Posted On November 4, 2013 by PUSC
BERKELEY – The top-ranked California Golden Bears (11-1-2, 5-0-1 Pac-12) defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (5-9-1, 2-5-1 Pac-12) 3-2 on Friday afternoon at Goldman Field in Berkeley, in what was head coach Kevin Grimes’ 150th career victory. The Bears scored a trio of goals in a six-minute flurry in the first half, including a pair from former Placer United player and current Cal junior midfielder, Seth Casiple. It took the Bears just a quarter of an hour to open the scoring, as Neil received a pass from defender Mason Case and turned his defender to create space. He then beat another defender on the dribble before finishing well to the back post from just outside the penalty area to give Cal an early 1-0 lead.
In the 20th minute, the Bears doubled their lead, as Casiple tallied his first goal of the season. Junior defender Christian Dean collected the ball after an attempted clearance by the San Diego State defense and played it to the feet of Casiple. The midfielder then slotted the ball coolly to the near post to provide the home side with a 2-0 advantage.
The tandem of Dean and Casiple struck again almost immediately in the 21st minute, when Dean found Casiple inside the area. Casiple flicked the ball past a sprawling John Marcuzzo. Cal then took its 3-0 lead into the halftime break.
It's the Bears 11th win on the season, and keeps them on course for the play offs.