Nov. 15, 2008
BERKELEY - Jacob Wilson scored a second-half goal to give 10th-ranked California a 1-0 victory over Pac-10 Conference rival Stanford on Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears' record improved to 10-3-5 (5-2-3 Pac-10), while Stanford fell to 4-11-3 (2-6-2). Cal now awaits the announcement of the NCAA College Cup field on Monday.
Prior to the match, Cal honored its senior players who were playing in their final regular-season home game at Edwards Stadium. Cal's seniors are midfielder Michael Nieraeth, midfielder Pat Marion, defender Chris Deal, defender Tyler Barry and midfielder Ian Ebert. Four of the five, not including the injured Barry, started today.
"It was a great day for all five seniors to be able to come out and contribute to today's win," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Stanford is a very difficult opponent for any team, and today they proved why we have to have the best out of all of our players, including our seniors, in order to get the win. I think all our guys performed admirably. We're happy with today's performance, and we're just going to take it one day at a time from here on out."
The Bears and Cardinal battled to a 0-0 halftime score, with Cal outshooting Stanford, 6-3, in the first half. Cal also outshot Stanford 6-3 in the second half for a 12-6 overall advantage.
At the 48:33 mark, Wilson, a junior forward, collected the ball in the Cardinal penalty area and fired past goalkeeper John Moore for his third goal and second game-winning goal of the season. Cal sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman and sophomore defender A.J. Soares earned assists on the goal.
With 1:03 remaining in the game, forward Daniel Leon had Stanford's last chance at an equalizer, firing a shot on goal from 20 yards out. But Cal junior goalkeeper Stefan Frei stopped the shot for his fourth and final save of the game.
Moore had six saves for Stanford.
The NCAA will announce its 48-team field for the College Cup on Monday, Nov. 17.