Broncos Breeze Past Bears

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One of the main criticisms of soccer in the United States is the lack of offense. The Cal men's soccer team is not quelling those complaints.

The Bears (2-5) were shutout for the second straight time, losing last Saturday 5-0 to Santa Clara (5-2) in the final game of the Santa Clara Invitational. The blanking by the Broncos marked the fifth time in six matches the Bears were held without a goal.

The Broncos scored the eventual game winner only 4:35 into the first half. Sophomore midfielder Scott McLain headed in his first goal of the season off a corner kick from junior forward Anthony Chimienti. The Bears and Broncos finished the first half without either team netting another goal.

Grimes called Cal's effort in the first half the Bears' best of the season.

"It was a tale of two halves," Grimes said. "The first half was probably the best half that we have played all year, and the second half was probably the worst."

The Broncos retained the 1-0 lead for the first 20 minutes of the second half.

Beginning in the 65th minute, however, Cal became Alexander Hamilton to Santa Clara's Aaron Burr.

The Broncos exploded for four goals in less than 20 minutes to blow the Bears off the field.

"Santa Clara's depth posed some problems for us," Grimes said. "They were able to substitute frequently and keep the energy of the game high."

Santa Clara's onslaught began at the 65:50 mark of the game when freshman forward Phillip Johnson scored a rebound off a header by Chimienti. The goal was Johnson's first of the season and Chimienti's second assist of the game.

Chimienti chipped in a goal of his own 70 seconds later. Chimienti beat two Cal defenders and goalkeeper Brian Walker to score into a wide-open net for his second tally of the season.

Two freshmen scored their first collegiate goals to close out the scoring for the Broncos. Forward Matt Upton broke through at 75:06 on an assist from Johnson, and forward Audren Cashman blasted a goal from 18 yards out at 84:23.

The Bears were outshot in the game 13-7, and the shots on goal were in favor of the Broncos 5-1. Santa Clara goalkeeper Rusty Johnson made one save to earn the shutout, while Cal goalkeeper Brian Walker was unable to post a save in the loss.

Despite all the negatives that came from this weekend, there were some positives. Senior midfielder Ramiro Arredondo and junior midfielder/forward Chris Roner were named to the all-tournament team for the Santa Clara Invitational.

The Bears finish up tournament action this weekend at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. Cal takes on Cincinnati Friday and Seton Hall Sunday. Cal opens up Pac-10 play next week at Oregon State.

"We should have our best lineup this weekend," Grimes said. "All of our starters should be back by the time conference play begins."


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