Cal Starts Pac-12 Play Vs. SDSU, No. 25 UCLA
BERKELEY – California men's soccer opens Pac-12 Conference play when the Golden Bears host San Diego State at 4 p.m. on Thursday on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. They continue conference action on Sunday at 4 p.m. when the Bears take on 25th-ranked UCLA in the third game of a four-game homestand.
Cal brings a 1-1-3 record into Thursday's game, while SDSU is 2-3-1. UCLA has a 3-2-0 record ahead of the Bruins' Thursday game at Stanford.
The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast Cal's two games, the second of which is part of a doubleheader with Cal women's soccer, which hosts Penn at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
For those who can't make the trip to Edwards, you can follow Thursday's live stats here and Sunday's live stats here. As always, fans can follow Twitter updates for the Bears at @CalMSoc.
Bears Beat CBU On Honda's Strike
Shoei Honda's 78th-minute goal handed a 1-0 win over California Baptist on Saturday at Edwards Stadium and served as an early birthday present for Leonard Griffin, who earned his first victory as Cal's head coach one day before his birthday.
On the scoring play, Cal midfielder Evan Davila stole the ball from a Lancer in midfield, nutmegged another CBU player and then paased to Nonso Adimabua, who was converging on the CBU box. Drawing multiple defenders, Adimabua passed to Honda on the far post, and the sophomore forward slotted the ball past goalkeeper Nolan Premack for the eventual gamewinner.
About the Bears
- Cal recently added former Boston University defender George Abunaw to the roster; a graduate student, Abunaw attends Berkeley Law
- After five games, Honda and Fahmi Ibrahim are tied for the team lead Cal in goals (2) and points (4)
- Goalkeeper and team captain Collin Travasos has compiled a 1.20 goals-against average with one shutout while playing every minute in goal for the Bears this season
- Adimabua, Nate Carrasco, Juan Martinez and Wyatt Meyer are tied for the team high in assists with one each
- Travasos and defender Kevin Carmichael lead Cal in minutes played with 450 each
- Head coach Leonard Griffin returned to Cal in March 2022, after leading Grand Canyon 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.
- SDSU opened with losses to Cal State Northridge (2-1), LMU (2-1) and Omaha (1-0) before tying No. 7 Creighton (2-2) and beating UNLV (5-0) and No. 6 Denver (2-1)
- Defender Elias Katsaros was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring two goals in SDSU's Sunday upset of Denver and netting one goal vs. UNLV on Friday
- Forward C.J Fodrey leads SDSU in points (8) and is tied for the goals lead with Katsaros (3)
- Fodrey is also tied with multiple teammates with a SDSU-high two assists
- Goalie Jacob Castro has a 1.33 GAA and one shutout through six games
- Ryan Hopkins is in his third season as SDSU's head coach
- The Bruins play at Stanford on Thursday at 6 p.m.
- After defeating UC Irvine (1-0), Virginia Tech (1-0) and Liberty (5-2) to start the season, UCLA lost to Grand Canyon (3-2) and at Portland (2-0) last week
- Defender Pietro Grassi is on the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List
- Midfielder Riley Ferch and forward Constantinos Michaelides are tied for team highs in goals (2) and points (5)
- Goalkeeper Nate Crockford has a 1.40 GAA with two shutouts
- Ryan Jorden is in his fourth season as UCLA'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 host Saint Mary's on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. in a game that will air on the Cal Live Stream.
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