January 28, 1999
During the last three seasons, California men's soccer team has played one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. The following list details some of their accomplishments.
University of California Men's Soccer Summary Results 1996-1998
1996 Season Review Record: 12-5-2 -NCAA Tournament 1st Round (Fourth time in school history).
-MPSF Mountain Division Conference Champions.
-Ranked #2 nationally (Best in school history).
-Schedule ranked sixth most difficult in nation.
-Key victories: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Washington, No. 8 Clemson, No. 13 Santa Clara, Stanford.
-Started seven freshman(Fitzpatrick- 6 goals on 17 shots).
1997 Season Review Record: 11-6-1
-Schedule ranked eighth most difficult in nation.
-Consistency showed by - only one loss to a non-ranked opponent.
-Outshot opponents (333-179), outscored opponents (36-21), and recorded eight shutouts in 18 games.
-Five of six losses were to NCAA Tournament/Top 20 teams.
-Ranked No. 10 nationally, prior to John Beck's season-ending injury.
-Final season ranking - No. 6 in the West Region and No. 28 nationally, out of 195 teams.
1998 Season Review Record: 8-10-2
-Schedule ranked fourth-most difficult in the nation.
-11 of first 14 games on the road.
-Schedule included 1996, 1997, and 1998 National Champions.
-Competed against 11 Top 20/NCAA Tournament teams (50% of games).
-Played against five of the top eight NCAA Tournament seeded teams.
-Competed against four of the final eight NCAA Tournament teams.
-Eight of the 10 losses came verses Top 25 teams.
-Injury to California's only four-year starter (Brandon Moggio - missed final 10 games).
-21 players return for the 1999 season.
Combined record 1996 and 1997: 23-11-3 Combined record 1996, 1997, 1998: 31-21-5