Early goal enough for Cal over Oregon State

On an early corner kick in the second minute against Oregon State on Sunday, Cal midfielder Alec Sundly rose above the opposing defense and directed a header at the goal. Oregon State goalkeeper Matt Bersano made the save, but before he could gain control forward John Fitzpatrick swooped in and
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Cal’s NCAA hopes face make-or-break weekend

This is a must-win weekend for the Cal men’s soccer team. Sitting in fourth place in the Pac-12 standings, the Bears need a pair of victories to keep their hopes alive for a strong finish in the Pac-12 and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Anything less and the Bears
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Cal splits weekend at the Pacific Northwest

Heading into the Pacific Northwest this weekend, the Cal men’s soccer team stood at the crossroads of its season destiny. With four more weeks of play remaining, the Bears needed big performances in back-to-back tilts in order to vie for a slot in the upcoming NCAA tournament. Yet Cal (7-5-1,
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Cal hopes to right ship after recent skid

The Cal men’s soccer team is in a midseason funk. In two matches, the Bears have fallen from the squad most likely to challenge UCLA for the Pac-12 title to a middling program in the conference standings. With seven matches left on the schedule, Cal needs to right its ship
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Cal heads to Stanford still looking for top scorer

Wednesday’s practice had been over for 30 minutes, but Cal men’s soccer head coach Kevin Grimes was still busy running one more drill. Alongside backup forwards John Fitzpatrick and Luis Fuentes, Grimes focused on how to evade defenders at close contact. Grimes lobbed a ball at either Fitzpatrick or Fuentes,
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Cal enters biggest home test against UCLA

The last time the Cal men’s soccer team won a conference match was November 11, 2010 at home against Stanford. The last time No. 9 UCLA’s squad lost a conference match was October 24, 2010 in a 1-0 overtime loss to Cal. In its last 13 consecutive Pac-12 victories, UCLA has
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Bears face back-to-back home matches

While next week is the start of conference play against two familiar opponents in San Diego State and No. 12 UCLA, this weekend is an unfamiliar one for the Cal men’s soccer team. Friday’s 4:30 p.m. match at Edwards Stadium between Duquesne University (3-4-0) and the (3-2-1) Bears is the
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Cal focuses on resting legs for Sunday match

It happens to the best sports programs: every team faces a non-conference game against a mediocre foe with little on the line. And the Cal men’s soccer team will be no exception this coming Sunday. The 2 p.m. match between Cal and the University of San Francisco at Edwards Stadium
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