Cal Men's Soccer vs. No.3 Georgetown Open Thread

Georgetown was NCAA runner up to Indiana last year. - USA TODAY Sports Images

Cal Men's Soccer kicks off the Pac-12 Networks coverage of Cal Athletics in the 2013-14 season. Bears welcome the finalist of last year's Men's NCAA Soccer Championship to Berkeley on Friday. GO BEARS!

What: Cal Men's Soccer vs. No.3 Georgetown

When: 2 PM PT

TV: Pac-12 Networks (online for subscribers only)

Live Stats: here

So you think the Cal Football schedule is tough, playing 3 of the top 5 preseason ranked teams. How about playing 2 of the top 3 preseason ranked teams in the span of 3 days? That is the task ahead of Cal Men's Soccer as they host No.3 Georgetown and No.2 Maryland on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

For the first time in school history, Cal and Georgetown meets in men's soccer. The Bears welcome the national runner-up last year to Berkeley. Can the Bears down the Hoyas with them so far away from home?

New Cal Soccer Fan Club formed: Cal Soccer Bear Den

    Emulating pro soccers in other countries and at other successful college programs (such as Maryland), the men and the women Cal Soccer teams have joined forces to create a new environment for the Cal Soccer fans.

Modeled after the fan bases of European soccer, the Cal Soccer Bear Den and Fan Club aims to create the best atmosphere in college soccer by engaging fans in chants to cheer on the Golden Bears. The chants were recorded by members of both the men’s and women’s soccer team to tunes such as "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and futbol-favorite "Olé, Olé, Olé."

"Recording the chants and creating this fan club was overall a fun experience," said Alec Sundly, a men’s soccer senior co-captain. "It was very inclusive, and we had a very tight-knit group. It was great to see all the players and coaches joining in. Both the women and the men are coming together to help grow soccer on both sides and make it a big communal sport."

Learn more about the Cal Soccer Bear Den here.

More info about this match (from CalBears.com):

Scouting the Golden Bears

  • Cal is playing Georgetown for the first time, while the Bears have a 1-3-0 record against Maryland
  • The Bears' co-captains for 2013 are Steve Birnbaum, senior midfielder Alec Sundly and junior midfielder Seth Casiple
  • Casiple is Cal’s top returning scorer, with 11 points last year
  • The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2011, Casiple also led Cal with seven assists in 2012
  • Junior forward Stefano Bonomo tied for the team high in goals (5) as a sophomore
  • Goalkeeper Kevin Peach, who started all 18 games as a sophomore last year, compiled a 1.40 goals-against average in 2012
  • Kevin Grimes is in his 14th season as head coach at Cal; the former SMU All-American (class of 1990) claimed five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010) before the Conference became the Pac-12 in 2011

Scouting the Hoyas

  • Georgetown put together a 19-4-3 record (6-2-0 Big East) in its run to the NCAA final
  • Now a senior forward/midfielder, Steve Neumann posted the first hat trick of his career in the Hoya’s semifinal match against Maryland last year; he was the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player
  • Neumann was the Hoya’s second-leading scorer (33 points) and leader in assists (13) in 2012
  • Brian Wiese – the 2012 NSCAA/Field Turf Division I Coach of the Year - is in his eighth season as Georgetown’s head coach

By the way, today is apparently "College Colors Day"

Alex Morgan is showing her Cal pride, although it takes a little bit of imagination to see the actual "Blue and Gold" Cal colors given the photo is in greyscale.

GO BEARS!

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