BERKELEY -- By the looks of their 4-0 record, the No. 12/10 Golden Bears haven’t showed any signs of growing pains despite a youthful roster. Instead, Cal has looked to its depth the past two weekends and outscored opponents 13-2. The Bears hope to continue the streak this weekend as the team wraps up a four-game Bay Area road trip at St. Mary’s on Friday at 4 p.m. before returning home to Berkeley. Cal hosts Cal Poly at Goldman Field on Sunday Sept. 7 beginning at 4 p.m. in a match televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
Scoring updates will be provided for both games on the @CalWomensSoccer Twitter account.
LAST TIME OUT Cal continued its strong start in matches No. 3 and 4 at the University of San Francisco Tournament. On Friday, the Blue and Gold met LIU Brooklyn for the first time in program history, routing the Blackbirds 3-0 with goals from Taylor Comeau, Kelly Fitzgerald and Grace Leer. It was the Bears’ first shutout of the season.
Cal earned another shutout Sunday against Portland State thanks to five goals from five different Bears, and a five-save performance from keeper Emily Boyd. The Bears ended Portland State’s 16-game unbeaten streak.
RANKINGS ROUNDUP Cal’s 4-0 record has helped the Bears garner quite a bit of attention in the polls this week. The Bears are ranked by: Soccer America (10), NSCAA (12), BennettRank (13) and TopDrawerSoccer (16).
ONUMONU OUT FOR SEASON Cal junior Ifeoma Onumonu is out for the season following a leg injury she suffered against Santa Clara.
COMEAU IN THE CLUTCH Senior captain Taylor Comeau leads the Bears in game-winning goals this season after scoring gamewinners against both LIU Brooklyn and Portland State at the University of San Francisco Tournament.
MORE BEAR BITES
• Cal has outscored opponents 13-2 through the first four games of the season.
• Cal’s 13 goals so far have come from eight different players.
• Of Cal’s 32-woman roster, 29 have seen the field this season.
• The Bears have garnered four penalty kicks this season through four games. In 2013, Cal accrud just three penalty kicks throughout 21 games.