Cal Soccer To Host 7 vs. 7 Tournament as Fundraiser
April 21, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team is holding its 15th annual 7 vs. 7 spring tournament on Saturday, April 25, to raise funds for its upcoming summer trip to Italy. The tournament will take place at Cal's Memorial Stadium and games will start at 9:30 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.
The Bears are heading to Italy from May 25-June 5 for the first international trip in program history. The team is currently accepting donations for the trip. For those who are interested in donating to Cal Women's Soccer's first-ever foreign tour, please call Neil McGuire at 510 643 8100 or E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cal will play host to Stanford, the California Storm of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), Saint Mary's, UC Davis, Pacific and Sacramento State.
The Cardinal finished the 2008 season with a record or 22-2-1 overall and went 8-1-0 in the Pac-10, which ranked it fifth nationally at the end of the regular season. It made it to the NCAA semifinals, where Stanford lost to Notre Dame, 1-0. Stanford excelled at both offense and defense, scoring 71 goals on the season while only allowing 8. The Cardinal led the Pac-10 Conference in points (209), goals (71), assists (67), shots (496), and was second in goals allowed (7), and shutouts (17). Stanford is led by sophomore forward Christine Press, who scored 16 goals and added 11 assists last season. Sophomore goalie Kira Maker had 50 saves on the season and recorded a .862 save percentage.
The Gaels (8-9-2/1-5-1 WCC) finished seventh out of eight teams in the WCC. They were led by senior midfielder Ashley Nied, who scored seven goals last season. So far this spring, Saint Mary's has gone undefeated, posting wins over Pacific, Cal State Bakersfield and Dominican University. Most recently, the Gaels fought for a 2-2 tie against Sonoma State. Saint Mary's enters this spring season with a new head coach, Kai Edwards.
The Hornets (9-8-2/3-3-1 Big Sky) finished the season fifth in the Big Sky, missing the conference tournament by virtue of a tie in their last game. They were led by junior forward Kim Kemper, who scored six goals and notched two assists last season. The Hornets enter the spring looking to replace several graduating players from last season's squad including Kara Taylor, Tiffany Fraser and Sarah Howard who saw the field in every game of their careers with Taylor making all 80 starts, Howard starting in 77 contests, and Fraser making 48 starts.
The Aggies (7-7-3/2-5-1 Big West) finished the season seventh out of eight teams in the Big West although they were in contention for the Big West tournament until the last game of the season. UC Davis returns its top three scorers from last year's team, juniors Marisa Boge and Rochelle VanBuskirk and sophomore Gabina Bohlman. The Aggies have gotten off to a strong start this spring with a two 1-0 victories over Nevada and Chico State.
The Aggies (10-7-1/4-3-1 Big West) finished the season fourth out of eight teams in the Big West, losing in the conference semifinal to Long Beach State. Pacific returns its top three scorers from last year's team, freshman Kristina Wavomba, Laura Hogan, and Angelica Figueroa.
The California Storm play in the Women's Premier Soccer League. The Storm are coached by Jerry Zanelli. Former Storm player include many local college players as well as Brazilian National Team Member Sissi, Maureen Whitney, Brittany Gillespie, Keri Sanchez, Brandi Chastain, Betsy Barr, Kim Yokers and Megan Harris.
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.
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