Cal Concludes Conference Calendar at Cardinal's Cagan Stadium
Nov. 4, 2009
This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears bring their 2009 regular season to a close with a bout with No. 1 Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 8 on the Cardinal's home turf. The match, which will be televised on FSN, is set to kick off at 1 p.m. Cal (10-7-1 overall, 4-4-0 in the Pac-10 Conference) will face the Cardinal (19-0-0 and 8-0-0 in the Pac-10), which has clinched a share of the Pac-10 title and boasts seven wins over ranked opponents. Stanford holds the all-time series lead against Cal, 13-11-4, with its most recent victory coming last season, 3-0, in Berkeley.
Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears netted two key conference wins last weekend- a 2-0 defeat of Arizona (Oct. 30) and a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory against Arizona State (Nov. 1). Freshman defender Amanda Groves scored the gamewinner against the Wildcats for her first goal as a Golden Bear and redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian distanced the Bears, 2-0, with a goal of her own. On senior day, Kevorkian scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute to push the Bears to the 3-2 overtime win against ASU. Junior forward Alex Morgan and senior midfielder Katie Oakes also scored Nov. 1 versus the Sun Devils.
Lisa Kevorkian Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
For her instrumental role in Cal's two Pac-10 Conference victories last weekend, redshirt junior Lisa Kevorkian was heralded as the Nov. 3 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Kevorkian was also named Muscle Milk California student-athlete of the week as well as a primetime performer of the week according to College Soccer 360. On Oct. 30, Kevorkian had the assist on the game-winning goal in the third minute against Arizona and later scored a goal against the Wildcats to give Cal a 2-0 lead. After being honored prior to kickoff as one of the squad's seniors on Nov. 1 and taking five shots through the first 97 minutes of play, Kevorkian scored the game-winning goal at 97:36 to propel her Bears to a 3-2 victory over Arizona State.
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Moving on Up
~Alex Morgan is now in fourth place all-time with 29 career goals, ahead of Winnie Burns (1985-88) and Andrea Rodebaugh (1984-87), who both had 25.
~Morgan has risen to fifth place with 72 points, surpassing Andrea Rodebaugh, who had 67.
~Morgan is tied for 22nd in the country, averaging 1.72 points per game, and tied for 28th with an average of 0.667 goals per game.
~With seven goals and four gamewinners, Kevorkian has broken her previous personal season-high of six goals and three game-winning goals, both of which she had set in 2008.
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 Alex Morgan. With a team-leading 12 goals this season, Morgan now stands in fourth place all-time with 29 career goals. Last fall, she scored the gamewinner to help the U.S. under-20 national team to gold in Chile at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. CalBears.com sat down with the Diamond Bar, Calif., native to learn more about her time studying abroad this summer, playing in a world cup and her life off the field.
To see the Q&A with Morgan and all previous Q&A with the Golden Bears, click here.
Golden Bear Potpourri
~The goal by Groves against Arizona at 2:10 was the second fastest goal scored by Cal this year. The quickest goal was scored at 1:28 against Oregon (Oct. 9, 2009) by Alex Morgan.
~This is the second time in 2009 that Lisa Kevorkian has scored off an assist from Alex Morgan.
~The assist by Morgan was her seventh of the 2009 campaign. Morgan tallied seven assists combined in her first two years at Cal.
~Groves earned her first start as a Golden Bear against Arizona.
~Lisa Kevorkian has now scored in Cal's last three games.
~The 545 fans in attendance for Sunday's match against Arizona State marked the second highest attendance for the 2009 season.
~This was the fifth time that the Bears have played in an overtime game. It was their first overtime goal of the year. Cal is now 1-3-1 in overtime games.
~The goal-scoring combination of Katie Suits to Lisa Kevorkian occurred for the first time this season on Sunday. It was the third time this year that Katrin Omarsdottir had assisted Alex Morgan on a goal.
The Cardinal's undefeated season includes wins over then-No. 7 Purdue (2-1 on Sept. 11), then-No. 5 Notre Dame (2-0 on Sept. 13), a 6-2 demolishing of then-No. 11 Santa Clara the week Cal played the Broncos as well as a 2-0 victory against then-No. 3 UCLA. Several weeks after Cal defeated Saint Mary's, 4-1, Stanford escaped with a 1-0 win over the Gaels on Sept. 27. Most recently, senior forward Kelley O'Hara broke Stanford's single-season points record with her 49th point with an assist against Arizona on Nov. 1. O'Hara paces the Cardinal with 20 goals, while Christen Press has a team-high 13 assists. Stanford has limited its opponents to just 11 goals through 19 games.
Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 9-1-1
Scoring Second: 1-1-0
Leading at Halftime: 7-1-0
Trailing at Halftime: 0-4-0
No Score at Halftime: 3-1-1
Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-4-0-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 1-0-1
Playing an Unranked Team: 8-3-0
Scoring One Goal: 2-1-1
Scoring Two Goals: 3-0-0
Scouting Three Goals: 1-0-0
Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0
Outshooting Opponent: 8-4-0
Earning More Corner Kicks: 9-4-0
Cal and Its Opponents in the National Rankings
|NSCAA||Soccer Times||Soccer America||Top Drawer Scocer|
|Stanford - Oct. 27||1||1||1||1|
|Stanford - Nov. 3||1||1||1||1|