Cal Battles No. 13/17 Stanford on Saturday on the Farm
Nov. 10, 2009
California (8-8-1 overall, 2-6-1 Pac-10) closes out the regular season by playing its rival, No. 13/17 Stanford (10-4-2, 4-3-2 Pac-10), at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Cardinal's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. In the first match of this year's two-game series, the Golden Bears defeated Stanford, 1-0, on Oct. 2 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.
The Bears ranks sixth and last in the overall conference standings, while Stanford stands second in the Pac-10. UCLA has already repeated as conference champion and claimed the accompanying automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal has lost six of its last eight games since beating Stanford on an Andrew Wiedeman goal on Oct. 2. It their last two games, the Bears tied at Washington, 1-1, on Oct. 30 and lost at Oregon State, 1-0, on Nov. 1.
The Bears triumphed in their last game at Stanford, a 1-0 overtime victory in 2008 that marked Cal head coach Kevin Grimes' 100th-career win. Now in his 10th season at Cal, Grimes currently has 113 career wins.
Wiedeman, a member of the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, continues to lead Cal in points (25), goals (11) and game-winning goals (5). The junior forward is also tied for the Pac-10 Conference lead in game-winning goals and ranks second in the conference in points (25), goals and goals per game (0.65). Named a preseason All-American by Soccer America and College Soccer News, Wiedeman is tied for second in points per game (1.47) in the Pac-10.
Junior midfielder Hector Jimenez and Wiedeman earned spots on this season's ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 team. Jimenez paces the Bears and the Pac-10 in assists (9) and assists per game (0.53). He ranks third in points (11) for Cal this year. He now ranks second all time in the Cal record books in assists (26); Mike Nieto (1982-85) holds the record of 40. Jimenez is also fourth in single-season assists; Peter Woodring set the record of 12 in 1990.
Senior forward Jeff Cosgriff ranks second at Cal in points (16), goals (6) and assists (40) this year. Cosgriff also ranks behind Wiedeman in most game-winning goals, with two.
Cal sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham has a 1.02 goals-against average in 15 starts.
As a team, Cal leads the Pac-10 in goals (27) and ranks second in the conference in average attendance (882).
Scouting the Opposition
Stanford is ranked No. 13 by Soccer America and No. 17 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In its last two games, the Cardinal tied Washington, 0-0, in double overtime on Nov. 1 in Seattle and defeated Oregon State, 3-2, on Oct. 30 in Corvallis, Ore.
In the win over the Beavers, Stanford took a 3-1 lead on an 84th-minute Adam Jahn goal. The Cardinal allowed an OSU goal at 89:28 before clinching the win. Jahn, a freshman forward, and senior forward/midfielder Evan Morgan each tallied a goal and an assist against the Beavers.
Morgan leads the Cardinal in assists with four and ranks second in points (12) and goals (4) behind junior midfielder/defender Bobby Warshaw (13 points, 6 goals). Senior goalkeeper John Moore, who's played every minute in goal for Stanford this season, has a 0.90 GAA.
Bret Simon is in his eighth year as Stanford's head coach.
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