With football and cross country opening their seasons, the fall is officially all systems go. There was plenty of action among Cal's teams last week. Here is a recap:
FOOTBALL: The Bears opened the season with a 31-24 loss to Nevada. It was the first game played at the renovated Memorial Stadium, which drew a sellout crowd of 63,186. C.J. Anderson led Cal with 66 yards rushing. Freshmen wide receivers Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper each caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Maynard in their first college games.
VOLLEYBALL: The Bears visited Honolulu for the Wahine Volleyball Classic and dropped two of three matches. But the one they won was a big one -- a five-set victory over No. 6 Hawaii. Cal opened the weekend by losing to Baylor in three close sets then was edged by USF in five sets. Opposite Correy Johnson was named to the All-Tournament Team.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Bears responded to a pair of tough losses the previous week by knocking off Cal Poly on the road and beating USF at home. Cal won the games by a combined score of 7-1. Thelma Einarsdottir had two assists against the Mustangs. Betsy Hassett registered two helpers in the win over the Dons.
MEN'S SOCCER: Cal suffered a couple of hard road losses, falling to No. 3 Maryland 6-0 and dropping to Virginia, 2-1. The Bears outshot the Cavaliers 17-10. Sophomore forward Stefano Bonomo scored the Bears' goal against Virginia, the first goal of his career. Seth Casiple had an assist on the goal.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Bears opened the 2012 season with a strong showing at the USF Invitational. The women's team won the team title while the men finished second. Kelsey Santisteban was Cal's top female finisher, placing second at 17:09.70 (5000m race). Augustine Alva finished fifth for the men at 24:52 (8000m race).
FIELD HOCKEY: The Bears played Northwestern to a scoreless tie before the Wildcats scored in the final minute for a 1-0 victory. The loss dropped Cal's record to 2-2 on the season.