No. 11 Cal Falls to No. 17 USF in Opener, 1-0
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/25/2006

Aug. 25, 2006


BERKELEY - The 11th-ranked California men's soccer team opened the 2006 season with a non-conference loss to 17th-ranked San Francisco, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Dons (1-0-0) scored on an own goal in the 37th minute. Cal (0-1-0) outshot USF, 8-6, but couldn't get the ball past Dons goalkeeper Geremy Uhl, who made five saves. The game was part of the Bay Area Classic, which concludes Sunday with Cal's game at Santa Clara.

Cal outshot the Dons, 8-7, for the game, including 6-3 in the first half. San Francisco got its goal when substitute Adam Bergman crossed the ball towards an onrushing teammate in the Bears box and the ball deflected off a Cal player into the goal.

"I thought USF played a very good game and certainly deserved the result that they got," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "As far as the own goal, well, those things happen. We just have to regroup and try and get it going for the next game.

"The first 25-30 minutes or so we played really well and created some chances to score."

Bears freshman Chris Cortez had a chance in the 23rd minute, dribbling some 30 yards before taking a shot from just outside the box that Uhl saved.

Cal had its chances late, including on a long throw in that found Cortez in the Dons box with 30 seconds remaining, but USF cleared his ensuing header.

The Bears play the Broncos at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.