No. 3 Cal Competes in Stanford Nike Classic This Week
Sept. 16, 2008
Following back-to-back 1-1 ties, the third-ranked California men's soccer team heads to The Farm for the Stanford Nike Classic this weekend. The Golden Bears (3-0-2) tied with Bay Area foe Santa Clara last weekend. Cal and Drake will meet Friday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. at Stanford. The Bears then face No. 8 Creighton Sunday, Sept. 21, at 12 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Bears Tie Broncos, Remain Unbeaten
Following 89 scoreless minutes, both Cal and Santa Clara scored in the final minute of of their match on Friday, Sept. 12, at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match eventually ended in a 1-1 draw. After the Broncos netted the first goal at 89:16, senior Tyler Barry sent the contest into overtime on a penalty kick at 89:56. The goal was the first of the season for Barry.
Cal's sophomore class has been a big factor in the team's early success this year. In the first week of the season, Andrew Wiedeman garnered national and conference recognition for earning five points in the first two games. A.J. Soares scored his first two collegiate goals two weeks ago, one of which was the game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw against SMU. Davis Paul is second on the team in points (6). He had an assist on the game-tying goal against SMU and scored twice against Cornell. Servando Carrasco is second on the team in shots (14) and tied for third in points (5).
In the Rankings
Cal remained high in the national polls after last weekend's draw. In the NSCAA poll, the Bears remained at No. 6. They're also listed in the top 5 of four other polls - No. 3 in the College Soccer News and Soccer Times polls, No. 4 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and No. 5 in the Soccer America poll.
Among conference leaders, junior keeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in goals-against average at 0.57. Sophomore Hector Jimenez leads the Pac-10 in assists with four.
Cal as a team leads the conference in points (36), assists (14) and goals-against average (0.55).
Scouting the Opposition
Drake prepares for Cal this week sporting a perfect 6-0 record. In addition to their perfect record, the Bulldogs have not given up a goal yet this season. Keeper Michael Drozd has made 16 saves en route to earning five shutouts, while Jordan Kadlec recorded the other shutout.
The Bulldogs have scored 11 goals in 2008 with Hunter Kennedy and Garrett Webb each scoring three of them. Webb leads the club with nine points (3G, 3A).
High-ranked Creighton suffered its first defeat of the campaign last weekend, falling to UMKC, 1-0, last Sunday. Still, the Bluejays defense has only surreneded two goals in four contests.
Jeff Thayer leads the team in points (2G, 2A). Keeper Brian Holt currently has a goal-against average of 0.50.
Cal remains at home next weekend for the final match of the non-conference schedule. The Bears will tangle with USF Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m.