No. 13 Cal Makes Pacific Northwest Trip
Oct. 14, 2008
Fri., Oct. 17 No. 13 Cal vs. No. 24 Washington State Pullman, Wash. 3 p.m.Sun., Oct. 12 No. 13 Cal vs. No. 27 Washington Seattle Noon
Cal Continues Conference Campaign
The No. 13 California women's soccer team (9-3-0 overall, 2-0-0 in the Pac-10) will play No. 24 Washington State (6-3-4, 0-1-0) on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 27 Washington (9-4-0, 0-2-0) on Sunday at noon. Cal is tied for first in the Pac-10 after going undefeated in last weekend's conference openers, which was the first time the Bears won their first two Pac-10 games since 2005. The Bears outshot their opponents by double digits last weekend for the third and fourth consecutive game.
Bears Roll On to Two Pac-10 Victories
Cal began its conference schedule last weekend with back-to-back wins - 1-0 over Oregon State on Oct. 10 and 5-1 against Oregon on Oct. 12. Against the Beavers, the Bears spent the majority of the first half on the offensive - Cal mounted 10 shots and limited OSU to one shot in the first 45 minutes of play. Junior midfielder Katie Oakes scored with a shot from 23 yards out in the 38th minute for her second goal of the year. On Sunday versus the Ducks, Cal scored four first-half goals, three of which came from sophomore forward Alex Morgan. The Bears scored their first of five goals less than a minute into the game with a shot from junior defender Brianna Bak off of a corner kick from sophomore defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva. From there, Morgan scored three unanswered goals to give the Bears a 4-0 lead heading into halftime. Freshman defender/forward Miranda White notched her first goal as a Bear in the 81st minute. Oregon got on the board seconds later at 80:36, but it was too little, too late and Cal won the game, 5-1.
Alex Morgan Named Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week
Sophomore forward Alex Morgan netted a hat trick in Cal's 5-1 win over Oregon on Sunday at Edwards Stadium. The first came just under two minutes into the game on a fast break and an assist from freshman midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir. Morgan's second score was at 29:30 with a shot to the right corner with Jesolva dishing out her second assist of the game. Six minutes later, Morgan headed a shot in the left side thanks to a pass from senior defender Nkechi Kanu. Morgan paced the Bears with five shots and three on goal and had six points in the game. Her three goals also tied a personal career best for goals in a game. Morgan also had a team-high six shots in Friday's 1-0 win over Oregon State.
The Bears have shut out seven of their 12 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 Cougars and Huskies
Cal leads the all-time series with Washington State, 11-4-3, and 8-9-0 with Washington. The Cougars fell to No. 3 UCLA, 2-1, in overtime as a result of an own goal, but WSU drew, 0-0, with No. 5 USC. The Huskies narrowly dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to No. 5 USC and lost, 4-0, to No. 3 UCLA over the weekend. UW has lost its past three games, all of which were against opponents national ranked in the top five.
Cal and Opponents in the National Polls:
Soccer Buzz: No. 20 (No. 25)
NSCAA: No. 18 (No. 19)
Soccer Times: No. 15 (No. 16)
Soccer America: No. 13 (No. 15)
Soccer Buzz: No. 28 (No. 28)
NSCAA: No. 24 (No. 25)
Soccer Times: NR
Soccer America: NR
Soccer Buzz: No. 27 (No.16)
Soccer Times: NR (No. 21)
Soccer America: NR
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Cal's Record When
Scoring First: 9-2
Scoring Second: 0-0
Leading at Halftime: 6-2
Trailing at Halftime: 0-0
Tied/No Score at Halftime: 3-1
Higher Ranked Team: 0-2
Lower Ranked Team: 0-0
Unranked Team: 9-1