Friday, Feb. 28 vs. San Diego State 7 p.m. PT – Cal (1-0, 1-0 MPSF) vs. San Diego State (2-0, 0-0 MPSF) Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium – Berkeley, Calif. Series Record: 2-0, California Last Meeting: W, 13-11 (4/14/13 in San Diego) Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video
BERKELEY – The Bears will be under the lights for their home opener against San Diego State on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. from Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium. After topping Saint Mary’s in last week’s shootout in Moraga, 20-14, the Golden Bears continue their opening of the campaign with three straight MPSF conference games against SDSU. In addition to scoring 20 goals as a team against the Gaels last week, the Bears had nine different goal scorers, including a personal-best five from senior Amelia Burke, who also added an assist to give her a team-best six points on the night. In last season’s home opener, the Bears topped the Gaels, 18-9. Prior to that win, Cal had dropped its previous three home openers, although two of those defeats came against ranked opponents. Cal is 2-0 all-time against the Aztecs, as SDSU is just in its third year as a program.
A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears • Head coach Ginger Miles and the Bears emphasized their overall team depth as one of their strong suits at the outset of this season. In last week’s win over Saint Mary’s, Cal had nine different goal scorers, and contributors from veterans and newcomers. • Senior Amelia Burke notched a personal-best six points with a career-high five goals in the win over the Gaels. • The season opener also saw the emergence of true freshman Bella Huther. Coming to Cal after having previously been named one of ESPN’s Top 100 as a prep star, Huther made the most of her debut. She notched four goals on seven shots, along with three ground balls, two draws, two caused turnovers and two converted free-position attempts. • Miles credit the effort of junior Gaby Christman when the Bears got off to an inconsistent start at Saint Mary’s. Christman garnered a hat trick for her efforts along with seven draws, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. • Another impressive start to the season came from sophomore Lizz Lavie. Miles had stated Lavie would be taking over Melissa Humphrey’s old role of dishing out the helpers, and Lavie did just that. Against the Gaels, she posted four assists, all in the first half, and also scored what would prove to be the eventual game-winning goal. • Ginger Miles is in her third season as head coach at Cal. She previously coached Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for two seasons, leading CMS to NCAA Tournament second-round appearances both years. The Bears have been in the MPSF Tournament in both of her previous seasons at Cal, and Miles also guided former standout Megan Takacs to become the first All-American in the history of the program.
Bears Top Saint Mary’s, 20-14, Thanks to Nine Different Goal Scorers Cal scored 20 goals for the third time since 2010 and defeated Saint Mary’s, 20-14, in the 2014 season opener in Moraga last week. The Golden Bears had nine different goal scorers, including senior Amelia Burke who notched five. A total of 20 goals were scored in the first half between the two teams with Cal taking a 12-8 lead at halftime. The Bears maintained a multi-goal lead for the entire first half, despite the Gaels keeping it close. Cal scored five of the first six goals of the second half to take a commanding lead that it never gave up.
Scouting San Diego State • San Diego State picked up two road victories to start the campaign at Davidson and Winthrop • The Aztecs leading scorers through the first two games are Michaela Jarvis (9 points - 5 goals, 4 assists) and Meris Walsh (5 points on 5 goals) • Defensively, Grace Korandovich has notched three ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Felice Artuso has registered four ground balls and two caused turnovers. • Through two games, keeper Katrina Reeves has made 19 saves on 26 goals against.
Lavie Adds Helpers, Takes On Big Role Ginger Miles had stated during the preseason that Lizz Lavie would be taking over Melissa Humphrey’s old role of dishing out the helpers, and Lavie did just that. Against the Gaels, she posted four assists, all in the first half, and also scored what would prove to be the eventual game-winning goal. Lavie currently ranks second in the MPSF in assists.
The Secret’s Out on Bella Huther The season opener also saw the emergence of true freshman Bella Huther. Coming to Cal after having previously been named one of ESPN’s Top 100 as a prep star, Huther made the most of her debut. She notched four goals on seven shots, along with three ground balls, two draws, two caused turnovers and two converted free-position attempts.
Last time vs. San Diego State Behind five goals from Megan Takacs and seven points from Melissa Humphrey, Cal topped San Diego State, 13-11, in last season’s matchup. The Aztecs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest, but the Golden Bears scored six of the next eight goals in the first half to take a 6-4 lead at the half. Takacs and Humphrey, a nearby native of Coronado, Calif., also scored the first two goals of the second half, giving Cal a four-goal lead. The Bears then endured SDSU scoring five unanswered goals to regain the lead at 9-8 with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Cal controlled the final eight minutes of the contest, scoring five of the last seven goals to garner the victory. Takacs scored two of her five goals in that stretch to help clinch the win. Gaby Christman also contributed two goals, while Amelia Burke and Paige Gasparino notched scores as well.
Next Time Cal heads east to Davis to face UC Davis on Saturday, March 8, at noon. It will be the Bears’ third straight MPSF match to start the season.
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