Aug. 14, 2006
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team, coming off its best postseason showing in program history, earned a No. 14 national ranking by College Soccer News and a No. 2 ranking in the Pac-10 coaches' poll for the upcoming 2006 season. The Golden Bears had a 14-4-3 record in 2005 and reached the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time. This year is the 100th season of the Cal program and seventh season under head coach Kevin Grimes.
The College Soccer News poll lists defending NCAA champion Maryland at No. 1, defending Pac-10 champion UCLA at No. 8 and fellow Pac-10 team San Diego State at No. 24.
In the Pac-10 coaches' poll, UCLA (25 points, 5 first-place votes) earned the top spot, followed by No. 2 Cal (19), No. 3 Washington (16, 1), No. 4 San Diego State (13), No. 5 Oregon State (10) and No. 6 Stanford (7).
Cal opens its season with the Bay Area Classic, hosting a game against San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, at Edwards Stadium. The Bears end the Bay Area Classic when they play Santa Clara at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.