Nov. 17, 2006
Thirteenth-seeded California (13-5-1) will play fourth-seeded Virginia (15-3-1) in the third round of the NCAA College Cup at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Golden Bears, ranked at No. 11 in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, are in the third round for the second straight season. They will meet the five-time NCAA-champion Cavaliers, ranked No. 3 in the coaches' poll, for only the second time.
Last Time against the Cavaliers
Cal holds a 1-0 edge in the all-time series with Virginia, having beaten the Cavaliers, 3-0, on Sept. 9, 1983, at a tournament at the University of San Francisco. Virginia was ranked No. 8 at the time; Cal was unranked.
Bears Knock Lobos Out in Second Round
The current Bears are coming off a 3-1 victory over New Mexico in the College Cup's second round on Wednesday afternoon, while Virginia reached the third round after beating Bucknell, 4-0, on Wednesday night. In Cal's victory, junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil scored twice and sophomore forward Jacob Wilson scored in the second minute to eliminate the Lobos, who had knocked Cal out of the 2005 College Cup in the quarterfinal round.
Wilson's 10-yard strike at 1:04, assisted by freshman midfielder Hector Jimenez, was Cal's second-fastest goal of the year, behind Wilson's goal at 1:03 of a 5-0 rout of Oregon State on Oct. 6.
Junior defender Luke Sassano set up Ayala-Hil's first goal with a cross along the goalline in the 32nd minute. Ayala-Hil scored his 11th goal of the season from point-blank range and later scored his 12th, set up by junior midfielder Andrew Jacobson, after rounding goalkeeper Mike Graczyk and shooting into an empty net in the 63rd minute.
Justin Myers, a junior goalkeeper, made six saves to secure the win for Cal, though Blake Danaher scored in the 83rd minute for New Mexico's lone goal.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia improved its record to 15-3-1 after routing Bucknell 4-0 last Wednesday night in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers, who led, 3-0, at halftime, got a goal and assist from both sophomore midfielder Nico Colaluca and freshman midfielder Jonathan Villanueva and an impressive effort from senior goalkeeper Ryan Burke, who broke a school record with his 28th-career shutout.
UVa senior forward Adam Cristman and senior midfielder Ian Holder scored the other two goals.
Sophomore forward Yannick Reyering leads this year's Cavs in goals (9), assists (8) and points (26). Cristman (8 goals, 5 assists) and Colaluca (7, 7) are tied as UVa's second-leading scorers, with 21 points each. Burke has a 0.75 goals-against average and eight shutouts in 17 starts this season.
The soccer powerhouse has won five NCAA titles, in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. It shared the '89 championship with Santa Clara after tying the Broncos in the final. Last year's team lost to North Carolina, 2-1, in the third round of the College Cup.
The Cavs have produced several stars in the sport, including former U.S. World Cup coach Bruce Arena, U.S. midfielder Chris Albright, former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, former U.S. defenders John Harkes and Jeff Agoos, and former Cal assistant coach Brad Agoos.
Former UVa All-American George Gelnovatch is in his ninth year as head coach at his alma mater.