No. 16 Cal Travels to Lone Star State
Sept. 17, 2008
Cal Heads to Texas for Weekend Slate
The No. 20 California women's soccer team travels to Texas this weekend to play No. 10 Texas A&M on Friday at 5:30 p.m. PST and No. 7 Texas at 11 a.m. PST on Sunday. The Golden Bears bring a four-game winning streak into their first long-distance road trip of the season. Cal will face its first nationally ranked competition of the season in the weekend slate.
Bears Dominate Saint Mary's Tournament
Cal won both its games in last weekends Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic - defeating Northridge on Sept. 12, 1-0 in overtime, and Boise State, 2-0, on Sept. 14. Cal had four players named to the All-Tournament Team, which was the highest number of all four teams. Junior defender/forward Katherine Daiss, sophomore forward Lisa Kevorkian, junior midfielder Katie Oakes and freshman forward Camellia Senemar were all named to the team.
Cal in the Polls
The Bears have moved up in the polls for the second consecutive week. Cal went from No. 20 to No. 18 in the NSCAA poll and No. 16 according to Soccer Times. The Bears went from unranked in the Soccer America poll to No. 22 and is now ranked No. 27 (up from No. 29 last week) by Soccer Buzz.
Oakes Powers Cal's Overtime Win
Katie Oakes scored the game-winning goal for Cal in the 97th minute versus Northridge on Friday at the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic. Oakes scored in overtime with a left-foot shot from six yards after there was a loose ball in the box. The West Hills, Calif., native also had a shot in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Boise State. For her performance over the weekend, Oakes was one of four Golden Bears named to the All-Tournament team.
Kevorkian Continues Scoring Streak
Lisa Kevorkian continued her scoring ways over the weekend with a goal in the 2-0 victory over Boise State on Sept. 14. Kevorkian opened the scoring for Cal against the Broncos with a shot from eigh yards off an assist from freshman midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir. Kevorkian now has a team-high six goals on the young season, three game-winners and 13 points under her belt. The Arcadia, Calif., native has kicked the year off on a high note after suffering a season-ending knee injury last season.
The Bears have shutout four of their six opponents in 2008 and bring a four-game shutout streak to Texas this weekend. Cal's first clean sheet of the season was a 6-0 defeat of Saint Joseph's on Aug. 30. Cal had 10 shutouts in 2007, which was the fourth consecutive season with double-digit shutouts. The program record is 14, which was most recently tied in 2005.
McGuire Returns to Lone Star State
Prior to joining the Cal family, head coach Neil McGuire spent three years coaching in the state of Texas. McGuire helped rebuild the Texas Tech program by taking them from one-game winners in his first season to notch seven wins in the 2006 - the most for the program in seven years. McGuire spent one year under current Texas head coach Chris Petrucelli in 2004, when the Longhorns finished 15-7-2 overall and were No. 16 in the country.
Scouting the Aggies and Longhorns
Texas is tied in the all-time series with Cal, 1-1-0. The last time Cal faced Texas, the Longhorns were victorious, 2-1, in Berkeley in 2002. The Longhorns finished last season at No. 11 at a 16-4-5 clip and advanced to the third round of the NCAA playoffs. No. 7 Texas is 6-0-1 on the season. Cal holds the all-time advantage with Texas A&M, 2-1-0. The Bears won, 1-0, in the last meeting between the squads in Berkeley in 2002. The Aggies, currently 7-1-0, lost in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.