BERKELEY – No. 5 California concludes their regular season on Wednesday in Palo Alto against their rival, the Stanford Cardinal (8-6-3, 2-5-2 Pac-12) in the Bay Area Derby at 7 p.m., which is being broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Golden Bears bring a 12-3-2 record (6-2-1 in the Pac-12) into their match with the Cardinal on Wednesday night after falling in overtime to the Washington Huskies 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Seattle.
Cal is currently second in the conference with 19 points from nine matches, while UCLA comes in at 18 points, and after their win over the Bears on Sunday, the Washington Huskies, who have 20 points, respectively are currently top of the table.
Cal hosted Stanford in Berkeley earlier this season, and the Bears left Goldman Field with a 1-0 win on Oct. 20.
Christian Miles (play-by-play) and Cobi Jones (analyst) are the announcers for Cal’s match vs. Stanford. Cal will have appeared a total of nine times on the Pac-12 Networks.
Following the Games
Fans can keep track of Cal home games by following live stats and by following the team on Twitter @CalMensSoccer. Each game’s live stats link will appear on the team’s CalBears.com schedule on the day of the game.
Cal is ranked No. 5 in the NSCAA and Top Drawer Soccer polls this week, No. 6 in the CollegeSoccerNews.com poll, while ranking seventh in the Soccer America poll this week.
Scouting the Bears
• Senior defender Steve Birnbaum tallied his Pac-12 leading ninth goal of the season when he scored in the 49th minute of Cal’s 3-0 win over Oregon State last Friday in Corvallis
• Birnbaum ranks tied for first in the conference with 19 points, ranks first in goals (9) goals-per-game at 0.53 and is tied for first in points-per-game at 1.19
• Redshirt junior goalkeeper Justin Taillole, who made two saves against the Washington Huskies, is a conference-best in goals-against-average at 0.83 and ranks second in save percentage at .774, after the Washington game
• Taillole is tied for the second-most shutouts in the Pac-12 with five
• Junior midfielder Seth Casiple leads the team in assists with six after his assist on Alec Sundly’s goal against Washington on Sunday.
• Senior midfielder Ryan Neil and junior defender Christian Dean are tied for second most on the team in assists (4)
• Junior forward Omid Jalali scored two goals in the win over Oregon State last Friday and gives him four on the season.
• Neil scored his first goal of the season in the win against San Diego State on Nov. 1
• Casiple tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner against San Diego State on Nov. 1
• Senior midfielder Alec Sundly paces the Bears as well as ranks second for the Pac-12 high in game winning goals (3) and he has five goals on the year, including his header in the first half against Washington on Sunday
• As a team, Cal ranks second in the Pac-12 in GAA (0.91) and goals allowed (16)
• Cal’s co-captains are Birnbaum, Sundly and Casiple
• 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 and won his 150th career game on Nov. 1 in a 3-2 win over SDSU
• Against ranked opponents, Grimes has a 40-39-16 all-time record at Cal; his record vs. ranked foes is 3-2-1 in 2013
Scouting the Cardinal
• In its last two games, Stanford lost at Washington, 2-0, last Friday and beat Oregon State, 1-0 on Sunday in Corvallis
• Freshman forward Jordan Morris leads Stanford in points (18) and assists (6) and ranks second in goals (6) and is tied for fourth in the conference in points
• Morris is tied for his team high in gamewinning goals (2)
• Junior forward Zach Bateer leads the Cardinal in goals (7)
• Senior Drew Hutchins has played every minute in goal for Stanford, posting a 1.24 GAA and .707 save percentage
• Hutchins made two saves against the Beavers in Sunday’s win
• Against Oregon State, Brandon Vincent scored the golden goal in the 91st minute to keep Stanford’s tournament hopes alive
• Jeremy Gunn is in his second season as Stanford’s head coach
Cal waits to find out its fate for the NCAA Tournament, and will find out the draw during the selection show on Monday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. PT.
Around the Pac-12
Last week, five of the six Pac-12 men’s soccer teams were in action:
Cal – Defeated Oregon State 3-0 on Friday behind a pair of goals by Omid Jalali
Lost in overtime 2-1 at Washington and fell to 12-3-2 overall (6-2-1 in Pac-12)
Oregon State – Lost to Cal 3-0 on Friday
Lost 1-0 at home to Stanford and fell to 7-9-2 overall (0-7-2 in Pac-12)
San Diego State - Tied 1-1 with Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Palo Alto
Lost 3-2 to Wright State at home on Nov. 8 and fell to 5-10-2 (2-5-2 in Pac-12)
Stanford - Lost 2-0 in Seattle against Washington
Knocked off Oregon State 1-0 and are now 8-6-3 (2-5-2 in Pac-12)
UCLA – Knocked off Stanford 2-1 on Friday, Nov. 1 on the road in Palo Alto behind goals by Gage Zerboni and Nathan Smith.
Defeated Cal 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Berkeley to improve to 10-3-4 (5-1-3 in Pac-12)
Washington – Defeated Stanford 2-0 at home
Defeated Cal in overtime 2-1 to improve to 13-1-4 (6-1-2 in Pac-12)
Casiple and Jalali Named to Capital One All-Academic District 8 First Team by CoSIDA
Fifth-ranked California (12-2-2, 6-1-1 Pac-12) has certainly been a success on the field thus far this season, but they are also succeeding in the classroom as well. Junior midfielders Seth Casiple and Omid Jalali both were named to the 2013 Capital One All-Academic District 8 First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) last week. The athletes selected to each team are recognized as the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance in athletics and academics. The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. As first team selections, Casiple and Jalali are eligible to be selected for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which take place later this month. Casiple, an anthropology major, boasts a 3.43 grade-point-average and has posted two goals and six assists thus far this season. He has appeared in 52 games for the Bears in his career. Jalali, a pre-med business administration major, has a 3.85 grade-point-average. Jalali has made 15 appearances and one start for the Golden Bears this season and has tallied four goals and one assist.
Bears in the Pros
Cal is one of the most prolific producers of professional soccer players among college programs in the nation. Currently there are 16 former Golden Bears playing in the pro ranks, including 12 playing in Major League Soccer: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo), Servando Carrasco (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas), Hector Jimenez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eric Kronberg (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Purdy (Chivas USA), Josh Saunders (Real Salt Lake), A.J. Soares (New England Revolution), Tyson Wahl (Columbus Crew) and Andrew Wiedeman (Toronto FC). Three Bears – Anthony Avalos (SK Vard Haugesund, Norway First Division), Leo Krupnik (Maccabi Netanya, Israeli Premier League) and Jacob Wilson (Vasas SC, Hungary First Division) – play abroad, and Troy Roberts (Rochester Rhinos) plays in the USL Pro League.
Bears in the MLS Cup Playoffs Of the 12 former Cal Bears in Major League Soccer, six will be available to participate in the MLS Cup Playoffs with their clubs. Forward Calen Carr and midfielder Serrando Carrasco of the Houston Dynamo grabbed the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and dispatched of the Supporter’s Shield winners, the New York Red Bulls. Houston is taking on former Cal goalkeeper Eric Kronberg’s Sporting Kansas City side in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network, with the tilt all square at 0-0 on aggregate. Former Bears goalkeeper Josh Saunders’ Real Salt Lake side knocked off the defending MLS Cup Champion and former Bears’ midfielder Hector Jimenez’s Los Angeles Galaxy and travel the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference Final’s second leg on Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. Real Salt Lake hold a 4-2 advantage on aggregate.