No. 23 Bears Prepared to Battle Washington, No. 21 Washington State
Oct. 22, 2009
This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears take to the friendly skies for a trip to Washington for the third weekend of Pac-10 play. No. 23 Cal (8-5-1 overall, 2-2-0 in the Pac-10) is set to play Washington (9-2-3, 1-0-2 Pac-10) Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. before traveling East to Pullman for a match against No. 21 Washington State (10-3-1, 2-0-1 Pac-10) on Sunday, Oct. 25 and 11 a.m. The Bears won their first two conference games with a 2-1 victory at Oregon and a 2-0 win over OSU, and are looking to rebound after two tough losses last weekend to then-No. 9 USC (3-2, OT) and then-No. 3 UCLA (1-0).
Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears lost a tense Pac-10 Conference game, 1-0, to visiting No. 3 UCLA on Oct. 16. Cal had multiple solid looks on goal, but could not convert against the Bruins (12-1-1, 3-0-0). UCLA's goal came from Sydney Leroux in the 77th minute off an assist from Lauren Cheney. On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Bears scored two goals in the second half to tie No. 9 USC, 2-2, at the end of regulation, but could not score in overtime and US) won the 3-2 overtime decision. Sophomore defender/forward Miranda White scored first for the Bears and junior forward Alex Morgan netted the second. A 2009 season-high 753 fans came out to Sunday's Pac-10 match.
Miranda White Comes Up Huge Against USC
Sophomore defender/forward Miranda White came out huge for the Bears against USC. After having a near miss on a shot from White that hit the crossbar, Cal found the back of the net with its ninth shot of the half. White struck a pass from Morgan at the tail end of the 74th minute to bring the Bears within one, 2-1. White returned the favor with an assist to Morgan, who tied things up, 2-2, with a goal at 77:24.
Q&A With the Golden Bears
All season, CalBears.com has been running Q&A with student-athletes on the Cal women's soccer team, and this week's Q&A is with sophomore midfielder Katrin Omasdottir. The Bears benefitted from the talent and international playing experience Omarsdottir. A native of Iceland, Omarsdottir was the youngest player to play in the European Cup when she was 14 years-old and recently returned from competing with the Icelandic national team in the European Championship. After scoring two goals and notching two assists in her freshman campaign last year, Omarsdottir is currently second on the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points. CalBears.com caught up with the 5-8 midfielder to discuss moving to America and more.
Cal in the RPI
As of Monday, Oct. 19, the Bears were No. 24 in the NCAA Women's Division I RPI index. Eight other Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-34 with Stanford pacing the nation in first place. This weekends' opponents come in at No. 22 (Washington State) and No. 31 (Washington).
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California in the National Rankings
The Bears remain in the top-25 in two polls. They are 23rd in the nation according for Soccer Times and No. 25 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.
Cal in the National Rankings
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The Huskies earned a 2-0 victory over Arizona with Jane Mitchell netting the game-winning goal, marking the first goal of her career. Mitchell also added an assist on the game-tying goal in the 61st minute against Arizona State on Sunday to help the Huskies earn a 1-1 tie and stay unbeaten in Pac-10 play. Alex Webber netted the game-tying goal in the match against ASU. The Husky defense played strong as Kari Davidson only had to make four saves over the weekend.
RS JR Mallory Fox converted on a penalty kick in the 84th minute to lead the Cougars to a 1-0 victory over Arizona. The goal was the first of the season for Fox and eighth of her career. WSU has six road wins on the season, tying the school record for road victories. With 10 wins on the season, the Cougars have already equaled their win total from the 2008 season and puts them at their third-straight season with a double-digit wins.
Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 8-0-1Scoring Second: 0-1-0Leading at Halftime: 5-0-0Trailing at Halftime: 0-3-0No Score at Halftime: 3-1-1Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0Overtime: 0-2-1Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-3-0Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 1-0-1Playing an Unranked Team: 6-2-0Scoring One Goal: 2-0-1Scoring Two Goals: 2-1-0Scouting Three Goals: 0-0-0Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0Outshooting Opponent: 6-3-0Earning More Corner Kicks: 8-3-0
Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears close out their home regular-season games next weekend, hosting Arizona (3-11-1, 0-4-0) on Friday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. and Arizona State (7-4-1, 0-3-1) on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. The ASU match will the final home game for the team's six seniors - goalkeeper Rosie Aguilera, defender Brianna Bak, forward Torrey Delaplane, forward Lisa Kevorkian, midfielder Katie Oakes and goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini.