Aug. 23, 2005
BERKELEY- - CAL OPENS SEASON AGAINST UC DAVIS: No. 20 (according to NSCAA) California opens the 2005 season with an exhibition game against UC Davis Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears return six starters and 18 lettermen from last year's team which posted a 13-4-3 overall record and tied for second place in the Pac-10 with a 4-3-1 mark. UC Davis returns 14 letterwinners and six starters from 2004's 6-10-2 team. The Bears recorded a 3-0 victory over the Aggies during their last meeting on Oct. 21, 2004.
CAL RECORDS ITS FOURTH NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: Last season marked the fourth year in a row that Cal earned an NCAA Tournament berth. After a first- round 1-0 overtime victory over No.17 Santa Clara (which marked Cal's third postseason victory in school history), the Bears fell to Southern Methodist University, 1-0, in the second round.
CAL SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR ALL-PAC-10 HONOREES: Cal placed a school record and conference high 12 players on the All-Pac-10 team for the 2004 season. Seniors Calen Carr and Nick Hatzke were first-team honorees, while seniors Eric Kronberg and Tyson Wahl were second-team performers. Senior Angel Quintero and juniors Eric Ebert and Steve Purdy all received honorable mention. The Bears also placed nine players on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Seniors Pieter Berger and Calen Carr were awarded first-team honors, while Tyson Wahl and junior Andrew Felder were named to the second-team. Hatzke was joined by junior Matt Holtrust and Purdy as Honorable Mentions.
BEARS BRING EXPEREINCE AND TALENT ON OFFENSE: Cal's frontline features seniors Pieter Berger and Calen Carr. Carr contributed five goals and four assists last season, while Berger recorded three game-winning goals and was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team. Cal's leading scorer, senior Nick Hatzke, must sit out this season due to injury. The Bears look forward to having him back for the 2006 season.
FRESH ON THE SCENE: Cal welcomes eight incoming freshmen and one transfer in 2005. The midfield will get a boost from Michael Nieraeth, Ryan Villalpando, Ian Ebert, Pat Marion, Tyler Barry and sophomore transfer Brad Yuska, who comes to the Bears with four years of eligibility remaining from the national champion Indiana Hoosiers. Also looking to contribute is goalkeeper Stefan Frei, forward JT Terrazas and defender Kyle Rice.
DEPTH IN THE NET: Four goalkeepers will be competing for the starting job this fall, including two keepers with All-Pac-10 experience. Returning starter, senior Eric Kronberg, provided solid defense for the Bears last season, starting in 19 of 20 games. Kronberg recorded 61 saves and posted eight shutouts, which ranks fourth in Cal history. Also vying for playing time is junior Mike Oseguera, who boasted a goals-against average of 0.70. Sophomore Justin Myers and freshman Stefan Frei also will battle for playing time in the goal.
TOUGH SCHEDULE IN 2005: Cal faces eight teams which advanced to the 2004 NCAA Tournament and five opponents that finished ranked in the top 25 in the nation, including UCLA (No. 3), UC Santa Barbara (No. 5), Washington (No. 15), University of San Francisco (No. 19) and Santa Clara (No. 20). Cal's preseason national ranking, No. 20, will be put to the test throughout the season as the Bears face three 2004 conference champions in USF (WCC), UCSB (BigWest) and UCLA (Pac-10).