No. 9 California To Play Two in Saint Mary's Tournament
Sept. 9, 2009
This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The No. 9 California women's soccer team (3-1-0) will take on Portland State (2-2-0) on Friday in Berkeley before making the short trip to nearby Moraga, Calif., to play SMU (1-2-0) on Sunday at noon. The Golden Bears are coming off of two important wins last weekend - 1-0 over No. 10 Texas A&M and 4-2 defeat of Texas. Cal moved up in all four polls this week after defeating its first ranked competition since 2007, and is ranked as high as No. 9.
Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears earned two of the most spectacular wins in recent school history with a 1-0 victory over No. 10 Texas A&M on Sept. 4 and a 4-2 demolishing of Texas. Versus the Aggies, Cal took the lead in the 70th minute with a goal from redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian. Against the Longhorns, the Bears took a 1-0 lead into the halftime and went on 3-0 scoring run in less than six minutes to extend their advantage to 4-0. Both games were part of the 15th Annual Cal Invitational, and four Bears were named to the all-tournament team: Brianna Bak, Kevorkian, Alex Morgan and Katie Oakes.
On the Pitch With Neil McGuire
'Our approach won't change. We will continue to talk about what we do in each game. We have to understand what system each team is going to play with and to try and counteract that in all areas of our execution. I think we did fairly well against both Texas and Texas A&M as it relates to not giving up many shots. We did give up too many free kicks, giving them set pieces. We did create a lot of goal-scoring opportunities. We were very well organized in both games, so we want to continue that, but we have to clean up the amount of free kicks.'
Kevorkian Named Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week
Kevorkian netted the game-winning goal against No. 10 Texas A&M on Sept. 4 at the 15th Annual Cal Invitational, making the redshirt junior forward the Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week. The Bears turned the tide against the Aggies in the 70th minute, when Kevorkian fired off a beautiful shot from 18 yards out off the feed from Megan Jesolva. The goal was Kevorkian's second in three games in 2009 and her second game-winning score. On Sunday, against Texas, Kevorkian dished out an assist to help the Bears defeat No. 25 Texas, 4-2. For her performances over the weekend, Kevorkian was named to the all-tournament team.
California in the National Rankings
The Bears jumped a collective 32 spots across four different polls after defeating their first ranked opponent since upsetting Santa Clara in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The Bears are now ranked 11th according to Soccer Times (up from No. 16), No. 13 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll (from No. 25) and now sit in ninth in the Soccer America standings. Cal is ranked in the NSCAA poll (No. 16) for the first time this season.
Cal in the National Rankings
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Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 3-0-0
Scoring Second: 0-0-0
Leading at Halftime: 2-0-0
Trailing at Halftime: 0-1-0
No Score at Haltime: 1-0-0
Tied at Halftime: 0-0-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-1-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 0-0-0
Playing an Unranked Team: 2-0-0
Scoring One Goal: 1-0
Scoring Two Goals: 0-0
Scouting Three Goals: 0-0
Scoring Four or More Goals: 2-0-0
Preparing for a Viking Attack
Portland State (2-2) comes to Berkeley fresh off a 3-0 win over Nevada. The Vikings have scored five goals in their first four games for an average of 1.25 goals per game, but they have given up eight goals. Senior Forward Dolly Enneking leads Portland State with five points and two goals, also recording one assist. Senior Goalkeeper Cris Lewis has allowed all eight goals so far on the year, but has made 21 saves and posted shutouts against Oregon State and Nevada. Cal and PSU have only met once in program history - Sept. 6, 1996 - when the Bears defeated the Vikings, 6-0. Portland State finished the 2008 campaign with 5-11-4 overall and 4-1-2 conference records. Former Cal forward Laura Schott, the all-time goal-scoring leader in Golden Bears' history with 56, is in her second year as head coach of PSU.
The Mustangs have started the season 1-2 and recorded their only win against North Texas in a 1-0 victory. SMU was shut out in its first two contests of the year - by Oral Roberts and also by then-No. 21 Oklahoma State. Freshman forward Kenzie Scovill scored the only goal for SMU in its win over North Texas. Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Webb has allowed five goals in the first three games for a 1.67 goals-against average and has also recorded 14 saves and one shutout. The Bears hold an all-time 3-0-0 advantage over the Mustangs, with Cal posting a 5-0 victory in the teams' most recent meeting, Sept. 11, 2005. Last year, SMU went 6-13-1 overall and 4-7-0 for eighth place in Conference USA.
Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears will play just one game next week, taking on Saint Mary's on Friday, Sept. 18 in Moraga at 4 p.m. Cal owns a 14-8-3 series advantage over the Gaels. SMC recently defeated Texas as part of the Cal Invitational.