Cal Heads South to Face SDSU, No. 5 UCLA
Oct. 30, 2012
Thursday, Nov. 1
7 p.m. - Cal (8-5-2, 2-3-1 Pac-12) vs. San Diego State (6-7-3, 0-5-2 Pac-12)
SDSU Sports Deck - San Diego
Series Record vs. SDSU: 14-16-4
Last Time vs. SDSU: W, 1-0 2 OTs, 9/28/12 in Berkeley
Coverage: Live Stats
Sunday, Nov. 4
5 p.m. - Cal (8-5-2, 2-3-1 Pac-12) vs. UCLA (11-2-2, 6-1-0 Pac-12)
Drake Stadium - Los Angeles
Series Record vs. UCLA: 11-39-5
Last Time vs. UCLA: L, 3-1, 9/30/12 in Berkeley
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, GameTracker
BERKELEY - With only three games left in the regular season, California plays Pac-12 Conference matches at San Diego State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, and at 5 p.m. UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Golden Bears (8-5-2, 2-3-1 in the Pac-12) previously beat the Aztecs (6-7-3, 0-5-2 Pac-12), 1-0 in double overtime, on Sept. 28 and lost to the Bruins (11-2-2, 6-1-0 Pac-12), 3-1, on Sept. 30 at Edwards Stadium.
Cal on the Pac-12 Networks
The UCLA game marks the seventh Cal appearance on the Pac-12 Networks. The Nov. 9 match vs. Stanford will be the eighth Cal match on conference television.
Scouting the Bears
In Cal's last game, the Bears beat Oregon State, 1-0, on Oct. 21 in Berkeley
Senior midfielder Tony Salciccia leads Cal in points (15) and ranks second on the squad in goals (5) and assists (5)
Sophomore midfielder Seth Casiple - the 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - paces the Bears in assists (7) and ranks second on the team in points (11)
Casiple ranks second in assists (7) and assists per game (0.47) behind UCLA's Ryan Hollingshead (8, 0.57)
Sophomore forward Stefano Bonomo leads Cal - and is tied for second in the Pac-12 - with three game-winning goals; he is tied for the team high in goals (5)
Sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Peach has started every game for the Bears this year and has compiled a 1.11 goals-against average
Kevin Grimes is in his 13th season as Cal's head coach
Scouting the Aztecs
SDSU split its last two games, losing at Washington, 2-0, on Oct. 26 and tying Oregon State, 1-1, in double overtime on Oct. 28
Junior forward Jordan Ongaro paces San Diego State in goals (7) and points (15)
Junior midfielder Kody Duff leads his team in game-winning goals (2) and ranks second in goals (6); he assisted on junior midfielder Kevin Bick's tying goal against Oregon State
Junior goalie Blake Hylen has posted a 1.48 GAA in 11 games, though sophomore Tim Peitsch (1.15 GAA) started the last game vs. OSU, making four saves
Lev Kirshner is in his 13th year as head coach of SDSU
Scouting the Bruins
UCLA has won three straight - including a 2-1 win at Oregon State on Oct. 26 and a 1-0 victory at Washington on Oct. 29 - including heading into its Thursday match against Stanford in Los Angeles
Senior midfielder/forward Ryan Hollingshead leads his team in points (18) and assists (8) and is tied for the UCLA high in goals (5) and game-winning goals (3)
Sophomore goalie Earl Edwards holds a 0.98 GAA in 11 games
Jorge Salcedo is in his ninth year as UCLA's head coach
Cal closes the regular season in the home half of the Bay Area Derby when Stanford visits Edwards Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. The match will mark Cal's eighth appearance on the Pac-12 Networks.
Birnbaum Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
Cal defender and co-captain Steve Birnbaum was named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through Nov. 19. Fans can vote on that page - and vote once per day - through midnight CT on the final day of voting. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Men's College Cup, which will take place Dec. 7 and 9 in Hoover, Ala.
College Soccer News and Muscle Milk honored Stefano Bonomo after the Golden Bear scored three goals - including both gamewinners - in Cal's 4-1 rout of Duquesne on Sept. 21 and its Sept. 23 win over Loyola Marymount, 1-0. The sophomore forward earned a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week and earned the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week laurel on Sept. 24.
Bonomo scored twice in Cal's 4-1 rout of Duquesne on Sept. 21 at Edwards Stadium. He scored an eighth-minute goal in the Bears' 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 23 on Goldman Field.
This is the second time that has been Cal honored by CSN and Muscle Milk this season, as senior midfielder Tony Salciccia earned CSN Team of the Week recognition for the week ending Sept. 9 and collected the Muscle Milk award after he scored the winner in the 2-1 season opener against Santa Clara on Aug. 24.
Salciccia Earns CSN Team of the Week Berth
Tony Salciccia scored a goal and collected an assist in Cal's 4-1 win over Central Florida on Sept. 7 to garner College Soccer News Team of the Week recognition. The co-captain scored in the 31st minute to give Cal a 1-0 lead over the Knights. In the 83rd minute, Salciccia slipped a through ball to set up Kyle Marsh for the junior defender's first goal of the season and cap the scoring at 4-1.
Muscle Milk Honors Salciccia After Season Opener
Tony Salciccia scored the game-winning goal and led California men's soccer to victory in its season opener against Santa Clara on Aug. 24, garnering the senior midfielder the second California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the year.
Grimes Rises to Second on Cal Wins List
Head coach Kevin Grimes moved into second place on the all-time Cal wins list with his 132nd career win against Santa Clara. He moved ahead of Julius Schroeder (131) and behind all-time leader Bob DiGrazia (202). A five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Grimes averaged 10.9 wins per year in his first 12 seasons in Berkeley. His current all-time record stands at 137-83-31.
Birnbaum Garners College Soccer News Honor
College Soccer News named senior defender Steve Birnbaum to its preseason All-America team, the publication announced on Aug. 20. The All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree started 36 games for Cal over the last two seasons and is one of three co-captains for the Bears.
Alum Jacob Wilson Signs With CD Feirense
Jacob Wilson became the 18th Cal alumnus to join the professional ranks when he signed with Portugal Second Division team CD Feirense. A Cal player from 2005-09, he is one of three former Golden Bears - including Anthony Avalos, who plays with Norway's SK Vard Haugesund, and Leo Krupnik, with Israel's Maccabi Netanya - who plays professionally abroad. Thirteen former Bears play professionally in Major League Soccer.
The Bears in MLS are in MLS are Luke Sassano and Eric Kronberg (Sporting Kansas City), Andrew Jacobson and Andrew Wiedeman (FC Dallas), Hector Jimenez and Josh Saunders (Los Angeles Galaxy), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo), Servando Carrasco (Seattle Sounders FC), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Steve Purdy (Portland Timbers), A.J. Soares (New England Revolution) and Tyson Wahl (Colorado Rapids).
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record-tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal No. 1 Public University in the Country
The University of California is the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The faculty has won 22 Nobel Prizes, including nine current members, while 28 alumni have received a Nobel Prize. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that the campus has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country (48 of 52). Cal also has a long commitment to public service, with more than 4,000 students annually doing volunteer work and more than 3,000 Peace Corps participants all-time.