Oct. 5, 2005
BERKELEY - BEARS TRAVEL TO STANFORD: Coming off a 0-2 road trip to Southern California, the No. 15 Golden Bears travel across the bay, Saturday, Oct. 8 to face Stanford at 7 p.m. at Maloney Field. This game will be televised live on Comcast Sportsnet. Stanford is currently 3-5-2 overall, 0-1-1 in Pac-10 play, while Cal is 7-2-1 for the season, 0-2 in the Pac-10.
CAL RECORDS FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON: Cal recorded its first loss of the season last weekend when the Bears fell to No. 9 UCLA, 2-0, in Los Angeles. UCLA's Patrick Ianni passed the ball to Marvell Wynn, who scored in the 40th minute to put the Bruins ahead 1-0. Still the Bears didn't go down without a fight, launching 11 shots, five of which were shots on goal. With five minutes remaining in the game, sophomore forward Javier Hil tried to tie the score, but UCLA keeper Eric Reed made a diving save. Two minutes later, Cal came close to scoring again when freshman midfielder Pat Marion headed the ball towards the goal off a corner kick, but the shot was saved by the Bruins. Jordan Harvey ensured the win for UCLA when he scored in the final eight seconds of the game.
BEARS RECORD HEARTBREAKING LOSS AT SAN DIEGO STATE: Cal lost to San Diego State, 1-0, last Sunday in the final seconds of play at the SDSU Sports Deck. Both teams were scoreless throughout 89 minutes, with Cal taking seven shots and the Aztecs tallying 16. Sophomore midfielder Luke Sassano recorded three shots for the Bears and took one shot on goal. It looked as though the game was headed into overtime until SDSU freshman midfielder Dennis Sanchez scored for the Aztecs with two seconds remaining in regulation. San Diego State's goalkeeper, Tally Hall, threw the ball down the field to senior forward Matt Couch. Couch passed the ball to Sanchez, who slotted the ball past Cal's keeper, Eric Kronberg.
BEARS RECORD FOURTH TOURNAMENT TITLE: The Bears claimed their fourth consecutive tournament crown in as many weeks, Sept. 25, when they captured the Stanford Nike Invitational. Cal got the 2005 season off to a strong start when they defeated No. 4 UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside to secure the UCSB adidas Classic title. The following weekends the Bears were victorious at home, winning both the adidas Cal Legacy Classic and defeating No. 7 Santa Clara for the Bay Area Classic. This is the first time in Cal history that the Bears have recorded four consecutive tournament victories.
LOOKING AT THE POLLS: Cal is ranked No. 15 in the Soccer America and No. 18 in the NSCAA poll.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
STANFORD: Stanford (3-5-2) opened the Pac-10 season with a 1-1 tie against San Diego State at the SDSU Sports Deck last Friday. It was the second draw of the season for the Cardinal and it also ended its two game winning streak. Last Sunday, Stanford was shutout by UCLA, 2-0, in Los Angeles. Sophomore midfielder Marcus Ryan currently leads the Cardinal in scoring with four goals for the season, two of which were game-winners. The Cardinals lead the all-time series against the Bears, 19-11-7. In their most recent match up (11/13/04), Cal defeated Stanford, 3-2, at home in double overtime.
CARR LEADS BEARS IN SCORING: Senior forward Calen Carr currently leads the Bears in scoring with six goals for this season, four of which have been game-winners. The Berkeley native has recorded 41 shots for 2005, with 18 of those being shots on goal.
SASSANO LIKES TO SHARE: Sophomore midfielder Luke Sassano is an unselfish plyaer. Sassano, who grew up in Orinda, currently leads the team in assists with four for the season. He has already surpassed his total of one from the 2004 season.