BERKELEY -- No. 21 California heads back to the Pacific Northwest this weekend in search of two wins against the Washington schools. First up is a match against the Cougars on Friday at 2 p.m. in Pullman, Wash., followed by a bout against Washington’s Dawgs on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Sunday’s game vs. Washington will be televised live on ESPNU.
Cal is ninth in the conference with nine points based on its Pac-12 record, while Washington and Washington State are both tied for fourth with 13 points each. Cal dropped to No. 26 in the national RPI, but two wins against the strong Washington programs will help Cal all but secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Live stats for the Washington State and Washington matches will be available on WSUCougars.com and GoHuskies.com, respectively. Scoring updates for both games will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
MATCH 18: WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (11-3-3, 4-3-1 Pac-12) Friday, Nov. 1 |2 p.m. Lower Soccer Field| Pullman, Wash. Live Stats: WSUCougars.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 13-7-3 Home: 8-1-2 Away: 4-6-1 Neutral: 1-0-0 Last Meeting: 10/21/12, W 3-2
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 DAWGS
MATCH 19: WASHINGTON HUSKIES (7-6-4, 3-1-3 Pac-12) Sunday, Nov. 3 | 2 p.m. Husky Soccer Stadium| Seattle, Wash. TV: ESPNU | Live Stats: GoHuskies.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 10-11-1 Home: 8-3-0 Away: 1-8-1 Neutral: 1-0-0 Last Meeting: 10/19/12, W 2-1
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 Top 25 in the current polls (for play through Oct. 27, 2013): TopDrawerSoccer.com - 20 NSCAA - 21 Soccer Times - 25 CollegeSportsMadness - 25
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 68 saves in 15 starts in the net, with a .840 save percentage and 13 goals allowed.
LAST TIME OUT - OREGON UPSETS The Golden Bears left the Beaver State with a pair of 1-0 losses to Oregon State and Oregon, as no Cal player was able to score in either game. Despite the losses, on the heels of an injury to starting goalie Emily Kruger, keeper Kat Messinger stepped in for the Oregon game and registered a career-high five saves.
ON THE HORIZON - STANFORD SHOWDOWN The Bears will close out the regular season at Bay Area and conference rival Stanford on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 7:30 p.m.
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.
The Golden Bears are currently scoreless through 200 minutes of play. The team’s last score came in the final four seconds of regulation play against Colorado. Emi Lawson scored to send the match into overtime and ultimately a 1-1 double overtime draw with the Buffs.