BERKELEY -- The No. 12/20 Golden Bears close out their season with a five-game road swing beginning this weekend in the Beaver State, as Cal meets Oregon State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Oregon on Monday at 7 p.m. Monday’s game vs. the Ducks will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Now tied for fifth in the league with nine points, Cal is ahead of both Oregon State (seven) and Oregon (four). Despite Cal’s slight lead, both teams still pose a big threat. The Beavers have won their last two conference matches (Arizona State and Washington State), and also tied Washington earlier in the season. Oregon won its first Pac-12 match this season against Arizona, a 1-0 victory on Oct. 13, and will be looking to build on that success against the Bears.
Live stats for the Cal-Oregon State match will be available on OSUBeavers.com. Live stats can be accessed at GoDucks.com. Scoring updates for both games will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
MATCH 16: OREGON STATE BEAVERS (4-9-2, 2-3-1 Pac-12) Friday, Oct. 25 |7 p.m. Paul Lorenz Field | Corvallis, Ore. Live Stats: OSUBeavers.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 19-3-1 Home: 10-0-1 Away: 8-3-0 Neutral: 1-0-0 Last Meeting: 9/30/12, W 3-1
Despite Oregon State’s 4-9-2 record, five of the team’s losses came via just a one-goal margin, and the team tied with powerful Washington in double overtime to open Pac-12 play. The Beavers are currently the only Pac-12 team besides UCLA to have two consecutive wins, led by Erin Uchacz and Jenna Richardson’s three goals each. Uchacz leads the team the eight points with an additional two assists, and two of her three goals have been gamewinners. Beaver goalie Jo Prudhomme ranks second in the conference for saves (66) with four shutouts.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
MATCH 17: OREGON DUCKS (3-8-3, 1-4-1 Pac-12) Monday, Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. Pape Field | Eugene, Ore. TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS | Live Stats: GoDucks.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 14-1-1 Home: 7-0-1 Away: 7-1-0 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 9/28/12, W 2-0
Oregon is 3-8-3 with a 1-4-1 conference record following astring of eight games without a win. However, the Ducks earned their first Pac-12 win against Arizona at home on Pape Field. ShayLee Miner paces the team with three goals and an assist for seven points, followed closely behind by Bri Pugh’s six points from a pair of goals and assists. In total, seven Oregon players have scored at least one goal this season. Abby Steele has four shutouts in the net with 14 goals allowed and 64 saves for a .821 save percentage.
POLL POSITION The Golden Bears are ranked in the current polls (for play through Oct. 20, 2013): NSCAA - 12 TopDrawerSoccer.com - 16 Soccer America - 20 BennettRank - 20 Soccer Times - 20 CollegeSportsMadness.com - 22
CHART TOPPERS Four Bears have points in the double digits, with sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu leading the way with 18 points from eight goals and two assists. Close behind her are senior Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and sophomore Samantha Witteman with six goals and four assists apiece for 16 points. Senior goalie Emily Kruger has 64 saves in all 15 starts in the net, with a .842 save percentage and 12 goals allowed.
LAST TIME OUT - LAST-MINUTE TIE The Golden Bears played only one game last week, hosting Colorado at Goldman Field in Cal’s final home match of the season. Colorado gained the lead early in the second half and kept it until just four seconds before the end of the regulation period. Senior Emi Lawson capped off her Senior Day with a header into the net to send the game into overtime, and the teams ultimately tied after two overtime periods.
ON THE HORIZON - ONWARD TO WASHINGTON Cal continues its five-game road swing heading further north to Pullman and Seattle as the Bears take on the Washington schools. First, the team meets Washington State at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1st, followed by Washington at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3rd. The match against the Huskies will be televised live on ESPNU.
TEAM NOTES Before UCLA’s 1-0 victory snapped the streak, Cal’s 13-game unbeaten streak was the team’s best since 1993 and only the fourth time in program history that the team has gone unbeaten through 13 or more games. Cal’s other unbeaten streaks came in 1986 (14), 1987 (16), and 1993 (13).
Cal has only allowed one goal in the first half of a match in 2013.
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.