Cal Draws Auburn in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Nov. 9, 2009

BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee announced Monday evening. The Golden Bears (10-8-1 overall, 4-5-0 in the Pac-10) will take on Auburn (10-8-3) in the first round of the tournament on November 13. The selection is Cal's 17th playoff bid, the 11th in the last 12 years and the sixth straight.

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The Bears finished out the regular season with a 10-8-1 overall record and closed their conference campaign at 4-5-0 to finish tied for sixth in the competitive conference.

Junior forward Alex Morgan leads Cal with 13 goals while redshirt junior forward Lisa Keovkrian is second with seven scores and a team-high four gamewinners. Morgan is also tops on the team with seven assists. Senior goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini has spent the majority of time in goal for the Bears and owns an 1.58 goals-against average.

This marks McGuire's third trip the NCAA Tournament in as many years at Cal as well as in his nine seasons as a collegiate coach. Prior to coming to Cal, McGuire directed successful rebuilding efforts at Mississippi State and Texas Tech. He was named the 2001 SEC Coach of the Year.

Last season, Cal received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the program's 10th trip to the Big Dance in the past 11 years. The Bears traveled to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the No. 7 Gators. Even though they put up a very strong showing, outshooting Florida, 14-8, the Bears lost, 2-1. Freshman Natasha Richardson scored her first goal of the season and her Bear career for California's lone goal.

The Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The Bears defeated Santa Clara, 2-0, in the first round. Cal tied Stanford, 1-1, in the second round, but the Cardinal advanced to the third round by winning the penalty kick shootout, 7-6. In 2005, Cal advanced to the third round of NCAAs for the first time since 1988. The Bears' best NCAA Tournament performances were semifinal appearances in 1984, '87 and '88.

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