Womenís Soccerís 2014 Schedule Highlighted by Nine TV Appearances
|Cal's 2014 Pac-12 Networks Appearances|
|Friday, Aug. 22||San Francisco||5 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 7||Cal Poly||4 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 12||Texas Tech||3:30 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 19||Pacific||1 p.m.|
|Friday, Oct. 10||at USC||12 p.m.|
|Monday, Oct. 13||at UCLA||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Oct. 17||Utah||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 26||at Arizona||1 p.m.|
|Thursday, Nov. 6||Stanford||2 p.m.|
|Home matches listed in bold
All dates & times subject to change
Note: The original release stated Cal will play Santa Clara in a televised match in Berkeley on Aug. 24. The Bears are tentatively scheduled to play AT Santa Clara on that date, with a home match on Goldman Field vs. the Broncos scheduled for Sept. 14. Both dates and times are subject to change.
BERKELEY, Calif. – Cal women’s soccer will enjoy more exposure than ever before in 2014 thanks to nine Pac-12 Networks appearances and 11 home matches at Goldman Field, which highlight a challenging fall campaign for the Golden Bears. Head coach Neil McGuire’s squad will play a total of 20 games, including eight vs. 2013 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament teams.
"We are excited by this very challenging schedule,” McGuire said. “It is pleasing to know we have a lot of games on the Pac-12 Networks so our fans can see us play, and that we end with three home games as opposed to the five we faced on the road to finish last season."
The Golden Bears will help the Pac-12 Networks kick off the 2014 live event telecast schedule with a match vs. San Francisco on Aug. 22.
Afterward, Cal gears up for a four-game Bay Area road trip with stops at Santa Clara on Aug. 24, vs. Long Island on Aug. 29 and Portland State on Aug. 31 in San Francisco, followed by a Sept. 5 matchup at St. Mary’s.
Cal Poly visits Berkeley on Sept. 7 in the third of Cal’s 10 televised matches. Next, the Bears will face McGuire’s former squad when Texas Tech pays a rare visit to Berkeley on Sept. 12 in another game aired live on the Pac-12 Networks.
For the second time in their fall campaign, the Bears are set to face the Broncos on Sept. 14. Cal also met Santa Clara twice in 2013, drawing 1-1 in double overtime in the first meeting last September before losing 2-1 to the Broncos in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in November.
Cal will play a final non-conference match on Sept. 19 vs. Pacific in Berkeley, televised live, before hitting the road and heading to Boulder to open Pac-12 play against Colorado on Sept. 27.
October opens with Cal hosting the Washington schools, starting with Washington State on Oct. 3 and then Washington on Oct. 5. Those matches are followed by three consecutive televised games – at USC on Oct. 10, at UCLA on Oct. 13, vs. Utah in Berkeley on Oct. 17.
The Bears finish their 2014 road slate in the Grand Canyon State at Arizona State on Oct. 24 and in a televised game at Arizona on Oct. 26.
Unlike 2013, in which the Bears played their final five matches away, Cal will finish up its schedule with three games on home turf at Goldman Field. Oregon State visits Oct. 31, followed by Oregon on Nov. 2 before Cal’s televised season finale vs. Stanford on Nov. 6.
Cal claimed a tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth last season and will once again prep for a potential postseason with eight games vs. last year’s tourney teams: Santa Clara (twice), Texas Tech, Colorado, Washington State, 2013 College Cup Champion UCLA, Utah and Stanford.
Despite losing 10 veterans in last year’s graduating seniors, the 2014 Golden Bear squad returns a number of starters, including Ifeoma Onumonu and Taylor Comeau, and will also be bolstered with 12 new additions from McGuire’s most recent recruiting class, which was touted as top five in the country.
“After losing 10 seniors, many of whom started, we will be tested throughout the season. With 22 underclassmen in our squad we will have a steep learning curve to be ready," McGuire said.