BERKELEY -- California hosts its home finale this week, as the No. 9 Golden Bears are set to take on the Colorado Buffaloes (11-3-0, 3-2-0 Pac-12) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Goldman Field. Live stats for for the game can be accessed on CalBears.com, and scoring updates will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
MATCH 15: COLORADO BUFFALOES (11-3-0, 3-2-0 Pac-12) Friday, Oct. 18 |1:30 p.m. Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium | Berkeley Live Stats: CalBears.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 3-1-0 Home: 1-1-0 Away: 1-0-0 Neutral: 1-0-0 Last Meeting: 10/5/12, W 3-2 (OT)
The Buffs have just three losses this season, with two losses on the road at Washington State and Denver. Of Colorado’s 11 wins, eight were shutouts thanks to Annie Brunner’s solid work in goal. Brunner has allowed 11 goals this season while making 39 saves. A pair of players on offense have been the difference makers for Colorado’s 24-goal season. Freshman Brie Hooks has quickly emerged as one of the team’s best players with seven goals and one assist, while senior Anne Stuller leads the team with eight goals and six assists for a whopping 22 points. Colorado ranks first in the league for shots thanks to Stuller, who has 67 on the season.
POLL POSITION The Golden Bears are ranked in the current polls (for play through Oct. 13, 2013): NSCAA - 9 CollegeSportsMadness - 10 TopDrawerSoccer - 14 BennettRank - 19 Soccer America - 20
LAST TIME OUT - STREAK SNAPPED No. 2 UCLA dealt No. 8 Cal its first loss of the season with a 1-0 victory on Sunday to snap the Blue & Gold’s 13-game unbeaten streak. Before Sunday’s match, the Bears hosted USC, where the teams played to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. Rachel Mercik scored her career-high fifth goal of the season in the match vs. the Women of Troy.
ON THE HORIZON - HITTIN’ THE ROAD Cal’s final five matches of the regular season will be on the road, beginning first in the Beaver State as the Bears meet Oregon State in Corvallis on Firday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., then travel to Eugene for a match vs. Oregon on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.