Oct. 18, 2005
BERKELEY - BEARS TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON AND OSU: After hosting Washington and Oregon State last weekend, No. 12 (according to the NSCAA poll) Cal travels to the Northwest to face its Pac-10 opponents for the second straight weekend. Cal will take on the Washington Huskies, Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m at Husky Soccer Field. The Bears then travel to Corvallis, Ore., where they will face the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. The Bears are currently 9-3-1 overall, 2-3-0 in the Pac-10.
CAL HANDS OREGON STATE ITS FIRST PAC-10 LOSS: After being on the road for three weeks, Cal came home last weekend to split its games against Oregon State and Washington. Cal handed the Beavers its first Pac-10 loss of the season last Friday, shutting them out, 2-0. Senior forward Calen Carr put the Bears ahead, 1-0, in the 29th minute when he scored his seventh goal of the season and what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Carr was assisted on the play by sophomore forward Javier Hil. Less than 10 minutes later, senior midfielder Pieter Berger gave the Bears a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into halftime when he scored in the 37th minute. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Jacobson passed the ball down field to Berger, who scored Cal's second goal, and ensured the win for the Bears.
BEARS COME UP SHORT AGAINST WASHINGTON: While both teams played hard, Cal could not come up with the win against Washington last Sunday and fell to the Huskies, 1-0. Both teams went scoreless in the first half, with the Huskies taking five shots, while Cal recorded four. Eric Ebert and Jacobson had good opportunities to score for the Bears, but Washingtons keeper Chris Eylander stopped the ball from reaching the net. In the 54th minute Jeff Hoover won the game for Washington when he scored from about 12 yards out in the penalty box. Hoover was assisted by Leo Totev. Cal tallied seven shots for the day, while Cal's keeper Eric Kronberg recorded three saves.
LOOKING AT THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 12 in the NSCAA poll, while Soccer Times has the Bears tabbed at No. 13, and Soccer America has them at No. 16.
LEADER OF THE PAC: Calen Carr is currently leading the Pac-10 in five different categories and is tied for first in one more. Carr is first in the conference in game-winning goals (5), shots (48), shots per game (average of 3.69), points (16) and points per game (average of 1.23). Carr is tied for first with San Diego State's Kraig Chiles in goals for the season, both with seven. Carr is second behind Chiles in goals per game with an average of 0.54, while Chiles is averaging 0.58.
KRONBERG SOLID FOR BEARS: Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg recorded his fifth shutout this season, last weekend against Oregon State, and is currently fourth in the Pac-10 in shutouts. Kronberg is tied for second in the conference with 44 saves for the season. Todd Harmon holds the record for the most shutouts in one season at Cal, when he recorded 11 during the 1986 season.
SASSANO STRIKES AGAIN: Sophomore midfielder Luke Sassano is currently leading the Bears in assists, with five for the season. Sassano is fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (5) and assists per game (average of 0.38).
AS A TEAM: Cal is currently leading the conference in goals per game, with an average of 1.69. The Bears are fourth among the NCAA in shots on goal save percentage, 0.870.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
WASHINGTON: The No. 18 (according to Soccer Times) Huskies, which are 8-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the Pac-10, are coming off a two-game winning streak in the Bay Area. Washington defeated Stanford last Friday, 1-0, after senior midfielder Leo Totev scored the game-winning goal. Washington then came across the bay to defeat Cal, 1-0, with the goal by Jeff Hoover. Totev is currently tied for second in the Pac-10 with OSU's Robbie Findley, in game-winning goals, both with three. The Huskies lead the all time series against the Bears, 20-8-5.
OREGON STATE: The No. 22 (according to Soccer Times and tied with Southern Methodist) Beavers, which are 8-3-4, 4-1 in the Pac-10, are coming off a 1-1 road trip to the Bay Area. Oregon State suffered its first Pac-10 loss last week against California, losing 2-0. But the Beavers bounced back and defeated Stanford, 3-1, to finish out its road trip. Bryan Jordan scored two goals for OSU, while Robbie Findley chipped in with one. OSU's keeper Packy Deenihan is currently leading the Pac-10 in saves, with 73 for the season. As a team, Oregon State leads the conference in points (75), goals (24), assists (27) and saves (79). The Bears lead the all time series against the Beavers, 14-7-1.