Men's Soccer Closes Season with One Away, One Home
November 9, 1998
Thurs. Nov. 12
at San Francisco
Negoesco Stadium, San Francisco
Sun. Nov. 15
Witter Field, Berkeley
BEARS CONCLUDE SEASON: The Cal men's soccer team's season will end this week earlier than most people anticipated. The Golden Bears travel to USF Thurday at 7 p.m. before wrapping up the season Sunday at home at 1 p.m., at Witter Field against MPSF rival No. 12 Stanford.
SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO: USF is having an off year at 5-13-1, 2-3-1 in the West Coast Conference. The Dons have a rich soccer history which includes six NCAA titles, the last being in 1980. In 1997, Cal defeated USF 2-1 at the Cal-Adidas Classic. The Dons are led by Fabio Pires and Inge Klevberg, who have 14 and 12 points, respectively.
SCOUTING STANFORD: No. 12 Stanford is on a roll at 14-4-1, 5-2-1 in the MPSF Conference. The Cardinal has about mirrored the start of its season at 7-2-1 over its last 10 contests.
The Cardinal is led by midfielder Simon Elliott, who has 17 points on five goals and seven assists. Goalkeeper Adam Zapala is one of the best in the country with a 0.47 goals against average.
TIDBITS FROM LAST WEEKEND: The Bears earned their sixth weekend split last weekend, defeating UC Irvine, 4-1, and falling to No. 19 Cal State Fullerton, 2-1. Both games saw defenders get into the scoring act for Cal. Against Fullerton, freshman Leo Krupnik (San Francisco) tallied Cal's lone goal and versus Irvine, Derek Jostad (Modesto) tallied his second goal in the last three games. Cal scored three of its four goals against the Anteaters after two of their players were thrown out of the game with red cards.
CAL'S SCHEDULE RANKED NO. 1 BY COLLEGE SOCCER WEEKLY: According to College Soccer Weekly online, Cal has played the toughest schedule in the country. The Bears have a rating of 240, while Portland of the West Coast Conferene is second at 224 and NC State of the Atalantic Coast Conference is third at 217. If you factor in strength of schedule, Cal is ranked 51st among Division I men's soccer teams.
LAST CHANCE FOR RANKED WIN: Cal is 0-8 against ranked opponents this season. Its last chance for a ranked win is in the season finale against No. 10 Stanford Note: the Bears defeated now-21st-ranked Butler the first game of the season, 2-1, when the Bulldogs weren't ranked.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Thirteen different Cal players have tallied a goal this season, including goals from defenders Derrick Dyslin (La Canada), Gene Lee (Granada Hills) Jostad and Krupnik.
JOSTAD CHARGES FORWARD: Senior defender Derek Jostad started his first game in two years at Cal against St. John's, Nov. 1, and has not left the starting line-up. The Modesto native has played in six games this season, starting three. Jostad initiated Cal's come-back from a 2-0 deficit with his first career goal against St. John's. He capped Cal's scoring against UC Irvine (4-1 win) with his second career goal.
Jostad redshirted the 1997 season after transferring to Cal from Modesto Junior College.
HENRICH MAKING LATE SEASON IMPACT: Junior Karl Henrich (Newton, NJ), a transfer from Rutgers, has found his way into the Bears starting line-up as a central defender. Henrich has played in 10 games for Cal, starting five, including the last four. Against CS Fullerton Friday, Henrich registered his first Cal point with an assist on Krupnik's goal.
MACDONALD EMERGES AS LEADER: At the beginning of the season, head coach Mark Mallon wondered who would emerge as Cal's go-to scorer with the graduation of Adam Hunter, the Bears leading scorer the last two seasons. Junior John Macdonald (Granada Hills, CA) has become the answer to that question. Macdonald is having his most successful season as a Bear, leading the team with 15 points in 1998 on five goals and five assists.
NSCAA Coaches Poll
Nov. 9, 1998
(through 11/8 games)
Team Record Last Wk 1 Clemson 18-1-0 1 2 Indiana 16-2-0 3 3 UCLA 15-2-0 4 4 Duke 16-2-0 6 5 Virginia 13-2-3 5 6 Connecticut 17-2-0 8 7 Washington 14-3-0 2 8 SMU 15-3-1 16 9 St. John's (NY) 12-4-3 13 10 South Carolina 13-4-0 11 11 Akron 16-2-1 12 12 Stanford 14-4-1 10 13 Creighton 12-3-2 7 14 Rutgers 12-6-2 15 15 Brown 11-2-2 14 16 Maryland 12-6-0 18 17 Saint Louis 14-4-1 9 18 UNC Greensboro 17-3-2 23 19 CS Fullerton 13-4-2 19 20 Penn State 12-4-2 RV 21 Butler 18-4-0 22 22 Bradley 14-1-2 25t 23 VCU 11-4-3 RV 24 San Jose State 14-4-1 NR 25 St. Francis (PA) 15-5-1 RV
Receiving Votes: North Carolina, Boston University.
BEARS AMONG MPSF LEADERS: Junior goalkeeper Doug Brooks (Succasunna, NJ) dropped from second to third in the conference in saves at 69 behind Brenton Junge of Cal Poly's 90. Macdonald moved up to 15th in points with 15 and sophomore striker Kendall Simmdonds (Simi Valley) ranks tied for 22nd with 12 points.
KATZ REMAINS PERFECT IN GOAL: Senior goalkeeper Matt Katz (Beaulieu Sur Mer, France) has not allowed a goal in 335 minutes in net during his two-year Cal career. Katz held Rider scoreless through 110 minutes Friday before the game was called due to darkness (0-0 tie). In his other start this season, Katz shut out UC Santa Barbara, 2-0. Additionally, he played in two games in 1997, starting one, and did not allow a goal in 135 minutes. Katz played two seasons at Foothill Community Colllege before transfering to Cal last season.
ARRENDONDO'S STEADY PRESENCE: In an up-and-down year for Cal, head coach Mark Mallon has frequently juggled his starting line-up. In fact, sophomore midfielder Ramiro Arrendondo (Redwood City) is the only Bear to start all 18 games. He started the season playing outside midfielder but has excelled creating opportunities as a central midfielder. He contributed an assist against St. John's, moving him into third on the team in scoring with eight points.
ROCKING RACKLEFF: Junior Justin Rackleff (San Marcos) has found a home playing on either wing of Cal's midfield. Rackleff came to Cal after playing two seasons as a forward at Loyola Marymount. In his first year with the Bears, Rackleff has played in 15 games, starting 10, including eight of the Bears last 10 games. Sunday against UC Irvine, Rackleff scored his first two Bears goals, including the game winner.
HEAD COACH: Mark Mallon returns for his sixth season as head coach of the Bears. He is joined by first-year assistants Manoj Khettry, Peter Woodring and Drew Leonard.