Playing the Costa Rica U-20 National Team; Bus Ride to La Fortuna
Bears Fly to Costa Rica, Visit an Orphanage and Play UCEM
Cal Battles Stanford Saturday in the Team Breezy Collegiate Soccer Cup
Shannon Hawari, Women's Volleyball
Bears Cannot Overcome Early Deficit
What the Coaches Are Saying:
Outstanding 1-v-1 attacking play maker who can both create chances as well as take them
As a member of the U.S. U-20 national pool, she has shown herself to be one of the best wide attacking players in the country
Will provide great service for our central strikers
As a Sophomore (2011):
Played in 20 of the Bears' 22 games, starting nine
Doubled her previous year with four goals
Also chipped in two assists
Two of her goals were gamewinners
As a Freshman (2010):
Saw action in 12 of Cal's 20 games, starting four
Registered two goals and two assists
Had the game-winning goal against Long Beach State
Recognized as the No. 18 player in the nation, according to the Top Drawer Soccer National Top-100 List
Team captain her first year on the varsity squad in 2009 and was the team leader in goals and assists, earning her first-team all-league status
Led her team to the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship
Earned 2009 ESPN Spring All-America team honorable mention
Currently part of the U.S. U-20 national-team pool
Was part of the U-17 pool for the January and May 2008 camps and made the trip with the team to Argentina in 2007, when she played up a level; participated in the 2009 Winter Interregional in Mississippi
Member of the Region IV team from 2006-09
In 2008, participated in Adidas ESP Camp, in which she was named to the all-star team and was an Adidas ESP Golden Boot winner
Played on the Cal North state team from 2005-08 and won Cal North State Champions with the team in 2006
2007 NSCAA youth All-American and was named to the 2009 NSCAA All-Region Team
Member of her high school's key club in 2008 and national honor society member from 2007-10
MERCIK'S CAREER STATISTICS: Year G GS Shots Goals Ast Pts 2010 12 4 11 2 2 6 2011 20 9 27 4 2 10 Totals 32 13 38 6 4 16
CalBears.com: What made you chose Cal?
Rachel Mercik: I chose Cal because of the surroundings and the bustling city life that came along with the prestige of the university. The very first time I came for a visit, I had a feeling about Cal, and now that I am actually here, I see exactly why I chose it. Also, the women's soccer student-athletes that I met on my visits were very welcoming and definitely helped to persuade me to come to Cal.
CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of soccer?
RM: Some of my hobbies outside of soccer are photography and fashion.
CalBears.com: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
RM: I used to be into softball when I was younger and had to choose between soccer and softball. I sometimes wonder where I would be if I had stuck with softball.
CalBears.com: What's your favorite part about Berkeley and/or the Cal campus?
RM: The best part about Berkeley is the small and incredibly good hole-in-the-wall restaurants around town. It makes the city so personal and unique because no where else can you find a place like Gordo's Berkeley.
CalBears.com: What is the best thing about being a part of Cal women's soccer?
RM: The best part about Cal women's soccer has to be my teammates. As a freshman, I didn't expect to be treated as equal, but they truly make me feel like I have been a part of the team as long as they have. Every personality is different, and that's what makes our team unique.
CalBears.com: Did you grow up watching Cal athletics? What has it been like to represent them?
RM: Unfortunately, I actually did not grow up watching Cal athletics. I used to live in the San Jose/Mountain View area before I moved to Sacramento, so coming to Cal games was not on my radar yet! Now, wearing the Cal attire is so surreal. I plan to support my school by going to as many games as my schedule allows!
CalBears.com: What are you planning on or thinking of majoring in?
RM: I am planning on majoring in business administration. It is very tough to get into the Haas School of Business, so the next two years are going to be quite a workload!
CalBears.com: What class are you most looking forward to this fall?
RM: I am most excited for my astronomy class this semester. The teacher is very well known and I have heard the class is very informing as well as intriguing.
CalBears.com: Which three people would you invite to dinner?
RM: I would invite Stevie Nicks, Harvey Milk and Michael Jordan.
CalBears.com: What is your biggest pet peeve?
RM: My biggest pet peeve has to be the sound of people chewing ice. It really makes me cringe.
CalBears.com: Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
RM: I can belly dance, but it is a weird talent that I don't show to many people.
CalBears.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
RM: I would probably buy my parents a house on the beach because they deserve it for everything that they did for me and my soccer career! I would also buy a new car for myself.
CalBears.com: What is one thing you can't live without?
RM: I literally cannot live without my computer. I am a huge computer nerd, believe it or not.