Oct. 31, 2012
Sunday, Nov. 4
11 a.m. - No. 13 Cal (15-4-0, 8-2-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 1 Stanford (16-1-1, 10-0-0 Pac-12)
Edwards Stadium - Berkeley
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks, GameTracker, Twitter
BERKELEY - The No. 13 California women's soccer team finishes its regular-season campaign against arguably the most difficult team of the entire year - No. 1 Stanford. The Golden Bears (15-4-0, 8-2-0 Pac-12) and Cardinal (16-1-1, 10-0-0 Pac-12) close the Pac-12 season with an 11 a.m. match on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Edwards Stadium. Prior to last week's game at No. 2 UCLA, the Bears owned an eight -game winning streak. Cal is 7-3 when playing at home and 8-1 on the road.
Senior Day Sunday
Sunday's match will mark the final regular-season home game for this year's five graduating student-athletes- Lauren Battung, Amanda Glass, Betsy Hassett, Lauren Hein and Samantha Walker. The five will be honored prior to the game.
Lauren Battung: Last year as a junior, Lauren played in all but one game and was an honorable Mention All-Pac-12 selection for second straight season after she was second on the squad with seven goals and two assists. In 2010 as a sophomore, she was named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention and all-academic honorable mention after scoring seven goals and notching four assists.
Amanda Glass: This season, Glass has been an integral part of Cal's line-up and has played in 17 games. Last year, Glass was a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention and landed on the Hawaii All-Tournament Team. In her first year in the Blue & Gold, Glass played in 10 games.
Betsy Hassett: A member of the New Zealand national team, Betsy returned to Berkeley this fall after playing with the Football Ferns in the London Olympics. As a junior, Betsy played in all 22 games and was a Third Team NSCAA Scholar All-American and second-team All-Pac-12 selection. In 2010, Betsy was on the Pac-10 all-academic team and played in the 2011 Women's World Cup.
Lauren Hein: In each of her four years at Cal, Lauren has been an integral part of the Golden Bear goalie corps. Last year, Lauren did not allow one goal. As a sophomore in 2010, Lauren saw time in nine goals and led the Bears with placement on the Pac-10 all-academic first team.
Samantha Walker: Since her first days as a freshman, Sam Walker has been a fixture in the Cal line-up. Talented in the classroom, Sam is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree. Sam has hardly missed a game and has played in all 19 this season, tallying four career assists.
Cal has performed exceptionally well away from home this season - boasting an 8-1 record. The Bears defeated USC 1-0 last weekend and also own a 3-2 overtime win at Colorado (Oct. 5) and a 3-1 victory at Utah (Oct. 7). Additionally, 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) Nevada (3-0, Sept. 23) and ASU (2-0, Oct. 14).
In the latest version of the RPI, Cal is No. 23 after holding No. 21 last week. In the fourth edition (Oct. 15), Cal was No. 29; in the third edition (Oct. 8), Cal was No. 32, in the second edition (Oct. 1), the Bears were No. 40 after starting at No. 57 in the inaugural edition. In the first issuing of the RPI, 13 of Cal's 2012 opponents are ranked in the top 85, and the power of the Pac-12 is further illustrated in this ranking system with all 12 schools in the top 85.
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.