No. 14 Cal Hosts 15th Annual Cal Invitational

Sept. 2, 2009

This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The No. 14 California women's soccer team will put on the 15th Annual Cal Invitational 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. Saint Mary's (1-1-0) and Texas (1-1-0) will face off in the weekend-opening game on Friday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. Thirty minutes following that game, Cal (1-1-0) will play Texas A&M (2-1-0). On Sunday, Sept. 6, Cal will close the tournament taking on Texas at noon.

Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears lost a hard-fought nonconference game, 4-0, to No. 3 Portland on Aug. 28 at UP's Clive Charles Soccer Complex in front 5,068 fans - the third highest attendance in Merlo Field history. The Pilots, who lost just two starters from last year's squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, got on the board just 2:20 into the game and UP scored again twice before halftime. The Bears significantly bettered their performance in the second 45 minutes, forcing the Pilot keeper to make two saves. Cal notched three shots in the second half, compared to two in the first period.

On the Pitch With Neil McGuire
'After seeing stiff competition in Portland last week, these games will help us to grow as a team. It will provide us an opportunity to see what we have to do to move forward into Pac-10 play. All four teams that are participating in the tournament are good teams - it brings tremendous energy and excitement to the event.'

Omarsdottir Closes Play at European Championships
Sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir recently finished play at the European Championships with her native Iceland. Omarsdottir started two of the games and got on the pitch in all three. Iceland lost its opening game, 3-1, to France, and lost its second match, 1-0, against Norway. The squad was eliminated from the tournament Aug. 30 after a 1-0 loss to Germany. Omarsdottir started the matches against France and Germany and came on as a substitute versus Norway. Last season, Omarsdottir was recognized by Soccer Buzz with placement on the All-West Region All-Freshman team. The Reykjavik, Iceland, native played in 19 of the Bears' 20 games, earning the starting nod against Saint Joseph's. To read the full release on Omarsdottir, click here.

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 sophomore forward Katie Benz. She has already notched a goal this season and has 96 minutes of playing time under her belt in the first three games, including 46 minutes in the official season opener against Nevada. Last season as a true freshman, Benz registered the game-winning goal against Arizona with a shot to the back left corner and played in 13 games. CalBears.com talked to Katie Benz to learn more about her off the field.

To read the Q&A with Katie Benz, click here.

To read all past Q&As with the Golden Bears, click here.

Pac-10 Coaches Predict Golden Bears to Finish Fourth
The Bears were tabbed to finish fourth in the competitive Pacific-10 Conference, according to a preseason coaches' poll, it was announced recently. Cal was just three points behind third-place predication USC. Stanford was slated to win the conference championship with six first-place votes and 78 total points, while UCLA received four first-place votes and 76 points to take second. To see the full poll release, click here.

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