Cal Ties Hornets 0-0 In Exhibition Soccer
BERKELEY – The final result – a 0-0 regulation tie with Sacramento State in a Friday afternoon exhibition game – was a footnote on a day that saw the California men's soccer team return to play on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium for the first time since 2019.
"It's been two years since we've played on our home field, and it's just so good to be back," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said.
Cal played its spring regular season on the turf at Witter Rugby Field, with all but its last home game devoid of fans.
About 200 fans watched the Golden Bears in their homecoming on Goldman Field.
"It's exciting getting out on the grass," Cal midfielder Christian Gomez said. "It's a privilege to be out here. It was just really fun, and having a great turnout with the crowd brought some energy for the guys. I told the guys right before the game, 'It's starting to feel normal again.' The younger guys are excited, and as one of the older guys, it's just good to be back."
Starting goalkeeper Collin Travasos made two saves for the Bears, and teammate Chris Gustini made two saves in about 29 minutes.
The Bears also earned a 2-0 victory over the Hornets in a 30-minute mini-game – with Adrian Guzman and Jack Singer scoring – after the 90-minute exhibition.
Cal next plays on Sunday at 7 p.m. in an exhibition at San Jose State, before the Bears close out the preseason with an exhibition vs. San Francisco on Aug. 20 in Berkeley.