Cal Hosts No. 3 Stanford in Bay Area Derby
Nov. 5, 2008
Sat., Nov. 8 Cal vs. No. 3 Stanford Berkeley 2 p.m.
Cal Closes Out Conference Campaign
The No. 25 California women's soccer team (10-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Pac-10) hosts No. 3 Stanfod (21-7, 7-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. The Golden Bears are currently in fifth place in the competitive Pac-10, which has three teams ranked in the top 25.This weekend's game, also known as the Bay Area Derby, is the annual rival match for the two schools. Prior to kickoff, Call will honors its six seniors - Valerie Barnes, Nkechi Kanu, Nikki Schrey, Torrey Delaplane, Rosie Aguilera and Katherine Daiss.
Bears Struggle in SoCal
Cal went 0-2 last weekend - losing 2-0 to No. 10 USC on Oct. 31 and dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 3 UCLA on Nov. 2. Against the Trojans, the Bears had seven shots on goal and limited USC to four. The Bears had four shots on goal in the final 25 minutes of play, all of which were saved by the USC goalkeeper. On Sunday, the Bears held the No. 3 team in the nation scoreless through the first 70 minutes of play before UCLA had a late scoring barrage to remain undefeated in 2008.
Highlighting the Senior Class
Rosie Aguilera returned to her native Bay Area after playing her 2005 freshman season at UC Irvine. She was voted Cal's co-most improved player last season after seeing action in five games. The Piedmont, Calif., native grabbed a career-high six saves in her start against UCLA in 2007. Rosie has three saves this season and one shutout. Aguilera is majoring in conservation and resource management.
Forward Valerie Barnes had an exceptional 2007 season considering she had surgery on her knee halfway through the campaign. Last season, she received honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades and was Cal's most valuable offensive player. Co-captain with Nkechi Kanu this year, Barnes has two goals and one assist. Barnes, a native of Martinez, Calif., is a rhetoric major.
Katherine Daiss came to Cal as one of the top 100 recruits in the nation and has had a great impact on the Golden Bears. Daiss overcame a knee injury in 2006 to play in 21 games last season. Daiss, who is majoring in mass communications, was a 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. The Portola Valley, Calif., native has two assists on the year.
Torrey Delaplane is a forward majoring in art practice from Valley Center, Calif. She was twice named a Pac-10 All-Americ honorable mention. Last season, Torrey notched the game-winning goal in the win over Vermont and had the game-winning assist in a 1-0 triumph at Kansas.
Nkechi Kanu has been a starting outside back the last two seasons and is a co-captain this year with fellow senior Valerie Barnes. In 2007, she garnered Pac-10 All-Academic honors and was named Cal's most valuable defensive player after starting all 21 games on Cal's backline. This season, the legal studies major from Pleasanton, Calif., has tallied two assists.
Nikki Schrey joined the Cal squad in 2007 after playing her first two years at Saint Mary's, where she paced the Gaels with five goals and 13 points as a sophomore in 2006. The Fresno, Calif. native saw action in 20 games last season with two of her three goals coming against Santa Clara, including one in the 2-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Schrey has four goals in 2008, including an overtime gamewinnner against Santa Clara. Schrey is majoring in social welfare.
Scouting the Cardinal
The Bears are just one game behind Stanford with two wins and two ties in the last two years to push the all-time series record to 11-12-4. Last year's regular-season meeting resulted in a 1-1 double overtime tie in the South Bay. Cal lost to the Cardinal in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in penalty kicks after double overtime. No. 3 Stanford holds a 7-1-0 record in the Pac-10 and recently suffered a 1-0 loss against UCLA last weekend, which was the Cardinal's first loss of the season.
Cal and Opponents in the National Polls
Soccer Buzz: RV (From No. 28)
NSCAA: RV (From RV)
Soccer Times: RV (From No. 25)
Soccer America: NR (From NR)
Soccer Buzz: No. 5 (From No. 2)
NSCAA: No. 6 (From No. 5)
Soccer Times: T-No. 4 (From No. 2)
Soccer America: No. 3 (From No. 2)
*last week's poll in ( )
Cal's Record When
Scoring First: 10-3
Scoring Second: 0-1-1
Leading at Halftime: 6-3
Trailing at Halftime: 0-2-1
Tied/No Score at Halftime: 4-2
Higher Ranked Team: 0-4
Lower Ranked Team: 0-2
Unranked Team: 10-1-1