Cal Set to Play No.1-Seed Florida State in Second Round of NCAA Tournament
Nov. 14, 2009
Bears Advance to Second Round
After receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the California women's soccer team defeated Auburn, 2-1, in overtime on Nov. 13 in the opening round of the tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. The Golden Bears (11-8-1) now face No. 1-seed and host Florida State (17-4-1) at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. PST. The Seminoles hold the 2-0-0 all-time record against the Bears - FSU have twice ousted the Bears from the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 win in 2005 and 3-1 in 2006.
-The Bears now stand at 13-16-1 in 17 appearances NCAA Tournament. They are 2-2 when playing in Tallahassee and 2-3 in the state of Florida during the NCAA Tournament.
-The Bears' trip to Florida for the NCAA Tournament is their fourth trip to Florida for the Big Dance in the past five years. Last year, Cal traveled to Gainesville for a first-round game against No. 7-seeded Florida and lost, 2-1.
-Alex Morgan has now scored in each of Cal's last three games. She paces the Bears with 14 goals.
-With her 31st career goal, Morgan is now tied for fourth place all-time with Erika Hinton for career goals. She is in fifth place with 41 career points, just fourth points shy of being tied for third.
-Lisa Kevorkian paces the Bears with five game-winning goals, two of which occurred in an overtime game. She also led the team last year with three gamewinners.
-Kevorkian is the only Cal player to score in an overtime game, a feat she has achieved twice.
Déjà Vu - 2006 Edition
In 2006, the Bears also traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. It was there that Cal also defeated Auburn in the first round - the final tally was 3-1 - for the Bears to also advance to the second round to take on host Florida State. The 2006 Seminole team was a No. 2 seed and defeated Cal, 3-1, to move to the third round of the tournament. After Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead, a totally different Cal team showed up for the second half. The Bears outscored the Seminoles, 1-0, over the final 45 minutes and outshot them, 9-2. Cal also earned all four of its corner kicks in the second half, while FSU took all five of its attempts in the first half. Three current Bears - Brianna Bak, Lisa Kevorkian and Torrey Delaplane - saw action in the 2006 match against the Seminoles. Kevorkian paced the Bears with four shots.
Flashback to 2005
The first time Cal played Florida State, it was in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. No. 3-seeded Cal saw its 2005 season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to No. 2-seeded Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 20 at the Seminole Soccer Complex. In the 50th minute, Seminole defender Kelly Rowland sent a cross from the right side into the Bears' penalty area, which went off the far post and into the goal for the first score of the game. FSU forward India Trotter scored what proved to be the game winner in the 86th minute when she dribbled around a couple Cal defenders and scored from about 16 yards. With 89:23 on the clock, Katie Ratican cut the deficit to 2-1 with a shot on the right side from about 15 yards. Tracy Hamm and Nkechi Kanu were credited with assists. Cal rattled off the first four shots of the game and held an 8-3 advantage in the first half. Senior forward Dania Cabello and Tracy Hamm led the Bears with two shots each. For the game, Cal held an 11-8 shot advantage.
The Bears have experience playing in dreary and sunny conditions at the Seminole Soccer Complex. In 2005, it was roughly 70 degrees with a 5-10 mph wind out of the northeast and rained steadily through most of the FSU-Cal game, which ended in a 2-1 Seminole victory. For the 2006 Florida State 3-1 win, it was mid-60's, mostly sunny with no chance of rain.
First-Round Recap: Bears Maul Tigers
Lisa Kevorkian netted a golden goal to propel to the California women's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime win over Auburn on Friday, Nov. 13 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Florida State's Seminole Soccer Complex. Alex Morgan scored Cal's first goal of the game in the 33rd minute with a shot to the inside left post to give Cal an early 1-0 lead. Auburn made things interesting with a game-tying goal at 58:30 when Heather Havron scored her first goal of the season off a corner with a boot that bent the ball to the inside far post. After the Bears had taken five shots in the first seven minutes of overtime, Kevorkian put away the goal and game off a cross from Morgan from five yards. The score was Kevorkian's fifth game-winning goal and her eighth goal overall this season. Cal outshot Auburn, 22-12, including a 6-0 outshooting in overtime. Pellegrini had five saves while the Tigers' Howard had six. Morgan paced the Bears with 10 shots, five of which were on goal, while Kevorkian had five all together and two on goal. Cal is now 2-0 all-time against Auburn.
