No. 7 Bears Makes Short Trip to Play Saint Mary's

Sept. 16, 2009

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This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The No. 7 California women's soccer will play just one game this 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 and has won the past four meetings. The Golden Bears are ranked in the top-10 in all four national polls.

Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
Cal added two more victories to its win column over the weekend in the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic with a 1-0 blanking of Portland State in Berkeley and then routing SMU, 4-2, on Sunday. The Bears outshot PSU, 27-1 en route to the 1-0 win with sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir scoring the lone goal. Cal kicked off its 4-2 victory over SMU on Sunday afternoon scoring 2:22 into the match before tacking on three more goals to overpower the Mustangs. Cal had four players named to the all-tournament team: Megan Jesolva, Alex Morgan, Katie Oakes and Omarsdottir.

Q&A With the Golden Bears
All season, will be running a Q&A with one of the women's soccer student-athletes, and this week's participant is sophomore midfielder Zulma Munoz. Munoz joined the California women's soccer team this year after playing her freshman season on the Cal club team. A native of Berkeley, Munoz did not have to go very far to find her dream school in Cal. Munoz, who is the first person in her family to go to college, is a well-rounded student-athlete who also gives back to her community. sat down with Munoz to find out more about the newcomer.

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

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

Did You Know?
• The Bears have out shot their opponents in five out of six games this season for a combined total of 84-32• Alex Morgan paces Cal with six goals - two of which were unassisted and two others came off an assist from Katrin Omarsdottir (For more information, see the goal-scoring combinations on page 2 of the weekly release)• The Bears have scored three of their 14 goals in the first 10 minutes of play with the earliest coming last Sunday against SMU at 2:22 (For more information, see the Cal scoring habits on pages 5-6 of the weekly release)

Omarsdottir Named to, Soccer America Teams of the Week
California sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir played an instrumental role in the Golden Bears' two games this weekend. Omarsdottir scored the game-winning goal in the 29th minute, rebounding the save as it came off the PSU keeper's extended arms and shot it in for the game-winning goal. Barely into the third minute of Sunday's game against SMU, Omarsdottir dribbled in from 35 yards out to go 1-v-1 with the SMU keeper, and knocked n a goal with a shot to the right post. The goal, scored at 2:22, was the fastest goal scored by the Bears this season. Omarsdottir, who is a starter on the Icelandic national team, played in her fourth game this season after competing at the European Championships in August. Omarsdottir helped with the second goal, which occurred six minutes later, dishing an assist to junior forward Alex Morgan. Omarsdottir played 84 minutes versus the Vikings and all 90 against the Mustangs. She took a collective three shots, had two goals, one assist and one game-winning goal for five points.

California in the National Rankings
The Bears jumped considerably in the polls for the second week - moving up a collective 16 spots across four polls. Cal is now ranked seventh in two polls - Soccer Times and Soccer America, ninth in the coaches' poll (NSCAA) and 10th according to Top Drawer Soccer.

Cal in the National Rankings

NSCAA Soccer Times Soccer America Top Drawer Scocer
Final 2008 NR NR N/A N/A


NR 25 19 N/A
Aug. 18 NR 23 19 42
Aug. 25 RV 16 16 21
Sept. 1 RV 16 14 25
Sept. 8 16 11 9 13
Sept. 15 9 7 7 10

Stopping the Gael Force
Saint Mary's is coming off a 2-1 win against Portland State. They improved their record to 4-3 on the season and also have wins against Pacific, Texas and SMU. Freshman Daelyn Paul leads the team with four goals and is tied with senior Jessica Menzhuber with nine points. Menzhuber also has a team-high three assists on the year. Senior goalkeeper Tara Larson has started six of the first seven games and has a goals-against average of 1.33 and 29 saves, including one shutout against Pacific.

Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 5-0-0Scoring Second: 0-0-0Leading at Halftime: 4-0-0Trailing at Halftime: 0-1-0No Score at Halftime: 1-0-0Tied at Halftime: 0-0-0Overtime: 0-0-0Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-1-0Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 0-0-0Playing an Unranked Team: 4-0-0Scoring One Goal: 2-0Scoring Two Goals: 0-0Scouting Three Goals: 0-0Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0

Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears will return home, where they are a perfect 4-0, to host Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. Cal holds an all-time 3-1-0 series record over the Mustangs, and won the past two meetings, the most recent of which was a 2-1 overtime win Oct. 3, 1997. Last year, Cal Poly went 10-9-1 overall and 5-3-0 in the Big West Conference for third place.

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