Cal Beats USF 2-0 For Grimes 200th Win
BERKELEY – Kevin Grimes has coached a lot of good soccer in his 20 seasons as the head coach of the California men's team, and on Saturday it culminated in the veteran coach earning the 200th win of his career as the Golden Bears defeated San Francisco, 2-0, at Edwards Stadium.
Alonzo Del Mundo scored in the first half and assisted – via a corner kick – on Jonathan Estrada’s second-half strike as the Bears improved to 4-2-1 on the season. USF fell to 2-6-0 after the nonconference result.
“USF is an up and coming team,” Grimes said. “They’re a strong opponent. We had to be really sharp today in everything that we did in order to get the victory, and I thought we put in a really good 90 minutes against a tough side today.”
Jenny Simon-O'Neill, Cal's Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director and Chief of Staff, presented Grimes with the game ball after the victory.
Grimes reflected on his milestone victory after the match: “You think about all the players that you had over the years that helped you achieve this, and you look at all the support staff that has been so incredible over the years, and we’re so proud of five former assistant coaches that have been head coaches in college, including Leonard Griffin, who was our opposing coach today. It’s those things that you think about when you get to 200 wins.
“And (goalkeeper coach) Henry Foulk has been with me at Cal for all 20 years, and you can’t thank him or the rest of your assistant coaches and all the administrative staff enough. They’ve all been wonderful to us, and that’s made us successful.”
Del Mundo, who leads Cal in scoring with seven points (1 goal, 5 assists), said of Grimes’ 200th win, “It feels great. I feel blessed to train under him.”
Grimes’ coaching tree includes current Cal assistant coach and former Cal player Jacob Wilson as well as former Cal assistant coach and former Cal player Javier Aya-Hil, who’s an assistant coach to Griffin at San Francisco.
“It’s an incredible achievement for him,” Griffin said of Grimes’ 200th win, “and I’m proud to say I worked under him. He was a huge reason why I’ve been able to continue to do this job and have an incredible opportunity like I have at USF. I definitely owe him a lot for that. I’m super proud and super happy for him. He deserves it. He’s earned it.”
In a tweeted video after the game, former Cal star and current Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco said, “KG, congratulations on the 200 games. Thank you for being a great coach, a mentor and a friend. I really enjoyed my time at Cal, and I wish you all the best. Go Bears!”
Cal returns to Pac-12 Conference play when the Bears host Oregon State on Oct. 3 and Washington on Oct. 6 to close out their current six-game homestand.
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