Sept. 10, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Seventeenth-ranked California got two goals from senior defender Steve Purdy to defeat San Jose State, 2-0, in a non-conference game and claim the title of the Stanford Nike Invitational on Sunday night at Spartan Stadium. The Golden Bears, who beat Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, on Friday, improved their record to 3-2-1, while the Spartans fell to 2-4-0.
"The players knew that playing on the road against a quality team like San Jose State would be a very difficult task," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. Clearly we would need to be near our best in order to get a result tonight, and I think our performance was very good."
Cal had a big edge in shots - 22-8 - with an even 11-4 in both periods. Purdy scored both goals in the first half, knocking in a cross by junior defender Jeff Serafini in the 22nd minute and scoring directly off a free kick in the 34th minute.
The goals were Purdy's second and third of the season. Prior to 2006, the product of San Jose and Archbishop Mitty High School had scored just one goal, last season.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Stefan Frei made four saves for Cal in a 90-minute effort in goal and earned his first career shutout in just his third start. San Jose State's Richard Mann made five saves in a losing cause.
Cal next hosts the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, playing Dartmouth at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and then facing Sacramento State at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Stanford is the fourth team in the tournament. All games will take place on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium.
1 2 F California 2 0 2 SJSU 0 0 0
Goals Cal - Purdy (Serafini) 21:14 Cal - Purdy 33:47.
Shots by Period 1 2 F California 11 11 22 SJSU 4 4 8