Sept. 9, 2009
California (1-1-0) opens its home schedule with the 13th annual Cal Legacy Classic in which the Golden Bears host George Washington (2-1-0) at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, and Cal Poly (0-2-0) at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field. The Cal Legacy Classic includes a third game, as Stanford (1-1-0) hosts Cal Poly at 7 p.m. on Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Scouting the No. 11/11 (NSCAA/Soccer America) Golden Bears
Cal split its games on opening weekend, topping Georgetown, 2-0, on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C., and losing, 2-1, in overtime to No. 1/8 Maryland, the 2008 NCAA College Cup champion, on Sept. 6 in College Park, Md. The Bears got the winning goal from junior forward Andrew Wiedeman and a goal from junior midfielder Davis Paul against the Hoyas.
Wiedeman, Salciccia and Paul are tied for the Cal lead in goals with one each. Jimenez paces the Bears with three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham, who made four saves vs. Georgetown and eight against the Terps, has a 0.96 goals-against average through two starts.
Andrew Wiedeman, named a 2008 NSCAA All-American after a strong season for the Bears, has collected some impressive preseason honors this year. The San Ramon, Calif., product is on the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy and earned spots on Soccer America's and College Soccer News' preseason All-America teams.
Last Year's Cal Legacy Classic
The Bears won the 2008 Cal Legacy Classic by edging SMU on goal difference (+5 for Cal vs. +2 for SMU) after each team produced a 1-1 record. Cal beat Cornell, 5-0, and tied the Mustangs, 1-1. Cal's Pat Marion won the Most Valuable Player award and joined teammates Davis Paul, Andrew Wiedeman, A.J. Soares and Tyler Barry on the all-tournament team.
Scouting the Opposition
George Washington improved to 2-1 after routing the University of the District of Columbia, 7-1, on Sept. 8. Senior forward Andy Stadler, who is aalso a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, tallied a hat trick against UDC. Stadler paces his team with four goals, eight points and two game-winning goals. Freshman goalie Brendan Lafferty (the Atlantic-10 Co-Rookie of the Week) has a 0.60 GAA in two starts.
GW lost its opener to American, 2-0, and beat Howard, 2-0. George Lidster is in his 22nd year as the Colonials' head coach.
Cal Poly, which was previously ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA poll, has lost to UNLV, 1-0 in OT, and Creighton, 1-0, this year. Sophomore defender Chris Sigler, a 2008 Co-Big West Freshman of the Year, is on the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Paul Holocher, in his fourth year as Cal Poly's head coach, joined Cal head coach Kevin Grimes on the San Jose Clash roster in 1996, before the MLS franchise changed its name to the San Jose Earthquakes.
Cal's next two games are part of the Bay Area Classic, a tournament that includes San Francisco, Santa Clara and Stanford. The Bears play San Francisco at the Dons' Negoesco Stadium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17. Cal then hosts Santa Clara at 2 p.m. on Sept. 20.