It's Alex Morgan to Lisa Kevorkian for a Goal!!!
The Kevorkian goal with Morgan with the assist for the gamewinner against Auburn marked the third time that the goal-scoring combination of Kevorkian scoring with Morgan assisting has occurred in 2009, which is tops amongst assisted goals amongst the Bears. It happened for the gamewinner at Oregon (Oct. 9) for a 2-1 win and was an insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Arizona (Oct. 30). To see all Cal goal-scoring combinations, please see page six of the postseason guide.
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
The Cal-Auburn game was the second meeting between the Bears and the Tigers in program history, and 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. Cal lost in 2005 and 2006 in Tallahassee, Fla., to the Seminoles.
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.
Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 10-1-1
Scoring Second: 1-2-0
Leading at Halftime: 8-1-0
Trailing at Halftime: 0-4-0
No Score at Haltime: 3-1-1
Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-5-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 1-0-1
Playing an Unranked Team: 8-3-0
Scoring One Goal: 2-2-1
Scoring Two Goals: 4-1-0
Scouting Three Goals: 1-0-0
Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0
Outshooting Opp.: 9-4-0
More Corner Kicks Than Opp.: 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.
Katrin Omarsdottir Closes Play at European Championships
California women's soccer sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir played 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.
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 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.
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. Aftear 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.
Cal NCAA Tournament Results(13-16-1 overall) Year FinalResult Round Site Opponent Result 1983 5th place (tie) First Berkeley Cincinnati W, 5-0 Quarterfinal Chapel Hill, NC North Carolina L, 5-2 1984 4th place First Berkeley UC Santa Barbara W, 2-0 Quarterfinal Berkeley Colorado College W, 1-0 (OT) Semifinal Chapel Hill, NC North Carolina L, 2-1 (OT) Consolation Chapel Hill, NC Massachusetts L,4-1 1986 5th place (tie) First Berkeley Cal State Hayward W, 2-0 Quarterfinal Colorado Springs, CO Colorado College L, 1-0 1987 3rd place (tie) First Bye Quarterfinal Berkeley UC Santa Barbara W, 3-0 Semifinal Amherst, MA North Carolina L, 4-0 1988 3rd place (tie) First Berkeley Saint Mary's W, 2-0 Quarterfinal Colorado Springs, CO Colorado College W, 2-1 (OT) Semifinal Chapel Hill, NC North Carolina State L, 1-0 1993 9th place (tie) First Stanford, CA Stanford L, 2-0 1998 33rd place (tie) First Stockton, CA Pacific L, 2-1 1999 33rd place (tie) First Provo, UT Brigham Young L, 2-0 2000 17th place (tie) First Bye Second Berkeley Santa Clara L, 2-0 2001 33rd place (tie) First Stanford, CA Saint Mary's L, 3-2 2002 17th place (tie) First Stanford, CA Denver W, 2-0 Second Stanford, CA Stanford L, 1-0 (OT) 2004 33rd place (tie) First Santa Clara, CA Santa Clara L, 2-1 2005 9th place (tie) First Austin, TX Rice W, 2-0 Second Austin, TX UTEP W, 2-1 Third Tallahassee, FL Florida State L, 2-1 2006 17th place (tie) First Tallahassee, FL Auburn W, 3-1 Second Tallahassee, FL Florida State L, 3-1 2007 17th place (tie) First Stanford, CA Santa Clara W, 2-0 Second Stanford, CA Stanford T, 1-1 (2OT) Stanford, 7-6 PKs 2008 33rd place (tie) First Gainesville, FL Florida L, 2-1 2009 N/A First Tallahassee, FL Auburn W, 2-1 (OT)