No. 15 Cal Hosts Oregon State, Oregon
Oct. 7, 2008
Fri., Oct. 10 No. 15 Cal vs. Oregon State Berkeley 1:30 p.m.Sun., Oct. 12 No. 15 Cal vs. Oregon Berkeley Noon
Bears Begin Pac-10 Play
After a bye weekend, No. 15 California kicks off its Pac-10 Conference schedule against Oregon State (3-7-1) on Oct. 10 and Oregon (7-3-1) on Oct. 12 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. Last season, the Golden Bears tied for third in the Pac-10, posting a 6-3 conference record. Cal brings a two-game winning streak into this weekends' games and boasts a 4-1-0 record at home.
Cal Closes Out Nonconference Slate With Wins
The Bears finished their nonconfenrece schedule Sept. 28 with a 1-0 overtime win over visiting Santa Clara. Senior midfielder/forward Nikki Schrey had the game-winning goal with 2:18 to play in the second overtime period to win the game for Cal. The Bears outshot the Broncos, 26-3, with sophomore defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva pacing the team with six shots. Cal keeper Gina Pellegrini made five stops over the weekend. Cal also pulled out a win Sept. 25 against BYU. The Bears scored 2:55 minutes into the second half against the Cougars when freshman defender Danielle Brunache headed in the ball off a corner kick by Jesolva. Brunache struck again in the 54th minute off a free kick with Jesolva and junior midfielder Katie Oakes assisting.
Schrey Nets Golden Goal
Senior midfielder/forward Nikki Schrey scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 double overtime victory against visiting Santa Clara on Sept. 28. Sophomore defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva crossed the ball to junior defender Brianna Bak, who headed it to Schrey. The goal by Schrey was the Fresno, Calif., native's third of the season. Schrey, who is in her second year at Cal after transferring from Saint Mary's, has scored a goal in each of Cal's last three games against Santa Clara - one Sept. 28, one in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 16, 2007 and one in nonconference play on Sept. 30, 2007.
Former Golden Bear Drafted by Pro Soccer Team
Tracy Hamm was drafted In the fourth round by the Bay Area squad of the Women's Professional Soccer League. Hamm was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Bears and was the leading scorer with nine goals during her freshman year in 2002. As a sophomore in 2003, the Moraga, Calif., native started 12 games, paced the Bears with 40 shots and was an Academic All-Pac-10 honorable-mention selection. Hamm started every game in her final two years at Berkeley and was a key factor in Cal's defense. Hamm amassed 12 career goals.
Cal in the Polls
The Bears move up in the polls for the second consecutive week. Cal moves from No. 26 to No. 25 in the Soccer Buzz poll and from No. 20 to No. 19 in the NSCAA edition. The Bears are now No. 16 (from No. 18 last week) according to Soccer Times and went from No. 18 to No. 15 in the Soccer America poll.
The Bears have shut out six of their 10 opponents in 2008. 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, its fourth consecutive season with double-digit shutouts. The program record is 14, which was most recently tied in 2005.
Scouting the Beavers and Ducks
Cal holds a 9-1-1 all-time series lead with the Ducks and it has not lost to Oregon since 2003. The Ducks closed out their nonconference play on the road last weekend with a 2-0 victory against Oklahoma and a 3-1 loss to No. 12 Oklahoma State. The Bears, who have won the past three meetings with OSU, are 14-2-1 in their history with the Beavers. Oregon State had just one game over the weekend, a 1-1 double overtime tie with visiting nonconference opponent Fresno State.