Aug. 28, 2012
Friday, Aug. 31
4 p.m. PT - Cal (1-0) at Virginia (0-1)
Klöckner Stadium - Charlottesville, Va.
Series Record vs. Virginia: 1-1-0
Last Time vs. Virginia: L, 2-1, 11/18/06 in Charlottesville, Va.
Sunday, Sept. 2
4 p.m. PT - Cal (1-0) at Maryland (1-0)
Ludwig Field - College Park, Md.
Series Record vs. Maryland: 1-2-0
Last Time vs. Maryland: L, 2-1 (OT), 9/6/09 in College Park, Md.
Coverage: GameTracker, Radio
BERKELEY - The nonconference schedule continues in earnest for California men's soccer, as the 22nd-ranked Golden Bears (1-0-0) travel to ACC country to take on Virginia (0-1-0) on Friday and No. 3/6 Maryland (1-0-0) on Sunday. The Bears, who are coming off of a 2-1 victory at Santa Clara in their Aug. 24 season opener, play the Cavaliers in their home opener.
Virginia and Maryland's powerhouse programs have combined to win nine NCAA championships, with the Cavaliers (6 titles) last capturing a championship in 2009 and the Terrapins (3) last winning a title in 2008.
The last time Cal played Virginia was on Nov. 18, 2006, in Charlottesville, Va., where the Bears lost to the Cavaliers, 2-1, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. In their last meeting, then-defending champion Maryland beat Cal on a golden goal on Sept. 6, 2009, in College Park, Md. A freshman at the time, current senior Tony Salciccia scored his first goal as a Bear in that 2-1 loss.
The Bears broke into the national rankings this week, with Soccer America rating them No. 22. SA ranks Maryland No. 3, while the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) ranks the Terrapins No. 6. Neither Cal nor Virginia is ranked by the NSCAA, though each is receiving 21 points in that poll. In Top Drawer Soccer's Tournament 48 - a projection of which 48 teams will play in the NCAA Tournament - Cal sits at No. 21 this week, while Virginia is No. 29 and Maryland is No. 2.
Bears vs. Ranked Opponents
Cal plays three games against teams ranked in the current NSCAA poll, as the Bears play No. 6 Maryland (Sept. 2) and No. 11 UCLA (Sept. 30 and Nov. 4).
Grimes Rises to Second on Cal Wins List
Head coach Kevin Grimes moved into second place on the all-time Cal wins list with his 132nd career victory against Santa Clara. He moved ahead of Julius Schroeder (131 wins) and behind all-time leader Bob DiGrazia (202). A five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Grimes averaged 10.9 wins per year in his first 12 seasons in Berkeley.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal beat the Broncos 2-1 after taking a 2-0 lead on Aug. 24
Senior midfielder and co-captain Tony Salciccia hit the gamewinner against SCU when he converted a 72nd-minute penalty kick, which earned him the Aug. 27 California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor
Junior midfielder Alec Sundly scored on a header in the 18th minute against the Broncos
Sophomore Seth Casiple - the 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - and senior forward Kyle Lunt assisted on Sundly's goal
Sophomore Kevin Peach made three saves against SCU and sports a 1.00 goals-against average after one game
Senior defenders Steve Birnbaum - a 2011 All-Pac-12 First-Team selection - and Ted Jones share co-captain duties with Tony Salciccia
Junior newcomer Ryan Moore (San Leandro, Calif.) is a defender for the Bears, after playing up front for Washington (2009-10)
The Bears have just one true freshman (midfielder Mason Case) on the roster
Forward and former Mt. SAC NSCAA All-American Luis Fuentes is Cal's only other newcomer
Kevin Grimes is in his 13th year as Cal's head coach
Virginia lost to Georgetown, 2-1, in overtime in the Cavaliers' Aug. 24 season opener in the ACC/BIG EAST Challenge at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.
Freshman defender Zach Carroll scored the first goal of his Cavs' career against the Hoyas
Sophomore goalie Spencer LaCivita (1.89 GAA) made two saves against Georgetown; he allowed Georgetown's first goal 22 seconds into the match and gave up the winner in the 96th minute
LaCivita notched a 1.25 GAA after playing every minute in goal his freshman season of 2011
Senior forward Will Bates is the Cavs' top returning scorer from 2011, when he posted team highs in goals (14) and points (32) and earned All-ACC First-Team selection
Bates posted those numbers despite playing in just 15 games in 2011, as he missed the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury on Oct. 21
UVa's roster features seven true freshmen
Former UVa All-American George Gelnovatch is in his 17th year as head coach
Maryland beat then-No. 7 Louisville, 3-0, in its season opener on Aug. 24 in College Park, Md.
