April 18, 2013
BERKELEY - The spring season is coming to a close for the California women's soccer team with two matches on Saturday that include an appearance in the second annual Team Breezy Collegiate Soccer Cup. First the Golden Bears will host Saint Mary's at 10 a.m. at Golden Bear Field in Berkeley, and then Cal will take on Stanford at 7 p.m. at Valley High School in nearby San Ramon, Calif.
The Collegiate Soccer Cup will begin with a 5 p.m. game between Santa Clara and the Bay Area Breeze of the Women's Professional Soccer League. The 2012 event was organized to benefit Brianne "Breezy" Bochenek, a San Ramon girl who lost her leg to cancer. Last April, Stanford and Cal traveled to Dougherty Valley High School for the first Team Breezy Cup.
"We are very excited to again be part of the Team Breezy event," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said, "and look forward to a great game against Stanford."
Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has been providing adaptive sports equipment and opportunities to disabled athletes since 1997. The CAF's mission is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so that they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
Earlier in the spring season, Cal beat UC Davis, 2-0, on April 7 at Golden Bear Field in Berkeley with a first-half goal from Mekenna DeBack and a second-half strike by Kory Lamet. Later that evening, Cal lost at Santa Clara 4-1.
On April 13, the Golden Bears won twice at the University of San Francisco. In the first game, Cal faced the host Dons and walked away with a 2-1 win thanks to a second-half penalty kick from Ifeoma Onumonu and a goal by Rachel Mercik. In the second game, Cal beat Nevada, 3-0, on goals from Mercik, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and goalkeeper Emily Kruger, who also converted a penalty kick.
"We enjoyed the games this past weekend," McGuire said. "We played everyone, played a number of systems and came away from the games healthy. We were pleased with the level of play and scoring goals is always nice for the girls."
Cal will next travel to Costa Rica on a 10-day tour in May.