Cal Announces Spring Soccer Schedule
March 4, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team has finalized its spring soccer calendar. The Golden Bears will play at least nine games from March 7-April 25. The 2008 squad recorded the program's 23rd winning season, finishing 10-9-1 overall and went 3-5-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play to finish sixth in the competitive league. The 2008 campaign also saw Cal, which is in its second year under head coach Neil McGuire, earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament for its fifth consecutive and 16th overall trip to the post-season.
Cal will begin with the yearly alumni game, held Saturday, March 7, at Edwards Stadium on the Berkeley campus at 1 p.m. Other highlights include a match against FC Gold Pride, the Bay Area team in the newly formed Women's Professional League. The Bears will then make the short trip to Stockton, Calif., on Sunday, April 5 to play Pacific at 5 p.m. Cal will host the Alberta Soccer Association on Monday, April 13 at the Golden Bear Field in Berkeley.
Cal will see San Francisco - and its assistant coach and former Golden Bear Maite Zabala - twice with a game on Sunday, March 5 in San Francisco and at the Kicks for Cancer event, held Saturday, April 18 at Stanford. The Bears are also set to take on Colorado at Kicks for Cancer. Cal will close its spring schedule with a seven-on-seven tournament on Saturday, April 25 at Edwards Stadium, which will feature 50-minute games.
In the 2008 spring slate, the Bears went 6-1-1. The high point of their games came April 6, 2008 against perennial powerhouse UNC, which Cal defeated, 3-2. They went 2-1 in the seven-on-seven tournament with wins over Stanford (3-2) and Air Force (1-0) but dropping the championship game to the WPSL Storm (7-5).
To see the full schedule and results, click here or on the women's soccer sidebar under 2009 Spring Schedule.
2009 Spring Schedule:
Date Opponent Location TimeSaturday, March 7 Alumni Game Edwards Stadium (Berkeley) 1 p.m.Wednesday, March 11 FC Gold Pride Danville, Calif. TBASunday, April 5 Pacific Stockton, Calif. 5 p.m.Wednesday, April 8 San Francisco San Francisco 7:30 p.m.Monday, April 13 Alberta Soccer Association Golden Bear Field (Berkeley) 8:45 a.m.Saturday, April 18 Kicks for Cancer Stanford, Calif. All day Colorado Stanford, Calif. 9 a.m. San Francisco Stanford, Calif. 11:30 a.m.Saturday, April 25 7 v 7 event Edwards Stadium (Berkeley) All day