Cal Hosts Saint Mary’s On Sunday
BERKELEY – The Cal men's occer team concludes a four-game homestand when the Golden Bears welcome Saint Mary's to Edwards Stadium for a nonconference game on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.
Cal has a 2-1-3 record, while the Gaels are 5-2 ahead of a Wednesday game at Cal State Northridge.
Admission is free for Cal students at Sunday's game. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (ages 65-up) and youth (2-17).
Those who can't make the trip to Edwards can watch the action via the Cal Live Stream – with Dr. Derek Van Rheenen and fellow Cal men's soccer alumnus David Gustafson announcing – and can follow live stats here. As always, fans can follow Twitter updates for the Bears at @CalMSoc.
BeLOnG Blog Features Fernando Andrade
Fernando Andrade – Cal men's soccer's resident blogger, vlogger, podcast host, etc. – wrote this week's BeLOnG Blog entry for CalBears.com. Entitled Just A Kid From Chula Vista, Andrade's post discusses identity and life as a Mexican American from the San Diego suburb. The busy Golden Bear was also profiled over the summer in this Cal Sports Quarterly feature, Relentless Dedication.
Bears Go 1-1 To Open Pac-12 Play
Forward Nonso Adimabua scored his first goal as a Golden Bear and Adrian Guzman posted a goal and an assist to lead Cal to a 2-0 win over San Diego State in the teams' Pac-12 opener on Sept. 15 at Edwards Stadium.
In the 36th minute, Guzman sent a bending cross into the box, and Adimabua, rushing into the SDSU six-yard box, tapped the ball inside the far post to give Cal a 1-0 lead. Guzman scored his first goal of the season in the 43rd minute, eluding two Aztecs at the top of the box and then looping a shot into the upper left corner of the net to give Cal its 2-0 lead.
On Sept. 18 in Berkeley, Cal continued conference action against 25th-ranked UCLA. In the 40th minute, Shoei Honda latched onto the ball after a scrum in the UCLA box and backheeled the ball past goalkeeper Nate Crockford to give Cal a 1-0 lead.
But UCLA responded. In the 45th minute, the Bruins' Kevin Diaz scored from close range, and the teams took a 1-1 tie into halftime. In the 76th minute, UCLA's Jose Contell scored on a header to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
About the Bears
- Shoei Honda leads the team in goals (3) and point (6)
- Goalkeeper and team captain Collin Travasos has compiled a 1.14 goals-against average with two shutouts while playing every minute in goal for the Bears this season
- Nonso Adimabua, Nate Carrasco, Adrian Guzman, Juan Martinez and Wyatt Meyer, another team captain, are tied for the team high in assists with one each
- Travasos and defender Kevin Carmichael lead Cal in minutes played with 630 each
- Cal recently added former Boston University defender George Abunaw to the roster; a graduate student, Abunaw attends Berkeley Law
- 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.
About the Gaels
- In its previous two games, the Gaels won at UC Irvine, 3-1, on Sept. 12 at Irvine and won at Cal Poly, 1-0, on Sept. 17
- In Irvine, forward Jack Vestberg recorded the 73rd-minute gamewinner, with Tyler Hardin and Louis Sterobo also scoring for the Gaels
- Midfielder Wade Mottitt scored the 16th-minute gamewinner vs. the Mustangs
- Forward Riley Lynch (2 goals, 4 assists, 8 points) leads his team in assists and points
- Vestberg paces the Gaels in goals (3)
- In five starts, goalkeeper Kash Oladapo has a 1.80 goals-gainst average
- Adam Cooper is in his 17th season as head coach of Saint Mary's
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 return to Pac-12 Conference play when they head down to the Farm to play Stanford on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.