Oct. 16, 2007
Bears Look To Top Cardinal
The No. 24 California men's soccer team looks to get back in the win column this Saturday against Stanford. The Golden Bears had their six-game unbeaten streak snapped last weekend by San Diego State. UCLA knocked off Cal in the second game of the road trip.
Cal (7-4-1, 2-2) will face Stanford (4-3-5, 1-1-2) Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Cal In the Polls
The Bears fell in the polls this week. In the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, Cal dropped to No. 24. In the College Soccer News' top 30 Cal is currently ranked No. 26.
Unsuccessful Weekend in Southern California
Cal's five-game winning streak was snapped with a tough loss to San Diego State last Friday, 3-2. The weekend didn't get any better for the Bears as they lost to UCLA, 1-0, last Sunday.
The Aztecs jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Cal's offense came alive. Senior Andrew Jacobson netted two goals to cut the deficit to one. Despite a late scoring opportunity, the Bears were unable to notch the tying goal. SDSU has now won the last three contests against Cal. Kraig Chiles from the Aztecs earned conference and national player of the week honors for his two-goal performance.
Luck wouldn't turn the Bears way in Los Angeles either. The Bruins tallied the lone goal of the game in the 88th minute to gain the victory. It was the first time UCLA beat Cal in its previous four meetings.
Scouting the Cardinal
Previous to its 2-0 loss to San Diego State last Sunday, Stanford had back-to-back 0-0 ties against UCLA and Washington. The Aztec victory over the Cardinal snapped a six-game unbeaten streak that included a 4-0 win over Oregon State and wins over Princeton and Davidson. Although Stanford leads the all-time series, Cal has won the last seven out of 10 meetings. Bobby Warsaw is Stanford's leading scorer with 10 points (4G, 2A).
One of Cal's biggest playmakers throughout the 2007 campaign has been Andrew Jacobson. Jacobson, who scored his first two goals of the season last Friday against San Diego State, leads the team in shots and is tied for the team lead in shots on goal. He is also second on the team in points (7) and assists (3). As the Bears get closer to the postseason, Jacobson's senior leadership will be a key factor in Cal's effort for a seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Bears on the Leaderboard
Andrew Wiedeman remains atop the Bears' leaderboard in points (12), goals (4) and assists (4). Andrew Jacobson, senior Javier Ayala-Hil, junior Tyler Barry and freshmen Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco each have two goals. Both of Paul's and Barry's goals and two of Wiedeman's scores were game winners. Junior Pat Marion and freshman Scot Van Buskirk scored the other goals for the Bears this season. Jacobson leads the squad in shots (33) and tied with Ayala-Hil on Cal's chart in shots on goal with 11. Sophomore keeper Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in saves (56) and save percentage (.848). Among conference statistical leaders, the Bears lead the league in points (51), goals (16), assists (19), and saves (56).
Did You Know
Freshman A.J. Soares has played soccer all over the world. The Solana Beach native has competed in Brazil, Korea, Spain, France and England.
Wiedeman Earns National and Pac-10 Recognition
Andrew Wiedeman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week last week for his performances on Oct. 5 and 7 against Washington and Oregon State. Wiedeman was also selected to Soccer America's Men's Team of the Week and College Soccer News' National Team of the Week.
Wiedeman recorded two assists in Cal's 2-1 victory against Washington on Oct. 5 and scored the first two goals in the Bear's 3-0 victory over Oregon State on Oct. 7. In addition, he leads all Cal players in points, goals and assists.
A Look Back at the Winning Streak
Ten goals were scored by the Bears during their five-game winning streak, including a 1-0 double-overtime victory against Towson on Sept. 29 and a season-high three goals against Oregon State on Oct. 7. Before the winning streak began, Cal had scored just two goals in its previous four games. Also included in the winning streak were a pair of victories in the Stanford Invitational over Davidson and Princeton and a victory over Washington in the Pac-10 opener on Oct. 5.
Besides Andrew Wiedeman, other members from the Bear's 16th-ranked recruiting class (College Soccer News) have been major contributors to the Bears' success in 2007. Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco have become proven forces to be reckoned with. In the season opener at USD, Paul and Carrasco got their collegiate careers off to an excellent start as they each scored in Cal's 2-0 victory. Paul headed in the game winner against Towson on Sept. 29, and Wiedeman scored twice against Davidson on Sept. 21. Wiedeman leads the team in points with six (2G, 2A).
In addition to the goals, they have been huge contributors to the Bears' offensive firepower. Carrasco is tied for second on the team in shots (18) and points (5). Demitrius Omphroy has recorded two assists thus far, A.J. Soares has collected one assist and Scot Van Buskirk scored his first goal of the season against Oregon State.
Wiedeman and Soares are the only freshmen to start all 12 contests this season. Carrasco has started 10 of the 12.
A Look Ahead
Cal is in the midst of its final homestand of the regular season. The Bears have a bye week sandwiched in the homestand. Following the Stanford game, they return to action against San Diego State on Nov. 2 at Edwards Stadium.
Head Coach Kevin Grimes
Kevin Grimes continues his eighth season as the leader of the California men's soccer program after coming off some of his best seasons as a Golden Bear and his unprecedented third - and second straight - Pac-10 Coach of the Year award (2002 and 2005-06).
Grimes led the Golden Bears to their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance achieving his 80th career victory along the way, in a Pac-10 championship-clinching victory over UCLA on Oct. 29, 2006. The Pac-10 crown was Cal's first.
Cal reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, compiling a 13-6-1 overall record and a 7-3-0 conference mark. Among the big wins during the regular season were upsets of ninth-ranked UCLA, 3-1, on Sept. 22 and ninth-ranked Washington, 2-0, in Seattle on Oct. 8.
Grimes now has an 88-55-14 overall record at Cal. Only three other Cal coaches have reached the 80-win plateau, and Grimes' 88 total wins rank him fourth on the all-time list, behind Bill Coupe who has 113 victories. Legendary Cal player and coach Bob DiGrazia tops the list with 202 career victories.