Sept. 3, 2012
Men's Soccer Game Notes
Friday, Sept. 7
4:30 p.m. PT - Central Florida (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Conference USA) at Cal (1-2-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12)
Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium - Berkeley
Series Record vs. UCF: First Meeting
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, GameTracker, @CalMensSoccer on Twitter
Tickets: Adults $8, Seniors (65 and older) $4, Youth (12th grade and under) Free, Cal Students Free
California plays its first home game of the season and opens a seven-game homestand on Friday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m. against Central Florida. The Golden Bears will also debut on the Pac-12 Networks, which will broadcast the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Bears bring a 1-2-0 record (0-0-0 in the Pac-12) into the nonconference match with the Knights (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Conference USA).
Bears on the Pac-12 Networks
Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Kelly Gray (analyst) will call Friday's game.
Cal men's soccer will appear eight times on the Pac-12 Networks this season, including the following seven games: Loyola Marymount (Sept. 23), UCLA (Sept. 30), at Stanford (Oct. 4), at Washington (Oct. 12), Washington (Oct. 19), at UCLA (Nov. 4) and Stanford (Nov. 9).
Cal is coming off a pair of losses - at Virginia (2-1 on Aug. 31) and at then-No. 3/6 Maryland (6-0 on Sept. 2)
The Golden Bears opened the season with three road games, including a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara in the Aug. 24 season opener
Sophomore midfielder Seth Casiple - the 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - leads Cal with two assists and is tied for the team high in points (2)
Senior midfielder Tony Salciccia, junior midfielder Alec Sundly and sophomore forward Stefano Bonomo have each scored one goal to tie Casiple for the points lead (2)
Salciccia, one of three co-captains and a 2011 All-Pac-12 selection, converted a penalty kick for the gamewinner in the win at Santa Clara
Sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Peach has started all three games so far and produced a 2.44 goals-against average
Casiple and sophomore defender Christian Dean earned call-ups to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team in the offseason
Senior forward John Fitzpatrick, Casiple and sophomore midfielder Connor Hallisey also earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2011
Five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year Kevin Grimes is in his 13th year at the helm of the Cal program
The Knights split their first two games, winning at Florida Atlantic (2-1 on Aug. 24) and losing to then-No. 11 Old Dominion (2-0 on Sept. 1) at home
Junior forward Deshorn Brown - a former NAIA All-American at the University of Mobile - scored both goals in the season-opening win for the Knights
Junior forward McKauley Tulloch - a College Soccer News preseason All-American - led UCF in goals (15), points (34) and gamewinning goals in 2011
Junior goalkeeper Sebastian Evers has compiled a 1.50 GAA in two starts
Central Florida is coming off two straight NCAA Tournament appearances
Bryan Cunningham is in his fifth year as UCF's head coach
Grimes Rises to Second on Cal Wins List
Head coach Kevin Grimes moved into second place on the all-time Cal wins list with his 132nd career victory against Santa Clara, 2-1, in the Aug. 24 season opener. He moved ahead of Julius Schroeder (131 wins) and behind all-time leader Bob DiGrazia (202). A five-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Grimes averaged 10.9 wins per year in his first 12 seasons in Berkeley.
Bears vs. Ranked Opponents
Cal plays three games against teams ranked in the Aug. 28 NSCAA poll, as the Bears have already played No. 6 Maryland and takes on No. 11 UCLA during the Pac-12 season (Sept. 30 and Nov. 4).
Cal continues its homestand, welcoming Houston Baptist on Sept. 11 and San Francisco on Sept. 16 to Edwards Stadium.
Cal Claims No. 2 Spot in Pac-12 Poll
Cal earned the No. 2 position in the Pac-12 Men's Soccer Coaches Poll, the conference announced Aug. 14. The Golden Bears garnered 18 points and one first-place vote, while defending Pac-12 champion and national runner-up UCLA (24 points, 4 first-place votes) took the top spot in the voting among the six conference head coaches. Washington received the other first-place vote along with 17 points to rank third, Stanford (14 points) was fourth, San Diego State (11) placed fifth and Oregon State (6) was sixth.
Birnbaum Garners College Soccer News Honor
College Soccer News named senior defender Steve Birnbaum to its preseason All-America team, the publication announced on Aug. 20. The All-Pac-12 First-Team honoree started 36 games for Cal over the last two seasons and is one of three co-captains for the Bears.
Bears Playing on the International Stage
Former Golden Bear Demitrius Omphroy recently played for the Philippines in the senior national team's match with the Chicago Inferno of the USL's Premier Development League on Aug. 11 at Wheaton College in Illinois. The Philippines' scheduled friendly with the U.S. Virgin Islands - slated for Aug. 17 in Indianapolis - was cancelled.
The product of Alameda, Calif., had previously trained with the Panama Under-21 Men's National Team in 2010, as that squad prepared for the Central American Games. He has also played for U.S. youth national teams at the under-15, under-16 and under-18 levels. But he had never played for a senior national team, which allowed him to join the Philippines.
Alumnus and Portland Timber defender Steve Purdy played for El Salvador in an Aug. 11, 1-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly in Los Angeles and a 2-0 loss to Jamaica in an Aug. 15 friendly in Washington, D.C.
Alum Jacob Wilson Signs With CD Feirense
Jacob Wilson became the 18th Cal alumnus to join the professional ranks when he signed with Portugal Second Division team CD Feirense. A Cal player from 2005-09, he is one of three former Golden Bears - including Anthony Avalos, who plays with Norway's SK Vard Haugesund, and Leo Krupnik, with Israel's Maccabi Netanya - who plays professionally abroad. Thirteen former Bears play professionally in Major League Soccer.
The Bears in MLS are in MLS are Luke Sassano and Eric Kronberg (Sporting Kansas City), Andrew Jacobson and Andrew Wiedeman (FC Dallas), Hector Jimenez and Josh Saunders (Los Angeles Galaxy), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo), Servando Carrasco (Seattle Sounders FC), Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Steve Purdy (Portland Timbers), A.J. Soares (New England Revolution) and Tyson Wahl (Colorado Rapids).
Former Bear Troy Roberts plays for the Rochester Rhinos in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, while Evan Sassano plays for Minnesota Stars FC of the North American Soccer League.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record-tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal No. 1 Public University in the Country
The University of California is the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The faculty has won 22 Nobel Prizes, including nine current members, while 28 alumni have received a Nobel Prize. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that the campus has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country (48 of 52). Cal also has a long commitment to public service, with more than 4,000 students annually doing volunteer work and more than 3,000 Peace Corps participants all-time.