Cal Hosts USF In Final Exhibition
BERKELEY – California men's soccer plays its third and final exhibition game of the preseason when the Golden Bears host San Francisco at 1 p.m. on Friday on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium.
Games at Edwards Stadium are open to the public. For the 2021 fall season, all non-conference games – including Friday's exhibition – will be free of charge.
Friday's game will also be live streamed here. Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas – Cal's Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging – will provide play-by-play and Dr. Derek Van Rheenen – the Athletic Study Center's Executive Director, a UC Berkeley professor and a Cal men's soccer alumnus – is the analyst for the broadcast.
Cal – which tied its first two exhibitions – starts the regular season on Aug. 26 in Moraga at Saint Mary's. After another nonconference road game Aug. 29 at UC Santa Barbara, Cal hosts its first regular-season home game on Sept. 3 against Dixie State at 1 p.m. and then hosts UNLV on Sept. 5 also at 1 p.m.
During the regular season, tickets will be available for purchase on game day for all conference games. Admission for conference games is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and $5 for youth. For more information, please visit the CalBears.com ticket page or text/call the Gold Standard Sales and Service team at (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).
Fans are encouraged to wear masks at Edwards Stadium, as the wearing of masks is an important tool in fighting COVID-19.
Fans can follow Twitter updates of Friday's game at @CalMSoc.
Last Time: Meyers, Martinez Score In Tie With Spartans
Sophomore forward Wyatt Meyer scored in the 75th minute to give the Cal men's soccer team a 2-1 lead over San Jose State in an exhibition game on Aug. 15 in San Jose. But the host Spartans netted the equalizer in the 84th minute, and the teams settled for a 2-2 tie.
The Golden Bears' exhibition record is now 0-0-2. San Jose State has a 0-0-1 exhibition record.
Cal took a 1-0 lead on a solo effort by midfielder Juan Martinez in the 20th minute. With just seconds remaining till halftime, San Jose State defender Eduardo Miranda scored to send the teams into the break tied 1-1.
At 74:44, Meyer netted the go-ahead goal off an assist from freshman defender Santiago Hopkins. But at 83:07, SJSU defender Jamal Adam hit a 20-yard free kick that took a deflection and wound up in the Bears' net.
Sophomore forward Nate Carrasco had Cal's last scoring chance at 89:20, with Spartans goalkeeper Eric Waltz making a save.
About the Bears
- Cal tied Sacramento State in its first exhibition game of the season on Aug. 13 in Berkeley.
- Goalkeepers Collin Travasos and Chris Gustini made two saves each and combined to shutout the Hornets.
- Among the other Bears back this season are spring 2021 All-Pac-12 honorees Christopher Grey (first team), Alonzo Del Mundo (honorable mention), JJ Foe Nuphaus (honorable mention) and Ian Lonergan (honorable mention).
- Along with his All-Pac-12 honor, forward Alonzo Del Mundo (1 goal, 1 assist) earned a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region second team.
- Forward Jonathan Estrada paced the Bears in points (8) and goals (3) last season and tied for the team high in assists (2) with forward Nate Carrasco.
- Collin Travasos shone in his debut season, notching three shutouts and a 1.59 goals-against average.
- Both Travasos and forward Arman Samimi (1 goal, 1 assist) earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors in the spring regular season.
- Kevin Grimes, Cal's all-time leader with 208 victories, is in his 22nd season as head coach.
- The last time Cal played USF was in the 2019 regular season, when the Bears prevailed 2-0 to give Kevin Grimes his 200th-career win at Edwards Stadium.
About the Dons
- USF hosts San Jose State Wednesday at 5 p.m. in its first exhibition game of the preseason.
- The Dons had a 5-4-2 record in the 2021 spring regular season.
- Forward Nonso Admabua was named to the preseason All-WCC team.
- Adimabua was the WCC Freshman of the Year in spring 2021, when he led his team in goals (3), assists (5) and points (11).
- Returning Dons Shayan Charalaghi (a defender), Kevyn Lo (defender), Ivo Neto (forward/midfielder) and Dominic Valdivia (midfielder) earned All-WCC honorable mention in the spring, while midfielder Gabriel Bracken Serra joined Adimabua on the conferences all-freshman team.
- Goalkeeper Brandon Keniston played parts of five games in the spring and compiled a 1.59 goals-against average.
- Chris Brown is in his first season as the Dons' head coach, replacing former Cal assistant coach Leonard Griffin, who's now the head coach at Grand Canyon.