What the Coaches Said:
Is playing in 2009 with a great degree of confidence
Shibata is a crafty center midfielder who has benefited from her time in the U.S. youth national pool
Good with the ball
Shows excellent vision and can cover the whole field
Has a dangerous long strike
As a Senior (2010):
Co-captain with Alex Morgan then Megan Jesolva
Started 18 games, seeing time in all 20
Contributed two assists
Received a Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention
As a Junior (2009):
Played in 20 of Cal's 21 matches, starting 18
Dished out an assist in the 4-1 win over Saint Mary's
Took 15 shots
Earned a Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention
As a Sophomore (2008):
Recovered from a pre-season injury to play in the final 15 games of the season, starting two
Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention
Registered campaign-best two shots against Santa Clara
As a Freshman (2007):
Participated in 19 games and made six consecutive starts in the middle of the season as a rookie
Averaged 24.6 minutes per game
Took a season-high four shots versus Vermont
Rated nationally by Soccer Buzz, as her soccer resume boasts a variety of experiences at the ODP, club and high school levels
Member of the under-19 regional team after spending two years on the U-17 state and regional teams
In 2005, spent time with the U.S. under-17 national team
Has been associated with six State Cup Championship teams - three with Diablo Valley Soccer Club and three with the Mustang Blast
The Mustang Blast also won the 2004 USYSA national title and were semifinalists in 2006
At Northgate High School, received two first-team all-league selections and was chosen the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the league
Captain of Northgate in 2006 and 2007
Recognized by the Contra Costa Times as an Athlete of the Week and one of the top 100 high school athlete
Enjoys dancing and was a company and lead dancer at Dance Connection Performing Arts Center for 10 years
Goes by the nickname "Emmo"...undeclared major
Parents are Craig, a Cal alum, and Nancy Shibata
Shibata's Career Statistics:
Year G GS Shots Goals Ast Pts 2007 19 6 21 0 0 0 2008 15 2 7 0 0 0 2009 20 13 15 0 1 1 2010 20 18 11 0 2 2 Totals 74 39 54 0 3 3
Emily Shibata off the Pitch:
Full Name: Emily Shibata
Nickname(s): Emmo, Shibby
I Chose Cal because...it is close to home, and I love that my parents can come to every game!
My favorite thing about the Bay Area is...San Francisco.
Something on my iPod that might surprise you is...that I love R&B music and slow jams.
The most interesting thing I did this summer was...go to Italy and Japan.
When I'm upset, I like to...work out.
The best moment in sports history was when...we beat North Carolina my freshman year!
Cal is better than other schools because...Berkeley is crazy!
Something I learned from my parents is...to never give up, even when the going gets tough.
If I wasn't a soccer player, I would be...volleyball player (if I was tall!)
What is one thing about your hometown that you miss? The shopping
Which words of phrases do you overuse? "Hella" and "lovely"