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The Golden Bears open the season with 12 freshmen on the roster.
Courtesy: GoldenBearSports.com
No. 23 Cal Opens Season Against USF, No. 10/20 Santa Clara
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/21/2014
Week 1: Cal vs. San Francisco & at Santa Clara

Date

Opponent Time (PT) Location Broadcast  Live Stats
Friday, Aug. 22 San Francisco 5 PM

Berkeley, Calif.
(Goldman Field)

Pac-12 Networks  CalBears.com
Sunday, Aug. 24 No. 10/20 Santa Clara 1 PM

Santa Clara, Calif.
(Buck Shaw Stadium)

None  SantaClaraBroncos.com
 Game Info: Notes | Twitter (@CalWomensSoccer) | Instagram (@CalWomensSoccer)

BERKELEY -- In 2013, Cal punched its ticket to the NCAA postseason for the 10th consecutive year thanks to an 11-senior roster brimming with leadership. In 2014, however, that veteran regime has graduated, leaving the women’s soccer squad with young, untested talent as this year the 32-woman roster features 19 freshmen and sophomores. The young team, ranked No. 23 in the country according to Soccer America, takes to the pitch for its first test Friday in a home opener vs. San Francisco at 7 p.m. on Goldman Field. The new Bears will soon face another test in Bay Area rival No. 10/20 Santa Clara on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at the same site where Cal’s 2013 season ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Friday’s match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, with live stats on CalBears.com. Live stats for Sunday’s Santa Clara game can be accessed via SantaClaraBroncos.com. Scoring updates for both games will be provided on the @CalWomensSoccer Twitter account.

FRESH FACES
Cal’s 32-woman roster in 2014 will feature a much different look for the Golden Bears than the previous several years. With the departure of veteran starters such as Rachel Mercik, Emi Lawson, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and Emily Kruger, the Bears are left with 12 newcomers to add to seven returning sophomores and 13 juniors and seniors.

TOP 5 TALENT
With four players ranked on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s national Top 50 list, head coach Neil McGuire’s 2014 signing class has been touted as one of the country’s top 5 recruiting classes. Among the standouts are Emily Boyd (No. 5 goalie in the class of 2014), Annia Mejia (Mexican U-20 National Team) and Indigo Gibson (No. 12 overall in 2014)

CAL CONNECTIONS
From players to coaching staff, connections abound in this weekend’s matchups. Friday’s USF match will be a bit of a homecoming for associate head coach Maite Zabala, the Golden Bears’ standout goalie from 1997-2000 who until 2013 held Cal’s all-time saves record. Freshman Guro Bergsvand completes the Cal-USF connection as her father, Jo Bersgvand, helped lead the Dons to the 1980 men’s soccer national championship as a leader in the defensive backfield.

Cal’s strongest connection to Santa Clara is via volunteer coach and former U.S. National Team player Brandi Chastain. Before she was a Bronco, Chastain was a Golden Bear, attending Cal in 1986 and earning All-America honors before ultimately transferring to Santa Clara following two years of ACL reconstruction surgeries. Additionally, sophomore Jordan Jesolva is the younger sister of Megan Jesolva, a Cal standout and former professional soccer player for the Atlanta Beat.

PRESEASON PROWESS
Two Golden Bears are already capturing the attention of the women’s soccer world. Indigo Gibson was named to TopDrawerSoccer’s preseason Best XI Freshmen Team. CollegeSportsMadness selected Ifeoma Onumonu to its Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference First Team.

PAC-12 PRESEASON COACHES POLL
For the third consecutive year, Pac-12 coaches predicted Cal will finish third in the conference behind 2013 Pac-12 champion UCLA and Stanford. In 2013, the Golden Bears finished fifth with a 4-4-3 conference record.

INTERNATIONAL INFLUX
The recent graduation of a star-studded senior lineup heralded in an influx of international representation for the Golden Bears. Joining stars like Alex Morgan (US Women’s National Team, Portland Thorns), Katrin Omarsdottir (Iceland National Team, Liverpool LFC) and Betsy Hassett (New Zealand National Team, Manchester City) in the international ranks are a trio of Golden Bears. This summer, Genessee Daughetee (Montpellier Hérault), Emily Kruger (KR Reykjavik) and Nina Pedersen (Liverpool LFC) all inked professional soccer contracts.

SUMMER WITH SEMI-PRO TEAMS
Cal women’s soccer players stayed busy this summer, with many playing in open developmental leagues around the country such as the WPSL and W-League, including:
Ifeoma Onumonu (Seattle Sounders Women)
Taylor Comeau (Seattle Sounders Women)
Thelma Einarsdottir (Selfoss FC - Iceland)
Celeste Boureille (Selfoss FC - Iceland)
Kory Lamet (California Storm )
Sandra Ley (California Storm)
Karly Graf (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
Lorin Hom (SF Nighthawks)
Hannah Koski (Bay Area Breeze)
Alexa Vandevanter (North Bay FC Wave)
Lynsey Hromatko (North Bay FC Wave)
Grace Leer (North Bay FC Wave)

2013 IN REVIEW
The Bears started 2013 on a hot streak, going 13 games unbeaten before UCLA handed Cal its first loss of the season. It was the program’s best start since 2000 and only the fifth time in program history that the team had gone unbeaten through 12 or more games to start the season.

After the UCLA loss, the Bears went winless through four more games before notching a crucial 1-0 victory over Washington to keep their tournament hopes alive. Following the Washington game, Cal traveled to Stanford, where the Bears beat the Cardinal for the first time in seven years on the heels of a golden goal from Rachel Mercik. It was the first win against Stanford since Neil McGuire became head coach.

The Golden Bears earned their 10th consecutive postseason berth and traveled to Santa Clara for the second time in 2013, eventually losing 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium to end the season.

Emi Lawson, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and Ifeoma Onumonu were voted to NSCAA All-Pacific Region teams, and Lawson, Onumonu and Mercik were named to All-Pac-12 teams. In the classroom, the Bears collected 11 Pac-12 All-Academic honors and Lawson was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American.


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