Nov. 25, 2008
SANTA BARBARA - Playing through intermittent rainfall, the No. 9 California men's soccer team defeated No. 19 UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, in double overtime in the second round of the NCAA College Cup at Harder Stadium on Tuesday night. The Golden Bears (12-3-5), who had jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see UCSB (10-7-5) tie the match, were able to move on to round three with the overtime score. Tonight's game also marked the first-ever home NCAA Tournament loss for UCSB.
Sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman scored twice for the Bears, including the gamewinner. Wiedeman's first goal came in the 61st minute and gave Cal a 2-0 lead. He ended the contest with his second score in the 103rd minute. Junior Jacob Wilson and sophomore Davis Paul earned assists on the goal. Wiedeman increased his team lead in goals with 11 and points (27).
Paul scored the game's first goal in the 23rd minute. Senior Chris Deal headed a ball to Paul, and he was able to blast a shot from the top corner of the box past the keeper to the far right post. Paul's goal tied him for second on the team in that category with three. His four shots tonight were a team high.
Junior Stefan Frei had one of his best games of the year with a season-best 11 saves. Although Frei allowed two goals, he was brilliant for most of the night, holding off a UCSB team that outshot the Bears, 24-12. The Gaucho goals were scored two and a half minutes apart in the 68th and 70th minute.
Cal will head to Maryland for a showdown with the Terrapins in the round of 16 of the NCAA College Cup on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. (PT) in College Park, Md.
Cal - Davis Paul (Chris Deal) 22:26 Cal - Andrew Wiedeman 60:02 UCSB - Martin Hedevag (Michael Tetteh) 67:22 UCSB - Michael Tetteh 69:52 Cal - Andrew Wiedeman (Jacob Wilson, Davis Paul) 102:12