Nov. 13, 2007
Bears Wrap Up Regular Season on The Farm
The No. 17 California men's soccer team returns to the Bay Area to face Stanford for its final game of the 2007 regular season. The Golden Bears, who won their second consecutive Pac-10 championship last weekend, are currently enjoying a five-game unbeaten streak. Cal was victorious over Washington and tied Oregon State last weekend.
Cal (11-4-2, 6-2-1) will face Stanford (6-6-5, 3-4-2) Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Cal in the Polls
In the Soccer America and Soccer Times' national polls, the Bears came in at No. 18. In the College Soccer News' top 30, the Bears are currently ranked No. 17 and in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll Cal is No. 20.
Bears Win Pac-10 Championship Last Weekend
Last Sunday against Oregon State, Cal clinched its second consecutive conference title with the point it earned in the scoreless draw. The Bears recorded four shots on goal, but it was sophomore keeper Stefan Frei and Cal's defense that led the way. Frei made seven saves in tallying his conference-best ninth shutout of the campaign.
The Bears defeated Washington, 1-0, last Friday. Freshman Andrew Wiedeman scored the game's only goal with an assist from senior Javier Ayala-Hil. After Ayala-Hil's shot was deflected, Wiedeman fired a shot from 10 yards out to score the goal. Wiedeman recorded his team-leading sixth goal of the season, while Ayala-Hil notched his team-best fifth assist of the campaign.
Frei Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Stefan Frei was selected this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performances against Washington and Oregon State last weekend. Frei earned his eighth and ninth shutouts of the season to guide Cal to its second consecutive Pac-10 championship. It was also the third time this year Frei posted back-to-back shutouts. Frei made seven saves against Oregon State, part of the 10 he recorded over the course of the weekend. He currently leads the conference in shutouts (9), saves per game (4.53) and save percentage (.875).
Scouting the Cardinal
Previous to falling to Oregon State and Washington last weekend, the Cardinal knocked off San Diego State and UCLA. Stanford lost a close one to the Beavers, 1-0, and then lost an offensive showdown to the Huskies, 4-2. Since Oct. 7, the Cardinal has only recorded two victories in the six games played in that time span. The leading scorer for Stanford is Bobby Warsaw, who leads his squad in points (12) and goals (5).
Ayala-Hil Makes Soccer America National Team of the Week
Javier Ayala-Hil was selected to last week's Soccer America National Team of the Week for his performance against UCLA on Nov. 4. In his final regular-season home game at Edwards Stadium, Ayala-Hil played a major role in the Bears' overtaking the Bruins for first place in the Pac-10. He was involved in all three Cal scores, tallying the first goal of the game and recording assists on the other two scores.
Bears on the Leaderboard
Andrew Wiedeman remains atop the Bears' leaderboard in points (16) and goals (6). Senior Javier Ayala-Hil leads the Bears in assists with five. Senior Andrew Jacobson and Ayala-Hil are second on the team in goals with three each, while juniors Tyler Barry and Pat Marion and freshmen Davis Paul and Servando Carrasco each have two goals. The goals from Paul, Marion, Barry, four of Wiedeman's scores and Luke Sassano's lone goal of the season were game winners. Wiedeman is also tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals. Freshman Scot Van Buskirk scored the other goal for the Bears this season. Jacobson leads the squad in shots (40), and Ayala-Hil tops Cal's chart in shots on goal with 19. Among conference statistical leaders, the Bears lead the league in points (72), assists (28), goals allowed (11) and goals-against average (0.62).
Wiedeman Earns National and Pac-10 Recognition
Andrew Wiedeman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week earlier this year 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 Bears' 3-0 victory over Oregon State on Oct. 7.
Besides Andrew Wiedeman, other members from the Bears' 16th-ranked recruiting class 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 and Oregon State on Oct. 7. Wiedeman has produced four game-winning goals, most recently against Washington last Friday.
In addition to the goals, they have been huge contributors to the Bears' offensive firepower. Carrasco is tied for third on the team in shots (22) and also currently boasts three assists. Scot Van Buskirk scored his first goal of the season against Oregon State. Demitrius Omphroy has recorded two assists and A.J. Soares has collected one assist thus far.
Wiedeman and Soares are the only freshmen to start all 17 contests this season. Carrasco has started 15 of the 17.
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).
So far this season, Grimes clinched the Golden Bears' seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance achieving his 90th career victory along the way. Cal won its second consecutive Pac-10 championship last Sunday in a 0-0 tie against Oregon State.
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 a 92-55-15 overall record at Cal. He earned his 90th victory in a 1-0 decision against San Diego State on Nov. 2. Only three other Cal coaches have reached the 90-win plateau, and Grimes' 92 total wins rank him fourth on the all-time list, behind Bill Coupe who has 113 victories. Legendary Cal player and former head coach Bob DiGrazia tops the list with 202 career victories.