June 18, 2013
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team will return to the pitch for 18 games during the 2013 regular season, with nine of those matches appearing on the Pac-12 Networks and 11 of those games taking place at home on Goldman Field. Five of the Golden Bears' home games will air on conference television.
Here are the Cal games slated for the Pac-12 Networks: vs. Georgetown on Aug. 30, vs. Maryland on Sept. 1, vs. Washington on Oct. 6, at UCLA on Oct. 13, vs. Stanford on Oct. 20, vs. UCLA on Nov. 3, at Washington on Nov. 10, at Oregon State on Nov. 8 and at Stanford on Nov. 13.
The Pac-12 Networks also showed eight Cal games in 2012, when the Bears compiled an 8-7-3 overall record (3-5-2 in the Pac-12).
Cal's 2013 schedule includes seven games against five teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including College Cup runner-up Georgetown, the Bears' season-opening opponent on Aug. 30 in Berkeley. The Bears then host 2012 NCAA semifinalist Maryland on Sept. 1 also in Berkeley.
Head coach Kevin Grimes' squad then plays twice on the road, with a game against long-time local rival San Francisco taking place on Sept. 5 at Negoesco Stadium and a match against Penn State slated for Sept. 13 in Happy Valley, Pa.
A five-game home stand follows, as Cal closes its nonconference schedule and begins Pac-12 play. On Sept. 20, Cal hosts Colgate and two days later hosts the College of Charleston. The Bears end the nonconference slate with a match against Santa Clara on Sept. 27. They open conference action with a pair of matches against Pacific Northwest opponents Oregon State (Oct. 4) and Washington (Oct. 6); the Huskies lost in the NCAA's second round to Creighton last November.
Cal takes its first conference road trip to southern California to play San Diego State on Oct. 11 and UCLA on Oct. 13. The defending Pac-12 champion, UCLA reached the NCAA's third round last season before losing in an upset to San Diego, another Cal opponent this fall. Four of Cal's 2012 NCAA tournament opponents were connected in the postseason, as, after beating the Bruins, San Diego lost to Georgetown in the quarterfinals and then the Hoyas defeated Maryland in the semifinals.
The Bears close out the home schedule with a four-game stretch that begins with their first conference game against Stanford on Oct. 20. Cal then hosts USD on Oct. 25 before resuming conference play with its second game against SDSU on Nov. 1 and its second match against UCLA on Nov. 3.
Cal concludes the regular season with three road games, as the Bears battle the Beavers on Nov. 8 in Corvallis, Ore., take on UW on Nov. 10 in Seattle and battle the Cardinal on Nov. 13 on the Farm.