Cal Flies to Florida for NCAA Tournament Game Against Auburn
Nov. 13, 2009
Friday, Nov. 13
Game 1: Florida State vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 1:30 p.m. PST
Game 2: Auburn vs. California - 4:00 p.m. PST
Sunday, Nov. 15
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 10 a.m. PST
Bears Earn NCAA Tournament Selection
The California women's soccer team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament's 64-team field. The Golden Bears (10-8-1 overall, 4-5-0 Pac-10) will take on Auburn (10-8-3, 6-5-0) in the first round of the tournament on Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. PST at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cal-Auburn game will begin after a 30-minute warm-up following the conclusion of the No. 1-seed and host Florida State-Southeastern Louisiana game, no earlier than 4 p.m. PST. The winner of the FSU-Southeastern Louisiana game will play the winner of the Cal-Auburn match-up on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. PST in Tallahassee, Fla.
Bears' NCAA History
This year's selection is Cal's 17th playoff bid, the 11th in the last 12 years and the sixth straight. Cal 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.
Last Year in the NCAA Tournament
In 2008, 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.
Cal Registers Sixth Consecutive Winning Season
The Bears finished the regular season at a 10-8-1 clip for the program's sixth consecutive winning record and the 23nd in school history. Cal went 4-5-0 in the Pac-10 to finish tied for sixth in the competitive conference. Junior forward Alex Morgan leads Cal with 13 goals while redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian 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 a 1.58 goals-against average.
Cal's Floridian Tournament Experience
While this will only be the second meeting between the Bears and the Tigers in program history, the last time the two teams played each other was also in the NCAA Tournament and also in Tallahassee, Fla. Cal defeated Auburn, 3-1, to advance to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Cal is no stranger to postseason play in the state of Florida and the city of Tallahassee - the Bears have played in Florida in four of the past five NCAA Tournaments. Last year, the Bears lost to No. 7-seeded Florida in Gainesville. Cal traveled to Tallahassee for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 as well as for the third round in 2005.
Four Players Named All-Pac-10
With Alex Morgan leading the way with placement on the first team, four Golden Bears were recognized by the Pac-10 Conference. Morgan was named to the first-team for her second time as an All-Pac-10 honoree. Senior Katie Oakes made the second team. Sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir and senior defender Brianna Bak were named honorable mentions.
Moving on Up
~Alex Morgan is now in fourth place all-time with 30 career goals, ahead of Winnie Burns (1985-88) and Andrea Rodebaugh (1984-87), who both had 25.
~Morgan has risen to fifth place with 74 points, surpassing Andrea Rodebaugh, who had 67.
~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.
The Tigers earned an at-large bid and bring a 10-8-3 overall record into the tournament. Auburn finished its conference schedule at 6-5-0, losing in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to LSU, 1-0. Last season, the Tigers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 6-seeded Florida State, 1-0, in Auburn, Ala. Rebecca Howell paces the Tigers with eight goals while Katy Frierson has a team-high 10 assists for a squad-leading 20 points. Goalkeeper Amy Howard has allowed an average 1.16 goals in 21 games of work for Auburn. Karen Hoppa coaches the Tigers and takes her squad to her ninth NCAA Tournament in 10 seasons at the helm of the Auburn program.
Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 9-1-1
Scoring Second: 1-2-0
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
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
Jesolva Competes With U.S. U-23 Team in England
Megan Jesolva traveled to England with the U.S. Under-23 national team for two games against the English U-23 squad. Jesolva saw significant playing time in each of the two matches - playing 70 minutes in a 2-0 loss on July 4 and the entirety of the July 6 3-1 victory.
Morgan Named to Herrmann Watch List
California women's soccer junior forward Alex Morgan is a candidate for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Aug. 11. The award is considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, and its recipients are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the NSCAA. Last season, Morgan finished atop the Cal squad in multiple categories - points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39). She was named to the Soccer Buzz All-West Region second team and was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable-mention selection.
Katrin Omarsdottir Closes Play at European Championships
California women's soccer sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir recently finished play at the European Championships with her native Iceland. Omarsdottir started two of the games in which Iceland played and got on the pitch in all three. Iceland lost its opening game, 3-1, to France, and lost its second match, 1-0, against Norway. The squad was eliminated from the tournament Aug. 30 after a 1-0 loss to Germany. Omarsdottir started the matches against France and Germany and came on as a substitute versus Norway. Last season, Omarsdottir was recognized by Soccer Buzz with placement on the All-West Region All-Freshman Team. The Reykjavik, Iceland, native played in 19 of the Bears' 20 games, earning the starting nod against Saint Joseph's. She tallied her goal of the season against Oregon and notched an assist versus Saint Joseph's.
Kevorkian Named Sept. 7 Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week
Kevorkian netted the game-winning goal against No. 10 Texas A&M on Sept. 4 at the 15th Annual Cal Invitational, making the redshirt junior forward the Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week. The Bears turned the tide against the Aggies in the 70th minute, when Kevorkian fired off a beautiful shot from 18 yards out off the feed from Megan Jesolva. The goal was Kevorkian's second in three games in 2009 and her second game-winning score. On Sept. 6, against Texas, Kevorkian dished out an assist to help the Bears defeat No. 25 Texas, 4-2. For her performances over that weekend, Kevorkian was named to the all-tournament team.
Omarsdottir Named to Oct. 14 TopDrawerSoccer.com, Soccer America Teams of the Week
California sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir played an instrumental role in the Golden Bears' game against Portland State (Sept. 11) and SMU (Sept. 13). 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 the Sept. 13 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.
Alex Morgan Named a Oct. 12 CS360's Primetime Performer of the Week
Junior forward Alex Morgan helped the No. 19 Golden Bears to two conference victories Oct. 9 and 11 in Oregon. Against the Ducks, the Golden Bears found the back of net early - the earliest they have this season - with a goal by junior forward Alex Morgan just 1:28 minutes into the match. Morgan earned her team-leading ninth goal of the year by beating the keeper from 20 yards out on a free kick. Morgan also contributed on the game-winning goal - coming in with the assist for Lisa Kevorkian. Morgan distanced the Bears against the Beavers, 2-0, when the Diamond Bar, Calif., native added her 10th goal of the season with 11:07 to play in the game off a dish from redshirt junior Lisa Kevorkian. Morgan went one-v-one with the keeper to beat her for the score.
Lisa Kevorkian Named Nov. 3 Pac-10 Player of the Week
For her instrumental role in Cal's two Pac-10 Conference victories against Arizona and Arizona State, 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.
Former Golden Bear Joy Fawcett Inducted to National Soccer Hall of Fame
Former California women's soccer star and three-time All-American Joy Fawcett was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Aug. 2. Fawcett and co-inductee Jeff Agoos received red jackets as members of the Hall of Fame in the induction ceremony in Oneonta, New York. In her years at Cal, Fawcett, under her maiden name, Joy Biefeld, was named a three-time All-American from 1987-89 and helped her team to third-place finishes at the NCAA Tournament in 1987 and 1988. She also set a Cal record for goals scored in a season with 23 in 1987, a record that fellow former Golden Bear Laura Schott tied in 2000. She was named the national player of the year for the 1987-88 season.