BERKELEY – The California Golden Bears (13-4-2, 6-3-1 Pac-12) host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (19-4-0, 9-1-0 Big South) this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Tournament. Coastal Carolina advanced with victories over East Tennessee State (2-0 in the first round) and 13th seed Charlotte (1-0 in the second round). This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. For those unable to attend today's match, it is being broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.
Cal finished third in the Pac-12, two points behind UCLA and four behind the champions, the Washington Huskies. Four teams from the Pac-12 remain in the final 16 of the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA, the tournament’s top overall seed, hosting UConn and Washington hosting Stanford.
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.
Scouting the Bears
• Senior defender Steve Birnbaum tallied his team-leading tenth goal of the season when he scored a spectacular 35th minute of Cal’s 3-1 win over Bradley on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament
• In the regular season, Birnbaum finished tied for third in the conference with 19 points, ranked second in goals (9), was first in goals-per-game at 0.53 and was second in points-per-game at 1.19
• Goalkeeper Alex Mangels started in goal on Sunday against the Bradley Braves and made five saves in the win
• Redshirt junior goalkeeper Justin Taillole, who made two saves against the Washington Huskies on Nov. 10, finished second in the conference in goals-against-average at 0.83 and save percentage at .774, after the Washington game
• Taillole finished with the third-most shutouts in the Pac-12 with five
• Junior midfielder Seth Casiple led the team in assists during the regular season with six, and added another on Sunday, setting up Alec Sundly’s 20th minute goal in the win over Bradley
• Senior midfielder Ryan Neil and junior defender Christian Dean tied for second most on the team in assists (4)
• Junior forward Omid Jalali scored two goals in the win over Oregon State on Nov. 8 and finished with four during the season
• Senior midfielder Alec Sundly paced the Bears as well as ranked second in the Pac-12 in game winning goals (3) and he had six goals in the regular season, including his penalty kick against Stanford on Nov. 13
• Sundly scored two goals and added an assist in the second round victory on Sunday against the Bradley Braves in Cal’s 3-1 win
• Sundly was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week for his efforts against Bradley
• As a team, Cal ranked second in the Pac-12 in GAA (0.97) and goals allowed (18) during the regular season
• 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 Chanticleers
• In its last two games, Coastal Carolina defeated 13th seed Charlotte 1-0 on the road on Nov. 24 and knocked off East Tennessee State 2-0 on Nov. 21
• Coastal Carolina has won their last seven games
• Senior midfielder Pedro Ribeiro leads the Chanticleers in points (29) and is second in goals (11) in 22 games played
• Goalkeeper Devin Cook posted a 0.79 goals-against-average and a .753 save percentage in 23 appearances
• Cook has 12 shutouts
• Junior forward Ricky Garbanzo is second on the team in points (27), leading Coastal Carolina in goals (13) has added one assist
• Garbanzo scored the gamewinning goal on Sunday in the 5th minute against Charlotte to push the Chanticleers into the third round
• Freshman midfielder Sergio Camargo has scored nine goals and posted five assists in 23 appearances
• Senior midfielder Justin Portillo leads the team in assists (9)
• Outscored opponents 47-19 in 23 games this season
• Chanticleers are 8-3-0 on the road this year
• Coastal Carolina posted a 10-3-0 non-conference record
• Shaun Docking is in his 16th season as Coastal Carolina’s head coach
Should Cal advance to the quarterfinals, they would likely host the winner of the third round fixture between fifth-seeded Maryland and UC Irvine on the weekend of Dec. 6/7
Casiple and Jalali Named to Capital One All-Academic District 8 First Team by CoSIDA
California (13-4-2, 6-3-1 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 posted two goals and six assists in the regular season. He has appeared in 54 games for the Bears in his career. Jalali, a pre-med business administration major, has a 3.85 grade-point-average. Jalali made 17 regular season appearances and three starts for the Golden Bears and tallied four goals and one assist.
Eight Bears Earn All-Pac-12 Honors
The California Golden Bears (13-4-2, 6-3-1 Pac-12) were represented by eight players on All-Pac-12 teams, the conference announced last week. Defender Steve Birnbaum and Christian Dean earned first team honors, while midfielders Alec Sundly, Seth Casiple, forward Stefano Bonomo and goalkeeper Justin Taillole were named to the second team and midfielders Connor Hallisey and Ryan Neil earned honorable mention nods. Eight players are the most the Bears have placed on All-Conference teams since they had nine in 2008. Cal, Stanford and Washington had the most representatives of any Pac-12 teams with eight apiece. Birnbaum, the team’s leading goalscorer and one of the co-captains, posted nine goals and one assist in 16 regular season appearances. This marks the second time in his career that the fifth-year senior has been named to the conference’s first team, after doing so during his junior season in 2011. Dean was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season, and this year was an anchor alongside Birnbaum in the Bears’ central defense. He started all 18 of Cal’s regular season matches, posted four assists out of the back and was instrumental in Cal’s five shutouts during the 2013 season. Sundly, another co-captain had a very successful senior campaign, finishing the regular season with six goals and one assist from his central midfield role in 17 appearances, all starts. Three of those goals were gamewinners, which tied for the second most in the conference behind Pac-12 Player of the Year Leo Stoltz from UCLA. Casiple, a junior and co-captain was Sundly’s central midfield partner. He finished the regular season as the team’s leader in assists with six, and also notched a pair of goals in 18 games played. This marks the second consecutive season in which Casiple has garnered All-Pac-12 second team honors. Taillole ranked second in the conference with a 0.83 goals-against-average and .774 save percentage. He also posted five shutouts for Cal, and concluded the regular season with a record of 12-3-2. Bonomo was a fixture in Cal’s lineup up top, and tallied five goals and three assists in 18 appearances during the regular season. The junior forward had a knack for scoring big goals as well, as two of them were gamewinners. Bonomo was also named as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season. Hallisey finished his regular season with two goals and a pair of assists and is an All-Pac-12 honorable mention for the second time in his career (2011). Neil posted a goal and four assists for the Bears and earns conference recognition for the second consecutive season, after being named to the All-Pac-12 second team in 2012.
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 15 former Golden Bears playing in the pro ranks, including 11 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), 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 Final
Of the 11 former Cal Bears in Major League Soccer, two will be available to participate in the MLS Cup Final on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Former Cal goalkeeper Eric Kronberg’s Sporting Kansas City side knocked off the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Championship and they will host another former Bears goalkeeper, Josh Saunders’ Real Salt Lake who advanced to the final by virtue of dispatching the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference Championship.