Cal Welcomes Nevada to Open Regular Season

Aug. 20, 2009

This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
With Nevada coming to town for a nonconference match-up, the Golden Bear women's soccer team is set to kickoff its 2009 campaign on Friday at 2 p.m. California is in search of its second consecutive season-opening victory in its first-ever match-up against the Wolf Pack. The Bears are coming off a 3-0 exhibition victory over Pacific on Aug. 15.

Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears overpowered their first opponent of 2009 in Pacific, 3-0, in an exhibition game Aug. 15, at Edwards Stadium. Three different Bears scored in the victory - redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian, senior midfielder Katie Oakes and sophomore forward Katie Benz. The Bears outshot the Tigers, 17-5, and had 10 shots on goal as compared to UOP's three. Cal earned seven corner kicks while Pacific had two. Goalkeepers Gina Pellegrini and Rosie Aguilera split time in goal equally, with Pellegrini making one save in the first 45 minutes and Aguilera with two tops in the second half. Both Kevorkian and junior forward Alex Morgan had two shots on goal apiece with Morgan pacing the team with four shots.

Q&A With the Golden Bears
CalBears.com will be running question and answers with the Cal women's soccer team all season, this week's Q&A is with junior forward McKenna McKetty. The women's soccer team traveled to Italy this summer for the program's first-ever foreign tour. You can read blog entries about the trip by assistant coach Tracy Hamm here. For Golden Bear McKetty, it was the first trip to Europe ever. CalBears.com recently caught up with McKetty to chat about her experience in Italy.

To read the Q&A with McKetty, click here.

Scouting Nevada
The Wolf Pack begins its season against Cal, after finishing the 2008 campaign 3-14-3 overall and 2-3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference for sixth place. Nevada returns seven starters and 14 letterwinners. The squad's 11 newcomers were ranked first in the WAC by TopDrawerSoccer.com. In the WAC's preseasaon coaches' poll, Nevada was predicted to finished fifth in the nine-team conference. Junior forward Cristen Drummond, who ranks in the top-10 in both career points (10th - 21 points) and goals (T6 - nine goals), was named to the 2009 Preseason All-WAC Team. UNR could also see production from junior defender Erin Smith and sophomore midfielder Annabelle Allen, who helped lead their U19 club team Colorado Rush to its second consecutive U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship.

What's Next
Cal will travel to Portland, which reached the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA Tournament after winning the West Coast Conference at a 7-0 clip, for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Portland on Aug. 28. The Bears will put on the Annual Cal Invitational, which is in its 15th year, on Sept. 4 and 6, welcoming Saint Mary's, Texas A&M and Texas. The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals while the Longhorns made it to the second round.

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