Cal hosts Saint Mary’s on Sunday
Collin Travasos and the Bears take on the Gaels in non-conference action before returning to Pac-12 play.
BERKELEY- Cal’s men’s occer team concludes a four-game homestand when the Golden Bears host Saint Mary’s at Edwards Stadium for a non-conference game on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
Cal is 2-1-3, while the Gaels are 5-2 going into Wednesday’s game at Cal State Northridge.
Admission is free for Cal students to Sunday’s game. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (65+) and youth (2-17).
Those who can’t make it to Edwards can watch the action via the Cal Live Stream – featuring Dr. Derek Van Rheenen’s announcement – and can follow live stats here. As always, fans can follow Twitter updates for the Bears at @CalMSoc.
Blog Features Fernando Andrade
Fernando Andrade – Resident blogger, vlogger, podcast host, etc. of Cal men’s football – wrote this week Blog entry for CalBears.com. Titled Just A Kid From Chula Vista, Andrade’s message deals with identity and life as a Mexican-American from suburban San Diego. The busy golden bear was also featured over the summer in this Cal Sports Quarterly feature, Relentless Dedication.
Bears go 1-1 to open Pac-12 game
Forward Nonso Adimabua scored his first goal as a Golden Bear and Adrian Guzman recorded a goal and an assist to lead Cal to a 2-0 win over San Diego State in the teams’ Pac-12 opener on Sept. 15 at Edwards Stadium.
In the 36th minute, Guzman sent a bending cross into the box and Adimabua, rushing into the SDSU six-yard box, tapped the ball inside the far post to give Cal a 1-0 lead . Guzman scored his first goal of the season in the 43rd minute, eluding two Aztecs at the top of the box and then firing a shot into the top left corner of the net to give Cal their 2-0 lead.
On Sept. 18 at Berkeley, Cal continued conference action against 25th-ranked UCLA. At the 40th minute, Shoei Honda latched onto the ball after a scrum in the UCLA box and heeled the ball past goaltender Nate Crockford to give Cal a 1-0 lead.
But UCLA responded. In the 45th minute, Kevin Diaz of the Bruins scored from close range and the teams tied 1-1 at halftime. In the 76th minute, UCLA’s Jose Contell scored on a header to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t give up.
- Shoei Honda leads the team in goals (3) and points (6)
- Goalkeeper and team captain Collin Travasos Compiled a 1.14 goals-against-average with two shutouts while playing every minute in goal for the Bears this season
- Nonso Adimabua, Nate Carrasco, Adrian Guzman, Juan Martinez and Wyatt Meyeranother team captain, are tied for the team lead in assists with one each
- Travasos and defender Kevin Carmichael lead Cal in minutes played with 630 each
- Cal recently added the former Boston University defenseman George Abunaw to the list; graduate student, Abunaw attends Berkeley Law
- The head coach Leonard Griffin returned to Cal in March 2022, after leading the Grand Canyon to the NCAA Tournament in the fall of 2021. A UCLA alumnus (Class of 2005) and former Cal assistant coach in 2013, Griffin was part of the Bruins NCAA championship in 2002.
About the Gaels
- In his previous two games, the Gaels won at UC Irvine, 3-1, on Sept. 12 in Irvine and won at Cal Poly, 1-0, on Sept. 17.
- At Irvine, striker Jack Vestberg recorded the 73rd-minute winner, with Tyler Hardin and Louis Sterobo also scoring for the Gaels.
- Midfielder Wade Mottitt scored the winning goal in the 16th minute against the Mustangs
- Forward Riley Lynch (2 goals, 4 assists, 8 points) leads his team in assists and points
- Vestberg beat the Gaels in goal (3)
- In five starts, goalkeeper Kash Oladapo has a 1.80 goals-against average
- Adam Cooper is in his 17th season as Saint Mary’s head coach
Nonso Adimabua Named player to watch
new bear Nonso Adimabua earned the national accolade on August 16 when United Soccer Coaches named him to their list of 30 forwards to watch this season.
Adimabua, a junior transfer from San Francisco, played his freshman year at USF under Leonard Griffin. In the 2021 Spring Regular Season, Adimabua was named a WCC freshman and named to the All-WCC First Team after leading USF in points (11), goals (3) and assists ( 5).
In the fall of 2021, the Asaba, Nigeria product led USF in points (11) and goals (5) and again earned First Team All-WCC status. Also in his second season, Adimabua was named to the United Soccer Coaches West Region second team after finishing tied for third in shots on goal (17) in the WCC and finished fifth in shots (38), at tied for fifth in goals and ninth in points in the conference.
The next time
The Bears return to Pac-12 conference play when they travel to the Farm to play Stanford on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.
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