No. 9 Bears Close Out Regular Season at Stanford

Nov. 1, 2006

BERKELEY - Ninth-ranked California (12-4-1, 7-2-0 Pac-10), the 2006 Pac-10 champion, ends the regular season when it travels to conference rival Stanford (6-7-4, 4-3-2) for a game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Maloney Field.

The Golden Bears beat the Cardinal, 2-0, in the first-game of the season series on Oct. 20 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.

Lexus Gauntlet Challenge
This game is part of the Lexus Gauntlet, the year-long, all-sports challenge between rivals Cal and Stanford. If Cal beats the Cardinal, the Bears will gain five points for sweeping the season series with Stanford, and Cal will lead the Lexus Gauntlet, 10-5.

The 2006-2007 academic year will mark the third year of the partnership with Lexus and the two universities. Stanford has won the first two trophies in the challenge with the Bears.

A portion of the Lexus Gauntlet sponsorship is provided in recognition of good sportsmanship in competition between the schools. An annual scholarship recipient at both schools is determined and recognized at the end of each academic year when the Lexus Gauntlet trophy is presented.

Ayala-Hil Named Soccer America Player of the Week
Junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil, Cal's leading scorer, was named the men's Soccer America Player of the Week, after scoring a hat trick in a 4-1 win over UCLA last Sunday in Los Angeles that clinched the Pac-10 title for the Bears. He also is on this week's Soccer America Team of the Week.

The product of East Palo Alto, Calif., scored in the 12th, 58th and 77th minutes against the Bruins. His second goal was the game-winning strike.

Ayala-Hil leads the Bears in points (20), goals (9) and game-winning goals (4). He also has two assists.

In the National Polls
Cal is ranked No. 11 by the NSCAA/adidas poll, No. 9 by College Soccer News, No. 10 by Soccer Times and No. 11 by Soccer America.

Purdy Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 17
Purdy was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal against Oregon State on Oct. 13 and leading a defense that shut down high-scoring Kevin Forrest in Cal's 3-2 (1OT) win over Washington on Oct. 15.

This was Purdy's first Pac-10 Player of the Week award and the Bears' 10th such honor overall.

Against the Beavers, Purdy hit a 30-yard free kick in the 85th minute to give Cal a 1-0 victory. The Huskies' Forrest, who at the time led the Pac-10 with 23 points, had just two shots, no goals and no assists against Purdy and the Bears.

Last Time Against Stanford
Cal beat Pac-10 rival Stanford, 2-0, on Senior Day on Oct. 20 at Edwards Stadium.

Junior defender Luke Sassano set up the first goal, sending a cross in the box to sophomore midfielder Pat Marion, who scored past Stanford goalkeeper John Moore in the 45th minute.

In the 53rd minute, senior midfielder Nick Hatzke and Purdy assisted on an insurance goal by sophomore forward Jacob Wilson, who headed in his goal past Stanford goalkeeper John Moore from point-blank range.

Looking Ahead
Cal, a likely at-large entrant into the postseason, awaits the NCAA Championship tournament selection show, which ESPNews will broadcast between 1-2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.

The Pac-10 Conference does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship this season.

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