Oct. 25, 2009
BERKELEY - No. 20/25 California lost to San Diego State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Forward Raymundo Reza scored two first-half goals for the Aztecs, who improved their record to 6-4-4 (3-2-2 Pac-10). The Golden Bears' record fell to 8-7-0 (2-5-0 Pac-10).
Prior to the match, Cal honored its seniors - forward Jeff Cosgriff, goalkeeper Patrick Fry, defender Imaan Kerchgani, defender Evan Sassano and defender Jacob Wilson - on Senior Day, marking the five Bears' last regular-sesaon home game.
"All five seniors have been a pleasure to coach and have around this program," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "I've been here 10 years; Jacob's been here with me six. He's been here with me most of the time I've been here, and we've had Jeff here only for a year. Everything in between has been great. We're going to miss all those guys. They've done big things for the program and have had big contributions. It's been a tough season, but they should hold their heads up high. Those seniors were fantastic."
The Bears, who have been plagued by injuries the last few weeks, have lost four straight and five of its last six games.
Cal had the edge on possession for most of the first half and at one point took a 5-0 advantage on shots over San Diego State. Its three shots on goal during that stretch were junior midfielder Hector Jimenez's effort in the 10th minute blocked by a defender, a Cosgriff shot cleared off the goalline by a San Diego State player in the 11th minute and junior forward Andrew Wiedeman's close-range, 20th-minute shot that caromed off an Aztecs' goalpost.
On the Aztecs' first shot of the game, at 29:46, defender Steve Beitashour crossed to Reza, who knocked in a short-range shot to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The Aztecs' second shot was also a shot on goal, as midfielder Daniel Ortega fired on Cal's goal in the 34th minute, but Cal sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham made the save. Bingham finished with three saves on the day.
SDSU's Ortega is the brother of Cal freshman midfielder Chris Ortega.
At the 36:06 mark, midfielder Jose Altamirano played a through ball to Reza down the middle of the field. Reza collected the ball in the Cal box and scored past Bingham with SDSU's third shot of the game to make the score 2-0.
A nice build up of passes set up Wiedeman for a chance in the 42nd minute, but SDSU goalkeeper Brad Byrns made his only save of the half on Wiedeman's shot, which was the last of the first half.
Cal outshot the Aztecs, 7-3, in the first half, though the teams tied on shots in the second half at 5-5.
In the 55th minute, Bears junior forward and 53rd-minute substitute Scot Van Buskirk almost scored off a half chance, looping a shot towards the SDSU net and forcing a leaping save by Byrns.
Cal freshman forward Kyle Marsh, a 70th-minute sub, saw his 71st-minute header saved by Byrns.
Sassano took Cal's last shot of the game, and perhaps his last shot at Edwards Stadium in the 74th minute, but it went wide.
Cal next hits the road to take on a pair of conference opponents, playing at Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, and playing at Oregon State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.
San Diego State - Raymundo Reza (Steve Beitashour) 29:46
San Diego State - Raymundo Reza (Jose Altamirano) 36:06
Goals by Period
1 2 F
San Diego State 2 0 0
California 0 0 0
Shots by Period
1 2 F
San Diego State 3 5 8
California 7 5 12