Cal hopes to bounce back from last place

Yep, you heard right, folks: It’s panic time for the Cal men’s soccer team. After a tie against Oregon State and a double overtime loss to Washington this past weekend, the Bears are now 0-3-2 in conference play, which has earned them the prestigious position of last place in the
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Huskies use tricks to treat Cal to another conference loss

A flurry of nifty tricks did not faze the Cal men’s soccer team in Sunday’s contest at Edwards Stadium, but an impressive display of fundamental soccer ability ultimately spelled the Bears’ demise in double overtime. Cal (3-5-4, 0-3-2 in the Pac-12) had no trouble deflecting the novelty of the threatening
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Cal looks to trap first Pac-12 win against Beavers

Three games in and the Cal men’s soccer team is still looking for their first win in the Pac-12. That’s a little alarming, to say the least, for the reigning Pac-10 champions. With two losses and a draw, reclaiming the title isn’t out the question just yet for the Bears.
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Bears lose lead, settle for draw with Cardinal in double overtime

On paper, the Cal men’s soccer team and Stanford looked pretty similar going into Sunday evening’s matchup. Both squads were swept by UCLA and San Diego State last weekend. After Sunday’s 1-1 tie in double overtime, Cal and Stanford still looked rather similar. After a gripping encounter that featured flowing play throughout,
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Cal hopes for repeat against Stanford

What’s better than beating Stanford? Beating Stanford in overtime and winning the Pac-10 title. But that was last year. Since that match, the Cal men’s soccer team has had six of its players head to the MLS. And the 2011 season is proving to be a season of rebuilding for
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Blossoming Bears battle Bruins to begin Pac-12 blueprint

The youth are in revolt. As the Bears prepare to face off against perennial Pac-12 power UCLA this Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Bears seem to be gathering a strong sense of youthful exuberance. True freshman midfielder Seth Casiple is leading the team with five assists, true freshman midfielder Connor
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Here and now

Junior defender Steven Birnbaum is relishing each moment in his new captain role. And he's leading the team one game at a time.

It’s the 93rd minute. Steven Birnbaum stands at the other end of the field. The ball isn’t near him. Neither is the play. But it’s about to be. Birnbaum runs 80 or so yards to the opposing penalty box for an ensuing corner kick. Teammate Anthony Salciccia plays a perfect
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Debut of Peach is as easy as pie as Bears shut out Catamounts

Cal men’s soccer coach Kevin Grimes sure knows how to fulfill a promise. Last week following a tough loss, Grimes made the declaration that he needed to make “significant lineup changes,” leaving an open interpretation as to what he meant. Grimes’ installation of backup goalie Kevin Peach materialized that assertion, as the
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Bears head to Stanford to play unfamiliar Vermont squad

The Cal men’s soccer team treks across the Bay to the Farm this Friday afternoon — but not to face off against Stanford. The Bears (2-2-2) play against Vermont (5-1) as part of the Stanford Nike Classic, which also features the Cardinal and Harvard. Friday’s 4:30 p.m., tilt at Laird
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Men’s soccer postgame notes

No. 14 Cal let four goals in as a Santa Clara team won, 4-2, at Edwards Stadium on Friday afternoon, taking home the Bay Area Classic title with it.