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Men's Soccer Set to Face Conference Foes
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

October 5, 1998

BEARS OPEN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Cal (3-5) opens its MPSF schedule on the road Friday at CS Sacramento at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at No. 9 and defending-NCAA champion UCLA at 2 p.m. The conference foes are at the opposite end of the spectrum. The Hornets finished last in the Mountain Division in 1997, while the Bruins won the Pacific and went on to claim their third NCAA title in 13 years.

MPSF CHANGES IN 1998 - In 1998, the MPSF begins single round robin conference play for men's soccer, moving away from the two division structure it employed since its inception. In 1999, Cal State Northridge resumes its MPSF membership after a one-year hiatus.

BEARS BLANK UNLV - About halfway into the first overtime period, junior reserve striker Ryan Fitzpatrick (Redmond, WA) scored the lone goal of the game to give Cal (3-5) a 1-0 victory (first shutout) over UNLV (6-4) Sunday afternoon at the Stanford/Nike Tournament.

Cal outshot UNLV 18-5 in regulation, but the game went to sudden death overtime with the score knotted at zero. At the 98:08 mark, Fitzpatrick took sophomore striker Kendall Simmonds' (Simi Valley) centering pass and converted on both teams' only OT shot.

BEARS LOSE TO #6 CREIGHTON IN 2OT - Cal took No. 6 Creighton (8-1) to double OT before falling 2-1 with time winding down in extra minutes Friday at the Stanford/Nike Tournament.

Cal (2-5) got on the scoreboard first with an early goal in the ninth minute from junior striker John Macdonald (Granada Hills), who made a long run past several defenders and converted on a feed from sophomore midfielder Ramiro Arrendondo (Redwood City).

"I told John before the game that he has a good shot and the ability to take some guys on one-on-one," said coach Mark Mallon. "He showed those abilities on his goal."

Creighton midfielder Richard Mulrooney, a Herman Trophy candidate, tied the score at one in the 36th minute by scoring off a free kick.

Junior forward Mike Bustos, the Bluejays leading scorer, stunned everyone with the winning goal at the 118:11 mark.

PREVIEWING CS SACRAMENTO - Cal State Sacramento is crawling into the MPSF schedule with a 0-6-1 record. The Hornets have been outscored 18-6 with their best-result being a 0-0 tie against San Francisco State. Over the weekend, CSUS lost to St. Mary's 2-0, its fourth shutout loss of the year. The Hornets attack is led by sophomore reserve striker Fabiano Rivero, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rivero has seven points (3G, 1A).

Coach Michael Linenberger has utilized two goalkeepers this season -- junior Ryan Duncan (1.88 GAA in four starts) and sophomore Chris Harper (3.60 GAA in three starts).

Last year - CSUS was last in the MPSF Mountain Division at 0-4 and 4-14 overall. Cal won at home 1-0 on Simmonds first-career goal.

PREVIEWING No. 9 UCLA - No. 9 UCLA needed a goal in the 114th minute Sunday to defeat Loyola Marymount (3-6), 2-1 in double OT, and post its 23rd-consecutive home win. That ties UCLA for second in consecutive home wins in NCAA history with Virginia (1983-84 and 1987-88) and Philadelphia Textile (1968-72).

The Bruins, 7-1-0, open MPSF play Friday at home against Stanford before facing Cal Sunday. The only bump in the defending-national champion's armor is a 2-1 loss to South Carolina the second game of the season.

Upfront, the Bruins are led by senior Seth George, their leading scorer with 20 points (8G, 4A), and the star of the 1997 NCAA final scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Virginia.

Other players worth noting are a pair of sophomore U.S. U-20 standouts -- goalkeeper Nick Rimando and defender Carlos Bocanegra. Rimando boasts an impressive 0.31 GAA.

History with Cal - The Bears and Bruins did not square off in 1997 and split two games in 1996, with the Bears shocking the No. 8 Bruins in Westwood, 2-1, in OT, and losing a playoff for the MSPF title, 4-0, in Berkeley.

