Finished her Cal career with 11 goals, with a personal-best seven goals coming during her junior campaign of 2007, when she had an exceptional season considering she had surgery on her knee halfway through the season...co-captain in 2008 with Nkechi Kanu...great leader...direct, fast, physical forward...has the ability to score in many different ways in the box...finishes well with both feet.
CAL: 2008: A key member of Cal's starting lineup, Barnes started 18 of her 19 games...took 19 shots, scoring twice and dishing out one assist for five points...scored Cal's lone goal in the 2-1 loss to Washington State and scored once in the 3-2 defeat to Washington. 2007: Received honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Player honors...started 15 of the 16 games she played in...finished second on the team in points and goals with career highs of 16 points and seven goals...also tallied a career-high two assists...led Cal with four game-winning goals - Columbia in the season opener and then consecutive games against Washington State, Washington and Oregon State...took a career-high five shots against Vermont. 2006: Posted two goals and an assist in 22 games...recorded game-winning goals in 1-0 victories over Indiana and Wisconsin to start the season...delivered an assist against San Francisco...matched her then-career high of four shots at Wisconsin and against San Francisco...five of her six starts came in Pac-10 games. 2005: Named Cal's Freshman of the Year after sparking the team in 19 games off the bench...entered all nine Pac-10 contests...netted the game-winning goal in Cal's 2-1 victory over UTEP in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...scored her other goal in a 5-0 win at Oregon...fired a season-high four shots versus UTEP and Oregon...posted an assist in a 2-0 triumph over Washington State.
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL: Earned first-team all-league honors as a freshman, junior and senior...league MVP as a junior...holds several Berean Christian High School records - most goals in a game (6), most goals in a season (27) and most assists in a season (16)...set her school's career scoring record during her first three years...helped the Diablo Valley Soccer Club win four State Cups and advance to two regional finals...tore the meniscus in her left knee as a sophomore, tore the ACL of her right knee as a junior and broke her right leg as a senior...rhetoric major...parents are Mark and Jeanette Barnes...her father coached her club team...born Oct. 16, 1987, in Walnut Creek.
BARNES' CAREER STATISTICS Year G GS Shots Goals Ast Pts 2005 19 0 20 2 1 5 2006 22 6 26 2 1 5 2008 19 18 19 2 1 5 Totals 76 39 90 11 5 31
CalBears.com: What is your best Cal story or favorite Cal experience?
Valerie Barnes: "My favorite Berkeley experience was recently when I went to the Big C above Memorial Stadium for the very first time. I was extremely sad that I waited until I was a senior to go up there, but I'm glad I finally made it up to the top of the hill. It is an amazing view and it has really caused me to realize how fortunate I am to attend Cal."
CalBears.com: What will you miss most about Cal?
VB: "I will definitely miss all the perks of being a student-athlete and being on the team."
CalBears.com: What is your favorite place to eat or go in Berkeley?
VB: "My favorite place to go in Berkeley is Cafe Strada. I love the atmosphere there, and it is a great place to study. I also love going to Raleigh's for dinner because it's a very fun, lively environment and the food is great."
CalBears.com: What advice would you give to freshmen?
VB: "I would tell freshmen, and anyone at Cal for that matter, is to not take for granted what you have here -whether it be your team, the university, your ability to play soccer, anything. It's such a special chapter in your life, so I would tell people to not try to get through it too fast because it definitely goes fast on its own."
CalBears.com: What made you choose Cal?
VB: "I chose Cal because it is so different from where I went to school and the environment I was used to. It was a huge step for me to come to Cal, but I really felt like I needed to step out of my comfort zone. Once the opportunity presented itself I grabbed it."