Sept. 2, 2008
Behind the nationally recognized play of sophomore forward Andrew Wiedeman, the eighth-ranked California men's soccer team has gotten its 2008 season off to an excellent start. After improving to 2-0 following a 1-0 upset victory over then-No. 3 Maryland, the Golden Bears welcome No. 7 SMU, Cornell and Stanford to Berkeley for the 12th annual Cal Legacy Classic this weekend at Edwards Stadium. Cal faces Cornell Friday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. and SMU Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m.
Wiedeman Racks Up Weekly Awards
Andrew Wiedeman was a huge factor in Cal's success last weekend and he garnered national and conference recognition for his accomplishments. Wiedeman was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in his collegiate career and the Soccer America Player of the Week. He was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.
Last weekend, Wiedeman picked up right where he left off in 2007 by recording five points. He scored the eventual game winner in Cal's 3-1 victory over UC Riverside last Friday. Already up 1-0, Wiedeman scored two goals in less than four minutes apart to give the Bears a commanding 3-0 lead. On Sunday against Maryland, Wiedeman tallied an assist on the late game-winning goal.
Bears Upset Highly Ranked Maryland, Defeat UC Riverside
Cal couldn't have asked for a more successful opening weekend. The 2008 campaign kicked off with Cal scoring on its first three shots of the season as it defeated UC Riverside, 3-1, on Aug. 29 in Berkeley. In addition, all three goals were scored within the first 12 minutes of the match, giving the Bears a commanding lead that they never gave up.
On Aug. 31, sophomore Servando Carrasco scored in the 87th minute to give Cal a huge win over high-ranked Maryland. Besides the Bears' offense coming up big when they needed a score, junior keeper Stefan Frei led the Cal defense in another shutout effort. It was Frei's 12th shutout in his collegiate career.
In the Rankings
The victory over Maryland boosted Cal up in the national polls. In the NSCAA poll, the Bears went from unranked to No. 11. They're also listed in the top 10 for two other polls, No. 8 in the College Soccer News poll and No. 9 in the Soccer America poll.
Among conference leaders, Stefan Frei leads the Pac-10 in goals against average at 0.50. Frei is also tied for first in saves with eight.
Cal, as a team, is tied for first in goals (4) and assists (5) with UCLA.
Scouting the Opposition
SMU heads to California already with a tournament title under its belt in 2008. The Mustangs (2-0) defeated Old Dominion and host Virginia last weekend to claim the Virginia Classic Tournament crown.
Gabe Arredondo and Paulo da Silva lead SMU in scoring, each with four points.
Friday's game will be the season opener for Cornell, which ended last season with a record of 7-9-1.
Cal will have another tough test next week as it heads down the Peninsula for a clash with No. 20 Santa Clara Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Although the Broncos have started the season 0-2, they will still be a formidable opponent for the Bears.