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The Golden Bears stay local with a pair of matches at San Francisco's Negoesco Stadium
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No. 21/13 Cal Meets LIU Brooklyn, Portland State at USF Tourney
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/28/2014
Cal vs. LIU Brooklyn
Date: Friday, Aug. 29
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: San Francisco, Calif. (Negoesco Stadium)
Broadcast: None
Live Stats:   USFDons.com
Cal vs. Portland State
Date: Sunday, Aug. 31
Time: 12 PM
Location: San Francisco, Calif. (Negoesco Stadium)
Broadcast: None
Live Stats:   USFDons.com
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BERKELEY -- Despite a very young roster and all-new defense, the No. 21/13 Golden Bears started 2014 strong with two wins in opening weekend, including Cal’s first outright win over Bay Area rival Santa Clara since 2008. Neil McGuire’s Blue and Gold squad looks to continue that success this weekend at the University of San Francisco Tournament, where the team will meet LIU Brooklyn for the first time, as well as Portland State.

There will be no broadcast for either game, but live stats will be available at USFDons.com. Scoring updates will be provided on the @CalWomensSoccer Twitter account.

LAST TIME OUT
Cal opened the season against San Francisco at home on Goldman Field. The team debuted a new look with a starting lineup composed of four freshmen, but the newcomers quickly caught up to speed as the Bears beat the Dons 3-1. Lorin Hom, Arielle Ship and Ifeoma Onumonu scored goals for the Bears.

Against then-No. 10/20 Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium, the Golden Bears came away with their first outright win over the Broncos since 2008. Hom successfully converted a penalty kick in overtime for a 2-1 victory. Samantha Witteman scored the team’s first goal at 64’ to equalize after the Broncos pulled away early in the first half.

RANKINGS ROUNDUP
With Cal’s upset over then No. 10/20 Santa Clara, the Golden Bears broke into the top 25 throughout several rankings this week. This week, the Bears are ranked by: Soccer America (13), BennettRank (18), NSCAA (21) and TopDrawerSoccer (25).

HOM-BLE LEADER
Senior Lorin Hom currently leads the team in points and goals after recording two in opening weekend. Hom scored the first goal of the season against San Francisco and knocked in the gamewinner against Santa Clara on a penalty kick. The Golden Bear midfielder saw starts in both games, marking a special time in a career that has been plagued by injury. Hom has undergone seven surgeries from three ACL tears.

HOM, ONUMONU RECOGNIZED FOR OPENING-WEEKEND PLAY
Lorin Hom and Ifeoma Onumonu were both recognized this week for their strong performances in the opening weekend of play. Hom earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week with her two goals, while Onumonu was named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll.

SCOUTING LIU BROOKLYN (0-2)

• Tabbed to finish second in the Northeast Conference
• Heads to San Francisco with a 0-2 record on the year after losing a pair of matches to Iona and Holy Cross.
• Led by first-year head coach Jim Robbins
• Team returns nine starts, including the 2013 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year Jenn Peters who led the squad with seven goals and 17 points last year.
• Fell one game short of an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
• Last Meeting: Friday marks the first matchup between California and LIU Brooklyn.

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE (1-0-1)

• Selected to finish first in the Big Sky Conference
• Enters the USF Tournament after breaking the Big Sky record last weekend for longest unbeaten streak, extending its streak to 15 straight matches without a loss.
• Cal a 2-0-0 advantage over the Vikings in the overall series.
• 0-5-0 against ranked teams and 1-10-0 against Pac-12 opponents under head coach Laura Schott.
• Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week Kelsey Henningsen and the Viking defense have held their 2013 opponents to an average of just six shots per game
• Last Meeting: The No. 9 Golden Bears out shot Portland State 27-1 en route to a 1-0 home victory on Sept. 11, 2009.

HOM, ONUMONU RECOGNIZED FOR OPENING-WEEKEND PLAY
Lorin Hom and Ifeoma Onumonu were both recognized this week for their strong performances in the opening weekend of play. Hom earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week with her two goals, while Onumonu was named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll.


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