California Women's Soccer Preview
TEAM QUICK FACTS
2009 Overall Record: 11-9-1
2009 Pac-10 Record: 4-5
Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 17/9
Head Coach: Neil McGuire
Alma Mater: Augustana State, 1997
Record at California: 36-23-3 (3 seasons)
Assistant Coaches: Kelly Lindsey (Assoc. Head Coach), Libby Bassett
The California Golden Bears are coming off the program's sixth consecutive winning record in 2009 and the 23rd in school history. The team will feature key senior leadership, led by senior forward Alex Morgan, a U.S. Senior National Team member. She led the squad with 14 goals and eight assists in 2009. Defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva, a member of the U.S. under-23 national team, was limited by injury in 2009, playing in only 11 games, but looks to back in form for 2010. In her sophomore year, Jesolva led the Bears with eight assists and as a freshman in 2007, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman squad. Senior midfielder Emily Shibata was consistent for the Bears in 2009, playing in 20 of Cal's 21 matches, and will look to be a key contributor this season. Key games for Cal include two home games at Edwards Stadium, a September 23 matchup with perennial powerhouse Portland and a October 30 tilt against Bay Area rival Stanford.
Aug. 27 - Santa Clara at California, 4:00 p.m. PT
Oct. 30 - Stanford at California, 3:00 p.m. PT
The Golden Bears will have a key matchup early in the season when they play perennial contender Santa Clara at home. This will be an early test for the Bears and a chance to make a statement early in the season.
Cal faces Bay Area rival Stanford at home on Oct. 30. The Bears dropped last season's game at Stanford and will look to avenge that loss this season. This rivalry game is always important and could end up having a great impact on the Pac-10 standings.
PLAYER TO WATCH
#13, Alex Morgan
Sr., F, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Senior forward Alex Morgan has led the Golden Bears in scoring and points in each of the past three season, and is expected to continue her offensive tear in 2010. The Diamond Bar, Calif., native ranks fourth on the California all-time scoring list with 31 goals and is tied for fifth with 77 career points. She was named first-team All-Pac-10 in 2009 and led the Bears with 14 goals and ranked third on the single-season Cal list with eight assists. Morgan is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team and has two caps in her career.