Cal Men's Soccer vs. Bradley Braves: NCAA 2nd Round Open Thread

How far can the Bears go in the NCAA tournament this year? - Cal Men's Soccer Facebook

The 2013 road to the College Cup starts this afternoon for the Cal Men's Soccer. With a 4th overall seed, the Bears have high hope of making a deep run in this year's NCAA Tournament. First up are the Bradley Braves who upset the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday's 1st round action. GOAL ON YOU BEARS!

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NCAA SECOND ROUND
Sunday, November 24 | 1:30 p.m. PT
Berkeley, Calif. (Edwards Stadium)

NCAA Championship Central | Pac-12 Event Coverage
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Bradley California
Missouri Valley Conference Pac-12
14-6-2 Record 12-4-2
5-0-0 Last 5 Games 2-3-0
36/25 Goals For/Against 33/18
7 (4-6-1) NCAA App. (Record) 17 (11-16)
Series
First-Ever Meeting
Top Scorers (G/A/Pts):
Bradley: Wojciech Wojcik (5/14/24)
Cal: Steve Birnbaum (9/1/19)

From (Cal Tournament Central)

The postseason is here for Cal Men's Soccer. In one of the most successful season in program history, despite not winning the conference, the Bears have played a bunch of the top teams in the country in UCLA, Washington, Maryland, and Georgetown and managed to win or draw (for the case of Washington) against all of them. Cal has also been ranked as the top team in the country for the first time in program history and stayed there for 6 weeks.

With the higher expectation has come higher pressure. With injury to captain and star defender Steve Birnbaum in the past few matches, the Bears have faltered quite a few times in their last few matches, with losses to No.1 UCLA, No.2 Washington, and a desperate Stanfurd squad that needed a win to make the NCAA tournament.

Besides the injury and the tough competition, the Bears also had to play many of those matches on the road. From the Daily Cal article:

"Three games in six days on the road did us no favors at all," said head coach Kevin Grimes. "There was just so much fatigue that was setting in for the group. This 11-day break has been awesome."

What one needs to note perhaps, is the small difference amongst the top teams in NCAA Men's Soccer, many of Cal's victories had come by a slim one goal margin; the same can be said of all of their losses as well. With such a small difference, hopefully the Bears can translate their home field advantage (up to 3 matches should they keep on advancing) into victories.

GO BEARS!

Some Cal Bears Stats:

## POINTS GP G A Pts Shots
15 Birnbaum, Steve 16 9 1 19 19
11 Sundly, Alec 17 6 1 13 25
9 Bonomo, Stefano 18 5 3 13 28
10 Casiple, Seth 18 2 6 10 24
21 Jalali, Omid 16 4 1 9 20
22 Hallisey, Connor 18 2 2 6 22
3 Neil, Ryan 17 1 4 6 16
2 Dean, Christian 18 1 4 6 14
6 Thierjung, Christian 17 2 0 4 16
12 Oldham, Max 18 1 2 4 9
## GOALS GP G A Pts Shots
15 Birnbaum, Steve 16 9 1 19 19
11 Sundly, Alec 17 6 1 13 25
9 Bonomo, Stefano 18 5 3 13 28
21 Jalali, Omid 16 4 1 9 20
6 Thierjung, Christian 17 2 0 4 16
10 Casiple, Seth 18 2 6 10 24
22 Hallisey, Connor 18 2 2 6 22
12 Oldham, Max 18 1 2 4 9
3 Neil, Ryan 17 1 4 6 16
2 Dean, Christian 18 1 4 6 14
## ASSISTS GP G A Pts Shots
10 Casiple, Seth 18 2 6 10 24
2 Dean, Christian 18 1 4 6 14
3 Neil, Ryan 17 1 4 6 16
9 Bonomo, Stefano 18 5 3 13 28
18 Case, Mason 18 0 3 3 5
12 Oldham, Max 18 1 2 4 9
22 Hallisey, Connor 18 2 2 6 22
5 Serrano, Dylan 18 0 2 2 6
11 Sundly, Alec 17 6 1 13 25
15 Birnbaum, Steve 16 9 1 19 19
## SHOTS GP G A Shots Shot%
9 Bonomo, Stefano 18 5 3 28 .179
17 Fuentes, Luis 18 0 1 28 .000
11 Sundly, Alec 17 6 1 25 .240
10 Casiple, Seth 18 2 6 24 .083
22 Hallisey, Connor 18 2 2 22 .091
21 Jalali, Omid 16 4 1 20 .200
15 Birnbaum, Steve 16 9 1 19 .474
6 Thierjung, Christian 17 2 0 16 .125
3 Neil, Ryan 17 1 4 16 .062
2 Dean, Christian 18 1 4 14 .071
## SHOTS ON GOAL GP G A Shots SOG SOG%
15 Birnbaum, Steve 16 9 1 19 16 .842
9 Bonomo, Stefano 18 5 3 28 15 .536
22 Hallisey, Connor 18 2 2 22 13 .591
17 Fuentes, Luis 18 0 1 28 12 .429
11 Sundly, Alec 17 6 1 25 12 .480
10 Casiple, Seth 18 2 6 24 11 .458
21 Jalali, Omid 16 4 1 20 11 .550
6 Thierjung, Christian 17 2 0 16 9 .562
3 Neil, Ryan 17 1 4 16 9 .562
12 Oldham, Max 18 1 2 9 5 .556
## GAME WINNING GOALS GP No.
11 Sundly, Alec 17 3
9 Bonomo, Stefano 18 2
15 Birnbaum, Steve 16 2
6 Thierjung, Christian 17 2
22 Hallisey, Connor 18 1
10 Casiple, Seth 18 1
21 Jalali, Omid 16 1
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