Sept. 25, 2012
Friday, Sept. 28
2 p.m. - No. 19 Cal (7-3-0, 0-1-0 Pac-12) vs. Oregon (5-3-2, 0-0-1 Pac-12)
Edwards Stadium - Berkeley
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Twitter, GameTracker
All-Time Record vs. OU - 13-1-1
Last Meeting With OU - W 4-0 (10/28/11)
Sunday, Sept. 30BERKELEY -
1:30 p.m. - No. 19 Cal (7-3-0, 0-1-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 20 Oregon State (9-1-0, 1-0-0)
Edwards Stadium - Berkeley
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, Twitter, GameTracker
All-Time Record vs. OSU - 17-3-1
Last Meeting With OSU - L 3-0 (10/30/11)
The No. 19 California women's soccer team continues conference play this weekend with two matches against the Oregon schools in Berkeley. The Golden Bears (7-3-0 overall, 0-1-0 in the Pac-12) welcome Oregon (5-3-2, 0-0-1 Pac-12) on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in a Pac-12 Networks game. The Pac-12 Networks will also broadcast the Sept. 30 game against No. 20 Oregon State (9-1-0, 1-0-0 Pac-1), which is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Scouting the Bears
Cal is second in the Pac-12 in goals with 24 and goals per game at 2.40
Cal is 7-3-0 and on a one-game winning streak
The Bears' most recent game was a 3-0 win over Nevada on Sept. 23
Cal is 3-3 when playing at home and 4-0 on the road
Betsy Hassett leads the Bears in points (12) and assists (4)
Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick leads the Bears with 28 shots
Hassett, Grace Leer, and Ifeoma Onumonu each share a team igh of four goals
Cal has received game-winning goals from seven Bears - Fitzpatrick, Leer, Hassett, Lauren Battung, Taylor Comeau, Celeste Boureille and Onumonu
Junior keeper Emily Kruger has made 22 saves, with a 0.93 goals-allowed average
The Bears are outshooting their opponents 175-86, averaging 17.6 to their opponents' 8.9
This Week at a Glance
The Bears have won the past five meetings with Oregon and own a 13-1-1 all-time record against the Ducks
In each of her two games against Oregon, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick has scored at least once and notched a hat trick last year
Last season's 3-0 loss at OSU snapped Cal's five-game winning streak over the Beavers
The Ducks started Pac-12 play with a 0-0 tie with Colorado on Sept. 21
Cal and Oregon have one common opponent thus far in Pacific - which beat the Ducks 1-0 but lost to Cal 3-0
OSU beat Utah 2-0 to open the Conference slate and takes on Stanford on Thursday
Cal and OSU have both beaten their common opponent in Cal Poly
Cal has performed exceptionally well away from home this season - boasting a 4-0 record. To date, the Bears have wins at Pacific (3-0, Aug. 17), Cal Poly (4-1, Aug. 31), UC Davis (2-1 in double overtime, Sept. 7) and, most recently, Nevada (3-0, Sept. 23). On the road, Cal is outscoring its opponents 12-2.
Last Week on the Pitch
Cal lost 2-1 to Arizona on Sept. 21 at Edwards Stadium in the first Pac-12 game of the season. After the Wildcats scored in the 53rd, the Golden Bears played an offensively aggressive second half to recover from the one-goal deficit and tie the game at 1-1 in the 62nd. After Arizona went up 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, Cal could not muster a second comeback goal and dropped the match. On Sept. 23, Cal closed its nonconference slate in high-scoring fashion - defeating Nevada 3-0 at the Wolf Pack's Mackay Stadium. The Golden Bears benefitted from a Nevada first-half own goal before scoring twice more in the second 45.
In the Rankings
In the Top Drawer Soccer poll, Cal fell four spots to No. 19. The Soccer Times poll has not been updated though the Bears were receiving votes in last week's edition. Cal is unranked in NSCAA. Oregon is unranked in all of the polls. Oregon State was receiving votes in the last Soccer Times poll and is No. 20 in this week's edition of Top Drawer Soccer's rankings.
