Aug. 30, 2005
BERKELEY - CAL OPENS REGULAR SEASON AT UCSB ADIDAS CLASSIC: Coming off a 2-0 exhibition win over UC Davis, No. 20 California (0-0) opens the regular season in Santa Barbara at the UCSB adidas Classic. The Golden Bears face No. 4 UC Santa Barbara Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and UC Riverside Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Last Saturday, the Bears were successful against UC Davis, with senior Tyson Wahl and freshman Pat Marion scoring for Cal. Junior Eric Ebert, sophomore Andrew Jacobson and freshman Brad Yuska contributed assists.
CAL PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN PAC-10 COACHES POLL: California has been picked to finish third in the 2005 Pac-10 coaches' poll, the conference announced Aug. 15. The Golden Bears, who tied for second in last year's league standings, are listed behind only UCLA and Washington.
BEARS BRING EXPEREINCE AND TALENT ON OFFENSE: Cal's frontline features seniors Pieter Berger and Calen Carr. Carr contributed five goals and four assists last season, while Berger recorded three game-winning goals and was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team. Cal's leading scorer, senior Nick Hatzke, must sit out this season due to injury. The Bears look forward to having him back for the 2006 season.
FRESH ON THE SCENE: Cal welcomes eight incoming freshmen and one transfer in 2005. The midfield will get a boost from Michael Nieraeth, Ryan Villalpando, Ian Ebert, Pat Marion, Tyler Barry and sophomore transfer Brad Yuska, who comes to the Bears with four years of eligibility remaining from the national champion Indiana Hoosiers. Also looking to contribute is goalkeeper Stefan Frei, forward JT Terrazas and defender Kyle Rice.
DEPTH IN THE NET: Four goalkeepers will be competing for the starting job this fall, including two keepers with All-Pac-10 experience. Returning starter, senior Eric Kronberg, provided solid defense for the Bears last season, starting in 19 of 20 games. Kronberg recorded 61 saves and posted eight shutouts, which ranks fourth in Cal history. Also vying for playing time is junior Mike Oseguera, who boasted a goals-against average of 0.70. Sophomore Justin Myers and freshman Stefan Frei also will battle for playing time in the goal.
TOUGH SCHEDULE IN 2005: Cal faces eight teams which advanced to the 2004 NCAA Tournament and five opponents that finished ranked in the top 25 in the nation, including UCLA (No. 3), UC Santa Barbara (No. 5), Washington (No. 15), University of San Francisco (No. 19) and Santa Clara (No. 20). Cal's preseason national ranking, No. 20, will be put to the test throughout the season as the Bears face three 2004 conference champions in USF (WCC), UCSB (Big West) and UCLA (Pac-10).
SCOUTING UCSB AND UC RIVERSIDE: UCSB returns six starters from last year's team which posted a 21-3-1 overall record. The Gauchos finished first in the Big West and made it to the NCAA championship game, where they lost to Indiana. Senior Jonathan Davis returns as the Gauchos top goal scorer (6G, 3A - 15 points). UC Riverside returns seven starters from last year's team, which boasted a 7-10-1 overall record. Big West Conference second-team honoree Scott Barnett returns as the Highlanders top goal scorer (9G, 2A - 20 points).