November 3, 1998
THIS WEEK Fri. Nov. 6 #19 CS Fullerton Witter Field 3:00 p.m. Sun. Nov. 8 UC Irvine Witter Field 1:00 p.m.
BEARS RESUME MPSF SLATE: Cal (6-9-1, 3-3 MPSF) wraps up a four-game home stand this weekend against No. 19 Cal State Fullerton (12-4-1, 5-1 MPSF) Friday at 3 p.m. and versus UC Irvine Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games are double headers with the Cal women's team. The Golden Bears have four games remaining on their schedule (three home, one away).
CAL-ADIDAS LEGACY CLASSIC IN REVIEW: The Cal men's soccer team has played one of the most ambitious schedules in the country this year. Unfortunately, the breaks haven't gone their way this season as Cal lost to No. 9 St. John's 3-2 in double overtime Sunday at the Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic. Saturday, a blanket of darkness covered Memorial Stadium around 5:15 p.m. as the Bears tied Rider 0-0 with the game being called due to darkness after 110 minutes (five minutes into the second 15 minute overtime period.) Stanford won the tournament, defeating St. John's, 1-0 and Rider, 2-0.
SCOUTING CS FULLERTON: CS Fullerton is 12-4-1 overall and is in second in the MSPF Conference at 5-1. The Titans comes to Berkeley ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA poll and are red hot, having won seven of their last eight contests. Fullerton is second in the MPSF in scoring at 2.82 goals per game thanks largely to junior forward Colby Jackson, who leads the MPSF in scoring with 36 points (14G, 8A). Sophomore midfielder Art Ramirez is third in the MPSF with 29 points (13G, 3A).
SCOUTING UC IRVINE: UC Irvine heads into this weekend's action with an 8-9 overall record, 2-4 in the MPSF. Friday, the Anteaters play Stanford before playing Cal Sunday. The Anteaters are coming off a weekend split with UC Santa Barbara (W 3-1) and Cal Poly (L 2-3 OT). They are led by senior Pat Lee, who ironically leads the team with 21 points (10G, 1A) as a defender.
TWO MORE CHANCES FOR RANKED WINS: The Bears have two more chances to defeat a ranked team in 1998 with No. 19 CS Fullerton (Nov. 6) and No. 10 Stanford (Nov. 15) travelling to Berkeley over the next two weeks. Cal has battled valiantly against ranked competition but have come up on the short end all seven times this season, including double overtime losses to No. 6 Creighton (2-1) and No. 9 St. John's (3-2). The Bears are 1-3-1 overall in overtime this season. Note: the Bears defeated now-22nd-ranked Butler the first game of the season, 2-1, when the Bulldogs weren't ranked.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Eleven different Cal players have tallied a goal this season, including goals from defenders Derrick Dyslin (La Canada), Gene Lee (Granada Hills) and Derrick Jostad (Modesto).
JOSTAD MAKES IMPACT IN FIRST BEARS START: Senior defender Derek Jostad started his first game in two years at Cal Sunday against St. John's and made the most of the opportunity. Jostad initiated Cal's come-back from a 2-0 deficit with his first career goal in the 43rd minute off a rebound of Ramiro Arrendondo's shot. Jostad is a natural forward and showed his desire to push forward during the St. John's game. Jostad has played in four games in 1998 after redshirting the 1997 season. He transferred to Cal from Modesto Junior College. Coach Mallon on Jostad, "Derek has been training very well and deserved the start. It just shows that we have a strong team from 1 to 24."
CAL-ADIDAS CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior defender Karl Henrich (Newton, NJ) and junior striker John Macdonald (Granada Hills) were named to the 11-player Cal-Adidas Legacy Classic all-tournament team. Despite not tallying a goal or an assist, Macdonald spurred many of the Bears counter attack opportunities. Henrich, a central defender, made his second and third start of the season for the Bears and contributed to the Bears shutout of Rider.
NSCAA Coaches Poll Nov. 2, 1998 (through 11/1 games)
Team Record Last Wk 1 Clemson 17-1-0 2 2 Washington 14-2-0 3 3 Indiana 16-2-0 1 4 UCLA 13-2-0 8 5 Virginia 12-2-2 5 6 Duke 15-2-0 7 7 Creighton 12-2-1 6 8 Connecticut 16-2-0 4 9 Saint Louis 14-3-1 11 10 Stanford 13-4-0 15 11 South Carolina 13-4-0 10 12 Akron 14-2-1 14 13 St. John's 11-4-3 9 14 Brown 11-2-1 17 15 Rutgers 11-6-2 23 16 SMU 13-3-1 18 17 Seton Hall 10-3-4 13 18 Maryland 11-6-0 16 19 CS Fullerton 12-4-1 25 20 North Carolina 11-4-2 NR 21 Georgetown 13-4-0 NR 22 Butler 15-4-0 19 23 UNC-Greensboro 14-3-2 24 24 Gonzaga 11-3-2 NR 25t Bradley 12-1-2 NR 25t Fairfield 14-3-1 NR 25t Boston University 11-3-3 NR
Receiving Votes: Virginia Commonwealth, St. Francis (PA), Penn State
Bold are 1998 Cal opponents
BEARS AMONG MPSF LEADERS: Junior goalkeeper Doug Brooks (Succasunna, NJ) ranks second in the conference in saves at 66 behind Brenton Junge of Cal Poly's 85. Sophomore striker Kendall Simmonds (Simi Valley) and Macdonald are tied for 19th in the conference in scoring with 12 points.
KATZ REMAINS PERFECT IN GOAL: Senior goalkeeper Matt Katz (Beaulieu Sur Mer, France) has not allowed a goal in 335 minutes in net during his two-year Cal career. Katz held Rider scoreless through 110 minutes Friday before the game was called due to darkness (0-0 tie). In his other start this season, Katz shut out UC Santa Barbara, 2-0. Additionally, he played in two games in 1997, starting one, and did not allow a goal in 135 minutes. Katz played two seasons at Foothill Community Colllege before transfering to Cal last season.
ARRENDONDO'S STEADY PRESENCE: In an up-and-down year for Cal, head coach Mark Mallon has frequently juggled his starting line-up. In fact, sophomore midfielder Ramiro Arrendondo (Redwood City) is the only Bear to start all 16 games. He started the season playing outside midfielder but has excelled creating opportunities as a central midfielder. He contributed an assist against St. John's, moving him into third on the team in scoring with eight points.
ROCKING RACKLEFF: Junior Justin Rackleff (San Marcos) has found a home playing on either wing of Cal's midfield. Rackleff came to Cal after playing two seasons as a forward at Loyola Marymount. In his first year with the Bears, Rackleff has played in 13 games, starting eight, including seven of the Bears last eight games.
HEAD COACH: Mark Mallon returns for his sixth season as head coach of the Bears. He is joined by first-year assistants Manoj Khettry, Peter Woodring and Drew Leonard.