Cal Battles Stanford In First Half Of Big Clasico
BERKELEY – The California men's soccer team returns to Pac-12 Conference action when it plays at Stanford on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the Big Clasico on the Farm. The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast the game.
The Golden Bears have a 2-5-1 record (0-2-0 Pac-12) heading into Sunday, while Stanford is 3-4-1 (0-2-0 Pac-12).
The rivals will meet for the second time on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in the regular-season finale at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. That match will also air on the Pac-12 Networks.
Live stats for Sunday's Cal-Stanford game are available by clicking here, and fans can follow Twitter updates for all Cal games at @CalMSoc. Click here to access the Pac-12 Networks.
Last Time: Bears Fall to Lions
Cal played 11th-ranked Loyola Marymount to a standstill for most of the Sept. 24, nonconference match at Edwards Stadium. But an 82nd-minute strike by the Lions' Narcisco Cervantes meant a 1-0 loss for the Bears.
Wyatt Meyer had Cal's last best chance, firing a rocket from the top of the box that LMU goalie Jacob Jackson saved in the 88th minute. Goalkeeper Collin Travasos made two saves for the Bears.
About the Bears
- Evan Davila (2 goals, 3 assists) leads the team in points (7) and assists.
- Jack Singer paces the Bears in goals (3) and ranks second in points (6).
- Midfielder/forward Wyatt Meyer has two goals and an assist and ranks third in points (5).
- Goalie Collin Travasos has a 1.43 goals-against average after starting three games.
- Goalkeeper Chris Gustini, who started the first five games, has a 1.48 GAA.
- Kevin Grimes, a five-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year who is Cal's all-time leader with 210 wins, is in his 22nd season as the Bears' head coach.
About the Cardinal
- In its last two games, both at home, Stanford beat UC Irvine, 2-0, on Sept. 23 and lost to Saint Mary's, 1-0, in double overtime on Sept. 27.
- Forward/midfielder Ousseni Bouda leads Stanford in points (10) and assists (6).
- Bouda, forward Zach Ryan, midfielder Will Richmond and defender Andrew Aprahamian pace the Cardinal in goals (2 each).
- Goalkeeper Matt Frank has a 0.67 GAA in seven games.
- Jeremy Gunn is in his 10th year as Stanford's head coach.
Singer, Davila Lauded For Play In Wins
Jack Singer claimed the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week and was named the Gatorade Athlete of the Month by Cal Athletics after scoring three goals to lead Cal to victories over Dixie State on Sept. 3 and UNLV on Sept 5. This is the San Francisco native's first Pac-12 weekly award and the 40th for the Golden Bears program. Evan Davila claimed honorable mention for the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week for his heroics in both games.
Singer, a junior who has played as a defender, midfielder and forward in the early part of the season, netted the gamewinner in Cal's 2-0 victory over Dixie State in the home opener. He then scored Cal's first and third goals in a 4-3 win over UNLV also at Edwards Stadium.
Davila assisted on Singer's goal vs. Dixie State and scored Cal's second, and then the sophomore scored his second goal of the season against UNLV.
Midfielder Fernando Andrade writes Fer Play, a Cal men's soccer blog on CalBears.com. A political science major aspiring to do a double major with business administration, Andrade gives insight and behind the scenes details about the Bears during this unprecedented spring regular season. Click here to read Fer Play.
Cal returns to Edwards Stadium for a pair of conference games against Oregon State on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and against Washington on Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. Both matches will air on the Pac-12 Networks.
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