BERKELEY -- California closes out its regular season with an always highly anticipated matchup against the No. 10/9 Cardinal in Stanford on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, and scoring updates will be provided on Twitter via @CalWomensSoccer.
Now that UCLA has officially clinched the Pac-12 title, the Golden Bears will be fighting for an RPI that will put them in prime position to advance deep into the NCAA Tournament. Cal is currently at No. 39 in the RPI, and a win over No. 16 Stanford will help the Bears jump into a more favorable position.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
MATCH 20: NO. 10/9 STANFORD CARDINAL (13-4-1, 6-4-0 Pac-12) Wednesday, Nov. 6 |7 p.m. Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Maloney Field | Stanford TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS | Live Stats: GoStanford.com Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer
All-Time Series Record Total: 11-18-4 Home: 7-7-2 Away: 4-11-2 Neutral: 0-0-0 Last Meeting: 11/4/12, L 1-0
Stanford has not enjoyed its typical success in 2013 despite its renown as a perennial Pac-12 and national power. However, the Cardinal still carry an explosive team with powerful weapons on offense and defense. Among the most notable on the squad is Taylor Uhl, who has scored 10 glas, plus veteran Courtney Verloo, who owns nine goals and six assists., including five gamewinners The pair are among the 10 players on the team who have scored this season. Stanford lost its Collegiate Cup goalie Emily Oliver early in the season to medical retirement, but rookie Jane Campbell has been a force in goal with 59 saves and 10 goals against in 15 games in goal.
POLL POSITION The Golden Bears are ranked in the Top 25 of current polls (for play through Nov. 3): TopDrawerSoccer -- 25
LAST TIME OUT - WINLESS TO WINNING Cal finished its tour of the Pacific Northwest with two games in Washington. On Friday, the Bears looked to get back to their winning ways but fell short with a 3-1 loss to Washington State. Sandra Ley scored Cal’s lone goal -- her first career goal. The Bears had better luck Sunday, finally turning a six-game winless streak to a key win over Washington thanks to a goal by Celeste Boureille in the second half. Freshman Maddie Julian made her first career start in goal, tallying five saves in Cal’s crucial victory.
ON THE HORIZON - NCAA TOURNAMENT The Golden Bears will find out their postseason fate on Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. PT. The NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Selection Show will air live on NCAA.com. First-round games take place from Nov. 15-17 at campus sites.
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 two goals in the first half (UCLA, Washington State) of a match in 2013, and is 0-2 when allowing a goal in the first half.