BERKELEY - The No. 18/19 Golden Bears look to extend their unbeaten streak on the road this weekend at the San Francisco Tournament hosted by the University of San Francisco Dons on the USF campus. Cal opens the tournament against Harvard in the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Friday at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Bears take the turf against UC Davis at 1:30 p.m. Live stats for both games will be available on USFDons.com, plus scoring updates on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
MATCH 5: HARVARD CRIMSON (0-0-0) Friday, Sept. 6 |4:30 p.m. Negoesco Stadium | San Francisco Live Stats: USFDons.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record: Have Not Met
Harvard has yet to take to the pitch in 2013. In 2012, the Crimson posted its sixth-straight winning season under head coach Ray Leone, finishing 9-5-3 overall and 3-3-1 in the Ivy League. The 2013 squad features the return of last season’s scoring leaders, JR MF Meg Casscells-Hamby, who had six goals and 15 points in 2012, and SR F Elizabeth Weisman, with five goals and 11 points. The team also returns assist-leader SR MF/D Peyton Johnson (five assists) and JR GK Bethany Kanten, who registered 63 saves in 16 games with an 8-5-3 overall record, including four shutouts.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
MATCH 6: UC DAVIS AGGIES (2-1-0) Sunday, Sept. 8 | 1:30 p.m. Negoesco Stadium | San Francisco Live Stats: USFDons.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 8-0-1 Home: 5-0-1 Away: 3-0-0 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 9/7/2012, W 2-1 (2OT)
UC Davis is 2-1-0 this season after posting wins vs. Sacramento State and Drake and losing to Iowa 1-0. The team is in good shape after losing just one starter and returning 10 from a team that posted an 8-9-2 record last season, and finishing tied for sixth in the Big West with a 3-5-1 conference record. All four of the Aggies’ goals this season have come from different players - SR F/MF Kiele Argente, SR MF/F Ashley Edwards, FR MF/F Andrea Damian and SO F/MF Haley Hughes. The team is protected in goal by JR GK Taylor Jern, who started for the Aggies last year and this year has amassed seven saves through three games with three goals-against.
POLL POSITION With a 3-0-1 record after two weeks of play, the Golden Bears are ranked in the current polls (for play through Sept. 1, 2013): NSCAA - 18, Soccer America - 19, TopDrawerSoccer - 20, Soccer Times - 17, BennettRank - 32, College Sports Madness - 17.
SOPHOMORE SURGE A pair of California sophomores shined in last weekend’s play vs. Detroit and San Jose State. Ifeoma Onumonu scored two goals vs. the Spartans to lead the team to a 3-0 win for her third multi-goal game of her career. Samantha Witteman is coming off of her best week of play yet after scoring her first collegiate goal against Detroit and scoring another goal vs. San Jose State. The Redondo Beach, Calif. product also tallied three assists last weekend and is currently tied with sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu for most points on the team with seven. Witteman assisted both of Onumonu’s goals in the San Jose State game.
LAST TIME OUT - DETROIT & SAN JOSE STATE Cal’s opening act at home featured a perfect 2-0 record with a 2-1 win vs. Detroit and a 3-0 shutout of San Jose State. Senior Genessee Daughetee and sophomore Samantha Witteman each notched their first collegiate goals for the Blue & Gold against the Titans. Witteman continued to shine during the weekend by posting another goal in Sunday’s game agains the Spartans and registering two assists. Sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu led the way for the Bears with two goals vs. San Jose State.
ON THE HORIZON - BYE WEEK Cal will enjoy a short break from the action with no official games next week. However, the 2013 squad will host Golden Bear alumni for a Sept. 15 exhibition game pitting the current squad vs. the alumni. The Blue & Gold return back to regular-season action on Thursday, Sept. 19 to face Santa Clara in Santa Clara at 7 p.m.
CHANNEL SURFING This season, seven of Cal’s 20 games will be broadcast live on television. Six games will air on the Pac-12 Network: St. Mary’s (9/22), Arizona State (10/4), USC (10/11), UCLA (10/13), Oregon (10/28) and Stanford (11/6). The Nov. 3 game vs. Washington will be televised on ESPNU.
SOCIAL CIRCLES For the latest news on the Golden Bear women’s soccer team and a behind-the-scenes look at practices and games, visit the Bears on social media - on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalWomensSocer and Twitter @CalWomensSoccer.