BERKELEY -- No. 11/15 Cal begins a five-game homestand this weekend with two matches vs. the Arizona schools. The weekend starts off with the Pac-12 home opener featuring Arizona State (6-3-0, 1-0-0 Pac-12) at 2 p.m. Friday. The match will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Golden Bears also host the visiting Arizona Wildcats (5-2-3, 0-1-0 Pac-12) Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cal is fourth in the conference with a 7-0-3 overall record and an 0-0-1 conference record, while the Sun Devils rank third behind Stanford and UCLA. The Wildcats are No. 11.
Live stats for both games can be accessed on CalBears.com, and scoring updates will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
MATCH 11: ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (6-3-0, 1-0-0 Pac-12) Friday, Oct. 4 |2 p.m. Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium | Berkeley TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS | Live Stats: CalBears.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 8-4-3 Home: 4-2-1 Away: 4-2-2 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 10/12/12, W 2-0
Arizona State is just one of three Pac-12 teams who won its conference opener, beating USC 1-0 with a goal from Devin Marshall with 19 seconds left in regulation play. Marshall is second on the team with 14 points off of six goals and two assists, eclipsed only by Cali Farquharson’s 19 points from nine goals and one assist. Chandler Morris protects the Wildcat net, allowing only 10 goals this season with 32 saves and a .762 save percentage. Should ASU head coach Kevin Boyd’s squad defeat the Bears, Boyd would destroy Cal’s current 10-game undefeated streak, which is the program’s best start since a 12-game undefeated streak in 2000 when Boyd was head coach of the Golden Bears.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
MATCH 12: ARIZONA WILDCATS (5-2-3, 0-1-0 Pac-12) Sunday, Oct. 6 | 1 p.m. Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium | Berkeley Live Stats: CalBears.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 14-2-2 Home: 8-1-1 Away: 6-1-1 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 9/21/12, L 2-1
Arizona is 0-1 in the Pac-12 and 5-2-3 on the season with losses to Texas Tech and UCLA and draws with Ohio State, Kansas and Illinois. - all in the last seven games. Both of Arizona’s losses have come within the last three matches and the Wildcats will surely be looking to rebound with a solid win over the ranked Golden Bears. Arizona has seen goals from 11 different players this season, and Jazmin Ponce is the team’s scoring leader, notching six goals and four assists for 16 points, including three gamewinners. Wildcat Alexandra Doller is also in the double digits for points with four goals and two assists. Gabby Kaufman leads the team in goal through 42 saves and nine goals allowed.
POLL POSITION With a 7-0-3 record, the Golden Bears are ranked in the current polls (for play through Sept. 29, 2013): NSCAA - 11 SoccerTimes - 11 TopDrawerSoccer - 13 CollegeSportsMadness - 13 Soccer America - 15 BennettRank - 19
CHART TOPPERS Sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu leads the Golden Bears with 16 points from seven goals and two assists. Onumonu just edges fellow sophomore Samantha Witteman, who owns 15 points of her own via six goals and three assists. A steady fixture in the goal since she was a freshman, senior captain Emily Kruger has notched a total of 960 minutes in goal with 37 saves for an .841 save percentage and 0.66 goals against average.
LAST TIME OUT - UTAH & USF The Golden Bears opened Pac-12 play with a road match at Utah, settling for a scoreless draw in double overtime in Salt Lake City last Friday. Cal returned to the Bay Area to close out its nonconference schedule against the University of San Francisco Dons. The Bears posted a decisive 3-0 victory en route to a 10-game unbeaten streak and the best Cal start since a 12-game unbeaten streak in 2000. Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, Grace Leer and Ifeoma Onumonu each contributed a goal in the rout at Negoesco Stadium.
ON THE HORIZON - HOMESTAND CONTINUES The five-game homestand at Goldman Field continues with two crucial conference matches against the teams from Southern California. First up is USC on Friday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m., followed by UCLA at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Both games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
TEAM NOTES This 10-game unbeaten streak is Cal’s best start since 2000, when the Golden Bears went 12 games before posting a loss.
Cal has not allowed an opponent to score in the first half.
Of the team’s 10 newcomers this season, half have seen game time: Tamara Aboumrad, Zoe Clark, Rachelle Comeau (fifth-year senior), Arielle Ship, Alexa Vandevanter.