What the Coaches Are Saying:
Pellegrini will provide a strong sense of leadership from the goalkeeper position
Is a great shot-blocker with a tremendous punt
Shows tremendous confidence in goal
As a Junior (2008):
Was the primary goalkeeper, playing in 17 games, starting 15 and spending 1362 minutes in goal
Boasted a 1.39 goals-allowed average
Earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention
Had shutouts against Missouri, Cal State Northridge, Santa Clara and Oregon State
Made 48 saves
In August 2008, was honored as the Italian-American Amateur Athlete of the Year
As a Sophomore (2007):
Selected Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention
Started 18 games
Allowed 16 goals in 1509 minutes in the net for a 0.95 goals-against average
Posted five shutouts, including twice against Santa Clara
Recorded two assists - the game-winner at No. 1 Santa Clara - and to tie the second-round NCAA Tournament game against Stanford at 1-1
Grabbed a career-high six saves at Kansas and at Arizona
As a Freshman (2006):
Played in eight games, logging five starts
Allowed only one goal in 584 minutes for a 0.15 goals-against average
Earned four shutouts and a 2-0-3 record
One of her shutouts came against No. 4 Santa Clara (three saves)
Teamed with goalkeeper Anna Key to blank No. 11 Stanford, 1-0
Posted a season-high five saves in a 0-0 tie at USC
A kicker on the Santa Rosa High School football team and a goalkeeper for the school's soccer team
Attended Northern California ODP camps, was a member of the 2003 Region IV ODP squad, the 2004 Pacific Division U16 ODP team and the 2005 National Select team
Her Santa Rosa United club soccer team was a 2004-05 State Cup semifinalist and was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 11 in the nation in 2005
Three-time all-league choice and a two-time All-Empire selection
Helped her school to the North Coast Section semifinals for three seasons
Competed in softball and track and field
Four-year member of the school's honor roll and an NCS scholar athlete for four years
Enjoys playing tennis, camping and snowboarding
Parents are Robert and Alice Pellegrini Pellegrini's Career Statistics:
Year G GS Saves GA Avg. Min SO 2006 8 5 12 1 0.15 584 4 2007 18 18 53 16 0.95 1509 5 2008 17 15 48 21 1.39 1362 4 Totals 43 38 113 38 0.99 3455 13
Gina Pellegrini off the Pitch:
Full Name: Gina Maria Pellegrini
Nickname(s): G, GG
I Chose Cal because...I loved the team and felt at home.
Favorite thing about Berkeley is...Cal.
Something on my iPod that might surprise you is...rap. I don't really like it, but there are a few songs I enjoy.
The most interesting thing I did this summer was...go to Italy with the team. I also went to my first rodeo.
When I'm upset, I like to...eat and watch movies.
I get mad when I miss these TV shows: "Grey's Anatomy," "Gossip Girl," "Top Chef," "Desperate Housewives"
The best moment in sports history was when...Cal beat Stanford with "The Play."
Cal is better than other schools because...of the women's soccer team.
The one thing I learned from my parents is...honesty.
If I wasn't a soccer player, I would be...a baker or a chef.
Do you have any hidden talents? Belching and baking
What is one thing about your hometown that you miss? Family and friends
Which words of phrases do you overuse? "Woof"