MATCH 10: #7 DUKE Blue Devils (8-2, 1-0 ACC) Friday, Oct. 4 | 3 p.m. (PT) Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium | Durham, N.C. Live Stats: www.GoDuke.com Live Webcast: www.GoDuke.com
MATCH 11: #3 NORTH CAROLINA Tar Heels (8-1, 1-1 ACC) Sunday, Oct. 6 | 10 a.m. (PT) Francis E. Henry Stadium | Chapel Hill, N.C. Live Stats: www.GoHeels.com Live Webcast: www.GoHeels.com
Quoting Coach Onstead “The Duke coach is a good friend. We were on the Beijing staff together (for Team USA), and we kind of teach the same game. It’s a pretty complete game. It’s a deep, deep team. Their strength is probably in the midfield.”
“UNC has all the momentum and mystique of Carolina, but they also have an Olympic striker from England that is deadly. You have to hang in and find your opportunities. The last time we played them was 1-0. That’s how it has to be. They have a neat field that is like a hockey facility like no other. We just have to play loose.”
“(Getting many freshman minutes) is so unique. We’re way better than you think, and because they’re getting so much time we’re getting better. There’s a strong possibility that it all comes together at the right time. They’re getting good minutes.”
Injuries Take Their Toll Cal has dealt with injuries throughout the 2013 season, beginning with star strikers Lara Kruggel and Nicole Wallstedt missing the beginning of the season and continuing with Kruggel and starters Clara Goni and Shannon Elmitt both missing games against Pacific last weekend. Elmitt missed both games against the Tigers while Elmitt, Kruggel and Goni all missed Sunday’s 4-2 loss.
Bears In Penalty Stroke Shootouts California defeated Michigan State in the season opener, 2-1, thanks to a 3-2 advantage in a penalty stroke shootout - the first shootout for the Bears since Cal opened the 2006 season against American University with a 4-3 win courtesy of a 4-2 penalty stroke advantage after four rounds (Aug. 6, 2006). The shootout went nine rounds before the Bears came out victories, thanks to Courtney Hendrickson’s 7-of-9 saves.
The Bears then played Pacific on Sept. 27 in what was a Golden Bear 2-1 NorPac win thanks to a 3-1 advantage in the penalty stroke shootout that went five rounds.
Emerging Defense The California defense of Allie Swartz, Clara Goni, Natalie Gibbons and Michaela Swensen along with GK Courtney Hendrickson has been solid in the early part of the season in limiting opponents the opportunity to score. The Golden Bear defense ranks 23rd in the NCAA and third in the NorPac with a goals against average of 1.60 on the year.
Freshman Filling In California has relied on a trio of freshmen starters in Sydney Earle, Taylor Lee and Monica Marrazzo in the early going of the season - all three coming in at attacking and midfield positions. In addition, Nicole Henrikkson and Jamie Stankiewicz have seen extended minutes - especially against Pacific last weekend - giving the Bears a young lineup that has performed above expectations for Shellie Onstead to begin the season. Against Pacific on Sept. 29, the Bears started four freshmen - Lee, Marrazzo, Henrikkson and Stankiewicz. Stankiewicz scored her first career goal in the game.
On The Horizon The Bears return home next Saturday to take on Yale before heading north on Sunday to place UC Davis.