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Men's Soccer Opens Home Slate Against Air Force
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

Sept. 14, 1998

THIS WEEK: Sun., Sept. 20 Air Force Witter Field 1:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Fri., Sept. 11 at UAB UAB-Nike Classic 2-4 L Sun., Sept. 13 vs. #17 St. Louis UAB-Nike Classic 0-2 L

BEARS SIGHTS SET ON HOME OPENER: Cal (1-3) plays its home opener Sunday against Air Force (1-1) at Witter Field at 1 p.m. The Bears crave some home cooking after losing three of their first four games on the road -- two to '97 final four teams Indiana and Saint Louis -- to start the year. Overall, the Bears play 10 of their first 11 games on the road.

UAB-NIKE CLASSIC IN REVIEW: Cal and UAB hooked up in a shootout Friday with Cal losing 4-2. The Bears got on the board first with a goal in the 11th minute by sophomore striker Kendall Simmonds (Simi Valley), his third goal of the year. UAB led, 2-1, at the half off goals from Robert Najarro and John Ziannis in the 29th and 43rd minutes, respectively. Cal knotted the score at two at 61:27 following an unassisted goal off a scramble in front by junior striker John MacDonald (Granada Hills). The Blazers tallied two unanswered goals in the 69th and 82nd minutes to secure the win. While the Bears created numerous chances against UAB, they were outshot 17-5 in a 2-0 blanking by No. 17 Saint Louis, Sunday. The game was scoreless at the half but then turned physical as three yellow cards and one red card were assessed after the intermission. In the 60th minute, the Billikens kicked off the scoring with a goal by Dominic Dapra. Six seconds after Bears defender Doug Juday (Modesto) was issued a red card, Brad Hansmann scored to ensure the win for the Billikens.

DYSLIN, PURCELL NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT: Junior defender Derrick Dyslin (La Caada) and freshman midfielder Brian Purcell (Barrington, RI) were named to the UAB-Nike Classic all-tournament team. They join Indiana-adidas/Metlife Classic all-tournament members --senior midfielder Brandon Moggio (Northville, MI), Brooks and Simmonds.

ABOUT AIR FORCE: Air Force carries a 1-1 record into this weekend's games. The Falcons play St. Mary's Friday in Moraga before taking on Cal in Berkeley Sunday. Air Force opened its season at the Diadora Classic in San Francisco last weekend with a 1-0 win over USF and a 3-1 loss to Santa Clara. In 1997, Air Force posted a 13-5 overall record under head coach Lou Sagastume, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the academy. The Falcons lost in the first round of the '97 NCAA Tournament, 3-2 in OT, to Creighton.

SIMMONDS AND MACDONALD CONTINUE TO LEAD BEARS: Early on Simmonds and MacDonald are the only players who can find the back of the net for Cal as they have combined for all four of the Bears goals in '98. Simmonds leads the team with six points on three goals, which is almost half his scoring production last season (14 points). MacDonald is second on the team with four points on one goal and two assists.

MPSF STATISTICAL LEADERS: Simmonds is tied for second in the MPSF Conference in goals with three and is tied for seventh in points with six. Matt Annis of Washington leads both categories with 10 points and five goals. MacDonald is tied with nine other players for fifth in assists with two. West Hart of Washington leads the conference with five assists. Junior goalkeeper Doug Brooks (Succasunna, NJ) sits in third place for goalie saves with 14, four behind Sean Rockwell of CS Fullerton.

WHO WILL START?: Coach Mallon utilized different starting line up in each of the Bears four games, with 16 players earning starts. Only five players have started every game in '98 - sophomore defender Michael Congiu (Chicago, IL), sophomore midfielder Ramiro Arrendondo (Redwood City), Juday, Moggio and Dyslin. Purcell earned his first two collegiate starts last weekend at the UAB tournament and posted his first career point with an assist against UAB.

NSCAA Coaches Poll
Sept. 14, 1998
(through 9/13 games)

1 Washington 5-0-0 468 2 2 SMU 3-0-0 444 11 3 Clemson 5-0-0 426 3 4 Virginia 3-0-1 390 4 5 Duke 5-0-0 368 6 T6 Connecticut 4-0-0 355 9 T6 Indiana 3-1-0 355 1 8 San Jose State 5-0-0 302 NR 9 Georgetown 5-0-0 265 13 10 UCLA 3-1-0 244 12 11 St. John's 3-1-1 235 14 12 Creighton 3-1-0 221 5 13 Boston 4-0-0 178 19 14 William & Mary 4-0-0 150 RV 15 South Carolina 4-1-0 127 7 16 Notre Dame 3-0-1 119 15 17 UNC Charlotte 3-0-0 110 T24 18 Penn State 3-1-1 93 21 19 Stanford 3-1-0 81 8 20 Hartwick 3-0-1 29 23 21 James Madison 3-1-0 15 16 22 Saint Louis 4-2-0 8 17 23 Akron 3-1-0 7 T24 24 Seton Hall 3-1-0 6 10 25 Furman 5-0-1 4 NR

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Receiving Votes: Hartford

EARLY AND JANSMA BACK: Central midfielder Chap Early (Los Angeles) saw game time for the first time in over a year Friday against UAB. Early was the first player off the bench against the Blazers. The junior redshirted last season due to a serious head injury. Sophomore midfielder Garrett Jansma (Newport Beach) also played in both games in Birmingham, Ala., after missing the majority of last season with mononucleosis.

HEAD COACH: Mark Mallon returns for his sixth season as head coach of the Bears with a school and career record of 43-48-8, including a 24-16-3 mark since the 1996 season. Mallon is joined by first-year assistants Manoj Khettry, Peter Woodring and Drew Leonard.

CAL'S SCHEDULE - AMONG THE TOUGHEST: Cal has 8-of-25 teams in this week's NSCAA Top 25 poll on their schedule. The Bears are currently 0-2 against ranked opponents with 2-0 losses to then-No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 17 Saint Louis. Highlights of the Bears '98 slate include three '97 final four teams (Indiana, Saint Louis and national champion UCLA). The Bears also face '96 national champion St. John's. Cal is no stranger to challenging schedules. The Sagarin rankings, the recognized authority on schedule strengths, placed the 1997 Bears schedule seventh in the nation while their 1996 schedule ranked eighth. The '98 Bears schedule is projected to be Top five in the country.

 MPSF CONFERENCE STANDINGS

MPSF Overall W L T Pts Home Away W L T PCT Home Away Neut Streak 1. Washington 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 5 0 0 1.000 3-0-0 0-0-0 2-0-0 Won 5 2. CPSLO 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3 1 0 .750 2-1-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 Lost 2 Stanford 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3 1 0 .750 1-1-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 Won1 UC Irvine 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3 1 0 .750 1-1-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 Won1 UCLA 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3 1 0 .750 3-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 Won 2 6. CS Fullerton 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3 1 1 .700 2-1-1 1-0-0 0-0-0 Won 1 7. Oregon St. 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 1 0 .500 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-1-0 Won 1 8. California 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 3 0 .250 0-0-0 0-2-0 1-1-0 Lost 3 9. CS Sacramento 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 2 1 .167 0-0-1 0-1-0 0-1-0 Idle 10. UCSB 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 4 0 .000 0-2-0 0-0-0 0-2-0 Lost 4


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