First RPI Issued
In the inaugural edition of the RPI, Cal is No. 57. Thirteen of Cal's 2012 opponents are ranked in the top 85. The power of the Pac-12 is further illustrated in this ranking system with all 12 schools in the top 85. Cal has already faced several top teams in No. 9 Missouri and No. 14 Santa Clara. Stanford paces the country and Pac-12 with its No. 1 ranking while UCLA is fourth. The Women's Soccer RPI will be released every Monday evening through October 29. The next release will be Monday, Oct. 1
The All-Time Oregon-Cal Series: 13-1-1
10/31/97 Away W 1-0
11/6/98 Home W 2-1 (OT)
10/10/99 Away W 1-0
11/5/00 Home W 4-0
10/12/01 Away W 3-0
10/18/02 Home W 2-0
10/26/03 Away L 2-0
10/31/04 Home W 5-1
11/4/05 Away W 5-0
10/27/06 Home T 0-0 (2OT)
11/11/07 Away W 3-0
10/12/08 Home W 5-1
10/9/09 Away W 2-1
11/5/10 Home W 2-0
10/28/11 Away W 4-0
Last Time Against Oregon
Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick recorded her first career hat trick with three goals and an assist to lead Cal to a 4-0 rout of Oregon on Oct. 28, 2011 at Pape Field in Eugene, Ore. Fitzpatrick, who netted her first career goal against Oregon as a freshman last season, scored goals in the eighth, 52nd and 70th minute, while assisting on Battung's score in the 58th minute.
The All-Time OSU-Cal Series: 17-3-1
9/02/89 Away W 6-0
9/10/90 Home W 4-0
9/21//91 Neutral W 7-0
9/13/93 Home W 1-0 (OT)
9/16/94 Away L 5-1
10/13/95 Away L 2-0
9/10/96 Home W 3-0
10/02/97 Away W 4-1
11/08/98 Home W 5-0
10/08/99 Away W 2-0
11/03/00 Home W 2-0
10/14/01 Away W 2-0
10/20/02 Home W 3-1
10/24/03 Away W 3-2
10/29/04 Home T 0-0 (2OT)
11/06/05 Away W 4-0
10/29/06 Home W 2-0
11/09/07 Away W 3-1
10/10/08 Home W 1-0
10/11/09 Away W 2-0
10/28/11 Away L 3-0
Last Time Against OSU
Then-No. 22 Cal's tour of the Beaver State ended on a sour note - with a 3-0 loss to Oregon State on Oct. 30, 2011. The Beavers scored once in the first half and tallied two goals in the second for the key conference victory. With the loss, Cal dropped to 12-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the Pac-12 while OSU improved to 13-5-1 and 7-3-0 in conference play. Coming into the weekend, Cal was fourth in the Pac-12 while OSU was in second, behind first-place Stanford. Playing under a cloudy sky with a slight rain, OSU out shot Cal 14-10. Kaitlin Fitzpatrick led the Bears with three shots. Lauren Battung fired off two of her own.
Next Week on the Pitch
The Pac-12 schedule continues - but on the road - next week. Cal takes on Colorado in Boulder on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. The Bears then travel to Salt Lake City for an Oct. 7 match at Utah.
McGuire Takes Over Second Place
With 12 victories last season and five this year, head coach Neil McGuire now has 62 career wins in his six seasons with the Golden Bears. Last year, McGuire's victory against USC on Oct. 9, 2011 moved him past Andy Bonchonsky (1991-96) and into third place on the school's all-time coaching victories list. With the win over UC Davis on Sept. 7 to bring his Cal career total to 62, McGuire is now the sole owner of second place. McGuire displaced Bill Merrell, who posted a 61-20-8 record from 1983-85.
Aggies Hand Bears First Shot Deficit
For the first time all season, Cal was outshot by its opponent in the Sept. 7 game at UC Davis. At the end of regulation, UC Davis was outshooting Cal 14-9. The Bears had come into Friday's match-up outshooting the opposition 116-44 and had never been outshot in the previous six games. In the most recent game, the Bears limited USF to just one shot while firing off 17 of their own. Davis ended up outshooting Cal 17-12 in the game with the Bears taking the key two shots in the second overtime period to UCD's one. Cal tallied six corner kicks to UC Davis' four.
Bears Limit USF to One Shot
Cal came into the Sept. 2 game against San Francisco taking 19.8 shots per game to their opponents 8.6, but they took that one step further. Cal limited the Dons to just one shot in 90 minutes with the Bears firing off 17 shots. USF's lone shot came in the first half, when the Bears tallied 13. Two of Cal's four second-half shots resulted in goals.
Leer Named Aug. 21 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week
After singing the national opener for the home opener against San Jose State on Aug. 19, Grace Leer scored a hat trick to power the Bears to a 5-2 win, making her the first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. With the three goals, Leer ups her previous career goal count of two to five. After SJSU struck first, Leer equalized with her first goal of the game. With the teams tied 2-2, with just three minutes on the clock before halftime, Leer scored twice to give Cal a 4-2 first-half advantage. With her team down 1-0, and with fresh legs - subbing in just two minutes prior - Grace Leer scored her first goal of the year. Fitzpatrick crossed the ball in from the far side, and Leer collected the loose ball in the six-yard box and fired it in. In the 42nd minute, and flanked by multiple SJSU bodies and the SJSU keeper, Leer found her footing and waited for the perfect moment, when she flicked the ball in. Then, with the 10-second countdown well underway and audible, Leer fired off a shot from six yards out, sending the Bears into the half with a two-goal lead.
