Cal Visits Farm For Big Clasico

BERKELEY – The California men’s soccer team returns to Pac-12 Conference play when the Golden Bears play at sixth-ranked Stanford on Thursday at  8 p.m. at Cagan Stadium. Cal enters Thursday’s Big Clasico with a record 3-2-3 (3-1 in the Pac-12), while Cardinal is 5-0-3 (0-2 Pac-12).
 
Those who are unable to make it down to the Farm can still catch the action on Pac-12 Networks. You can also follow live stats here. Fans can follow @CalMSoc Twitter updates for the Bears.
 
Cal Beats Saint Mary’s 1
Fahmi Ibrahim’sCal men’s soccer team won 1-0 against Saint Mary’s with an 81-minute goal at Edwards Stadium.
 
The match was close – Saint Mary’s outshot Cal, 15-14. The Bears had another strong performance from their goalkeeper Collin TravasosSix saves were made by, to earn his third shutout of season. Travasos was also involved in the scoring play.
 
After 80 minutes, the game was tied 0-0. Travasos took the ball from the top of his penalty box and threw an outlet pass to it. Juan MartinezOn the flank. Ibrahim was found by the Gaels midfielder and the senior forward shot the ball into the near post to beat Kash Oladapo. Ibrahim is now tied with Shoei HondaThe team leader in points (6) and goals (3) is the winner.
 
The Gaels took another shot, but neither Travasos nor the Gaels tested it.
 
Scouting the Bears
• With his goal against Saint Mary’s, Fahmi Ibrahim tied Shoei HondaTeam leader in goals (3), points (6)
• Senior midfielder Juan MartinezIbrahim’s goal against the Gaels was set by Ibrahim, who now leads the Bears in assists with two
• Redshirt junior goalkeeper Collin TravasosHe earned his third shutout of season against Saint Mary’s, and increased his goals-against to 1.00
• Travasos and sophomore defender Kevin CarmichaelThey are still tied in minutes at 720
Evan Davila Wyatt MeyerCal has many family connections. Evan’s brother Taylor Davila was Evan’s midfield patroller from 2018-19. He now plays professionally for Los Angeles Galaxy II. Jennifer ThomasMeyer’s mother was a player for Cal women’s soccer team between 1982 and 1985. Meyer was also an assistant coach for Cal women’s soccer team for 11 years.
• Head coach Leonard GriffinAfter leading Grand Canyon’s 15-4-1 record and to the NCAA Tournament in fall 2021, Griffin returned home to Cal in March 2022. Griffin is a UCLA alumnus and was a former Cal assistant coach in 2013. He was part of the Bruins’ NCAA champion team in 2002.
 
Scouting the Cardinal
• Stanford is ranked 6th in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll
• In Stanford’s two most recent games, the Cardinal won at UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, on Sept. 24 and tied San Diego State, 0-0, on Sept. 18 at home
• Forward/midfielder Carlo Agostinelli paces Stanford in points (9) and is tied with forward Jackson Kiil for the team high in goals (3)
• Midfielder Fletcher Bank leads the way in assists (4)
• Jeremy Gunn in his 11th year as Stanford’s head coach
 
Stanford vs. Last Season
Cal’s fall 2021 season was concluded with a 1-1, 2-overtime tie against Stanford in Berkeley. Senior defender Christopher GreyIn his last game as a Golden Bear, he scored his first career goal. Stanford won the Bears’ first match with the Cardinal last season, winning 5-0 at the Farm on October 3.
 
Grey was one of six Cal seniors who played in his final game, the Nov. 11 season finale. The goal was scored by three of those seniors in the 19th minute. Lucas ChurchillOn one flank, he started the play by passing it to the other side. Alonzo Del MundoDel Mundo found a unmarked Grey running into the Cardinal penalty box in the middle. Grey beat a defender, and finished with his outside foot.
 
Blog BeLOnGFeatures Fernando Andrade
Fernando Andrade – Cal men’s soccer’s resident blogger, vlogger, podcast host, etc. – wrote the Sept. 19 Blog BeLOnGCalBears.com entry Andrade’s post, “Just a Kid from Chula Vista”, is about identity and life as a Mexican American living in a San Diego suburb. The This Cal Sports Quarterly feature also featured busy Bear over the summer. Unfailing dedication.
 
Nonso Adimabua Named Player To Watch
First-year Bear Nonso AdimabuaOn Aug. 16, United Soccer Coaches gave him national recognition by naming him to its list 30 forwards to be on the watch this season.
 
Adimabua, a junior Transfer from San Francisco, played his freshman Year at USF under Leonard Griffin. Adimabua was the WCC Freshman-of-the-Year for the 2021 Spring Regular-season. He was also named to the All-WCC first-team after leading USF in assists (5), goals (3), points (11), and goals (3).
 
In the fall of 2021 the Asaba, Nigeria, native led USF in goals (5), points (11) and overall stature. Adimabua, who was in his second season, was named to United Soccer Coaches West Region’s second team. Adimabua finished fifth in shots on goals (17) in the WCC, tied for fifth in goals (38), and ninth in points (91).
 
Next Time
Cal continues Pac-12 play when they play at Oregon State on October 6 and Washington on October 9.
 
Social Media
Follow the Bears on Twitter to get more coverage about the Cal men’s soccer squad (@CalMSoc), Instagram (@CalMSoc) and Facebook (@CalMSoc).
 


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