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MORNING BRIEFING: Cal's Bears roar again
by Paul Kennedy, September 17th, 2008 8AM



Winner of back-to-back Pac-10 titles, California can make a strong case for being the best men's program on the West Coast.

The Bears don't have a high profile like UCLA, and they don't attract the crowds of UC Santa Barbara, but they have certainly attracted the attention of MLS teams.

Calen Carr (Chicago), Tyson Wahl (Kansas City), Eric Ebert (Chivas USA) and Luke Sassano (New York) have been taken in the last three MLS SuperDrafts and are playing in MLS.

Despite the losses, Cal is ranked No. 5 in this week's Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 3-0-2 record heading into the Stanford Nike Classic, where it will face Drake and Creighton.

Coach Kevin Grimes, who recently signed new five-year contract at Cal, has done a fabulous rebuilding job.

His attack is built around five sophomores. Andrew Wiedeman, A.J. Soares (game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw against SMU) and Davis Paul each has two goals. Servando Carrasco is tied for third in points (5), while Hector Jimenez leads the Pac-10 with four assist.

Cal's top pro prospect is goalie Stefan Frei, an All-American as a sophomore in 2007.

COMING-OUT PARTY. Freshmen were instrumental in wins for ACC powers North Carolina and Duke on Tuesday night.

Freshman forward Alex Dixon scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the first half, to pace No. 8 North Carolina to a 4-1 win over Liberty.

Eddie Ababio and Brian Shriver also scored for the Tar Heels (5-0-1).

Freshmen Kyle Bethel and Joseph Pak were the goal scorers for No. 21 Duke in its 2-0 win over Davidson that pushed the Blue Devils' win streak to four games.

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