September 28, 1998
Friday, Oct. 2 - vs. #6 Creighton - Palo Alto, CA - 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4 - vs. UNLV - Palo Alto, CA - 11:00 a.m.
LAST WEEK: Thurs., Sept. 24 - at #6 San Jose State - L, 1-2
BEARS TRAVEL TO STANFORD INVITE: Cal (2-4) continues its rigorous non-conference schedule this weekend at the four-team Stanford/Nike Classic in Palo Alto, Calif. Participating teams include the host Cardinal, the Golden Bears, No. 6 Creighton and UNLV.
The Bears open the tournament Friday against Creighton at 5:15 p.m., at New Maloney Field. Cal doesn't play Stanford as the two teams hook up Nov. 15 in Berkeley.
Cal is in the midst of a five-game road swing that won't end until Oct. 16 when the Bears return home to play Oregon State.
THIRD OF FOUR INVITATIONALS: Cal participates in its third of four invitationals this weekend at Stanford. The Bears have already participated in the Indiana adidas/Metlife Classic and the UAB Nike Classic. Cal wraps ups its regular season tournament slate as host of the Cal adidas Classic Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The NCAA Tournament kicks of Nov. 22.
BEARS HANG WITH NO. 6 SAN JOSE STATE: Cal held their own against sixth-ranked San Jose State last Thursday before losing 2-1 in the final two minutes of the game. Cal fell to 2-4 on the year, with three of its losses coming against Top 20 teams. The Spartans improved their record to 8-0. The Golden Bears, who boasts one of the toughest schedules in the country, got on the board first in the 12th minute of the game on a 30-yard blast from sophomore midfielder Ramiro Arrendondo (Redwood City), his second goal in as many games.
Cal turned in a solid defensive effort and kept the Spartans, the third-highest scoring team in the country at 3.57 goals per game, off the scoreboard until the 59th minute on a questionable goal. Fausto Villegas fired a shot which Cal goalkeeper Doug Brooks (Succasunna, NJ) appeared to stop before it crossed the goal line, but it was ruled a goal. Brooks recorded seven saves on the day and was an intergal part to Cal's competitive play.
The Spartans Brandon Snyder scored the game-winning goal with 1:52 left in regulation.
PREVIEWING CREIGHTON: For the second-consecutive week, Cal faces the sixth-ranked team in the country as Creighton moved up from eighth to sixth in the NSCAA Top 25 after winning the Diadora challenge. (Note: San Jose State moved up to No. 3.) The Bluejays won their own tournament with victories over the College of Charleston (4-1) and Ohio State (1-0).
Despite losing its top two scorers from 1997 - Johny Torres and Jeff Deist --Creighton boasts a 7-1-0 record with its lone loss to SMU, 2-1. The Bluejays have three players in double digit points - F Mike Bustos (14), MF Richard Mulrooney (11) and F/MF Brian Mullan (10). GK Tom Zawisian sports an impressive .700 GAA.
Series: First meeting
PREVIEWING UNLV: UNLV carries a 6-2 record, including a four-game winning streak into the Stanford/Nike Classic. The Running Rebels are coming off weekend wins against Loyola Marymount (2-1) and UC Santa Barbara (3-0).
The Rebels attack is led by Jason Melendez, who has nine points (3G, 3A). Sophomore keeper Ryan Bledsoe has stifled opponents in goal, posting a .748 GAA.
Last meeting: Cal lost 1-0 at UNLV, Sept. 25, 1994.
ARRENDONDO IMPACTING MIDFIELD PLAY: Sophomore Ramiro Arrendondo has been a force in the Bears midfield this season. After starting four games as a freshman in 1997, Arrendondo is one of only four Bears to start all six games this season and has played well at the outside and central midfield positions. He has stepped up his play over the last two games, recording goals in both outings. Against San Jose State, the Redwood City native placed his stamp on the Bears '98 highlight real with a 30-yard bomb to give Cal a 1-0 halftime lead.
A former member of the U.S. Under-18 national team, Arrendondo is second on Cal in scoring with five points (2G, 1A) after posting four points during his freshman campaign.
KRUPNIK AND JANSMA RISING DEFENDERS: Coach Mark Mallon has juggled the backline rotation and sophomores Leonid Krupnik and Garrett Jansma have risen to the occasion.
In 1997, the two saw limited action (Jansma due to mononucleosis), but this year both have responded well to starts in the Bears last two games. In those games, Cal defeated Air Force, 3-2, and held their own in a 2-1 loss to sixth-ranked San Jose State.
BEARS AMONG MPSF LEADERS: Sophomore midfielder Kendall Simmonds (Simi Valley) leads Cal in scoring with eight points, which ranks tied for ninth in the MPSF Conference, while Arrendondo is tied for 24th (5).
COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE TO THE MAX: When the 1998 Sagarin rankings are released at the end of the season, Cal surely will be among the Top five for strength of schedules. In the latest NSCAA Top 25 poll, nine teams or 36 percent of the ranked schools are on Cal's schedule. At some point during the season, Stanford and Cal State Fullerton, teams Cal will play, have been ranked.
Washington (7) and UCLA (10) are the only ranked MSPF teams.
NSCAA Coaches Poll Sept. 28, 1998 (through 9/27 games)
Team Record Pts Last 1 Connecticut 8-0-0 465 3 2 Indiana 8-1-0 448 4 3 San Jose State 8-0-0 418 6 4 Virginia 6-0-2 406 5 5 Duke 8-1-0 388 2 6 Creighton 7-1-0 354 8 7 Washington 7-1-0 321 1 8 Clemson 7-1-0 292 9 9 St. John's 5-1-2 273 7 10 UCLA 6-1-0 254 10 11 Maryland 6-2-0 238 19 12 South Carolina 7-1-0 211 14 13 Seton Hall 6-1-1 204 13 14 James Madison 6-1-0 156 16 15 Dartmouth 4-0-0 148 15 16 Saint Louis 8-2-0 120 17 17 Notre Dame 4-1-2 89 18 18 Santa Clara 6-1-1 64 20 19 UNC Charlotte 5-1-1 36 11 20 Penn State 5-2-2 21 24 21 Butler 7-1-0 17 NR 22 Boston University 5-1-1 15 21 23 Bradley 6-0-0 8 NR 24 UAB 7-1-0 8 NR 25 Hartwick 5-2-1 4 25
HEAD COACH: Mark Mallon returns for his sixth season as head coach of the Bears with a school and career record of 44-49-8, including a 25-17-3 mark since 1996. Mallon is joined by first-year assistants Manoj Khettry, Peter Woodring and Drew Leonard.