Bears Host Lancers Saturday
BERKELEY – The Cal men's soccer team begins a four-game homestand when it hosts the California Baptist Lancers on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Golden Bears' second game of the season on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium.
After playing three of the first four games of the season on the road, Cal has a 0-1-3 record. The Lancers are 3-1-0.
Admission is free for this game. For those who can't make the trip to Edwards, you can watch the game on Cal's live stream by clicking here and follow live stats here. As always, fans can follow Twitter updates for the Bears at @CalMSoc.
The announcers for the Cal live stream this week are Dr. Derek Van Rheenen, the Executive Director of the Athletic Study Center a Cal men's soccer alumnus and a member of the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame, along with fellow Cal men's soccer alum Michael Nieto, Cal's all-time leader in assists (40) who also ranks third in career points (88) for the Bears. Additionally, Dr. Van Rheenen is the Faculty Coordinator of the BSE-wide M.A. Program and the Faculty Director of the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education (CSSE) Master's degree specialization for students studying the intersections of school and sport.
Bears Tie UCs In SoCal
In the Bears' two most recent games, they tied UC Irvine, 1-1, on Sept. 2 and tied UC San Diego, 1-1, on Sept. 4 and have now played to three consecutive 1-1 ties, including a 1-1 result with Villanova on Aug. 28 in Berkeley.
Against the Anteaters, forward Nate Carrasco – assisted by midfielder Juan Martinez – staked Cal to a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute. But UCI's Jake Means scored seconds from the final whistle, and the teams settled for the 1-1 result.
UCSD took a 1-0 lead over the Bears on Alessandro Allen's penalty kick in the 71st minute. Cal forward Fahmi Ibrahim scored on a 20-yard blast in the 72nd minute for the equalizer.
About the Bears
- After four games, Ibrahim leads Cal in goals (2) and points (4)
- Goalkeeper and team captain Collin Travasos has compiled a 1.50 goals-against average while playing every minute in goal for the Bears this season
- Carrasco, Martinez and Wyatt Meyer – who set up Ibrahim's goal against the Tritons – are tied for the team high in assists with one each
- Travasos and defender Kevin Carmichael lead Cal in minutes played with 360 each
- Head coach Leonard Griffin returned to Cal in March 2022, after leading Grand Canyon to a 15-4-1 record and to the NCAA tournament in fall 2021. A UCLA alumnus (class of 2005) and a former Cal assistant coach in 2013, Griffin was part of the Bruins' NCAA championship team in 2002.
About The Lancers
- CBU defeated the University of St. Thomas, 3-1, on Aug. 25, lost at UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, Aug. 28, beat Gonzaga, 2-1, Sept. 1 and knocked off San Diego, 2-0, on Sept. 5
- Forward Bryan Iliohan was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after scoring two goals against Gonzaga and assisting on a goal against USD
- Iliohan is tied with forward Luis Mueller for team highs in goals (2), assists (2) and points (6)
- Goalkeeper Nolan Premack was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after shutting out USD and allowing just one goal in the Lancers' last two games
- Premack has a 0.67 GAA in three starts
- Coe Michaelson is in his seventh year as CBU's head coach
Nonso Adimabua Named Player To Watch
New Bear Nonso Adimabua earned national distinction on Aug. 16 when the United Soccer Coaches named him to its list of 30 forwards to watch this season.
Adimabua, a junior transfer from San Francisco, played his freshman year at USF under Leonard Griffin. In the 2021 spring regular-season, Adimabua was named the WCC Freshman of the Year and named to the All-WCC first team after leading USF in points (11), goals (3) and assists (5).
In the fall of 2021, the Asaba, Nigeria, product led USF in points (11) and goals (5) and again earned All-WCC first-team status. Also in his sophomore season, Adimabua was named to the United Soccer Coaches West Region second team after he tied for third in shots on goal (17) in the WCC and finished fifth in shots (38), tied for fifth in goals and ninth in points in the conference.
The Bears start Pac-12 Conference play when they host San Diego State on Sept. 15 and then host UCLA on Sept. 18 at Edwards Stadium.
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