BERKELEY -- No. 11/15 California is riding an eight-game undefeated streak entering Pac-12 play as the Golden Bears are set to take on Utah Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City. Before league play, the Utes rank seventh in the Pac-12 with a 4-1-4 record while the Blue & Gold sit at No. 5 behind Stanford, Colorado, UCLA and Washington State. Live stats for the match will be available on UtahUtes.cstv.com.
On Monday, Cal will close out its nonconference schedule in another trip to Negoesco Field in San Francisco, where the Golden Bears meet the University of San Francisco Dons at 7 p.m. Live stats for the match can be found at USFDons.com.
Scoring updates for both games will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE UTES
MATCH 9: UTAH UTES (4-1-4) Friday, Sept. 27 |6:30 p.m. Ute Soccer Field | Salt Lake City Live Stats: UtahUtes.cstv.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 5-0-0 Home: 2-0-0 Away: 2-0-0 Neutral: 1-0-0 Last Meeting: 10/7/12, W 3-1
At No. 7 in the Pac-12, the Utes are not far behind No. 5 Cal, though the Golden Bears own a slight edge in most scoring categories. The Utes have already faced one ranked opponent this season, holding then-No. 6 BYU to just one goal via a penalty kick in Cougar territory in Provo, Utah. Utah’s defense is bolstered by SO GK Lindsey Luke, who leads the Pac-12 in goals against average with a .18 and just one goal allowed. Luke has 22 saves (.957 save percentage) with four shutouts. The Utes offense is balanced with nine different players contributing goals and 11 players contributing assists this season. At the top of the charts is JR MF Katie Taylor with four goals, followed closely behind by SO F Baylee Nielsen and SR F Allie Wisner with three each.
SCOUTING THE DONS
MATCH 10: SAN FRANCISCO DONS (5-2-2) Monday, Sept. 30 | 7 p.m. Negoesco Stadium | San Francisco Live Stats: USFDons.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 13-3-2 Home: 10-1-0 Away: 3-2-2 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 9/2/12, W 3-0
San Francisco has scored just eight goals through nine games but has only dropped two games - a 1-0 defeat by Detroit and a 3-0 defeat by Nebraska. Three of the eight goals came off the foot of FR F Lexie Krueger, who leads the team with six points and a 5-for-6 shots on goal percentage of .833. JR F Mackenzie Krieser has also been an offensive sparkplug for the Dons, totaling 39 shots with 18 of those in the frame for a .462 percentage. In goal is SO GK Madalyn Schiffel, who has allowed six goals with 36 saves and helped her team to five shutouts on the year.
POLL POSITION With a 6-0-2 record, the Golden Bears are ranked in the current polls (for play through Sept. 22, 2013): NSCAA - 11 Soccer Times - 11 CollegeSportsMadness - 11 Soccer America - 15 TopDrawer - 15 BennetRank - 16
CHART TOPPERS The Golden Bears are led by sophomore Samantha Witteman, who paces the team with 15 points from six goals and three assists. Just shy of edging her is fellow sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu with 14 points from six goals and two assists. Senior captain Emily Kruger has notched a total of 760 minutes in goal with 28 saves for an .800 save percentage and 0.83 goals against average.
LAST TIME OUT - SANTA CLARA & ST. MARY’S Cal faced its first ranked opponent of 2013 in No. 22/13 Santa Clara, eventually settling for a 1-1 tie in 2OT as senior Emily Kruger recorded a career-high 11 saves. The record-breaking continued against St. Mary’s as sophomore Samantha Witteman recorded her first career hat trick in the 4-2 win.
ON THE HORIZON - FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND Cal will begin a five-game homestand at Edwards Stadium with the Arizona schools next weekend. First is Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., followed by Arizona on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. The matchup vs. the Sun Devils will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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.