Sept. 4, 2007
Cal Set To Face Penn and Wisconsin This Weekend:
Fresh off a season-opening victory against the University of San Diego last weekend, the No. 7 California men's soccer team returns to Berkeley this weekend for its home opener in the 11th-annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic. The Golden Bears, now the highest ranked Pac-10 team in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, will be joined by Stanford, Penn and Wisconsin in the tournament, which will be held mostly at Edwards Stadium. The Stanford-Penn contest will take place at Stanford Sept. 9.
Wisconsin and Stanford take the field first Friday, Sept. 7, at 1:30 p.m. Cal squares off against Penn at 4 p.m. the same day. On Sept. 9, the Bears battle the Badgers at 1:30 p.m.
Cal In the Polls:
The Bears jumped four spaces up to seven in the NSCAA national poll this week. In the College Soccer News' Top 30, Cal went from No. 13 to No. 8, and in the Soccer America poll, the Bears moved up to a ranking of 11.
Bears Open 2007 Season Victorious Against USD:
Cal started the 2007 campaign on a high note, as the Bears defeated USD, 2-0, last Friday at Torero Stadium.
Cal earned the victory behind goals from freshmen Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco. Paul, who was selected one of College Soccer News' "100 Freshmen From Coast To Coast To Keep An Eye On," netted the first goal. He took a center pass from fellow freshman Andrew Wiedeman before finding the back of the net in the 41st minute. Sophomore Josh Leon also recorded an assist on the goal.
Carrasco increased the Bear's lead in the second half with his goal. In the 64th minute, he booted a ball into the top right corner of the net.
Scouting the Quakers:
Penn kicked off its season with a 6-2 loss at Seton Hall last night. Juniors Kevin Unger and Alex Grendi recorded the Quakers' two goals.
Despite losing the opener, the season looks bright for the Quakers who return four of their five leading scorers from 2006. Junior Mike Klein was the team's leading scorer for the season with three goals and eight assists.
Penn will also bring the Ivy League's stinigiest defense from 2006 to Berkeley. Included in the group of defenders are All-Ivy first-team selection Keith Vereb and Penn Soccer Coaches' Award recipient John Elicker.
Scouting the Badgers:
Wisconsin went 1-1 last weekend, competing in the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational in Madison, Wis. The Badgers dropped their opener to Tulsa, 3-1, last Friday before knocking off Western Michigan, 1-0, on Sunday.
Both goals for Wisconsin came from sophomore Brian Bultman. Against Tulsa, Bultman's first-half goal gave the Badgers the lead until Tulsa tied the game in the 55th minute. Bultman recorded his second goal of the season in the 77th minute against Western Michigan.
Leading the Badgers will be a five-member senior class. Wisconsin returns six starters from last season's squad that finished the year with an overall record of 9-8-2, including its entire corps of midfielders.
A Look Ahead:
Following the adidas Cal Legacy Classic, Cal will compete in the Bay Area Classic. The Bears face San Francisco Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at USF and then host No. 5 Santa Clara, Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.