACOSTA AND OSEGUERA AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Now with six goals in eight games, Acosta has become Cal's primary goal scorer up front. He leads the Bears in shots (24) and shots on goal (13), while he is also the Bears points leader with 12. Among Pac-10 players, Acosta is tied for third in goals scored, trailing Matt Taylor of UCLA and Alan Gordon of Oregon State, who have tallied seven each. Oseguera has started four games for the Bears and allowed only two goals. He is second in the Pac-10 in goals against average (0.45) and save percentage (.913). Starting only four games his two shutouts places him second among Pac-10 goalkeepers. Only Zach Wells of UCLA, with four, has more.
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