BERKELEY, Calif. – Between the many professional players, NCAA Tournament wins and All-Americans, the California men’s and women’s soccer programs have experienced their share of successes through their storied histories. This year the success is shared, as Cal is the only NCAA Division I school with both an undefeated men’s soccer and women’s soccer team.
The No. 1 Golden Bear men are 6-0-1, while the No. 11/15 Golden Bear women are 7-0-3. Both teams play at home on Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium this weekend.
"It's certainly a tribute to both programs,” said Cal men’s soccer head coach Kevin Grimes. “Cal obviously attracts some of the best student-athletes in the country and globally."
The Cal men posted impressive wins to start the season, upsetting then-No. 3 Georgetown – the 2012 national runner-up – 2-0 in the opener and then edging then-No. 2 Maryland, 3-2, in an exciting finish on Goldman Field two days later. Cal then earned its first No. 1 ranking – in the Soccer America, TopDrawerSoccer.com and SoccerTimes.com polls – in the long history of the program.
The women started their season with strong results on the road, posting a 3-1 victory over UC Irvine in Irvine and tying with Pepperdine 1-1 in double overtime. The Golden Bears are outscoring their opponents 23-7, and haven’t allowed their foes to score a single goal in the first half of play. Cal’s 10-game unbeaten streak is the program’s best start in more than a decade following a 12-game undefeated streak in 2000.
“While our sole focus is to work to get better each day, it is nice to see both programs doing so well,” said Cal women’s soccer head coach Neil McGuire. “I am so happy for coach Grimes and his team in being the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the nation as well as being undefeated.”
Grimes and his squad host Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener on Thursday at 4 p.m. on Goldman Field, while the women return to Berkeley for a five-game homestand beginning Friday at 2 p.m. vs. Arizona State. The women’s match vs. ASU will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Cal men then play a huge match against fellow unbeaten and third-ranked Washington on Sunday at 11 a.m. also in Berkeley. That match will also air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Following Sunday’s men’s match, the women host Arizona at 1 p.m.