Nov. 4, 2008
No. 11 California returns home for the final homestand of the regular season, hosting Oregon State and Washington this weekend. The Golden Bears (7-3-5, 2-2-3 Pac-10) defeated the Beavers and tied the Huskies when they met in the Pacific Northwest earlier this year. The Bears take the field against Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and Washington on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Edwards Stadium.
Bears Tie Bruins, Fall to Aztecs
Last weekend was a tough one for the Bears. Cal was shut out in both contests, as it tied No. 19 UCLA, 0-0, and fell to San Diego State, 1-0. In addition, the Bears have only won once in their last six games. A bright spot of the weekend was the play of junior goalkeeper Stefan Frei picking up his sixth shutout of the season against the Bruins and making 13 saves total on the weekend. Frei now has 17 career shutouts and ranks fifth on Cal's all-time list in that category.
In the Rankings
Cal fell out of the top 10 in all the national polls. The Bears are currently ranked No. 11 in the Soccer Times and No. 13 in the College Soccer News polls, No. 14 in the NSCAA, No. 15 in Top Drawer Soccer and No. 25 in the Soccer America rankings.
Among conference leaders, Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in goals-against average (0.75). Sophomore Hector Jimenez leads the Pac-10 in assists per game at 0.47, which ranks him 25th in the nation in that category, and is tied for first in actual assists (7).
Cal, as a team, leads the conference in assists per game (1.93), goals-against average (0.74) and goals allowed (12).
Stefan Frei - Climbing the All-Time Charts
Cal goalkeeper Stefan Frei is cementing his legacy in the school's program. The junior from Alamo, Calif., originally from Widnau, Switzerland, has been stellar all season once again for the Bears. He is a key component of the Bears' tough defense.
Last weekend, Frei moved up to fifth on Cal's all-time list for career shutouts when he recorded his 17th against UCLA. Frei has six shutouts thus far in 2008, collected nine last year and had two in the previous campaign. He is three clean sheets away from fourth place, which is currently held by the Bears' current assistant coach Henry Foulk.
Frei's current goals-against average of 0.75 is not only a conference best, but also ranks him 28th in the nation.
Scouting the Opposition
Oregon State (5-8-3, 2-4-1) earned both of its conference wins against San Diego State and tied Stanford in the first meeting between those teams. The Bears defeated the Beavers, 3-0, when they met in Corvallis in the Pac-10 opener. Cal leads the all-time series, 20-7-2.
Washington (8-5-2, 3-2-2) is led by Raphael Cox and Brent Richards. Cox leads the conference in points per game (17) and Richards leads the Pac-10 in goals per game with an average of 0.53. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 20-13-7.
Cal hosts Stanford for the final game of the regular season. The Bears defeated the Cardinal at Stanford earlier this season and will look to do it again. The game kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Edwards Stadium.