No. 18 California Battles Oregon State, No. 4 Washington at Home

Oct. 27, 2004


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WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 18 Golden Bears (9-3-2, 1-3-1 Pac-10) remain in Berkeley for a pair of conference matches. Cal takes on Oregon State (5-8-1, 0-4-0 Pac-10) on Friday at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The Bears look to avenge an Oct. 8 loss at No. 4 Washington (10-3-2, 3-0-1 Pac-10) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.

GRIMES GAINS 50: Cal head coach Kevin Grimes gained his 50th career victory in the Bears' Oct. 21 win against UC Davis. Fifty wins is an accomplishment achieved by only five Cal coaches. Grimes began the season with a career record of 41-37-6, and has since improved to 50-40-8. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia is No. 1 on the list, with 202 career victories.

CAL ON THE CHARTS: This is the eighth consecutive week in which the Bears have earned a national ranking. Soccer America and Soccer have the Bears at No. 18. College Soccer News ranks the Bears No. 19.

BEARS FIERCE AT HOME: The Beavers and Huskies will have their hands full playing Cal in Berkeley, as the Bears are 5-1-0 at Edwards Stadium. In Cal's five home wins, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 12-1.

HATZKE AMONG BEST IN PAC-10: Junior Midfielder Nick Hatzke is having a breakout year, leading the Bears in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14). Hatzke is also among the statistical leaders in the Pac-10. The San Jose native is tied for third in total points and points per game (1.00), tied for fourth in goals, tied for fifth in assists and tied for third in game-winning goals (two).

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 seven goals and five assists, 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 1-3-1 in the Pac-10, is currently in fourth place in the conference. UCLA (5-1-0) leads the league, followed by Washington (3-0-1), Stanford (1-2-2), 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 Soccer America and Soccer Times polls.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS & HUSKIES: Oregon State (5-8-1, 0-4-0 Pac-10) is in the midst of a rollercoaster season. After dropping four-in-a-row, the Beavers went unbeaten in six, only to lose their four most recent matches ... The Beavers return leading scorer Robbie Findley (five goals), who missed two weeks with various injuries ... Washington (10-3-2, 3-0-1 Pac-10) returns to action after not playing last week. The Huskies are off to their best conference start (3-0-1) since 2000, a year in which they won the Pac-10 crown. Washington has one of the best keepers in the nation in junior Chris Eylander. In the Huskies' 15 games, of which he has started all 15, Eyelander has recorded nine shutouts while posting a 0.58 goals against average.

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: Sophomore midfielder Eric Ebert, who recorded his second goal of the season against UCLA on Oct. 24, isn't the only soccer standout in his family. Ebert's father, Don, played professional soccer for the St. Louis Steamers, New York Cosmos and LA Hazees.