Sept. 22, 2009
Fourth-ranked California (5-1-0) next plays a pair of non-conference games in the Stanford Nike Classic, taking on New Mexico (4-2-0) at 4:30 p.m. in Stanford, Calif., and then hosting Air Force (3-1-1) at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.
The Golden Bears are ranked No. 4 in the current Soccer America magazine poll and No. 5 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
Scouting the No. 4/5 Golden Bears
Cal is on a four-game winning streak after winning both of its matches in the Bay Area Classic. Junior defender A.J. Soares matched his entire scoring output of 2008 when he notched two goals and one assist in the Bears' 3-0 win over San Francisco on Sept. 17 in San Francisco. Former Bronco Jeff Cosgriff scored the first goal of Cal's 3-1 victory over Santa Clara on Sept. 20 at Edwards Stadium.
Junior forward Andrew Wiedeman, who scored two goals including the winner against Santa Clara, leads the Bears in points (15), goals (6) and game-winning goals (3). He also has three assists. Junior midfielder Hector Jimenez, who set up two goals against SCU, paces the Bears in assists (7) and ranks second in points (9). Cal sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham has a 0.69 goals-against average in six starts.
Andrew Wiedeman, a 2008 All-American, collected five honors for his strong play in the 2009 Cal Legacy Classic, including Pac-10 Player of the Week, Cal's Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week and spots on national teams of the week selected by Soccer America, College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer. Also this season, the San Ramon, Calif., product is on the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy. He earned spots on Soccer America's and College Soccer News' 2009 preseason All-America teams.
Scouting the Opposition
New Mexico has played four ranked teams, with a 2-2 record in those games, so far this season. The Lobos beat then-No. 21 Saint Louis, 3-0, in their season opener, lost to then-No. 22 San Francisco, 1-0, lost to then-No. 12, 3-2, and defeated then-No. 10 Notre Dame, 2-1 in overtime. Senior forward/midfielder Justin Davis leads New Mexico in points (9) and goals (4). Sophomore midfielder/forward Michael Green has three assists to pace the Lobos. Lobos junior goalkeeper Justin Fite has a 1.20 GAA in five games.
Jeremy Fishbein is in his eighth year as New Mexico head coach.
Air Force will play Stanford at 7 p.m. on Friday before tackling Cal on Sunday. The Falcons have won four straight, including a 1-0 overtime victory over Army on Sept. 19 in their last match. Senior midfielder Kevin Rosser leads Air Force in points (6) and assists (4). Senior goalkeeper Jim Gullo has a 0.57 GAA in five starts for the Falcons.
Doug Hill is in his third season as head coach of Air Force.
Cal opens Pac-10 Conference action when it hosts rival Stanford at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Edwards Stadium.