No. 19 Cal Prepares for Two-Game Tour of the Oregon Trail
Oct. 7, 2009
This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Golden Bears kick off the Pac-10 half of the season with a two-game swing in Oregon. California (6-3-1 overall) travels to Eugene to play the Ducks (8-2-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, and then heads up to Corvallis to take on the Beavers (8-2-1) at noon on Sunday, Oct. 11. Last season, the Bears swept the Oregon schools with a 1-0 win over Oregon State and a 5-1 demolishing of Oregon.
Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears posted a 0-1-1 record in their final weekend of nonconference play - suffering a 1-0 stinging by Sacramento State at home on Oct. 2, but battling No. 11 Santa Clara to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Oct. 4 in the South Bay. The Bears outshot the Hornets, 19-9, but could not poke one through. At Santa Clara, junior forward Alex Morgan scored first with 43:03 to play in regulation, but the Broncos evened the game in the 72nd minute. Morgan took a penalty shot in the 101st minute of play, but the keeper made a diving save to her left and tipped the ball up and over the crossbar. After 110 minutes of play, Cal went home with its first tie of the year.
Q&A With the Golden Bears
Junior Emily Shibata has been a key player on the California midfield for the past three years. Shibata, who has played in nine games and has one assist this year, is a Bay Area product, hailing from nearby Walnut Creek, Calif. Last year, she recovered from a preseason injury to play in the final 15 games of the 2008 season, starting two, and was also a Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention. CalBears.com talked with the 5-2 player to discover more about her.
To read the full Q&A with Emily, click here.
To see all past Q&As with the Golden Bears, click here.
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Golden Bear Potpourri
Morgan's goal was the first Cal score in 240:31 minutes of play with its prior most recent goal occurring in the 79th minute of the 4-1 victory over Saint Mary's on Sept. 18.
Redshirt senior Torrey Delaplane has rejoined the Cal women's soccer team and is looking to see her first action this weekend.
Santa Clara was the first team in three games that does not have green as one of its colors. Cal is 1-2 against green teams and has only scored one goal against the three teams collectively this season.
With eight goals under her belt in 10 games this season, Morgan tied her freshman-year record of eight scores. She is just shy of her personal best of nine goals in a season, a feat she achieved last year.
Morgan's score was the first time that Cal has scored in the 47th minute in 2009. The Battung-to-Morgan combination was the first time it had occurred. To see all of the 2009 goal-scoring combinations, please see page six of the weekly release or click here.
Against Sac State, sophomore Camellia Senemar earned her first start of 2009 after sitting out the first three games due to an ACL tear that occurred over the summer, and freshman forward/midfielder Lauren Battung subbed in for her first action since the 4-2 victory over Texas (Sept. 6).
Friday's match was only the second time this season that the Bears have outshot their opponent but dropped the final decision. Collectively, Cal is outshooting its opponents, 148-69, and has taken more shots than the other side in eight out of 10 games.
California and Its Opponents in the National Rankings
The Bears remain in the top-25 in all four polls for the fifth consecutive week. Cal fell from 14th in the NSCAA and Soccer Times' polls to No. 21 and No. 22, respectively. The Bears are now 19th (from No. 10) according to Soccer America and 24th in the nation (from No. 13) in the Top Drawer Soccer poll. Oregon's sole ranking comes from Soccer America, which has the Ducks at No. 25, though they are receiving votes in the NSCAA and Soccer Times' polls. Oregon State is receiving votes in two polls (NSCAA, Soccer Times), but its only ranking is No. 33 in Top Drawer Soccer.
Cal and Its Opponents in the National Rankings
|NSCAA||Soccer Times||Soccer America||Top Drawer Scocer|
|Oregon - Oct. 6||RV||RV||NR||33|
|Oregon State - Oct. 6||RV||RV||25||NR|
The Bears will need to target Jen Stoltenberg, who paces the team with six goals, as well as freshman forward Julie Armstrong, who has six assists. Armstrong ranks 13th in the nation in assists per game (0.6 apg) and had four consecutive matches with at least one assist. The Ducks won their last outing, 1-0, in overtime against Weber State, but dropped a 1-0 decision prior to that to BYU. Cody Miles (8-2-1) will likely start in goal and boasts a 0.71 goals-against average, allowing just eight goals in 1015 minutes of play. The Bears hold a 10-1-1 all-time series lead over the Ducks.
Beating the Beavers
Oregon State has won one of its past three matches (a 3-0 win over UNLV)m but battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie against San Diego State (Oct. 2) and suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at then-No. 4 Portland (Sept. 25). Similar to the Bears, the Beavers are heavily outshooting their opponents, 205-98. Both Chelsea Buckland and Ashley Seal pace OSU with four goals and one assist for nine points each. Cal is 15-2-1 all-time against Oregon State and has won the past four meetings.
Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 6-0-1
Scoring Second: 0-0-0
Leading at Halftime: 4-0-0
Trailing at Halftime: 0-2-0
No Score at Halftime: 2-0-1
Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-1-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 0-0-1
Playing an Unranked Team: 5-2-0
Scoring One Goal: 2-0-1
Scoring Two Goals: 0-0-0
Scouting Three Goals: 0-0-0
Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0
Outshooting Opponent: 6-2-0
Earning More Corner Kicks: 6-2-0
Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
Cal returns to the friendly confines of Edwards Stadium next weekend to go toe-to-toe with the L.A. schools. The Bears will open with No. 3 UCLA on Friday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. before hosting No. 23 USC for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Oct. 18. Last season, UCLA advanced to the final of the Women's College Cup while USC lost in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.