Sept. 29, 2009
Sixth-ranked California (6-2-0) opens Pac-10 Conference action when it hosts rival and 17th-ranked Stanford (6-1-0) at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The Golden Bears are ranked No. 6 in the current Soccer America magazine poll and No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal finished 1-1-0 in the Stanford Nike Classic after losing to New Mexico, 2-1, on Sept. 25 in Stanford, Calif., and defeating Air Force on Sept. 27 in Berkeley. Junior defender Servando Carrasco scored his first goal of the season in the loss to the Lobos. Against the Falcons, junior forward Andrew Wiedeman scored Cal's first two goals, senior forward Jeff Cosgriff tallied two assists and junior midfielder Demitrius Omphroy collected a goal and an assist.
Wiedeman leads Cal and the Pac-10 in points (19) and goals (8), and paces the Bears in game-winning goals (4). He leads the Pac-10 in points per game (2.38) and goals per game (1.00). Wiedeman also ranks fourth in goals per game and fifth in points per game in the NCAA.
Cosgriff and junior midfielder Hector Jimenez are tied for second in points (9 each) at Cal. Jimenez leads the Bears in assists (7) and ranks second in the NCAA in assists per game (0.88). As a team, Cal ranks 11th nationally in scoring offense (2.5 GPG).
Freshman goalkeeper Robby Gogatz, who made the first start of his Cal career against Air Force, has a 0.54 goals-against average in four games. Sophomore goalie David Bingham has a 0.82 GAA in seven starts for the Bears and leads the Pac-10 in saves (29).
Two defenders made their first starts of the season over the past two games, with senior Evan Sassano starting against New Mexico and freshman Kyle Lunt starting against Air Force. Freshman Steve Birnbaum has started three straight games on Cal's backline.
Last Time vs. Stanford
In 2008, Cal defeated Stanford, 1-0, twice. The first time, the Bears won in overtime on Servando Carrasco's 92nd-minute goal on Oct. 18 at Stanford. Cal blanked the Cardinal on a Jacob Wilson goal in the regular-season finale on Nov. 15 in Berkeley.
Scouting the Opposition
Stanford (No. 17 Soccer America/No. 20 NSCAA) has won six straight matches after opening the season with a 2-1 loss at Lehigh. It has a 6-1-0 record and is coming off a 2-0-0 performance (beating Air Force, 3-2, on Sept. 25 and New Mexico, 2-0, on Sept. 27) that clinched the Cardinal the championship of its own Stanford Nike Classic.
Against Air Force, Stanford trailed, 1-0, before scoring three straight times - including two goals from junior midfielder/forward Bobby Warshaw. Sophomore midfielder/forward Taylor Ammann had a goal and an assist in Stanford's win over the Lobos.
Warshaw (3 goals, 1 assist) and senior forward Evan Morgan (2, 3) are tied for the Stanford lead in points (7). Warshaw also paces his team in goals, while Morgan leads Stanford in assists. Senior goalie John Moore, who made a total of three saves in Stanford's last two games, has a 0.84 GAA and four shutouts after playing every minute for Stanford so far this season.
Bret Simon is in his ninth year as Stanford head coach.
Cal hosts Washington at 4 p.m. on Oct. 9 and Oregon State at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.