ARRENDONDO CONTINUES HOT FOOT - Arrendondo has been a force in the Bears midfield this season. After starting four games as a freshman in 1997, Arrendondo is one of only four Bears to start all eight games this season and has played well at the outside and central midfield positions. He has stepped up his play over the last three games, recording a goal or an assist in each of those contests. A former member of the U.S. Under-18 national team, Arrendondo is tied for second on Cal in scoring with six points (2G, 2A) after posting four points last season.

BROOKS PLAY IN GOAL ON THE RISE - Junior GK Doug Brooks (Succasunna, N.J.) is coming off his best weekend of the year. His season-high nine saves put Cal on the brink of defeating No. 6 Creighton. Sunday, Brooks recorded three saves to secure his first shutout of the season. He ranks second in the MPSF with 35 saves.

SUPER SUB FITZPATRICK - Reserve striker Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken three shots this year, two being game-winning goals.

BEARS AMONG MPSF LEADERS - Simmonds leads Cal in scoring with nine points, which ranks tied for ninth in the MPSF Conference, while Arrendondo and Macdonald are tied for 25th (6).

COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE TO THE MAX - In the latest NSCAA Top 25 poll, eight teams or

NSCAA Coaches Poll Oct. 5, 1998 (through 10/4 games)

Team              Record        Pts     Last 
1. Connecticut    10-0-0        468     1
2. Indiana        9-1-0         445     2
3. San Jose State 9-0-0         430     3
4. Virginia       8-0-2         407     4
5. Duke           10-1-0        403     5
6. Washington     8-1-0         355     7
7. Clemson        9-1-0         321     8
8. Creighton      8-2-0         283     6
9. UCLA           7-1-0         276     10
10.St. John's     6-2-3         196     9
11.Georgetown     8-2-0         195     RV
12.Butler         9-1-0         184     21
13.Saint Louis    9-2-1         172     16
14.Seton Hall     6-2-1         161     13
15.Stanford       7-2-0         137     RV
16.South Carolina 8-2-0         128     12
17.Dartmouth      5-1-0         119     15
18.Maryland       7-3-0         84      11
19.Furman         9-1-2         50      NR
20.Santa Clara    7-2-1         34      18
21.George Mason   9-2-0         21      NR
22t.Notre Dame    4-2-3         16      17
22t.Rutgers       6-4-1         16      NR
24.Fairfield      11-1-1        12      NR
25.Colgate        6-3-1         10      NR

Teams in bold are 1998 Cal opponents.

32 percent of the ranked schools are on Cal's schedule. With the exception of Air Force and UNLV, the other six teams Cal has played are ranked or have been ranked.

HEAD COACH - Mark Mallon returns for his sixth season as head coach of the Bears with a school and career record of 45-50-8, including a 26-18-3 mark since 1996. Mallon is joined by first-year assistants Manoj Khettry, Peter Woodring and Drew Leonard.

MPSF CONFERENCE STANDINGS

                 MPSF                                     Overall
                 W    L    T    Pts    Home    Away       W    L    T    PCT    Home    Away    Neut    Streak
1. Washington    0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      8    1    0   .889    4-1-0   2-0-0   2-0-0   Won 1
2. UCLA          0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      7    1    0   .875    5-0-0   2-1-0   0-0-0   Won 6 
3. Stanford      0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      7    2    0   .778    4-1-0   2-1-0   1-0-0   Won 3
4. CS Fullerton  0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      7    3    1   .682    4-1-0   2-1-0   1-1-0   Won 2
5. Oregon St.    0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      4    2    1   .643    2-0-0   0-1-1   2-1-0   Won 1
6. Cal Poly SLO  0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      5    3    1   .611    3-1-0   2-1-1   0-1-0   Lost 2 
7. UC Irvine     0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      5    4    0   .556    5-3-0   0-1-0   0-0-0   Lost 1
8. California    0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      3    5    0   .375    1-0-0   0-3-0   2-2-0   Won 1
9. UCSB          0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      1    8    0   .111    0-5-0   1-1-0   0-2-0   Won 1
10.CS Sacramento 0    0    0     0     0-0-0   0-0-0      0    6    1   .071    0-2-1   0-3-0   0-1-0   Lost 6


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