Oct. 12, 2005
BEARS HOST WASHINGTON AND OSU: Coming off its first Pac-10 victory of the season, No. 12 Cal comes home, after being on the road for the past three weeks, to host No. 17 Oregon State and No. 25 Washington this weekend. Cal will face Oregon State at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at Edwards Stadium and Washington, Sunday, Oct 16, at 2 p.m. Cal is now 8-2-1 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10.
CAL RECORDS FIRST PAC-10 WIN OF THE SEASON: Cal recorded its first Pac-10 victory last weekend, when it defeated Stanford, 1-0. Both teams went scoreless throughout the first half and most of the second. It looked as though the Bears were going to score in the 60th minute when Andrew Jacobson passed the ball to Calen Carr, who took the shot, but it went wide. In the 65th minute, Stanford had a good opportunity to score off a free kick, but the shot was saved by Cal's goalkeeper, Eric Kronberg. In the 77th minute, senior midfielder Pieter Berger snapped Cal's two-game losing streak when he scored the game-winning goal. Luke Sassano crossed the ball to Berger from about 20 yards out on the right side of the field. Berger was positioned in front of the goal and found the open net past Stanford's keeper, Andrew Kartunen. Berger recorded his first game-winning goal of the season.
LOOKING AT THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 12 in the Soccer Times poll, while the NSCAA poll has the Bears at No. 13 and Soccer America has the Bears tabbed at No. 14.
KRONBERG SOLID FOR BEARS: Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg recorded his fourth shutout this season last weekend against Stanford and is currently third in the Pac-10 in shutouts. Kronberg is second in the conference with 39 saves for the season. Todd Harmon holds the record for the most shutouts in one season at Cal, when he recorded 11 during the 1986 season.
LEADER OF THE PAC: Senior forward Calen Carr currently leads the Pac-10 in shots (43) and shots per game (average of 3.91). He is tied for first with SDSU's Kraig Chiles with 14 points for the season and is also tied with Chiles for points per game, both averaging 1.27. Carr is second in the Pac-10 with goals for the season, tallying six, while Chiles has recorded seven. Carr also leads the conference in game-winning goals with four.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
OREGON STATE: The No. 17 (according to Soccer America) Beavers, who are currently 7-2-4 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-10, defeated No. 12 UCLA, 1-0, last Sunday to remain undefeated in conference play. It also marked the Beavers' third consecutive win over a ranked opponent. OSU has recorded 10 consecutive wins, which includes a 2-1 victory over San Diego State last Friday. In their last meeting, Cal defeated Oregon State, 2-1, at home on Oct. 29, 2004. The Bears lead the all time series against the Beavers, 13-7-1.
WASHINGTON: Last weekend No. 25 (according to Soccer Times) Washington, which is 6-3-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the Pac-10, battled to a scoreless double overtime draw with No. 15 San Diego State and fell to the No. 12 UCLA Bruins, 1-0. Four Huskies are tied with two goals for the season, including senior midfielder Leo Totev, who leads the team with two game-winning goals for the season. Cal defeated Washington at home in their last meeting (10/31/04), 1-0, in double overtime. The Huskies lead the all time series against the Bears, 19-8-5.