Sept. 23, 2008
The No. 6 California men's soccer team looks to rebound this week after suffering its first loss of the season in its last match. The Golden Bears (4-1-2) host USF in the final regular season non-conference match of 2008. The Dons head across the bay with a record of 1-4-1. Cal and USF will meet on Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Bears Top Drake, Fall to Creighton
Cal finished 1-1 in last weekend's Stanford Nike Classic, as it defeated Drake, 2-0, and lost to then-No. 8 Creighton, 2-0. The Bears, who were ranked third last weekend, got goals from sophomores Hector Jimenez and Servando Carrasco against Drake. Fellow sophomores Davis Paul and Andrew Wiedeman collected assists on the goals.
In the Rankings
Cal dropped a little bit in the national polls after splitting last weekend's matches. In the NSCAA poll, the Bears fell to No. 11. They're still listed in the top 10 of three other polls - No. 6 in Top Drawer Soccer, No. 7 in College Soccer News and No. 8 in the Soccer Times polls. Cal also dropped down to No. 14 in the Soccer America poll.
Among conference leaders, junior goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in goals-against average at 0.68 and saves (23). Sophomores Hector Jimenez and Andrew Wiedeman lead the Pac-10 in assists with four.
Cal as a team leads the conference in points (42), assists (16), shutouts (3), and goals-against average (0.67) and tied for first in saves with 24.
Last Year Against the Dons
USF leads the all-time series against Cal, 21-10-2. The two squared off last year in San Francisco with the Dons pulling out a 2-1 win. The Bears got on the board first in the sixth minute when Javier Ayala-Hil headed a shot in the back of the net with assists from Imaan Kerchgani and Servando Carrasco.
A little over four minutes after Ayala-Hil's goal, USF tallied its first score. In the 11th minute, Chinn took a shot from 15 feet out that found the lower left corner of the goal.
The Dons didn't wait very long after halftime to notch the game-winning goal. In the 50th minute, Chinn scored his second goal of the game to give the Dons the lead for good.
Scouting the Opposition
Conor Chinn, the Don who scored twice against Cal in last year's encounter, returns this year for USF and currently leads the Dons in points (4) and goals (2). Despite Chinn's success, scoring has been hard to come by as USF only has three goals in the six games that its played.
Jeremy Coupe has been in the goal four times for USF this year and has posted one shutout. He currently boasts a goals-against average of 0.68.
USF opened the campaign with a 1-0 loss to then-No. 20 Northwestern and has also fallen to Stanford by a score of 1-0.
Cal hits the road for the Pac-10 opener next weekend. The Bears will clash with Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore., and Washington on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. in Seattle, Wash.