No. 6 Cal Travels to No. 1 SMU for NCAA Second Round Match
Nov. 22, 2004
WHAT'S ON TAP: No. 6 California (13-3-3, 4-3-1 Pac-10) will travel to Dallas to take on the No. 1 SMU Mustangs (15-3-1, 8-0-0 MVC), Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Westcott Field in NCAA second round action.
FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TRIP: The Bears are playing in their program-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. In head coach Kevin 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 the year with an 11-9-2 record.
CAL IN THE POSTSEASON:Year Event Site Score1960 Midwest Regional at St. Louis, MO Saint Louis 2, California 01977 Far West Regional at Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3, California 01981 Far West Regional Berkeley, CA SDSU 4, California 01983 Far West Regional at Las Vegas, NV UNLV 3, California 1 (OT)1985 Far West Regional at Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3, California 11986 Midwest Regional at St. Louis, MO Saint Louis 2, California 11996 Far West Regional at Fresno, CA Fresno State 2, California 12001 Far West Regional at Stanford, CA Santa Clara 1, California 0 (3 OT)2002 Second Round Berkeley, CA California 2, UC Santa Barbara 1 Sweet 16 at Los Angeles, CA UCLA 3, California 22003 First Round Berkeley, CA California 2, San Jose State 0 Second Round at Santa Barbara, CA UCSB 2, California 0
GRIMES' RETURN TO ALMA MATER: Cal head coach Kevin Grimes will be returning to his alma mater when the Bears travel to Dallas to take on SMU. Grimes was a two-time first team All-American, as well as two-time Herman Award Finalist, while playing for the Mustangs from 1986-89. Grimes went on to serve as an assistant coach at SMU, where he helped the Mustangs to three NCAA Tournament bids in his three years on the coaching staff.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS: The SMU Mustangs (15-3-1, 8-0-0 MVC) were the winners of the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles. SMU is making its 11th consecutive NCAA post-season tournament appearance and the 20th out of the last 21 years, with 1993 as the lone season in which SMU did not receive a post-season berth. Senior goalkeeper T.J. Tomasso was selected as MVC Defensive Player of the Year while SMU head coach Schellas Hyndman earned MVC Coach of the Year honors. Tomasso has posted seven shutouts this season. He has allowed just three goals in the SMU's last nine games for a 0.36 goals-against average. On the year, the senior from Canton, Mich., leads the Valley with a 0.78 GAA. With an 8-0 conference record, Hyndman has directed his team to four regular-season MVC titles in five years. An affiliate member in the Valley, Hyndman and his Mustangs own a 36-6-2 record in Valley action.
CAL V. SMU HISTORY: The Mustangs hold a 2-1 advantage all-time against the Bears. Cal and SMU last faced each other in 2002, when the Mustangs came away with a 1-0 at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium.
Southern Methodist vs. CaliforniaMustangs lead series, 2-1-0Year Victor Score Site1985 Bears 1-0 N1988 Mustang 2-1 N2002 Mustangs 1-0 H
PAC-10 STATUS: Cal finished 4-3-1 in the Pac-10, tied for second place in the final conference standings. UCLA (6-2-0) clinched the Pac-10 crown, followed by Cal and Washington (4-3-1), Stanford (2-3-2) and Oregon State (1-6-0). Three Pac-10 teams were invited to the NCAA Championships. Three Pac-10 teams were given NCAA Tournament berths, Cal, UCLA and Washington. Washington was defeated in the first round by Portland (11-8-2), 5-3. The Bruins, seeded sixth in the tournament, were awarded a first-round bye and will take on Loyola Marymount (11-7-3), hosting the Lions within the confines of Drake Stadium on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
FIRST ROUND WRAP UP: The Bears rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat No. 17 Santa Clara (15-6-0), 2-1, in overtime. With the game tied at 1-1 in the first overtime period, senior forward Carl Acosta took a short corner kick from junior Nick Hatzke and curved in the 18-yard game-winning goal. Hatzke scored Cal's first goal, converting a penalty kick after junior Calen Carr was dragged down in the box. With the goal and assist, Hatzke currently has a team-high seven goals, eight assists and 22 points.
POSTSEASON HONORS: Cal placed a school-record and conference high 12 players on the All-Pac-10 team. Calen Carr, Nick Hatzke and Troy Roberts were first team honorees, Carl Acosta, Eric Kronberg, Noah Merl and Tyson Wahl were second team performers, and Eric Ebert, Mike Munoz, Kyle Navarro, Steve Purdy and Angel Quintero all received honorable mention. Roberts is the teams only three-time honoree, while Carr, Acosta, Merl and Wahl are two-time honorees. Washington placed nine players on the team, UCLA and Stanford each had eight and Oregon State finished with three ... The Bears also placed nine players on the nine players on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team. Pieter Berger and Carr were awarded first team honors, while Andrew Felder, Yohei Fukuda, Merl and Wahl were named to the second team. Hatzke was joined by Matthew Holtrust and Steve Purdy as Honorable Mentions.
OVERTIME THRILLERS: The Bears have had their previous four game go into overtime, three of those going into the second overtime period. Of those four games, Cal has won three (10/31-Washington, 1-0; 11/13-Stanford, 3-2; 11/19-Santa Clara, 2-1) and tied one (11/5-Portland, 0-0). Overall, the Bears are 3-1-3 in overtime games this season.
HATS OFF TO HATZKE: Junior midfielder Nick Hatzke is having a breakout year, leading the team in goals (seven), assists (eight) and points (22). 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 (1.16), tied for fifth in goals, tied for first in assists and second in assists per game (0.42) and tied for first in game-winning goals (four).
CAL ON THE CHARTS: At the conclusion of the regular season, Cal remains on all four major college soccer polls. Soccer America moved Cal to No. 6 after having them at No. 7 this past week. College Soccer News has the Bears moving up two spots to the No. 12 position. SoccerTimes.com has Cal holding at the No. 11 position. The NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll has the Bears moving up to No 23.
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 eight 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 180 starts.
GRIMES GAINS 50: Head coach Kevin Grimes gained his 50th career victory in the Oct. 21 3-0 win against UC Davis. Fifty 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.
NON-CONFERENCE DOMINATION: The Bears have gone undefeated (9-0-2) in non-conference matches this season. Cal has racked-up 18 goals in those eleven games, while only conceding five.