Cal Travels North to No. 14 Oregon State, No. 8 Washington
Oct. 28, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. -
THIS WEEK:Friday, Oct. 31, Oregon State, Patrick WayneValley Stadium, Corvallis, OR 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1, Washington,Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA 2:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: California (7-7-2, 3-3-1 Pac-10) hits the road in a crucial road trip to Corvalis and Seattle. The Bears take on Oregon State (10-4-0, 4-1-0) on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by Washington (9-2-2, 2-2-1 Pac-10) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bears lost to the Beavers, 2-0, on Oct. 12, while they tied the Huskies, 1-1, Oct. 10. Both games were played in Berkeley. With four games to play, Cal has little margin for error to achieve ten wins, often considered a benchmark for a ticket to the NCAA tournament.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: The Oregon State Beavers, coming off a rare off week, welcome the Bears to Corvallis with an incredibly potent offense. The Beavers have three players with ten points or more, compared to the Bears' two. The quartet is led by forward Alan Gordon. The Bears know Gordon all too well, after he led Oregon State to its 2-0 win over Cal with a goal and an assist. Gordon has 11 goals in 14 games and has amassed 25 points. After finishing fourth in the Pac-10 (4-6-0) last year, the Beavers are making a serious run at first this year (4-1-0). They will have one shot to avenge their one loss to UCLA later this season. The Bears lead the series over the Beavers with a record of 12-6-1. Before Oregon State's last two wins, Cal had gone 8-0-1 over the Beavers in the previous nine games.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: The Washington Huskies, who have made the biggest turnaround in the Pac-10 this year, host the Bears in Seattle. Last season, the Huskies posted a dissapointing 6-10-3 record overall. They have already eclipsed their win total from last season and then some, going 9-2-2. The good news for the Bears is that they still have a chance to finish ahead of the Huskies in the Pac-10 standings. Currently both teams have a .500 record. In their last game, the Huskies took down Gonzaga with a 14th minute goal from Brett Wiesner. This was Wiesner's first goal on the season making him the 12th Husky to find the back of the net. The Huskies lead the all-time series over the Bears with a record of 18-6-5.
2003 PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER STANDINGS:(as of Oct. 27, 2003) Conf. OverallUCLA 7-0-0 14-1-0Oregon State 4-1-0 10-4-0Washington 2-2-1 9-2-2California 3-3-1 7-7-2Fresno State 2-5-0 5-10-0Stanford 0-7-0 2-12-2
BEARS SPLIT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEKEND: Fighting an oppressive heat wave that struck the Bay Area last weekend, Cal managed a split in its two conference games. First, the Bears clipped the Fresno State Bulldogs, 1-0. Nick Hatzke scored his first goal of the season, after being set up by a cross from Yohei Fukuda. Goalkeeper Mike Oseguera had his fourth shutout of the season. The win gave the Bears a season sweep over the Bulldogs and a four game winning streak over the team from Fresno. Cal was obviously geared up for its second game of the weekend, when No. 1 UCLA came to Edwards Stadium. The Bears played one of their best games of the year, often dominating the play in the second half. But a goal in the 11th minute from Kiel McClung was the margin of victory for the Bruins, when an Oseguera save went off the crossbar and was not cleared off the line. Alex Martinez and Eric Ebert both had chances in front of net but could not put their shots on goal. Cal had given one of its best efforts of the season, but fell just short to a very good opponent.