Nov. 14, 2005
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team has earned a No. 7 seed, first-round bye and home-field advantage for the upcoming 48-team NCAA College Cup, announced Monday afternoon.
The Bears (13-3-2) will host the second round on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium and will play the winner of Santa Clara (12-6-2) and Ohio State (11-7-2).
The Bears will be playing in their program-record fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Last season Cal hosted the first round, where it came out with a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara, before falling to Southern Methodist University in the second round, 1-0. The last time Cal was seeded heading into the playoffs was 2002, when it earned a No. 14 seed.
The Bears finished the regular season second in the Pac-10, behind UCLA, for the second consecutive year with a 6-2-1 conference record.
"The team has worked hard all season to put ourself in a position to compete in the playoffs," said senior forward and co-captain Calen Carr. "The team is energized and ready to make a run at it and excited that we control our own destiny."
Carr, the leading scorer on the team, has recorded 11 goals this season, six of which have been game-winners. Carr is also leading the Pac-10 in seven different categories, including goals, game-winning goals, shots (70), and points (26).
The Pac-10 earned three bids to the 2005 NCAA Tournament, No. 7 seed Cal, No. 5 seed UCLA, and San Diego State. The College Cup concludes Dec. 9 and 11 at the SAS Soccer Stadium in Cary, N.C.