BERKELEY -- This weekend’s matchups feature a clash of Top 10 titans as No. 8/13 Cal hosts No. 2 UCLA (10-1-1, 2-0-1 Pac-12) as part of a weekend SoCal schools slate. The Golden Bears meet the Bruins at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Before that, Cal will open the weekend with a match vs. USC (5-6-1, 0-3-0 Pac-12) on Friday at 3 p.m. Both matches will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Both Cal and UCLA, along with Utah, sit atop the Pac-12 standings with a 2-0-1 record in conference play. A win vs. the Bruins is crucial to help Cal maintain its top status and control of the Pac-12, especially since UCLA was picked to win the conference. The Women of Troy are on a four-game losing skid and are looking to turn their fortunes around with their first win against a conference opponent when they meet the Bears on Friday.
Live stats for both games can be accessed on CalBears.com, and scoring updates will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE WOMEN OF TROY
MATCH 13: USC TROJANS (5-6-1, 0-3-0 Pac-12) Friday, Oct. 11 |3 p.m. Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium | Berkeley TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS | Live Stats: CalBears.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 7-10-1 Home: 4-5-0 Away: 4-2-2 Neutral: 3-5-1 Last Meeting: 10/28/12, W 1-0
After a hot start to the 2013 season in which the Women of Troy scored 12 goals in their first three games, USC has not been able to repeat its high-scoring success. The team last won 2-0 on Sept. 19 vs. Florida Atlantic and has since posted four losses, including a pair of 1-0 losses to Arizona State and Washington and a 2-0 loss to Washington State. Despite the losses, the Trojans squad features the Aug. 26 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Elizabeth Eddy, who leads the team with five goals. Four other players on the squad have scored three or more goals. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley has 40 saves in 1092 minutes in goal and has allowed 12 goals against for a .99 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
MATCH 14: NO. 2 UCLA BRUINS (10-1-1, 2-0-1 Pac-12) Sunday, Oct. 13 | 11 a.m. Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium | Berkeley TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS | Live Stats: CalBears.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 4-14-1 Home: 2-7-1 Away: 2-7-0 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 10/26/12, L 3-0
The perennial Pac-12 powerhouse Bruins were tabbed to finish first in the conference at the beginning of the season. Through nonconference play, UCLA delivered with a key victory against Notre Dame and a slim 1-0 loss to reigning NCAA Champion UNC, and on Monday UCLA played Washington to a scoreless tie. UCLA’s Darian Jenkins leads the team with eight goals and an assist, while eight other Bruins have found net this season. Taylor Smith and Sarah Killion are lethal in setting up scoring opportunities with six assists apiece. Katelyn Rowland has been steadfast in goal, allowing just four opponent goals and making 33 saves for seven shutouts through 12 games.
POLL POSITION With a 7-0-3 record, the Golden Bears are ranked in the current polls (for play through Sept. 29, 2013): NSCAA - 8 CollegeSportsMadness - 9 Soccer Times - 12 TopDrawerSoccer - 12 Soccer America - 13 BennettRank - 16
CHART TOPPERS Sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu leads the Golden Bears with 18 points from eight goals and two assists, while senior captain Emily Kruger has notched 49 saves for an .845 save percentage and 0.71 goals against average.
LAST TIME OUT - ARIZONA SWEEP Cal swept the Arizona schools at home, notching 2-1 wins over both Arizona and Arizona State en route to a 12-game unbeaten streak. Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick scored both goals against the Sun Devils, including one off of Cal’s first penalty kick of the season, while Ifeoma Onumonu and Rachel Mercik each found net vs. the Wildcats.
ON THE HORIZON - SENIOR DAY Cal finishes up its home slate on Friday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Colorado. Each of Cal’s 10 seniors will be honored in a special ceremony for senior day.
TEAM NOTES Cal’s 12-game unbeaten streak is the best since 2000 and only the fifth time in program history that the team has gone unbeaten through 12 or more games. Cal’s other unbeaten streaks came in 1986 (14), 1987 (16), 1993 (13) and 2000 (12).
Both Cal soccer programs are unbeaten in 2013. The top-ranked Cal men are 7-0-2, and Cal is the only school in the country with both men’s and women’s programs undefeated.
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.