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No. 4/10 Cal Men's Soccer at San Francisco Dons Open Thread

Can Cal Men's Soccer sustain the momentum of beating two top teams at home to win their first road test of the season?


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's Player of the Week and a part of's Team of the Week.

About the Dons (from

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