Oct. 28, 2009
California (8-7-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10) plays important Pac-10 Conference road games against Washington (4-5-4. 1-1-3), at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, in Seattle, and Oregon State (6-5-2, 2-3-0), at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Corvallis, Ore., with the Golden Bears hoping to position themselves for an NCAA Tournament berth as the regular season winds to a close.
After opening the first half of the season with a 7-2-0 record (1-0-0 Pac-10), the injury-plagued Bears have lost four-straight games and five of their last six matches, including a 2-0 setback to Washington on Oct. 9 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The lone victory in that stretch was a 4-1 win over Oregon State on Oct. 11 at Edwards Stadium. In that match, Cal senior forward Jeff Cosgriff scored his first career hat trick and. It was also the Bears' and the Pac-10's first hat trick of the season.
Junior forward Andrew Wiedeman, who scored the fourth goal against the Beavers on Oct. 11, continues to lead Cal in points (23), goals (10) and game-winning goals (5). A member of the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List, Wiedeman also the leads the Pac-10 in goals and game-winning goals and is tied for the lead in points. Also in the conference, Wiedeman ranks second in points per game (1.53) and third in goals per game (0.67). In the national statistical rankings, he ranks 18th and 14th, respectively, in those same categories.
Cosgriff ranks right behind his frontline partner in points (16), goals (6) and gamewinners (2) and stands second on the team in assists (4). Junior midfielder Hector Jimenez paces the Bears and the Pac-10 in assists (8) and ranks third at Cal in points (10). He also leads the conference and is 17th nationally in assists per game (0.53).
Cal sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham has compiled a 1.04 goals-against average in 13 starts.
As a team, Cal leads the Pac-10 in goals (26) and corner kicks (84) and ranks second in the conference in attendance (924 fans per game).
Scouting the Opposition
Washington has a 1-2-2 record at home at Husky Soccer Field. Sophomore forward Brent Richards leads UW in points (11) and assists (3) and is tied with freshman forward Ryan Moore for the team high in goals (4). Junior midfielder Brad Keller's only points this season came from his goal and assist in UW's win over Cal. Senior Rylan Hawkins has a 0.92 GAA after playing every minute in goal for the Huskies this season so far.
Dean Wurzberger is in his 18th year as head coach of Washington.
Oregon State, which has a 5-2-0 home record, hosts Stanford at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, before welcoming Cal to Paul Lorenz Field on Sunday. Sophomore forward Danny Mwanga leads OSU in points (18), goals (9) and gamewinners (4). Nationally, he ranks 11th in goals per game (0.69) and 31st in points per game (1.38). Junior forward Brian Ramsey paces the Beavers in assists (4). Sophomore goalkeeper Steve Spangler has a 1.24 GAA in 13 games.
Steve Simmons is in his first year as Oregon State's head coach.
Cal ends the regular season against Pac-10 rival Stanford, playing the Cardinal at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The Bears defeated Stanford earlier this season, 1-0, on Oct. 2 at Edwards Stadium.