Cal Faces No. 7 Washington On Saturday In Seattle
BERKELEY – Fresh off a riveting win over then-No. 3 Oregon State, the California men's soccer team heads to Seattle to take on its third-straight top-10 opponent in No. 7 Washington. The Golden Bears play the Huskies on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Husky Soccer Stadium, with the Bears hoping to build on their four-game unbeaten streak.
Fans can watch Saturday's game live on Pac-12 Bay Area and delayed on the Pac-12 Network on Sunday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Please follow the live stats here and game updates on Twitter @CalMSoc.
Cal improved its record to 3-3-1 (3-3-1 Pac-12) after a 0-0, double-overtime tie at then-No. 9 Stanford on Wednesday, March 24, and the 1-0 win over the Beavers on Sunday, March 28, at Witter Rugby Field. UW's record moved to 8-2 (5-2 Pac-12) after the Huskies lost to previously winless San Diego State, 2-0, on March 28 in San Diego.
In Cal's first game against Washington this season, the Bears fell, 2-0, on Feb. 27 at home on Witter Rugby Field.
Last Time: Cal Upsets Oregon State
Juan Martinez scored his first collegiate goal, Collin Travasos earned his third-straight shutout and Cal played excellent overall defense to upset No. 3 Oregon State, 1-0, on March 28, in Berkeley. In the 59th minute, Martinez took a cross from defender Christopher Grey and, from the top of the six-yard box, slotted the ball past OSU goalkeeper Adrian Fernandez.
Travasos made five saves to blank the Beavers. The goalkeeper also made five saves when Cal shut out No. 9 Stanford, 0-0, on March 24.
Cal received votes (17) in this week's United Soccer Coaches' poll, which came out on Tuesday, March 30. Washington fell from No. 4 to No. 7, Oregon State fell to No. 19 and Stanford moved up to No. 6.
In this week' Top Drawer Soccer poll, Washington is ranked eighth, Oregon State is ninth and Stanford is 10th.
- Forward Jonathan Estrada, who scored in wins over San Diego State and UCLA, leads Cal in goals (2) and points (4).
- Midfielder Evan Davila is tied for second in points (3) after netting a goal and an assist at UCLA.
- Forward Arman Samimi, who had the winner and an assist at SDSU, also has three points.
- Forward Nate Carrasco paces the Bears in assists with the two he collected against SDSU.
- Goalkeeper Collin Travasos has a goals-against average of 1.29 and a save percentage of 0.789.
- Midfielder Lucas Churchill's younger brother, Julian, is a freshman midfielder for Washington.
- Kevin Grimes (SMU '90) is in his 21st season as Cal's head coach.
- Grimes is Cal's all-time wins leader (207).
- Grimes' staff includes Cal alumni in assistant coach Jacob Wilson (class of 2009), goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk (class of 1984) and volunteer assistant coach Alec Sundly (class of 2013).
- Washington had a seven-game winning streak snapped against SDSU.
- Dylan Teves – who scored the gamewinner in the earlier game vs. Cal – leads UW in goals (5), points (14) and gamewinning goals (4).
- Charlie Ostrem paces the Huskies in assists (6).
- Jamie Clark is in his 11th season as UW's head coach.
Samimi Named March 16 Pac-12 Player of the Week
The conference named Arman Samimi the Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 16 for the forward's heroics in Cal's 3-2 win at San Diego State on March 13. Along with netting the gamewinning goal, the La Jolla, California, product assisted on Fahmi Ibrahim's first-half strike. The Pac-12 honor was the first of Samimi's career and the first for Cal this season.
Samimi also earned honorable mention for the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
Midfielder Fernando Andrade writes Fer Play, a Cal men's soccer blog on CalBears.com. An aspiring double major in business administration and political science, Andrade gives insight and behind the scenes details about the Bears during this unprecedented spring regular season. Click here to read Fer Play.
Cal hosts its final regular-season home game against San Diego State on Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Witter Rugby Field.