Oct. 1, 2012
Thursday, Oct. 4
7 p.m. - Cal (6-3-1, 1-1-0 Pac-12) at Stanford (4-5-0, 1-1-0 Pac-12)
Laird Q. Cagan Stadium - Stanford, Calif.
Series Record vs. Stanford: 21-21-9
Last Time vs. Stanford: L, 3-0, 11/11/11 at Stanford
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, GameTracker
Tickets: Reserved $17, General Admission Adult $8, General Admission Youth/Senior $5
BERKELEY - After playing its previous seven games at home, California plays Stanford on the Farm at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Bay Area Derby and on the Pac-12 Networks. This is the first game of the traditional Pac-12 Conference home and home series between the rivals this season, with the return match slated for Nov. 9 at Edwards Stadium.
The game time for that Nov. 9 match has moved to 1:30 p.m.
Cal on TV
Thursday's Stanford match will mark Cal's fourth appearance on the Pac-12 Networks in 2012. The commentators are Mark Rogondino (play-by-play) and Cobi Jones (analyst). The remaining Cal games that will air on conference television are the following: Oct. 12 at Washington, Oct. 19 vs. Washington, Nov. 4 at UCLA and Nov. 9 vs. Stanford.
Cal and Stanford have played five common opponents so far - Santa Clara, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, San Diego State and UCLA - and the Bears have produced a 3-1-1 record against them (2-1 win at Santa Clara on Sept. 24, 0-0 2 OT tie vs. USF on Sept. 16, 1-0 win vs. LMU on Sept. 23, 1-0 win vs. SDSU on Sept. 28 and 3-1 loss vs. UCLA on Sept. 30). Stanford has a 2-3-0 record against those five - 1-0 win over USF on Sept. 24, 2-1 loss to Santa Clara on Sept. 16, 2-1 overtime loss to LMU on Sept. 21, 3-1 loss to UCLA on Sept. 28 and 2-0 win over SDSU on Sept. 30.
The Bears' last match - the loss to UCLA on Sept. 30 in Berkeley - snapped their six-game unbeaten streak
Seth Casiple scored Cal's lone goal vs. the Bruins off a free kick in the 89th minute
Cal split its last two games, which included the 1-0 double-overtime win over San Diego State on Sept. 28 at Edwards Stadium
Stefano Bonomo scored the gamewinner against the Aztecs in the 108th minute
The win over SDSU was Cal's first Pac-12 victory
Casiple leads Cal in assists (6) and is tied with Bonomo for second on the team in points (10)
Senior midfielder Tony Salciccia (4 goals, 3 assists) leads Cal in points (10) and ranks second in game-winning goals (2); he along with senior forward John Fitzpatrick assisted on Bonomo's winner against SDSU
Bonomo leads the Bears in goals (5) and game-winning goals (3); he scored those game-winning goals in the three games prior to the UCLA match
Sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Peach, who made three saves against UCLA and seven against SDSU, has a goals-against average of 1.21
Kevin Grimes is in his 13th season as Cal's head coach
The Cardinal split its last two games - beating San Diego State, 2-0, on Sept. 30 after losing to UCLA, 3-1, on Sept. 28; both matches took place at Stanford
Freshman midfielder Eric Verso and sophomore forward Zach Bateer scored against SDSU
Senior forward Adam Jahn leads Stanford in goals (5) and points (12); he is the only Cardinal player to take a penalty kick this season and has converted both
Jahn scored Stanford's lone goal vs. UCLA, converting a 61st penalty kick when his team was down, 2-0
Sophomore midfielder Austin Meyer leads his team in assists (3)
Junior Drew Hutchins has posted a 1.32 GAA after playing every minute in goal; he made one save vs. SDSU and four against UCLA
Jeremy Gunn - who led UNC Charlotte to the College Cup final in 2011 - is in his first year as Stanford's head coach
Review of the 2011 Bay Area Derby
Cal tied Stanford, 1-1, in double overtime and lost to the Cardinal, 3-0, last year. John Fitzpatrick scored for the Bears in the Oct. 9, 2011, tilt with Stanford at Cagan Stadium, heading in a goal in the 27th minute. Adam Jahn tied the game with a goal in the 78th minute. Robby Gogatz made two saves for Cal, while Jason Dodson made five for Stanford.
In the Nov. 11, 2011, match - Cal's last of the season - in Berkeley, Garrett Gunther (11th minute), Zach Batteer (44th) and Jahn (PK in the 62nd) scored and Drew Hutchins made three saves to shut out Cal. Kevin Peach made three saves for the Bears.
Cal plays the first games of its home and home conference series with Washington and Oregon State on Oct. 12 and 14, respectively, in the Pacific Northwest. That Oct. 12 match vs. UW will air on the Pac-12 Networks.
Bonomo Honored Twice for Heroics Against Duquesne, LMU
College Soccer News and Muscle Milk honored Stefano Bonomo after the Golden Bear scored three goals - including both gamewinners - in Cal's 4-1 rout of Duquesne on Sept. 21 and its Sept. 23 win over Loyola Marymount, 1-0. The sophomore forward earned a spot on the College Soccer News Team of the Week and earned the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week laurel on Sept. 24.
Bonomo scored twice in Cal's 4-1 rout of Duquesne on Sept. 21 at Edwards Stadium. He scored an eighth-minute goal in the Bears' 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Sept. 23 on Goldman Field.
This is the second time that has been Cal honored by CSN and Muscle Milk this season, as senior midfielder Tony Salciccia earned CSN Team of the Week recognition for the week ending Sept. 9 and collected the Muscle Milk award after he scored the winner in the 2-1 season opener against Santa Clara on Aug. 24.
Salciccia Earns CSN Team of the Week Berth
Tony Salciccia scored a goal and collected an assist in Cal's 4-1 win over Central Florida on Sept. 7 to garner College Soccer News Team of the Week recognition. The co-captain scored in the 31st minute to give Cal a 1-0 lead over the Knights. In the 83rd minute, Salciccia slipped a through ball to set up Kyle Marsh for the junior defender's first goal of the season and cap the scoring at 4-1.
Muscle Milk Honors Salciccia After Season Opener
Tony Salciccia scored the game-winning goal and led California men's soccer to victory in its season opener against Santa Clara on Aug. 24, garnering the senior midfielder the second California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the year.
Grimes Rises to Second on Cal Wins List
Head coach Kevin Grimes moved into second place on the all-time Cal wins list with his 132nd career win against Santa Clara. He moved ahead of Julius Schroeder (131) and behind all-time leader Bob DiGrazia (202). A five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Grimes averaged 10.9 wins per year in his first 12 seasons in Berkeley. His current all-time record stands at 137-83-31.
Birnbaum Garners College Soccer News Honor
College Soccer News named senior defender Steve Birnbaum to its preseason All-America team, the publication announced on Aug. 20. The All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree started 36 games for Cal over the last two seasons and is one of three co-captains for the Bears.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record-tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal No. 1 Public University in the Country
The University of California is the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The faculty has won 22 Nobel Prizes, including nine current members, while 28 alumni have received a Nobel Prize. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that the campus has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country (48 of 52). Cal also has a long commitment to public service, with more than 4,000 students annually doing volunteer work and more than 3,000 Peace Corps participants all-time.