No. 7 Bears Clash with Bruins, Aztecs on Road This Week
Oct. 28, 2008
No. 7 California embarks on its final road trip of the regular season this week, as it heads down to Southern California to face No. 23 UCLA and San Diego State. The Golden Bears (7-2-4, 2-1-2) lost to the Bruins and tied with the Aztecs when they met earlier this season in Berkeley. The Bears take the field against UCLA on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. and SDSU on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m.
Bears Top Cardinal in Overtime, Grimes Earns 100th victory
Cal head coach Kevin Grimes earned his 100th career coaching victory at Cal on Oct. 18 when the Bears topped Stanford, 1-0, at Stanford. Sophomore Servando Carrasco kicked in a rebound off a shot by sophomore Hector Jimenez in overtime to give the Bears the victory. Junior goalkeeper Stefan Frei made two saves and earned his fifth shutout of the season.
In the Rankings
Cal is currently ranked No. 7 in the Soccer Times' poll. They improved to No. 8 in the NSCAA and No. 9 in the College Soccer News polls, No. 11 in Top Drawer Soccer and No. 15 in the Soccer America rankings.
Among conference leaders, Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in goals-against average (0.80), saves (43) and shutouts per game (0.38). Hector Jimenez leads the Pac-10 in assists per game at 0.54. Sophomore Andrew Wiedeman leads the conference in points per game (1.23) and is tied for first in game-winning goals (2) with seven other players, one of which is Servando Carrasco.
Cal, as a team, leads the conference in goals per game (1.85), assists per game (2.23), shutouts (5) and goals-against average (0.79), goals allowed (11), and is tied for first in shutouts with six.
Jimenez, Carrasco Making a Big Impact
Heading into this season, two players Cal was counting on to lead the team were Andrew Wiedeman and Stefan Frei. While those two have been having strong seasons, they aren't the only Bears playing well right now. Servando Carrasco and Hector Jimenez have both been instrumental in the Bears success in 2008.
Putting in the game-winning goal at Stanford on Oct. 18 moved Carrasco up to second on the team in goals this year with three. He is also tied for the second on the team in points with Jimenez with 11.
Jimenez leads the team in assists with seven and also has two goals on the year. His seven assists also have him tied for first in the conference in that category and 14th overall in the nation.
Scouting the Opposition
UCLA (7-4-5, 5-1-1) has been on a roll, winning its last four in a row and taking a commanding first-place lead in the conference. In addition, all four wins have been shutout victories.
SDSU (3-8-3, 1-3-3) hasn't had as much luck as the Bruins, going winless in its last five outings. Before managing a tie last Sunday, the Aztecs had lost their last three straight.
Cal heads home for the final two weeks of the regular season. The Bears will host Washington and Oregon State next weekend. taking on the Beavers on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and the Huskies on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Edwards Stadium.