Senior midfielder John Stertzer earned ACC Player of the Week honors after scoring the Terrapins' third goal against the Cardinals
Sophomore goalie Keith Cardona made three saves to blank Louisville
Maryland hosts No. 11/14 UCLA on Friday before welcoming Cal to Ludwig Field on Sunday
College Soccer News named Stertzer and Taylor Kemp to its preseason All-America team
Stertzer was an NSCAA Third-Team All-American in 2011, when he scored a career-high 14 goals and a team-high five game-winning goals
Kemp, a senior defender, was a second-team All-ACC choice for a 2011 Maryland squad that allowed just 1.05 goals per game
UVa ended its 2011 season with a 1-0 loss to Delaware in double overtime at home in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Sasho Cirovski is in his 20th year as the Terps' head coach
Cal hosts its home opener against Central Florida at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 on Goldman Field/Edwards Stadium. The game will also mark the men's soccer team's first appearance on the Pac-12 Networks, which will televise a total of eight Cal games this season.
Cal Claims No. 2 Spot in Pac-12 Poll
Cal earned the No. 2 position in the Pac-12 Men's Soccer Coaches Poll, the conference announced Aug. 14. The Golden Bears garnered 18 points and one first-place vote, while defending Pac-12 champion and national runner-up UCLA (24 points, 4 first-place votes) took the top spot in the voting among the six conference head coaches. Washington received the other first-place vote along with 17 points to rank third, Stanford (14 points) was fourth, San Diego State (11) placed fifth and Oregon State (6) was sixth.
Birnbaum Garners College Soccer News Honor
College Soccer News named senior defender Steve Birnbaum to its preseason All-America team, the publication announced on Aug. 20. The All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree started 36 games for Cal over the last two seasons and is one of three co-captains for the Bears.
Bears Playing on the International Stage
Former Golden Bear Demitrius Omphroy recently played for the Philippines in the senior national team's match with the Chicago Inferno of the USL's Premier Development League at Wheaton College in Illinois. The Philippines' scheduled friendly with the U.S. Virgin Islands - slated for Aug. 17 in Indianapolis - was cancelled.
The product of Alameda, Calif., had previously trained with the Panama Under-21 Men's National Team in 2010, as that squad prepared for the Central American Games. He has also played for U.S. youth national teams at the under-15, under-16 and under-18 levels. But he had never played for a senior national team, which allowed him to join the Philippines.
Alumnus and Portland Timber defender Steve Purdy played for El Salvador in an Aug. 11, 1-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly in Los Angeles and a 2-0 loss to Jamaica in an Aug. 15 friendly in Washington, D.C.
Alum Jacob Wilson Signs With CD Feirense
Jacob Wilson became the 18th Cal alumnus to join the professional ranks when he signed with Portugal Second Division team CD Feirense. A Cal player from 2005-09, he is one of three former Golden Bears - including Anthony Avalos, who plays with Norway's SK Vard Haugesund, and Leo Krupnik, with Israel's Maccabi Netanya - who plays professionally abroad. Thirteen former Bears play professionally in Major League Soccer.
The Bears in MLS are in MLS are Luke Sassano and Eric Kronberg (Sporting Kansas City), Andrew Jacobson and Andrew Wiedeman (FC Dallas), Hector Jimenez and Josh Saunders (Los Angeles Galaxy), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo), Servando Carrasco (Seattle Sounders FC), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Steve Purdy (Portland Timbers), A.J. Soares (New England Revolution) and Tyson Wahl (Colorado Rapids).
Kevin Grimes Leads Bears in 13th Season
Head coach Kevin Grimes enters his 13th season as the leader of the Cal men's soccer program after multiple recent years of great success including an unprecedented five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (2002, 2005-07 and 2010).
Grimes has a career record of 132-80-30 in 12 seasons at Cal. He earned the 2010 NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year award and the conference coaching honor after that year's team produced a 14-2-4 record, a .750 winning percentage, what turned out to be the last Pac-10 championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament elite eight.
Grimes came to Cal after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist, for three seasons. During his tenure at SMU, the Mustangs recorded a 50-11-2 record and earned three NCAA tournament bids.
As a collegiate athlete, Grimes helped build the SMU program into one of the nation's perennial soccer powers from 1986-89. A two-year team captain, he was a two-time NSCAA First-Team All-American and a two-time finalist for the Hermann Award, which is given annually to the best collegiate men's and women's soccer players. Grimes graduated from SMU in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Grimes played with the U.S. National Team from 1988-91, acquiring five full international caps and appearing in more than 30 matches. He went on to play professional soccer for eight years, most recently with the Orange County Zodiac of the A-League in 1997, when he was selected to the A-League All-Star Game in Rochester, N.Y. Grimes spent the early part of 1996 with the former San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record-tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal No. 1 Public University in the Country
The University of California is the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The faculty has won 22 Nobel Prizes, including nine current members, while 28 alumni have received a Nobel Prize. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that the campus has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country (48 of 52). Cal also has a long commitment to public service, with more than 4,000 students annually doing volunteer work and more than 3,000 Peace Corps participants all-time.