No. 9 Cal hosts 8th-Annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic

Sept. 8, 2004

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Friday, Sept. 10 vs. San Diego Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif. 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12 Stanford v. San Diego Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif. 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. San Jose State Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif. 2:30 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: No. 9 California hosts the 2004 adidas Cal Legacy Classic this weekend, kicking-off the tournament against San Diego (2-0) Friday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. Cal closes out tournament play with a match against San Jose State (1-1), Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Stanford vs. San Jose State can be seen at Edwards Stadium at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.GOLDEN BEARS OFF TO STRONG START: Cal is off to a strong start going 2-0 in its first week of action. This is the first time since '96 that the Bears have opened the regular season with two wins. Senior Yohei Fukuda tallied the Bear's first goal of the regular season, netting his fourth-career score against Sacramento State Sept. 1. Junior midfielder Nick Hatzke led the Bears to their 4-0 victory against San Diego State on Saturday, recording two assists and a goal.SAN DIEGO AND SAN JOSE STATE: San Diego began its season with a 3-0 dismantling of UNLV. The Torreros went on to defeat UC Irvine, 2-1, putting them at 2-0 on the season. Last year, San Diego advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year 12-4-4. The Torreros return senior midfielder and co-captain Kevin Wilson, a second team All-West region and first-team All WCC performer. San Jose State rebounded from a 3-2 loss in its season opener to Notre Dame de Namur to knock off CSU Monterey Bay, 4-1, on Sunday. The Spartans, last year's WAC conference champions, ended the season 12-7-2, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Cal, 2-0.HATZKE LEADS THE WAY: Junior Nick Hatzke is off to a terriffic start in 2004, already having tied his total points from last season. Hatzke notched a goal and four assists in 2003, giving him six points on the season. After last week's action, Hatzke has two goals and two assists, including the game winner against Sacramento State. Hatzke's six points leads the Bears.BEAR'S DEFENSE LOOKING GOLDEN: Cal's defense, one of the most experienced units in the nation, has given up one goal after allowing a meager eight shots in its first two games. The Bears' defense is anchored by seniors Noah Merl, Kyle Navarro, Troy Roberts, sophomore Steve Purdy and junior transer Eric Kronberg in goal. The Bears have outshot their opponents, 45-8.BEARS RANKED NINTH IN NATIONAL POLL: Soccer America picked Cal No. 9 in its top 25 national rankings this week. Four out of five teams in the Pac-10 Conference received national rankings: UCLA (No. 2), California (No. 9), Stanford (No. 10) and Washington (No. 20). The Soccer America poll is considered one of the two major polls for college soccer.BEARS PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN PAC-10: The Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll tabbed Cal to finish second in the Pac-10. The Bears received 13 points in the poll with one first-place vote. UCLA, last year's conference champions, finished first with 14 points. UCLA and Cal were followed in the poll by Washington (10), Stanford (8) and Oregon State(5). Cal finished tied for third last year in the Pac-10.BEARS LOOKING FOR FOURTH STRIAGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT BID: This year's Bears look to reach the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season. In 2001, coach Kevin Grimes' second season, the Bears reached the first-round of the tourney. They followed in 2002 with an impressive run to the Sweet 16. Last season's squad advanced to the second-round.DID YOU KNOW: Sophomore defender Steve Purdy trained and played with the U-20 U.S. National team this summer.

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