No. 23 Bears Play at Stanford Nike Invitational

Sept. 5, 2006

Cal Takes on Fullerton, SJSU

The 23rd-ranked California men's soccer team (1-2-1 record, 0-0-0 Pac-10), fresh off the SMU Radisson Invitational, plays in its third straight tournament when it takes on non-conference opponents Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State in the Stanford Nike Invitational this week.

The Golden Bears play the Titans at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Cardinal's Maloney Field and then face the Spartans at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Spartan Stadium.

Fans can follow the game against the Spartans live in two ways by visiting the San Jose State athletic Web site at To access the game's live stats, go to the Web site, click on 'Live' from the top menu bar and then click on 'Live Stats.'

For a fee, live video streaming of the game is also available on the San Jose State Web site. Fans can pay $8.95 through the Spartans' 'Gold Zone' for a monthly subscription to watch the Cal-San Jose State game. The 'Gold Zone' is located on the front page of

In the Polls

Cal is ranked No. 23 in the College Soccer News poll but is unranked by the NSCAA and Soccer America.

Last Week

Cal had a 1-1-0 record at the SMU Radisson Invitational, after routing Florida International, 3-0, and losing to the host Mustangs, 1-0, in Richardson, Texas. The games were played on the Stadium Field at the University of Texas at Dallas, as the renovated playing surface at SMU's Wescott Field was not ready.

Cal head coach Kevin Grimes graduated from SMU in 1990 and was an assistant coach at his alma mater prior to coming to Berkeley.

Against the Golden Panthers on Sept. 1, the Bears earned their first victory of the season, as sophomore forward Jacob Wilson, senior defender Steve Purdy and senior forward Matt Holtrust each scored a goal.

On Sept. 3, Cal lost to second-ranked SMU, 1-0, despite outshooting the Mustangs, 9-7.

Wilson, Purdy and senior midfielder Eric Ebert earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Memorable Moments

Wilson scored the first goal of his Cal career and Purdy, in his 65th game, scored the second goal of his Bears career against FIU.

Also against FIU, sophomore midfielder Pat Marion, freshman midfielder Imaan Kerchgani and freshman midfielder Hector Jimenez each recorded his first-career assist as a Bear.

Junior teammate Justin Myers earned his first-career shutout against the Golden Panthers, making two saves in his first 90-minute game.

Scouting the Titans

Cal State Fullerton has a 2-1-0 record after losing to Memphis, 1-0, on Sept. 3 in Memphis, Tenn. The Titans have also beaten San Jose State, 3-2, in overtime on Aug. 27 in San Jose and Oral Roberts, 3-2, on Sept. 1 in Memphis.

The Titans lead the all-time series with the Bears, 6-5-2, though Cal won the last two meetings (1-0 in 2004 and 3-1 in 2003).

Freshman midfielder Michael Farfan leads Cal State Fullerton in scoring with six points from three goals. Junior midfielder Skyler Thuresson leads the Titans in assists with three. Farfan and twin brother Gabriel, a freshman midfielder/forward for the Spartans, were both members of the U.S. under-17 national team.

Former Titans goalkeeper and assistant coach Bob Ammann, the brother of former MLS and former Titans keeper Mike Ammann, is in his first year as head coach of his alma mater.

Scouting the Spartans

San Jose State has a 1-2-0 record after losing to San Francisco, 2-0, on Sept. 3 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans will play Stanford at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 8, before playing Cal on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Bears have a 17-15-2 edge in the all-time series with the Spartans and have won the last five meetings, including a 2-0 victory in their last matchup in 2004.

Sophomore midfielder Hiroki Akiyama leads San Jose State in scoring with one goal, one assist and three points after just three games. He scored it in a 1-0 win over Saint Mary's on Aug. 31 in San Jose. The Spartans' other result this season was the 3-2 overtime loss to Cal State Fullerton.

Gary St. Clair is in his 17th season as head coach at San Jose State.

Looking Ahead

After playing in the Stanford Nike Invitational, Cal hosts the adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Friday, Sept. 15, and on Sunday, Sept. 17, on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium.

The tournament includes Dartmouth, Sacramento State and Stanford. The Bears play Dartmouth at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and then play Sacramento State at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. Stanford plays Sacramento State at 12 p.m. on Sept. 15 and then plays Dartmouth at 12 p.m. on Sept. 17.

At last year's adidas Cal Legacy Classic, Cal won the tournament for the second straight season after beating Vanderbilt, 3-0, and tying Cal State Northridge, 1-1, in overtime.

Did You Know?

• Cal has two sets of brothers on this year's team - the Eberts (Eric, a senior midfielder, and Ian, a redshirt freshman midfielder) and the Sassanos (Luke, a junior midfielder, and Evan, a freshman midfielder).

• Don Ebert, the father of Cal players Eric and Ian Ebert, played professional soccer for the New York Cosmos (NASL), St. Louis Steamers (MISL) and Los Angeles Lazers (MISL).

• Cal head coach Kevin Grimes was an All-American player at SMU and was a two-time finalist for the Hermann Award.

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