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Cal Hosts No. 22 UCLA, SDSU

Oct 19, 2021
Nate Carrasco, who collected a goal and an assist in Cal's tie at Santa Clara, returns to Pac-12 play vs. UCLA and San Diego State.

BERKELEY – The California men's soccer team returns to Pac-12 Conference play this week when the Golden Bears host 22nd-ranked UCLA on Thursday at 12 p.m. and San Diego State on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is free for both games at Edwards Stadium.
 
Cal has a 2-8-2 overall record (0-5-0 Pac-12). UCLA is 8-4-0 (3-2-0 Pac-12), while San Diego State – which plays at Stanford on Thursday – is currently 7-3-2 (2-3-0 Pac-12).
 
Live stats for Cal-UCLA are available here, and the Cal-SDSU live stats are here. Fans can follow Twitter updates for all Cal games at @CalMSoc. The Pac-12 Network will broadcast Thursday's game, while Pac-12 Bay Area will televise Cal vs. SDSU.

Fan Attendance Policy

Cal Athletics follows all state and local public health guidelines to mitigate risk and support the health and well-being of those who attend Cal athletic events. Under these policies, fans attending outdoor events on campus are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e., restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances for fans upon request.

  

Individuals who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are under a quarantine or isolation order should not attend.

These protocols are subject to change based on local, state and national guidelines.
 
Last Time: Bears Tie Broncos
Trailing 3-0 at halftime to host Santa Clara, Cal erupted for three second-half goals to send the Oct. 16 game to overtime. In the 73rd minute, Wyatt Meyer headed in Evan Davila's cross for Cal's first goal, and in the 76th minute, Shoei Honda scored off a Nate Carrasco assist to make the score 3-2. Cal got the equalizer at 84:59, with Carrasco heading in a Christian Gomez cross. The Bears also got five saves from goalkeeper Collin Travasos, who started the second half. The nonconference match ultimately ended in a 3-3 tie after two OTs.
 
About the Bears

  • Midfielder Evan Davila (2 goals, 4 assists) continues to lead the team in points (8) and assists.
  • Midfielder Wyatt Meyer ranks second in points (7) and is tied for the team lead in goals (3) with Jack Singer and forward Shoei Honda.
  • Singer and Honda are tied for third in points (6), and each has one gamewinning goal.
  • Senior goalkeeper Chris Gustini has a 1.54 goals-against average in eight starts, while Collin Travasos, a redshirt sophomore, has a 2.51 GAA in four starts.
  • Both Davila and Meyer have family connections to Cal. Taylor Davila, Evan's brother, patrolled the Bears' midfield from 2018-19, and now plays professionally for the Los Angeles Galaxy II. Jennifer Thomas, Meyer's mother, played for the Cal women's soccer team from 1982-85, and was an assistant coach for the Cal women's team for 11 seasons.
  • Five-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year Kevin Grimes, who is the Bears' all-time leader with 210 wins, is in his 22nd season as Cal's head coach.

About UCLA

  • Freshman forward Aaron Edwards was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring the first two goals of his career to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 comeback win over No. 14 Loyola Marymount on Oct. 14.
  • Midfielder Tucker Lepley leads his team in points (12) and is tied with forward Kevin Diaz and defender Tommy Silva for the lead in goals (4 each).
  • Goalkeeper Justin Garces has a 1.10 GAA and three shutouts in 11 starts.
  • Backup goalie Tyler Kirberg started against LMU and has a 0.82 GAA.
  • Ryan Jorden is in his third season as UCLA's head coach.

About SDSU

  • San Diego State beat San Diego, 2-1, in its last game on Oct. 15.
  • Midfielder Blake Bowen notched his team-high second gamewinning goal vs. USD.
  • Midfielder Andre Ochoa leads the way in goals (5) and points (10).
  • Midfielder Iñigo Villaldea paces SDSU in assists (4).
  • Jacob Castro, who has played every minute in goal for SDSU, has a 0.47 GAA, which ranks second in the Pac-12.
  • Castro leads the conference in shutouts (7), saves (44), and save percentage (.880).
  • Ryan Hopkins is in his second year as SDSU's head coach.

Last Time Vs. SDSU & UCLA
Cal lost its Pac-12 opener, 2-0, to 21st-ranked San Diego State on Sept. 16 in San Diego, with Andre Ochoa scoring twice for SDSU. Freshman forward Shoei Honda posted a team-high three shots for the Bears, and Cal goalkeeper Collin Travasos made three saves in his first start of the season.
 
On Sept. 19 in Los Angeles, Honda scored his second goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as Cal lost to UCLA, 2-1. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a 21st-minute goal by Tucker Lepley and got its second goal in the 40th minute from Tommy Silva. The Bears scored in the 43rd minute when Evan Davila slipped a pass to Honda inside the top of UCLA's box, and Honda converted a first-time shot to give Cal momentum heading into halftime. But the Bears couldn't produce the equalizer.
 
Next Time
Cal continues Pac-12 play at No. 8 Oregon State on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and at No. 1 Washington on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. and then closes the regular season with a Nov. 11 rematch with Stanford in the Big Clasico at Edwards Stadium.