No. 6 California Faces Non-Conference Foe Portland

Nov. 2, 2004


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WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 6 Golden Bears (11-3-2, 3-3-1 Pac-10) take on West Coast Conference power Portland (9-6-1, 4-4-1 WCC) in a non-conference match-up on Friday at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.

LAST WEEK'S WRAP: Cal went 2-0 in conference action last week, defeating Oregon State, 2-1, and Washington, 1-0 (2OT), at home. Junior forward Calen Carr tallied a goal in each game, while junior midfielder Nick Hatzke was responsible for all three assists. The Bears' handed the Huskies their first conference loss this season.

HATZKE AMONG BEST IN PAC-10: Junior Midfielder Nick Hatzke is having a breakout year, leading the team in goals (five), assists (seven) and points (17). Hatzke is also among the statistical leaders in the Pac-10. The San Jose native is second in the conference in total points and points per game (1.06), tied for fourth in goals, first in assists and tied for third in game-winning goals (two). Hatzke was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 26-Nov.1) for his three assists in the wins against Oregon State and Washington.

CARR MAKES SOCCER AMERICA'S WEEKLY TEAM: Forward Calen Carr was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week for his play last week versus Oregon State and Washington. Carr, one of the driving forces behind last week's success, tallying his fourth goal of the season against Oregon State. His fifth goal came at the hands of Washington, when he netted the game-winner at the 106:19 mark.

CAL ON THE CHARTS: On the strength of last weekend's two wins, Cal has returned to all four major college soccer polls. Soccer America jumped Cal up to No. 6 after having them at No. 18 the past week. College Soccer News has the Bears in its No. 14 spot, up five places from No. 19 last week. moved Cal six spots to No. 12. The NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll has the Bears at No 24.

BEARS FIERCE AT HOME: The Pilots will have their hands full playing Cal in Berkeley, as the Bears are 7-1-0 this season at Edwards Stadium. In Cal's seven home wins, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 15-2.

PAC-10 STATUS: Cal, at 3-3-1 in the Pac-10, is currently in third place in the conference standings. UCLA (5-1-0) leads the Pac-10, followed by Washington (4-1-1), Cal, Stanford (2-3-2) and Oregon State (0-6-0). Pac-10 teams are having a particularly successful year, with four of the five teams (Cal, Washington, UCLA and Stanford) posting overall winning records. Cal, UCLA and Washington are ranked in the Top 25 in the College Soccer News, Soccer America and Soccer Times polls.

GRIMES GAINS 50: Head coach Kevin Grimes is gained his 50th career victory in the Oct. 21 3-0 win against UC Davis. 50 wins is 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 52-38-8. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia is No. 1 on the list, with 202 career victories.

SCOUTING THE PILOTS: Portland (9-6-1, 4-4-1 WCC) returns eight starters from a 2003 squad that earned a third consecutive NCAA tournament berth, advancing to the second round. The Pilots are led by junior forward Alejandro Salazar, who has four goals and five assists this season. Salazar was a preseason College Soccer News first-team All-American, as well as one of 25 finalists named for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy, awarded to the nation's top player.

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. Cal followed in 2002 with an impressive run to the Sweet 16 (14-6-2). Last season's squad advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with an 11-9-2 record.