No. 20 Bears Host adidas Cal Legacy Classic

Sept. 12, 2006

Dartmouth, Sacramento State, Stanford in Field

The 20th-ranked California men's soccer team (3-2-1 record, 0-0-0 Pac-10), hosts Dartmouth, Sacramento State and Stanford for the 10th annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic this Friday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 17, on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium.

The Golden Bears play the Dartmouth Big Green (1-1-2) at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and then play the Sacramento State Hornets (2-4-0) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Stanford (1-3-2) plays Sacramento State on Friday at 12 p.m. and then plays Dartmouth on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Senior defender Steve Purdy leads Cal in scoring, with six points from a career-high three goals.

The Bears have played all three of its goalkeepers through its six games. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Stefan Frei has played the most minutes (286 minutes, 47 seconds) of the three and has a 0.63 goals-against average.

In the Polls

Cal is ranked No. 20 by Soccer Times and No. 23 in the College Soccer News poll. Cal is unranked by the NSCAA and Soccer America.

Last Week

The Bears won the Stanford Nike Invitational after beating Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, on Sept. 8 and San Jose State, 2-0, on Sept. 10.

Against the Fullerton Titans, senior midfielder Eric Ebert scored in the 77th minute to give Cal a 1-0 non-conference victory over Cal State Fullerton in the opening game of the tournament on Friday evening at the Cardinal's Maloney Field.

Purdy scored a career-high two goals to help Cal blank San Jose State, 2-0, at Spartan Stadium. That win clinched the title of the Stanford Nike Invitational.

Memorable Moments

• Purdy scored just the third and fourth goals of his Cal career against the Spartans. The defender has scored three goals so far in his senior year and scored just one goal prior to this season.

• Cal junior goalkeeper Justin Myers made three saves and earned his second career shutout against San Jose State.

At Last Year's adidas Cal Legacy Classic

Cal won its own tournament for the second straight year, after tying Cal State Northridge, 1-1, in double overtime on Sept. 11 and beating Vanderbilt, 3-0, on Sept. 9. Also, Northridge beat Stanford, 1-0, and Stanford beat Vanderbilt, 2-0.

Defender Tyson Wahl, in his final season for the Bears, was named tournament MVP. Senior teammates Calen Carr, Eric Kronberg and Pieter Berger joined Wahl on the all-tournament team.

Scouting the Big Green

Dartmouth has a 1-1-2 record after losing, 1-0, to George Mason on Sept. 10. Its only win was a 2-0 result over Binghamton on Sept. 1.

The Big Green has scored just two goals, one each from junior midfielder Mike Ordonez and freshman midfielder Daniel Keat. Senior midfielder Peter Savidis has Dartmouth's lone assist.

Senior goalkeeper Rowan Anders has played every minute in goal for the Big Green, has allowed one goal and has a 0.22 GAA.

Jeff Cook is in his sixth year as head coach of Dartmouth.

Scouting the Hornets

Sacramento State has a 2-4-0 record after a 3-0 shutout of Bowling Green on Sunday at the Saint Mary's Classic.

Senior forward Eliot Ricks-Chambers leads the Hornets in scoring, with six points from two goals and two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Ryan Kenny has a 1.30 GAA after starting three games for Sacramento State. Sophomore teammate Nick Gargiulo has a 2.00 GAA after starting two games.

Michael Linenberger is in his 18th year as head coach of Sacramento State.

Looking Ahead

After hosting the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, Cal hosts UCLA at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, and San Diego State at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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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