Five Goals Best in 15 Games
The five goals scored against San Jose State on Aug. 19 were the most Cal had scored in 15 games. Cal's most recent goal explosion of five goals or more occurred in a 6-1 win over San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2011.
Freshman Pair Score First Goals
In their very first weekend of play, freshmen Celeste Boureille and Ifeoma Onumonu both scored their inaugural career goals. Boureille got her Cal career off on the absolute best foot, scoring the Bears' first goal of the season and her first in the Blue & Gold with a strike in the 44th minute. Her goal was the ultimate gamewinner in the eventual 3-0 victory over Pacific on Aug. 17. In the 55th minute of the Aug. 19 game against San Jose State, Onumonu scored in front of the goal with Kory Lamet assisting.
Cal Opens Season With Two Wins
The Bears began 2012 on a serious high note - defeating Pacific 3-0 on Aug. 17 in Stockton, Calif., and then besting San Jose State 5-2 in the home opener on Aug. 19. Cal is now 25-5-1 in the program's history of season openers. Additionally, the Bears have won 15 of their past 17 lid lifters.
International Golden Bears
Returning to Berkeley freshly off the international pitch are senior midfielder Betsy Hassett and junior defender Ariana Martinez. After playing in last summer's FIFA World Cup, Hassett rejoined the New Zealand National Team for the London Olympics. Last season in Berkeley, Hassett played in all 22 matches with 18 starts in the midfield and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection. Martinez - who is also a member of the Mexican Senior National Team - played in this summer's U-20 World Cup in Japan as part of the Mexican squad. Martinez transferred to Cal from UCLA and will have two years of eligibility left in Berkeley.
Join the Bears in the Social Media Realm
This season, fans of the prestigious California women's soccer team can get even closer to the Golden Bears - through Facebook, Twitter and the Cal Athletics YouTube channel. By following the California women's soccer team on its social media, fans can get even closer to the team, get breaking-news alerts, see photos and get other inside information. The Cal women's soccer Facebook page features links to CalBears.com stories, polls, insider photos as well as YouTube videos highlighting the Bears. Cal women's soccer Twitter is the best place to find game results, links to stories as well as photos and other insider information. Additionally, Cal women's soccer videos will be posted on the Cal Athletics YouTube channel and then linked on social media.
Remembering Last Season
In 2011, Cal won 12 matches - its most since 2007 - and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Bears, who climbed as high as No. 11 in the national rankings during the year, knocked off Santa Clara on the road in the opening round of NCAAs and nearly advanced to the third round of the tournament, falling to No. 16 Boston College in penalty kicks. Four Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors - Danielle Brunache, Betsy Hassett, Lauren Battung and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick - and a record 13 individuals were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, with Hassett also gaining NSCAA Scholar All-American recognition.
A Look at Cal's Schedule
All but two of Cal's home matches (Santa Clara and Washington State) this fall will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The 2012 slate features 10 home contests at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field, with eight set to be televised by the conference's new networks. The demanding fall slate includes five teams - Oregon State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UCLA and Washington State - that earned a berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including the defending NCAA champion Cardinal.
Pac-12 Coaches Predict Cal to Finish Third
The Conference coaches foresee Cal taking third place in the Pac-12, according to the preseason poll. The third-place slating equals the 2007 predication, which was the highest forecast in the past six years. The 12 coaches selected defending national champion Stanford as the preseason favorite.
Cal's Morgan, U.S. Win Gold by Beating Japan
Former Golden Bear Alex Morgan and the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Japan 2-1 to win gold on Aug. 9 at the London Olympics. Morgan - a four-year letterwinner with Cal - assisted on the Americans' first goal. Morgan scored thrice - including one gamewinner - over the course of the London Games, which were the Diamond Bar, Calif., native's first Olympic outing. She had played in the 2011 FIFA World Cup, taking silver with the Americans.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record-tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal No. 1 Public University in the Country
The University of California is the No. 1-ranked public university in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The faculty has won 22 Nobel Prizes, including nine current members, while 28 alumni have received a Nobel Prize. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that the campus has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country (48 of 52). Cal also has a long commitment to public service, with more than 4,000 students annually doing volunteer work and more than 3,000 Peace Corps participants all-time.