Bears Fall To Dons
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team held a 1-1 tie with visiting San Francisco at halftime of their Saturday game at Edwards Stadium, but the Dons added four more in the second half, and the Golden Bears fell, 5-1.
Cal's record stands at 3-5-4. USF has a 7-3-2 record.
"It's embarrassing to lose that way at home," said Cal head coach Leonard Griffin, coaching against USF for the first time since leaving his head coaching post with the Dons in 2021. "We have to take a hard look at ourselves in the mirror and try to figure out what are the next steps moving forward. There are still a lot of games to be played and a lot of games in conference. We have to pick the group back up and try to make progress."
With Cal trailing 1-0 after a 14th-minute goal by USF's Max Hamelink, forward Shoei Honda scored the equalizer in the 44th minute, lashing the ball into the net after a nice cross by Wyatt Meyer.
The teams took the draw into halftime.
In the 55th minute, Hamelink set up Rodrigo Bueno's goal, which gave the Dons a 2-1 lead. USF struck again in the 66th minute, when Max Chretien scored. Hamelink got his second in the 79th minute and then earned a hat trick when he converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute to complete the scoring.
Cal returns to its Pac-12 Conference schedule when the Bears play at UCLA on Oct. 20 and at San Diego State on Oct. 23.