October 20, 1998
Friday, Oct. 23 at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 11:00 a.m.
BEARS ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Cal (5-7, 2-2 MPSF) continues MPSF play this weekend on the road. Friday, the Golden Bears face Cal Poly (6-4-2, 1-1 MPSF) at 7 p.m. and Sunday they journey to UC Santa Barbara (2-11-0, 0-2 MPSF) at 11 a.m. Despite their below .500 record, Cal's strength of schedule leaves it with a glimmer of hope of making the NCAAA Tournament if they can win the remainder of their games.
COACH MALLON ON THE REST OF THE SEASON: "The next three games are critical. We've played nationally-ranked teams practically every match or every other match this season. We have a shot at being 8-7 heading into a critical match against St. John's as far as making the NCAA Tournament."
SCOUTING CAL POLY: Cal Poly is 6-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the MPSF. The Mustangs took a week off from MPSF play and tied the University of Denver, 1-1, in their only match last week. In 1997, the MPSF was still divided between the Mountain and Pacific Divisions so the Bears didn't face the Pacific Division Mustangs. The last time these two teams met was in 1996 with the Bears winning 4-0 in Berkeley. Juniors J.V. Ganal (San Jose) and Chris Sawicki (Northridge) were responsible for two of the goals. Cal Poly's leading scorer is Martin Haynes with 11 points (5 G, 1A). Freshman GK Brenton Junge leads the conference in saves with 63.
SCOUTING UCSB: UC Santa Barbara is mired in another disappointing season. The Gauchos are 2-11 overall, 0-2 in the MPSF after finishing 4-14 in 1997. The Gauchos are coming off a 1-0 win over Denver. Their other win was a 13-0 decision over Menlo College (13-0). UCSB has been outscored 38-19 this year. As with Cal Poly, the Bears didn't tango with UCSB in 1997 but defeated the Central California school 2-0 in Berkeley in 1996 on goals from senior Brandon Moggio (Northville, MI) and junior Justin Bell (Manhattan Beach). UCSB is led on the attack by Aron Wellman, who has eight points on four goals.
TIDBITS FROM LAST WEEKEND: Cal recorded their third-straight shutout win with a 2-0 blanking of Oregon State Friday. The win was also Cal's third in the last four games. Junior striker John Macdonald (Granada Hills) recorded his first game-winning goal of the year and freshman striker Chris Roner (Novato) tallied his second career goal. No. 4 Washington came to town Sunday as the fifth Top 10 opponent to battle Cal this season. Goalkeeper Doug Brooks (Succasunna, NJ) helped keep Cal in the game, tying his season high with nine saves. Unfortunately, a missed penalty kick by Macdonald left the door open for the Huskies to grab a 2-0 victory and drop Cal to 0-5 against Top 10 teams.
TRENDS FOR BEAR WINS:
Goals: When Cal scores at least two goals, they are 4-1. The Bears are also 3-2 in one goal games.
Shots: The Bears are 5-0 when they outshoot their opponents.
MOMENT TO BREATH: For the first time all season, Cal enters a stretch of back-to-back-to-back unranked opponents. (Cal Poly, UCSB and Rider). Nonetheless, Cal's NCAA Tournament hopes hinge on finishing the season strong and that six of this week's Top 10 teams and nine of the Top 20 are on their schedule.
MOGGIO INJURY UPDATE: Moggio underwent an MRI last week on his injured left knee and the results came back about as well as the Bears could hope for. Moggio will miss at least the next two weeks with a complex tear to his medial meniscus. No ligament damage was found. The best case scenario is that Moggio returns in time for the Cal-Adidas Classic, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, but only time will tell. Moggio suffered his injury with about 10 minutes left in the first half of the UCLA game after netting seven points in the previous two contest, including a hat trick against CS Sacramento.
BEARS AMONG MPSF LEADERS: Brooks ranks second in the conference in saves at 56 behind Brenton Junge of Cal Poly's 63.
NSCAA Coaches Poll
Oct. 19, 1998
(through 10/18 games)
Team Record Last Wk 1 Connecticut 14-0-0 1 2 Indiana 13-1-0 2 3 Duke 13-1-0 3 4 Clemson 13-1-0 5 5 Washington 11-2-0 4 6 Creighton 9-2-1 8 7 Virginia 9-2-2 7 8 Stanford 10-3-0 17 9 UCLA 10-2-0 6 10 St. John's 8-3-3 10 11 Saint Louis 12-2-1 12 12 Butler 12-2-0 15 13 South Carolina 10-3-1 21 14 Georgetown 11-3-0 11 15 Rutgers 10-4-2 19 16 Dartmouth 8-1-1 14 17 James Madison 10-2-1 18 18 Akron 11-2-1 20 19 CS Fullerton 9-3-1 NR 20 SMU 9-3-1 NR 21 Wake Forest 9-3-1 16 22 Penn State 9-3-2 NR 23 SW Missouri St. 9-3-0 25 24 St. Francis (PA) 11-4-0 RV 25 Seton Hall 8-3-3 13
BIG MAC: Macdonald did his best to lead the Bears to its first ranked win over the weekend, but there weren't enough John Macdonalds on the field. With Moggio's injury, Macdonald has been asked to play a dual role - taking players on one-on-one in the Bears attacking half and also playing as more of a withdrawn striker to help the Bears win the ball in the midfield. Macdonald responded with the game-winning goal against Oregon State that gave him eight points and moved him into a tie with Kendall Simmonds (Simi Valley) for the team lead in points.
YOUNG GUN DEFENDERS: Freshman Gene Lee (Granada Hills) and sophomore Leonid Krupnik (San Francisco) have made the most of their recent starting opportunities. Coach Mallon has decided to utilize a taller line-up in order to lose fewer balls played in the air in the penalty box. At 6-1 and 6-2, respectively, Lee and Krupnik fit the bill. After playing only one game as a freshman, Krupnik has stepped up to earn starts in the last eight games. Meanwhile, Lee has played in seven games and started the last two. He also contributed a goal in Cal's 6-0 win over Sacramento State.
CAL-ADIDAS CLASSIC: The annual Cal-Adidas Classic takes place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Memorial Stadium, the Bears American football stadium. The field involves Cal, No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 St. John's and Rider.
HEAD COACH: Mark Mallon returns for his sixth season as head coach of the Bears. Mallon is joined by first-year assistants Manoj Khettry, Peter Woodring and Drew Leonard.