California Travels to No. 1 UCLA, Fresno State
Oct. 14, 2003
THIS WEEK:Friday, Oct. 17 at UCLA Drake Stadium, Los Angeles, CA7:00 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 5 at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA3:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: After playing its first three Pac-10 games at home, California (5-5-2, 1-1-1 Pac-10) travels to No. 1 UCLA (10-1-0, 3-0-0 Pac-10) and Fresno State (3-8-0, 0-3-0 Pac-10) this weekend for its first Pac-10 away matches. The Bruins are the defending national champions and have been impressive so far this year. The Bulldogs have found their transition to the Pac-10 a difficult one, going 2-10-1 since they joined the conference at the start of last season. After facing both the Bruins and Bulldogs on the road, Cal will turn around and host both teams the following weekend.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: The UCLA Bruins enter this weekend's Pac-10 clash, as the only undefeated team in the conference. Last weekend, they dispatched New Mexico 1-0, before blowing out Fresno State 5-0. Matt Taylor was the offensive star for the Bruins, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. He leads the Bruins and the Pac-10 this season with ten goals. Senior goalkeeper Zach Wells has been suberp in goal. He recorded his fifth and sixth shutouts of the season over the weekend and holds a miniscule goals against average of 0.29. Last season, the Bears played the NCAA champion Bruins tough, winning in Berkeley, 1-0, dropping a 2-1decision on the road, and losing a heartbreaker, 3-2, in the third round of the NCAA tournament. UCLA leads the series 23-7-2.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: The Fresno State Bulldogs welcome the Bears to Bulldog Stadium, as one of two winless teams in the conference. The Bulldogs are in the midst of a three match scoreless streak. Overall, they have been blanked five times this season. Their last game was a 5-0 shalacking at the hands of mighty UCLA. Despite being 0-5 on the road, they do hold a positive 2-1 mark at home. Chris Murphy leads the Bulldogs in goals with three and shots with 18. Last season the Bears broke a 13-game match winless streak agaainst the Bulldogs winning both games, 1-0. Fresno State leads the series 15-5-1.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(as of Oct. 12, 2003) Conf. OverallUCLA 3-0-0 10-1-0Oregon State 3-1-0 9-4-0Washington 2-1-1 8-1-2California 1-1-1 5-5-2Stanford 0-3-0 2-8-2Fresno State 0-3-0 3-8-0
BEARS DRAW WITH NO. 8 WASHINGTON LOSE TO OREGON STATE: Cal played to a 1-1 tie with Washington on Friday. Pieter Berger scored his first goal of the season in the 54th minute to pull the Bears level with the Huskies. On Sunday, the Bears fell to surging Oregon State, 2-0. Despite giving up three goals, sophomore goalkeeper Mike Oseguera ranks third in the league in goals against average (0.78), while the Bears rank third in goals allowed average (1.17). Even though the Bears were outscored 3-1 over the weekend, they still managed to outshoot their conference opponents 36-19.
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