No. 25 Cal Takes Final Regular Season Road Trip

Oct. 28, 2008

Fri., Oct. 31	No. 25 Cal at No. 10 USC	Los Angeles	3 p.m.Sun., Nov. 2	No. 25 Cal at No. 3 UCLA	Los Angeles	Noon

Cal Continues Conference Campaign
The No. 25 California women's soccer team (10-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Pac-10) will take on No. 10 USC (12-3-1, 2-2-1 Pac-10) on Friday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m., and No. 3 UCLA (14-0-2; 5-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, Nov. 2, at noon. The Golden Bears are currently in third place in the competitive Pac-10, which has four teams ranked in the top 25.

Bears Go 1-0-1 against Arizona Schools
Cal played 200 minutes in a two-game homestand last weekend, battling back to a 2-2 double overtime tie versus Arizona State on Oct. 24 and grabbing a 2-0 shutout victory over Arizona on Oct. 26. With the Bears trailing, 2-0, against the Sun Devils, freshman forward Katie Benz got Cal on the board at 75:48 for her first goal as a Golden Bear with a second-chance shot that spun out of the ASU goalkeeper's control. Senior midfielder/forward Nikki Schrey tied the game and prevented the loss for the Bears by firing a shot that hit the goalpost and deflected into the goal with 10:05 to play in regulation. Neither team was able to score in overtime, though Cal had five shots in the two overtime periods. After a scoreless first period in the Arizona game, Cal got goals in the second half from Benz and sophomore forward Alex Morgan. Benz scored in the 58th minute after junior midfielder Katie Oakes spilt the Arizona defenders and passed the ball to Benz for the gamewinner. Morgan gave the Bears an insurance score at 75:16 with a powerful shot from 20 yards that went to the upper left corner of the goal. Cal goalkeepers junior Gina Pellegrini and redshirt freshman Jorden LaFontaine-Kussman split time in goal with LaFontaine-Kussman grabbing three saves.

Nov. 8 Kickoff Changed
Cal's game against Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 8, has been pushed up from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m. The time was changed to provide enough daylight should the game move to overtime. Last season's meeting between the Bears and the Cardinal resulted in a 1-1 double overtime tie.

International Golden Bears
Cal women's soccer sophomore forward Alex Morgan was named to the official roster for the U.S. Under-20 National Team on Monday for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. Moran and Cal teammate sophomore defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva joined the U.S. Under-20 National team last week in Portland, Ore. for friendly games against Canada. Morgan had been actively involved with the team since April, while Jesolva was recently called up for her first trip with the squad. Cal freshman forward Katrin Omarsdottir is also currently competing with the Iceland National team. The U.S. and Canada tied, 1-1, on Thursday and the Americans won Saturday's match, 1-0. Morgan played in both games and Jesolva participated in Saturday's victory.

Scouting the Trojans and Bruins
The Bears will have to reckon with the L.A. soccer fans - USC averages 1,232 fans per game and UCLA has roughly 927 spectators a game. In the Oct. 24 match between the two schools at the Los Angeles Coliseum, 7,804 fans came out and saw the UCLA win the crosstown-rival match, 2-1. The unbeaten Bruins, who hold a 10-4-0 all-time record against the Bears, have only given up three goals. At 2-2-1 with conference losses to ASU and UCLA, and a tie against Washington State, USC sits in fifth place in the Pac-10.

Cal and Opponents in the National Polls
Cal
Soccer Buzz: No. 28 (From RV)
NSCAA: RV (From RV)
Soccer Times: No. 25 (From No. 22)
Soccer America: NR (From NR)

USC
Soccer Buzz: No. 12 (From No. 10)
NSCAA: No. 10 (From No. 10)
Soccer Times: No. 10 (From No. 9)
Soccer America: No.12 (9)

UCLA
Soccer Buzz: No. 3 (From No. 3)
NSCAA: No. 4 (From No. 4)
Soccer Times: No. 4 (From No. 4)
Soccer America: No. 3 (From No. 3)

Cal's Record When
Scoring First: 10-3
Scoring Second: 0-1-1
Leading at Halftime: 6-3
Trailing at Halftime: 0-1-1
Tied/No Score at Halftime: 4-1
Overtime: 2-1
Higher Ranked Team: 0-2
Lower Ranked Team: 0-2
Unranked Team: 10-1-1

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