No. 15 California to Face UC Davis at Home, No. 11 UCLA Away
Oct. 20, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 15 Golden Bears (8-2-2, 1-2-1 Pac-10) stay in Berkeley to face UC Davis (4-6-2) in a non-conference match-up on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. Cal then hits the road to try and avenge their Oct. 15 home loss to UCLA, taking on the Bruins Sunday in Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m.
GRIMES GOES FOR 50: Head Coach Kevin Grimes is one victory shy of reaching 50 career wins, an accomplishment achieved by only four Cal coaches. Grimes began the season with a career record of 41-37-6, and has since improved to 49-38-8. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia is No. 1 on the list, with 202 career victories.
CAL ON THE CHARTS: For the fifth consecutive week, Cal appeared on all four major college soccer polls. Soccer America dropped Cal down to No. 18 after having them at No. 13 the past week. College Soccer News has the Bears in its No. 15 spot. SoccerTimes.com moved Cal to No. 17. The NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll has the Bears at No 25.
BEARS FIERCE AT HOME: The Aggies will have their hands full playing Cal in Berkeley, as the Bears are 4-1-0 at Edwards Stadium. Cal defeated Sacramento State on Sept. 1, San Diego State on Sept. 4, San Diego on Sept. 10 and San Jose State on Sept. 12 before falling to UCLA last Friday. In those four wins, the Bears have outscored their opponents,9-1.
SENIOR SENSATIONS: Cal's six seniors (Carl Acosta, Yohei Fukuda, Mike Munoz, Noah Merl, Kyle Navarro and Troy Roberts) have played an instrumental role in Cal's success. Combined, they have accounted for six goals and two assists, as well as well as anchoring Cal's defensive back line. Merl, Navarro and Roberts have each started every game over the past three seasons, a combined 168 starts.
PAC-10 STATUS: Cal, at 1-2-1 in the Pac-10, is currently in fourth place in the conference. Washington (3-0-1) leads the Pac-10, followed by UCLA (3-1-0), Stanford (1-1-2), Cal and Oregon State (0-4-0). Pac-10 teams are having a particularly successful year, with four of the five teams (Cal, Washington, UCLA and Stanford) posting winning records. All four teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the College Soccer News, Soccer America and Soccer Times polls.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: UCLA (6-2-2, 2-1-0 Pac-10) is coming off of a 20-win season in 2003 which saw it reach the NCAA quarterfinals. Although the Bruins lost six starters (including three All-Americans) and their head coach, they came away with the nation's No. 1 recruiting class for 2004. UCLA is led in the back by senior defender Aaron Lopez, a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy (awarded to the nation's best player) candidate for the second-straight year. The Bruins are dangerous up front, with 2003's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Chad Barrett (10 goals, 8 assists) joined by Soccer America's No. 1 recruit for 2004, Kamani Hill. UCLA leads the all-time series, 26-7-2 ... UC Davis (4-6-2) is playing its second straight game against a Pac-10 opponent, after tying No. 22 Stanford, 1-1, in double overtime, Oct. 15. Senior forward Ryan Shaw netted his fifth goal of the season and 39th of his career, tying the all-time Aggies record.
BEARS LOOKING FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT BID: This year's Bears look to reach the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season. In 2001, 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: Senior forward and second team preseason All-American Carl Acosta isn't the only sibling in his family with athletic prowess. His sister was a gymnast for Cal State Fullerton while his brother played soccer at American River College in Sacramento.