Aug. 29, 2006
The California men's soccer team (0-1-1 record, 0-0-0 Pac-10) moves on to play Florida International and host SMU in the SMU Radisson Invitational this Friday, Sept. 1, and Saturday, Sept. 2, respectively.
The Golden Bears, coming off an 0-1-1 finish in the Bay Area Classic, take on the Golden Panthers at 5 p.m. CT on Friday and play the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. All the games will take place at the UT-Dallas Stadium Field in Richardson, Texas.
SMU is the alma mater of Cal head coach Kevin Grimes, who graduated from SMU in 1990.
IN THE POLLS
Cal remains at No. 11 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll, which next comes out on Sept. 5, and stands at No. 19 in the College Soccer News poll. But the Bears fell from the No. 20 spot out of the Soccer America top 25.
Cal opened the 2006 season with a non-conference loss to 17th-ranked San Francisco, 1-0, on Aug. 25 at Edwards Stadium. The Dons scored on an own goal in the 37th minute. Cal outshot USF, 8-7, but couldn't get past Dons goalkeeper Geremy Uhl, who made five saves. The game was part of the Bay Area Classic.
Freshman forward Chris Cortez scored his first Cal goal and freshman Stefan Frei goalkeeper made nine saves as the Bears held 20th-ranked Santa Clara to a 1-1 tie in double overtime in the finale of the Bay Area Classic on Aug. 27 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN PANTHERS
Florida International has a 0-1-0 record after losing to ninth-ranked South Florida, 1-0, on Aug. 25 in Miami. South Florida outshot FIU, 15-8.
Last season, FIU compiled an 8-7-2 record (4-3-2 Conference USA), ending its season with a 2-0 loss to Marshall in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament. Sophomore forward Levi Coleman earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2005, when he was FIU's fourth-leading scorer (4 goals, 1 assist, 9 points).
Karl Kremser is in his 27th year as head coach at FIU.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Seventh-ranked SMU has a 2-0 record after beating Wisconsin, 1-0, on Aug. 25 and No. 24 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2-0, on Aug.27 to capture Tulsa's Golden Hurricane Classic.
Mustangs freshman defender Leone Cruz earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honors for his play at Tulsa, where he scored both of his team's gamewinning goals and earned the tournament MVP award.
SMU senior defender Jay Needham is one of 25 players included on the 2006 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List
Schellas Hyndman is in his 23rd season as SMU's head coach.