Thursday, Oct. 3 4 p.m. – No. 1 Cal (6-0-1, 0-0-0 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (7-2-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12)
Goldman Field/Edwards Stadium - Berkeley Series Record vs. Oregon State: 26-9-3 Last Time vs. Oregon State: W, 1-0, 10/21/12 in Berkeley Coverage: Live Stats, Twitter Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $5, Youth (12th grade and under) Free, Cal Students Free
Sunday, Oct. 6 11 a.m. – No. 1 Cal (6-0-1, 0-0-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 3 Washington (6-0-2, 0-0-0 Pac-12) Goldman Field/Edwards Stadium - Berkeley Series Record vs. Washington: 17-24-8 Last Time vs. Washington: T, 1-1, 2 OTs, 10/19/12 in Berkeley Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Live Stats, Twitter Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $5, Youth (12th grade and under) Free, Cal Students Free
BERKELEY – Top-ranked California opens Pac-12 Conference play when it hosts Oregon State on Thursday and winds up its five-game homestand when it plays third-ranked Washington on Sunday on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears bring a 6-0-1 record into their game with the 7-2-0 Beavers at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Huskies, who play at Stanford on Thursday, currently have a 6-0-2 record. Sunday’s clash between the Bears and Huskies, slated for an 11 a.m. start, will air on the Pac-12 Networks.
Jim Watson (play-by-play) and Tara Erickson (analyst) are the announcers for Cal’s match vs. Washington. Cal will appear a total of nine times on the Pac-12 Networks, including six more times after Sunday’s game. The Bears’ following game on conference TV is their match at UCLA on Oct. 13.
This week, Cal is ranked No. 1 in three major polls – NSCAA, Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com – and ranked No. 2 in the CollegeSoccerNews.com poll. The latest SoccerTimes.com rankings have yet to be released, though that poll ranked Cal No. 1 last week.
Cal has an RPI of 7. Washington, which is ranked No. 3 by the NSCAA and CollegeSoccerNews.com and No. 4 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, has an RPI of 23. Unranked Oregon State’s RPI is 88.
With the No. 11 Cal women sporting a 7-0-3 record, Cal is the only NCAA Division I school with undefeated men’s and women’s soccer teams. The Cal men’s match on Sunday precedes the Cal women’s game vs. Arizona.
Scouting the Bears
Senior midfielder Alec Sundly leads Cal with three gamewinning goals and two golden goals
Sundly netted the 100th-minute winner against Santa Clara in Cal’s 1-0 result on Sept. 27 on Goldman Field and also the overtime winner against then-No. 2 Maryland in Cal’s 3-2 victory on Sept. 1 in Berkeley
Fifth-year senior defender Steve Birnbaum continues to lead Cal with a career-high five goals and a career-high 11 points
This year, Birnbaum headed in three goals, converted a penalty kick and, against the College of Charleston, scored with his foot in the run of play for the first time in his Cal career
Birnbaum writes a blog on CalBears.com titled “Birny’s Blog”
Junior midfielder Seth Casiple continues to pace the Bears with four assists
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Justin Taillole – who did not record a save against Santa Clara – has compiled a 0.55 goals-against average and .800 save percentage after starting all seven games
Cal’s co-captains are Birnbaum, Casiple and Sundly
Kevin Grimes is in his 14th season as head coach at Cal; the former SMU All-American (class of 1990) claimed five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010) before the conference became the Pac-12 in 2011
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State has a 1-2-0 road record
Junior forward/midfielder Khiry Shelton leads OSU in points (9) and (4)
Senior forward Borce Atanasov paces his squad in assists (4)
Oregon State routed the NAIA’s Northwest Christian University, 5-0, in its last match, on Sept. 27
Five Beavers scored against the Beacons: Mikhail Doholis, Jackson Groves, Will Seymore, Ole Sandnes and Michael Steele
Sophomore goalie Matt Bersano, who made one save against Northwest Christian, has notched a 0.68 GAA and an .860 save percentage
Steve Simmons is in his fifth year as head coach at Oregon State
Scouting the Huskies
Washington has a 2-0-1 road record prior to its Thursday match at Stanford
Senior defender Taylor Peay (4 goals), freshman defender Justin Schmidt (2 goals, 4 assists) and senior defender Michael Harris (2 goals, 4 assists) are tied for the team high in points (8)
Sophomore midfielder James Moberg has collected a UW-high five assists
Washington’s most recent match was a 2-1 overtime win over SMU in Seattle
Junior forward Darwin Jones, assisted by sophomore forward Josh Heard, scored the 105th-minute golden goal against the Mustangs
Six-foot-seven sophomore goalie Ryan Herman, who made one save against SMU, has a 0.61 GAA and .800 save percentage in seven games
Jamie Clark is in his third year as head coach at Washington
Cal hits the road to play at San Diego State on Oct. 10 and at UCLA on Oct. 13.