What: Cal Men's Soccer at San Francisco
When: Thursday, 9/5, 7:00 PM
Online Video/Live Stats: USF Portal
After quite a successful opening weekend when they defeated then No.3 Georgetown 2-0 and next then No.2 Maryland 3-2 in OT, the Bears now become the hunted. Ranked as high as No. 4 in the Soccer America poll and No. 10 in the NSCAA poll, the Bears travel a short distance to San Francisco to take on the unranked Dons.
With two goals, fifth year senior Steve Birnbaum received recognition as TopDrawerSoccer.com's Player of the Week and a part of CollegeSoccerNews.com's Team of the Week.
About the Dons (from CalBears.com)
Scouting the Dons
- Playing at home, USF beat LIU-Brooklyn, 2-0, in its Aug. 30 season opener and likewise blanked Air Force, 2-0, on Sept. 1
- The Cal game is the Dons’ third match of a four-game homestand
- Senior midfielder Mauricio Diaz De Leon leads USF in points (3 from 1 goal and 1 assist)
- USF played different goalies in its first two games, and both have 0.00 GAAs after the shutouts: junior Chase Hauser – a transfer from Cal Poly – made two saves against LIU-Brooklyn, while redshirt freshman Connor Gaal made five saves against Air Force
- Former Bear Michael Shaddock (1 assist) is a senior forward for the Dons
- Erik Visser is in his 14th season as USF’s head coach